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ship leaving the coal piers

our humble Christmas beginnings

Bell ringers performing @ Williamsburg


Governor's Palace

Capitol-House of Burgesses

Oxen grazing

Gov Palace grounds





Baby ox

Mama & baby ox





Looking into Bruton Parish Church from the back




The magazine


look at this chimney



a press session in progress

more press


the "apple house"

open bricks contain the apples

apple house front door

Visitors' entrance to the Capitol


Christianna Campbell Tavern

fire pits keep cold hands warm in the evening air

There is no better way to feel the spirit of Christmas than by attending the Grand Illumination in Williamsburg, Virginia. The restored historic district of Williamsburg celebrates the beginning of the Christmas season by a simultaneous activation of lights. Colonial tradition placed lighted candles in the windows of homes and public buildings to celebrate a special event(holidays, end of war, monarch's birthday). This is followed by spectacular fireworks.

Meanwhile, the street market stands serve warm cider and gingerbread cookies. The tavern waiting lists are full to the brim with folks from all over the world. Walking the Duke of Gloucester street takes one back in time. In addition to the all live decorations, docents in period costume are seen everywhere. Live decorations must include fresh fruit, live greenery, dried pods, shells, meerschaum pipes,sheaves of wheat, etc. Christiana Campbell Tavern is my most favorite, serving sweet potatoes muffins! For elegant dining don't miss The Wiliamsburg Inn. My parents' 50th anniversary celebration was there.

GREAT NEWS: The tumor size has decreased significantly. The tentative long term plan includes two more infusions, surgery, followed by more chemo. There is light at the end of the tunnel!!! My heart is full with the out pouring of support for me---thank you, thank you!!

Get out the cheese and crackers while I whine...remaining in our hometown has been a bummer. With that said, I certainly have benefited from the excellent medical team expertise. We are constantly looking for day trips to keep from growing roots to the sofa. There are presents to wrap, cookies to bake, and even a little last minute shopping to be done...enjoy!

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