Merry Christmas!

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Winter Walk of Lights, Northern, Virginia.

Our little, youngest Baby J sends good tidings to all! Hope Santa is good to you.

We will be visiting our daughter and her family this Christmas and I miss putting up a large fresh, fully decorated tree. I’ve made do with a much smaller artificial tree and a few special selections. I did a version of this post a couple of years ago and felt it was a good fit for Tina’s Lens-Artists Challenge #178 – You Choose. Seeing even a few of my “ornaments” always makes me smile.

When I travel, I’m not much of a shopper, preferring to spend as much time as possible exploring.  What I bring back from travel is memories, and I record those with my pictures, photo books, and blog posts. But on each trip, in every location, I do buy at least one thing, something to hang on our Christmas tree. I prefer it not be an actual ornament and try to find something specific to the place or experience. Once back home, I write the year and location on each. It may not be the most beautiful tree, but it is uniquely ours. Decorating our tree is a trip all its own . . . down memory lane.

Can you match the location with the ornament? Alaska & Hawaii, Amazon, Australia, Barcelona, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Galapagos, India, Kentucky, Nepal, Netherlands, Salzburg, Santiago de Compostela, Tangiers, Turkey, USA/ Maine & Oregon coast.

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