Wednesday, December 03, 2014

City Sidewalks

Sometimes my phone takes a blooper. And I LOVE it!

This picture, which was an accident with my phone, reminds me of this sweet song;

City sidewalk, busy sidewalks
Dressed in holiday style.
In the air there's
A feeling of Christmas.

Children laughing, people passing,
Meeting smile after smile,
And on every street corner you'll hear:

Silver bells, silver bells,
It's Christmas time in the city.
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring,
Soon it will be Christmas day.

City street lights
Even stop lights,
Blink a bright red and green,
As the shoppers rush home
With their treasures.

Silver bells, silver bells,
It's Christmas time in the city.
Ring-a-ling, hear them ring,
Soon it will be Christmas day


How are you doing with your Christmas preparations?
I have not started buying gifts yet.
I was thinking of a card idea the other night.
Guess I better get going.

Encourage one another,


  1. I love your blurry photos. Mine always seem to just look blurry! No, I haven't bought a thing.. hmmm. xoxo

  2. Some accidents are the sweetest kind. I love that song. It reminds me of my grandparents' home at Christmas.

    I've only bought a few things, but I asked my older children and their spouses to make a wish list on Amazon. It's been a fabulous thing for me! Now I know whatever I buy, it will be something they want or need.

  3. Anonymous11:25 AM

    Oh, one of my favorite songs...maybe because I grew up in a big city. ;-)
    I just can't handle crowds anymore (they make me claustrophobic which is something I never experienced in my younger days), so I shop all year long and have a closet for presents. I wrap and send out of state in November, so I just wrapped everything else then, too. We are not big gift givers, so not too many to wrap. I read the other day that a family tradition for Christmas is to only give three gifts to children like the Three Wise Men's gifts.....where was that tradition when our boys were little? Heifer International is a great place to give gifts on behalf of someone. I really do believe that good health is the best gift any of us can receive, so praying for that for each of you at QL and your family members. love and prayers, jep

    1. Anonymous11:27 AM

      I forgot to say, your photographs are such gifts to me.
      Thank you Dear Donna! jep

    2. What big city did you grow up in, jep?

    3. Anonymous7:55 AM

      Houston, but my grandparents all lived on I did get to have the best of both worlds. I thought my maternal grandparents had the biggest backyard ever. ;-)

  4. Anonymous11:50 AM

    Love the song and your photos! I have a picture picked out for cards, but haven't ordered them yet. I've done a bit of shopping, but hope to do more online vs. hitting the crowded stores. Jep, I love the Three Wise Men gift idea! Maybe this is the year to introduce that to my family!! :)

    Mary Z

  5. I am done. My dad receives his annual Collins Street Bakery fruitcake, several friends (who are like family) receive Real Simple magazine subscriptions, and since I'm in Chicago right now, I was able to buy my daughters what they really want - and hand it to them!! So great.

    My cards are in the mail since I ordered them to be delivered here during my time in the States - such a great motivator!!

    (It's a wonderful feeling to be done)

    P.S. I *LOVE* Silver Bells.
    P.P.S. I'm still smiling about meeting Emma yesterday!!! :-)

    I have to say it now and then, for the record: thanks for blogging, Donna xxx !

  6. Cards! Christmas cards! I KNEW I was forgetting something. That;s what I get for feeling all smug about being almost done with shopping.
    Lord willing next week is our time in Chicago. I'm going to try to take an accidental picture with my phone that looks like your shot.

  7. Our cards are out -- hoorah! No gifts have been purchased -- uh oh! Thank goodness for Amazon Prime! :) It will all happen eventually!!

    I love your blurry pic -- just beautiful. City lights are dreamy wonderful.

  8. Anonymous6:08 PM

    Oh how I love that song.............sang it every day in the Special Care unit at work, even the dementia patients remembered every word. I have yet to decorate a single thing, so need to light a fire under myself. Pretty picture too :) Karen F.

  9. We did the three gifts (three kings) for each child for many years and it worked well. It was usually a book, something they wanted, something mom thought they needed.

    Our tree is up with lights and the start of decorations. Plus I ordered my favorite calendar on Cyber Monday to get the deal on it. But that's about it for me. Pretty flat on ideas, too, this year.

    Oh well, it always all gets done on time every year, eh?

    Tammy ~@~

  10. Beautiful, Donna. Claire has decorated the house. I have NO idea about gifts at this point. I think I will make a master plan this weekend. I refuse to stress about it this year.


    1. So nice to have your own personal decorator! I remember doing the same for my mom, many many moons ago :-)

      I love your last line. Good plan . No stress - or as they say in Germany "Kein Angst" !

    2. Anonymous7:59 AM

      Kein Angst....I am going to remember that, thanks Susan and Di!
      We are not decorated yet, still in the Advent waiting, reflection and anticipation mode.
      Yay Claire for her help! love and prayers, jep


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