‘Tis Christmastime

The winter solstice happened this week. The shortest day of the year is now behind us.

We spent several hours on the road Monday, transitioning from the damp and balmy west coast into the brisk and snowy east Kootenays. There is no doubt we’ll be having a white Christmas.

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As the sun slowly appeared over the mountain beside our daughter’s home, we marvelled once again at the exceptional beauty of God’s creation.

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Outside the family room window there is a patio bordered by trees, and every day dozens of birds arrive, flitting from the branches to feast on what they obviously consider a gourmet granola meal that is always provided for them. On our first morning here I counted nine different species in less than an hour!

(Pine Grosbeak)

(Pine Grosbeak)

(Common Redpolls)

(Common Redpolls)

(Red-breasted Nuthatch & Common Redpoll)

(Red-breasted Nuthatch & Common Redpoll)

(Downy Woodpecker)

(Downy Woodpecker)

(Black-capped Chickadee)

(Black-capped Chickadee)

(Mountain Chickadee)

(Mountain Chickadee)

(Steller's Jay)

(Steller’s Jay)

(Pileated Woodpecker)

(Pileated Woodpecker)

(Grey Jay)

(Grey Jay)

God provides for all of his creatures … these birds, and us. It’s Christmastime — in fact, today is “Christmas Eve Day” — and we’re full of praise and thankfulness for Him who was born this night to provide for us and our salvation.

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The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.

[Luke 1:35]

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(I’ll be taking a break from blogging next week. I wish each of you a joy-filled Christmas, and a New Year filled with good health and many blessings.)

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10 thoughts on “‘Tis Christmastime

  1. Darlene says:

    What a gorgeous view from your room! Enjoy your Christmas with family!!

  2. catchats says:

    So beautiful! I’m a bird nut so especially loved your gorgeous bird shots. What a variety! You are so lucky to see so many different kinds like that. Here in Ontario we have the chickadees, downy woodpecker, nuthatch and redpoll but not those other ones. Lovely!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    • Carol says:

      Some of the birds here are the same as we have at home on the west coast, but others are different and are a treat to see.

      Merry Christmas to you, too!

  3. Katt says:

    Your photography continues to inspire me! You have an artist eye. I feel like I am right there with you and your family. I am praying you all have a peaceful and blessed Christmas.
    Merry Christmas my friend.
    Love you,
    Katt

  4. Mary Helen says:

    Great photos, Carol. Hope you all have a great time together for Christmas. We will be gathering at Ruth`s on Boxing day. Lots of love,

    • Carol says:

      Enjoy your family time at Ruth’s. Christmas blessings to all of you. Steve and much of his clan are having Christmas at our house (it’s a long story) and Bob and I are with Heather for a couple weeks.

  5. Takes my breath away. We live in such a beautiful place. Merry Christmas, dear Carol. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos.

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