The sun is streaming through the window onto my hands as I write on this Christmas morning. A rotation of seasonal music is playing, including that of pianist George Winston, the Chieftains, and the soundtrack of A Charlie Brown Christmas, written and performed by renowned jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi, along with Fred Marshal and Monty Ludwig on double bass, and Jerry Granelli and Colin Bailey on drums. A combination of music that makes me smile and brings tears of joy to my eyes. It is perfect.
Last night after dark, we walked around the neighborhood since we had been told many people were putting up farolitos. The farolito is so simple and magical. All it takes is a paper bag, the likes of which some of us carried to school filled with our lunches. Make a nice cuff on the top of the bag to give it structure. Pour enough sand or dirt to weigh down the bag and keep it from blowing in the wind (about one-quarter to one-third of the bag). Place a votive candle on the sand. That is it. The gentle curve of a wall or linear character of a city sidewalk are only enhanced by the little fires.
Wall projections complement the farolitos in the next two images.
The outline of a patio wall draped with traditional lights cuts to the night sky.
Blue lights lend a mystical look to the stucco and stair rail.
I hope you are able to bask in the lights of the season as we move into 2023 next week!
Thanks to Barbara F.R., Steve, TTT, Ann A., Catherine, Carol, and Pater for your comments this week. And a very Happy Birthday to Ben!
until next Monday,
a passion for the image©