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The Spirit of Christmas in Photos

Updated on December 8, 2014
Marley in front of the christmas tree
Marley in front of the christmas tree | Source


Christmas is only 6 weeks away but the Christmas Season is ramping up now! The darkening days of November and December bring me warmth and excitement. The celebration of Christmas as a season for close to two months starves off any of the depression brought on by the increasingly darker days. From the music to the movies, parties with friends and food with family, the season makes me happy! It’s a busy but joyous time of year. I thought I would share some of my Christmas memories through photos. These photos are not family pictures, although family and friends are huge parts of the holidays, but these photos and even video represent some of the small moments of the holidays. Those moments when you have time to just stare at an ornament on your tree, or relax in the dark, fire blazing, Christmas tree lights on, just taking it all in! Then there are some photos that represent the fun of the season and the joy that can be seen anywhere. I included these photos in hope that I have captured a part of the holiday season. That’s what these photos do the best, captures memories and symbolizes the season itself. I hope you enjoy the photos and it brings back some happy memories or perhaps just gets you excited about the upcoming Holiday Season!


The first photo above is of my dog Marley from a few years ago, lying in front of the Christmas tree. I love this photo because he is starring right at the camera; chin down with the tree directly behind him. I also love this photo because the color tones seem to be all the same from the white lights on the tree to Marley’s yellow coat and the tan carpet; it just adds a warm feeling to the photo.


a clsoe up of christmas tree lights, ornament and candle
a clsoe up of christmas tree lights, ornament and candle | Source

The second photo, the one above, is a close up of an ornament and candle on a Christmas tree. I like this because of the simplicity. The red ornament matches the red candle and the lighted tree adds a nice calming backdrop. It reminds me that Christmas joy can be as simple as a single ornament on a tree.

Christmas tree from 2010 in living room, i love the double reflection of the tree in the bow window.
Christmas tree from 2010 in living room, i love the double reflection of the tree in the bow window. | Source

The third photo, above, is one taken of the whole living room and the Christmas Tree. I like this shot because the tree lights up the whole room with a soft glow. The hardwood table seems to anchor the picture from being too bright, as well as balances it. I particularly like the reflection of the tree in the two side windows in the bow window. Once again the colors all flow together from the tan rug to the light green walls, and the of course the white lights of the tree and the tree itself.

Day after Christmas 2010, snowman decoration covered in snow but he's still smiling!
Day after Christmas 2010, snowman decoration covered in snow but he's still smiling! | Source

This next photo is on the fun side! It is a snowman decoration that has been covered in snow. This is from the blizzard we had in New England the day after Christmas 2010. As you can see the wind was pretty strong blasting the snowman with snow on one site. I love the blue and whites in this photo and just the fact that the snowman is smiling. It's reminiscent of frosty the snowman!

my  favorite photo i took that represents Christmas!  Merry Christmas!
my favorite photo i took that represents Christmas! Merry Christmas! | Source

Finally the last photo, which is my favorite, is a photo taken of my aunt's tree by an open fire on Christmas Day. The placement of the tree to the left and the fire in the center plays nicely with the 1/3rds rule. I also love that the lighting is very soft in this photo, it makes you relaxed, warm and very inviting. I love how the tree seems to glow from the inside, lighting some ornaments just so, that the photo looks extremely sharp. I feel like it should be a postcard with Merry Christmas written in white in the upper right hand corner!

I hope you enjoyed these photos and want to wish you Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

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      Brian Dooling 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      I'm so glad you enjoyed them Simone Smith! Thank you for the comment!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      When I saw the title for this Hub, I was like... Aha! A collection of family Christmas photos... but your Christmas photos are gorgeous!! How refreshing they are... especially since most holiday photos are ruined with flash fill, poorly framed, and (though cute and sweet), not well thought through.

      I thoroughly enjoyed this collection... and envy your Christmasses!

    • BWD316 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Dooling 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks iZeko for the comment and vote up! I feel the same way about the photos, the soft lighting brings so much to the feel of the photos .

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      iZeko 

      6 years ago

      Hi Brian,

      There's something about the soft glow of the Christmas tree lights that is so cozy. Your photos are amazing! Thumbs up from me.

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      JT Walters 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Brian,

      Wow the Christmas tree looks os majestic. You are quite gifted with a camera.

      The snow man looks like he was melting.

      All My Best,

      JT

    • BWD316 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Dooling 

      6 years ago from Connecticut

      im glad you enjoyed them Hyphenbird! thanks for the comment!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      That Marley is TOO cute. And you know that snowman probably prayed for snow! These are just lovey. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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