Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas Lights

One morning, I woke up early to see the sunrise; so early that it was still dark out.  I wanted to see the lights lit up around town, so I headed for the roads to gaze at all the Christmas beauty that surrounded me.
I brought a couple of fresh baked cookies
from the night before,
 a hot cup of coffee,
and was on my way.  Come along with me.
The little church that has stood
for 100 years.
A very charming shop in town
that I go to often.
It was closed, but the windows
were all lit up.
Driving through the mall,
and now we're at my favorite
shopping center.
I am always reminded that I live in
when I see this palm tree decorated
every year.
Then, I saw the most glorious sunrise.
It was so pretty,
that the reflection of it was shown
on my car.
I hope you enjoyed the drive
around my town
to see the Christmas lights.
Isn't it the most wonderful time of year?


Stephanie said...

Oh Sheri, your photos are ever so beautiful and enchanting! How I enjoyed the drive with you :) And I have Christmas music playing right now so it was even more lovely.

Thinking of you, dear one! Love and hugs!

Sherry said...

you captured such beautiful views..
always do though. :)
i'm impressed you took advantage
of the early morning hour
**and only TWO of those cookies**
to go on an adventure.

Joan said...

Nice pictures love special the trees and nature one...

Susie said...

Sheri, Great pictures of light around your town. Love the shop windows too. You know I have a thing for sunrises and sunsets. So I really enjoyed those pictures. Coffee sounds so good. Blessings to you, love, xoxo, Susie

Karen said...

This was a real treat. I especially loved the church bell, and the wonderful Christmas tree all decorated in white. I was thrilled to see video of the beautiful decorations at the White House this year also.

Pam said...

Beautiful pics. I enjoyed going through that with you. Thanks for sharing.

R's Rue said...


Lowcarb team member said...

I really enjoyed my drive with you ...
Lovely photographs, such a special time of year.

All the best Jan

Pilar said...

Sheri these are such beautiful pictures around your town! You're cookies reminds me that I'll be baking a goos bit of cookies for others this holiday season! Wonderful post! By the way, I posted my Christmas DIY's the other day!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for bringing us along, my friend. Such pretty images.
I hope you and your loved ones had a nice Thanksgiving.

And now I must have a cookie. ;)

nonie everythingsewing said...

Sheri, what a wonderful way to start your day. I love Christmas lights and the palm tree is a first for me!

I love it when I get to see the sun rise, it just shouts brand new day. Thank you for taking us on this early morning adventure.

Now, I want a cookie!!


Anonymous said...

You had me with the cookies and coffee! The church is especially sweet in the early morn light. It is fun to see Christmas decor go up all around us. Such a gorgeous sunrise you captured too.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Sheri, I love that you drove around early to enjoy the quiet of the season. I love seeing the church with it's lovely bell in the steeple. The sunrise is so pretty! You captured a beautiful morning, dear one. ♥

Marilyn Miller said...

I love the drive around your town. Now I would never think to leave early for a drive like that, but now I will think about it. I am often up before dawn, but just not dressed to go out. I love it. Oh by the way I love visiting Anthropologie too and the decorations and lights are so special, then sunrise is gorgeous.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

What a beautiful, morning drive, Sheri! Love the little church - we have one almost identical in our little town. Aren't the shop windows wonderful this time of year? You have some lovely shops there. And that sunrise......the perfect start to the day! The cookies looks so yummy :) Sending hugs to you xo Karen

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dearest Sheri! How lovely it must be to not be in a rush, to take in all this light.....sending you warm wishes for a glorious day!


i thoroughly enjoyed this predawn christmas light tour. beautiful sights one and all. did you have christmas music playing in the car to add to the festive mood.

Anonymous said...

What a dream...happy California dreaming!

Debby Ray said...

Oh, such beauty! Just when I thought the lights and buildings were so beautiful, you showed us the glorious sunrise...oh my, how breathtaking! Thank you for sharing the beauty of your morning with us!

Sigrid Pulido said...

Thanks for this Californian sunrise tour with all the wonderful Christmas impressions!I liked the decorated palm - for me of course a very unusal view.
Believe me here in my area you wouldn't want to enjoy the sunrise now - the day starts very grey and cold and sometimes frosty.

Jeanie said...

I adore this post! I love that you were up early before the other people and enjoying all this beauty. And the light -- watching it change from darker near the church to the sunrise. Biggest sigh! Thank you!

Danielle L Zecher said...

The church pictures are great. And I love the palm tree.

Rose said...

I did enjoy the drive...been wanting to get out and see Christmas lights but by the end of the day I am too tired to go! And the sunrise is amazing.

Pam said...

Came back and reread....I would so be up in joining you for cookies, coffee and a ride around town. I love doing things like that. A friend and I do Christmas lights ride around a week or so before Christmas, this will be a 3rd yr to do it. Used to take the kids when they were young, then with my oldest a friend. Life keeps evolving don't it?

Carla from The River said...

Oh this is so much fun! Happy Christmas!!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Sheri,
First I want to thank you for visiting and leaving such a kind comment.
What a beautiful post! Yes, it truly is the most beautiful time of year.
Thank you for taking me along on the drive.

Michelle B said...

Hi Sheri! The lights are beautiful! I have never gone out in the morning to look at the lights before, we always go at night. I bet the whole mood in the morning is calmer and quieter...until the morning commuters wake up. :) Thank you for the tour, and I loved the palm tree. Have a great weekend!

It's me said...

Hmmmmm...delicious cookies....That palmtree !!!....?The most wonderful time...of the year ❤️X ....happy weekend love Ria ❤️

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

Sheri, that sunrise made my jaw drop! I love the way you appreciate all that is around you, and you convey it to your readers in such a special and memorable way.

Now that I’ve completely buttered you up, can you send me some of those cookies? 😍


Sally said...

I love seeing the Christmas lights, and those are beautiful! We'll be taking the great grands to St Augustine next week. It's always fun to see 'what they see' and hear their commentaries. :)

Anonymous said...

You are right, Sheri...the sunrises there are outstanding!!!!...:)JP

baili said...

wonderful early morning drive dear Sheri!

beautiful town you live in .
amazing mall and shops .
loved the decorated trees ,so much life :)

thank you for this GLORIOUS sun rise ,truly magical my friend.
you are brilliant photographer !!!
it just filled joy in my soul ,so serene!