Candlelight and Christmas crackers at home...
Glittery trees and a reindeer in Marken. Click photos to view detail.
A winter wonderful under a blanket of stars in Marken.
Lights over the canals in Delft.
A string of lights reflected in another canal in Delft.
Twinkling lights in the trees and stars overhead.
A giant Christmas fir in the market square in Delft (with the gorgeous town hall as the backdrop).
A Christmas tree suspended from the ceiling at Magna Plaza, Dam Square, Amsterdam.
An upside-down Yuletide tree in Marken.
A flower-bedecked tree at a restaurant in Marken.
19th-century lights festooned with decorations and greenery.
A tree viewed through stained glass windows at the Grote Kerk in Marken.
A chandelier dripping "icicles," Amsterdam.
Christmas tree lights in a window of a house of traditional Dutch architecture, Delft.
A boulangerie filled with special Christmas breads and pastries, as well as nougat-filled snowmen and chocolate sheep.
Glitter and glimmer, Delft.
Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus at a shop in Delft.
Red stars topped with candles.
A design tribute to Johannes Vermeer and his painting "Girl with a Pearl Earring."
Megawatt smiles in Delft (my daughter Jordana with her friend Andrea).
A private residence in Marken, bursting with Christmas finery.
Evening light and little trees near the seafront, Marken.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
We have many blessings for which to be thankful this Christmas, our first in our new home in the Netherlands. Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays, wherever you may be celebrating. Let's hope that the path forward - into the bright, shiny new year - brings us "more light; less noise," as Abraham Lincoln said.