Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

 
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This Christmas tree was looking very festive in the lobby of the hotel I stayed in last week in Chicago--the historic Palmer House Hilton which is the oldest continuously operated hotel in the United States. I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. Christmas Eve has become a bittersweet day for me because my Dad passed away on this day five years ago and I am remembering him today.

24 comments:

Fio said...

I wish you all the best, Lois!

Merry Christmas
Wesołych Świąt :)

Sunny said...

May memories of your Dad bring you peace. Merry Christmas, Lois.
Sunny

Darla said...

Peace to you Lois...Merry Christmas!

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Lois, so sorry for your Dad. But I know he feels your love every time you think of him!
This picture is so beautiful!
Merry Christmas sweet friend, God bless you and all your family!
Any special gift for your lovely grandson?
Hugs
Léia, Cezar & Luna

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Happy holidays to you from me and Patty.

Clytie said...

Merry Christmas, Lois.

I want you to know how much I appreciate your comments, support and prayers this past month.

May you find peace and celebration this day and beyond.

Memories of those we love who are gone mingled with new memories of those we celebrate with today.

Bless you, my friend.

Tricia said...

I'm very sorry about your dad.

But that's a beautiful hotel & that Christmas sparkles

Tricia said...

Have a WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL Christmas - Have fun & be safe

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

such a gorgeous tree and location. i love the historic hotels at this time of year. they really have wonderful decorations and atmosphere. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. your dad is there in spirit.

Louis la Vache said...

Pretty tree - but what caught «Louis'» eye is the beautiful light fixtures on either side of the tree.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» understands your comment about this day being bittersweet. The pain of losing a loved one lingers and never completely goes away.

James said...

Beautiful right down to the reflection on the floor. Merry Christmas!

B SQUARED said...

I know the feeling. A dear friend of mine passed yesterday. Kind of taken the us out of joyous.

Sylvia K said...

So sorry for the loss of your Dad, Lois, and wishing peace for you in the coming year. May you and yours have a beautiful Christmas and a lovely weekend!

Sylvia

Vogon Poet said...

Sorry for the sad memories, I hope you have a nice Christmas Eve and a Christmas as merry as possible.

Leeds daily photo - Paul said...

Merry Christmas Lois. I always think that those we love live on in our hearts and thoughts.

hadv said...

Season's Greetings from the Philippines.. Merry Christmas Lois!!

Julie said...

But remembering is good. All good things must pass.

May you still be surrounded by love and laughter Lois. Tomorrow and into the New Year.

Louis la Vache said...

Lois, don't miss this amazing nativity scene!

Birdman said...

Lois- I'm remembering too. Lost my Dad on Christmas Eve too... '97. My thoughts always drift to him on this night.

Frank said...

Family is important to us all year-long, but at Christmas their presence and, sadly, the absence of those we love is more acute and heart-felt. But new and wonderful memories are formed on each Christmas morning.

The tree in Chicago is spectacular.

You've brought such fun and delight - and an education - to me all year. Thank you.

Merry Christmas, Lois.

Frank said...

Lois, the closeness of friends and family at Christmas forms such strong memories. Those who are around us at this joyous time of year, and especially those that are only in our hearts and memories, are what make this such a special time. Our faith and love as we celebrate the miracle birth are what sustains and strengthens us throughout the year.

You have been enormously generous with your wonderful photos and copy. Fun, educational and revealing about your city and life.

Thank you. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Frank said...

You more than deserve both my comments but you can remove one or the other if you wish.

Doubly Merry Christmas!

Leif Hagen said...

A magnificent Christmas tree! I read your comment on someone's blog today: remember to wish your grandson a happy Birthday at midnight! Smile . . . .
A merry Christmas Day to you tomorrow!