Symbols of the Season

These are a few of my favorite things:

Old tiny brass hearts with crosses on their shoulders are one of my favorite symbols of the Season. I call them Holy Hearts as they once adorned a huge wooden heart that hung in an ancient Mexican monastery.

I was instantly drawn to the big red heart in a gallery in New Mexico a few years ago and brought it home to hang in the entry of my small Santa Fe casita.  I was told the hearts represented people who the nuns prayed for throughout the century the monastery existed. Its sacred presence greets me when I enter my old adobe.

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The red heart greets me when I arrive in the old adobe.

Antique Mexican Angel

In the casita’s tiny family room there is an antique Mexican angel hanging over the fireplace. It reminds me of the holiness of this time of year especially when I listen to ancient hymns of angels singing.

The carved wooden angel reminds me of the holiness of this time of year.
The carved wooden angel reminds me of the holiness of this time of year.

Native American Cross

I was in Taos this fall and saw my long-time Native American friend Pam who lives on the Pueblo Indian Reservation. She showed me a unique handmade cross which she crafted from special clay found on the sacred Pueblo land where Taos Mountain stands. It now hangs in a special place near my altar.

This hand made cross was crafted from special clay on the Pueblo Indian reservation.

Nature’s Beauty of the Season

On a walk in the country back in Northern California, I came across a glorious cluster of brilliant red berries that took my breath away. Like the brass hearts, carved angel and clay cross, nature imitates art and deserves our attention to stop and revere its beauty in this season of all things holy.

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Stop and revere natures beauty of the season.

And speaking of nature, there are lush green bushes I see through the window this morning blooming in my front yard. I grabbed my old beat-up yellow nippers and carefully cut tiny branches of red flowers.

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Perfect for a Christmas bouquet.

Old Saint Nick

I arranged them in two glass vases on either side of a vintage Santa complete with a reindeer and snowman. The three of them, the flowers and two whimsical chickens, are the Season’s centerpiece on my kitchen table – a festive gathering indeed!

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A festive centerpiece.

A Christmas Dragon

And finally, my holiday home would not be complete without the red Christmas Dragon for Toby to snuggle with.  It was a gift several years ago from his Aunt Michele who loves him almost as much as I do. She volunteers at the Marin Humane Society and insists he is one-in-a-million. I couldn’t agree more!

Toby and Christmas Dragon
Toby and Christmas Dragon.

Nature Imitating Art

I hope all of you enjoy your favorite things that represent this fabulous time of year in your home.  And don’t forget to look in your own back yard for nature’s vast array of beauty to embellish your rooms. You’ll be amazed what the presence of nature can add to the way your rooms look, feel and smell.

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Nature imitating art.

Blessings and Gratitude

I wish you all the happiest of Holidays!  Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my blogs plus taking Eye for Beauty and giving it as a gift!

I bow in gratitude to all of you and my associates Marshall, Jackie, Pat, Scott, Holly, Shawn and Laurie. I wish you love, peace and joy. Have a sparkling New Year and we’ll see you the second week of January!

Love and blessings,

Toby and Linda Applewhite
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Thank you!
Showing 7 comments
  • Lynn

    So gorgeous, Linda – beauty everywhere! And sweet Toby – love him with his Christmas dragon. Have the merriest Christmas; thank you for sharing your eye for beauty with us.

  • Cynthia Dahl

    Dear Linda, wish you a beautiful Merry Christmas!

  • deborah healy

    Thank you Linda for these gorgeous images, and your kind wish for a Merry Christmas. I wish the same for you and your wonderful associates. Deborah

  • Danelle carpenter

    What a joy it is to open my email from you, Linda, and know that there is something beautiful and up-lifting to fill my day. Thank you for sharing with all of us the wonderful God-given talents in which you have been blessed.

  • Sherrie Glendening

    I am always cheered and inspired by your posts. Sometimes the world seems so cold and cruel, but as long as we can appreciate the beauty that surrounds us, there is hope for us all. I’m still waiting to win the lottery so that I can hire you to design my whole life. In the meantime, please know how much your fans appreciate you and your exquisite talent. Merry Christmas.

  • Dennis

    Dear Linda,
    Thank you for taking the time to create your beautiful blogs. They are always so thoughtful, creative, and inspiring. You are truly a master of capturing beauty and raising my awareness of beauty around me. Merry Christmas

  • Kay Criley

    Darling Linda,
    Thank you for reminding us of the gifts God has given us, both surrounding us and inside us – and thank you for sharing yours!
    Several days ago I cut a lovely, soft peach-
    colored rose with buds to put in my white pottery “Hello Sunshine” vase (purchased this summer on a trip to my birth place) which sits on the kitchen window-sill next to a golden acrylic angel and a large gingerbread cookie (a
    gift from a friend). Lovely simple joys of man and nature.
    Blessings always,

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