Growing up, my family celebrated both Christmas and Hanukkah. And honestly, when the two holidays overlapped it could seem a little schizophrenic lighting the menorah and reciting the Hanukkah prayer with the sparkling lights of the Christmas tree in the background. But when you factor in the twelve days of Christmas and the eight nights of Hanukkah, well, you’re talking about a pretty nice haul of presents there. So, as a kid, you never heard me complaining.
These days it’s the coziness of family and the traditions that I love the most, though, honestly, I won’t turn my nose up at the presents, either.
Which brings me to a few very nice early gifts I’ve received in the form of rave reviews for BEAT THE BAND.
And since I was always taught to share, I’ll do that right now by posting some links for you to enjoy:
And now, for all you patient people out there, a few gifts for you. Some pics from my recent trip along the Rhine River (with many more to come)
For all those castle lovers out there.
Photography lesson #376: Try not to photograph landmarks straight on. Instead, use them as if they were an afterthought.
Just in case you missed out on autumn.
Just in case you simply can’t see enough pictures of castles.
Me with a castle for a hat (see rule #376)
The reason I threw away my point and shoot and bought a DSLR.
Photography lesson #892: Place something large and ivy-ish in the foreground whenever possible to give a sense of depth.
And one more, because I heard you were good this year.