Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
This is the time of year when it's very obvious that all wrapping paper is not created equal and it's impossible to determine how flimsy or workable each roll is due to the shrink wrap plastic packaging.
I am a fan of wrapping paper rolls which come with a grid on the backside which is a brilliant invention for people like me who can't cut straight. Too bad all wrapping paper companies don't do this.
Also, the thickness or foldability is different in each roll. Some end up being so thick-ish folding is messy and others turn out to be so thin you can almost see right through it.
The best roll of paper I got this week came from World Market. It wraps perfectly although minus a back grid.
We had Black Friday. We had Cyber Monday which actually last all week. Now it's Green Monday, at least on Amazon. Keep shopping folks, the colors keep changing but there are still deals to be had. Next week we'll probably wake up to the news that it's Code Red Monday, time is running out.
Dogs we have had over the years are always shocked and kind of overwhelmed when the real Christmas comes into the house. Most of the time they stay way away for a few hours, maybe because to us humans, the fragance of the tree smells like Christmas but to a dog's smeller, it carries the scent of every creature who ever walked by it in the woods. But his dog below is happy.
We had the official lighting ceremony last evening with students and staff walking from one area to another and turning on the lights accompanied by readings of the Biblical Christmas story and carols. It was a damp and foggy night, but it was still fun.
The seminary's indoor chapel Nativity set is from Fontanini, the Italian Nativity company. Each piece is exquisite and costly enough that we get only a couple each year to complement the set. We aren't complete yet, but this year we we added a cow and a donkey. The cow is amazing. The best cow I've ever seen. Click to enlarge to see for yourself.
This guy actually seems to be making eye contact. I love him..or her..
The detail from Fontanini is almost lifelike, check out this shepherd.
Today was tree decorating day ahead of tomorrow's annual Festival of Trees in Collinsville. Many organizations decorate a tree and tomorrow night they are auctioned off via silent auction sheets and the proceeds go to the organization which chairs this year's event. The board I am a member of, Collinsville Progress, always does a tree and this year our theme was Santa's Coming to Uptown and it was filled with ornaments and santa things as well as gift certificates in wrapped boxes from local downtown restaurants and businesses.
Here is our tree
Memorial Hospital did a shoe tree which reminded me of the big shoe sculpture outside of the Brown Shoe Company in downtown Clayton.
IDOT also decorated a tree with a highway safety theme. It has flashing orange and white lights, mini orange traffic cones, yellow caution tape as garland and great gift certificates to Porters and other places including The Cheshire. They decorated near us so we kind of followed the process, unsure about this tree with all of orange, but in the end, if someone has the right place for it, it's kind of cool and the gift certificates are certainly worth the bids.
There goes Patti with the cart full of tree decorations heading into the Gateway Center
Some of the trees before anything was put on them
Mayor John Miller and his wife Diane were there, Diane was on the committee chairing the Festival this year.
It's serious work, decorating a tree
Always discussion about whether things look right.
This is pretty cool. Webster Groves has put out their Christmas decorations and this year they went with recycled everything. The parks department took parts of trees and limbs which had been taken down and made sculptures of reindeer and people dressed with colorful scarves. They placed these on park benches or sat them in open city areas. They also made big Christmas ornaments and Santas out of the large city street lights which were being replaced.