Friday, December 17, 2010


There is nothing finer to do in December.... when temperatures dip....and also to put one in the holiday spirit.... than attend The Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular.... which was presented at the Wang theatre in Boston. My mom and aunt treated myself, and four cousins to this wonderful Christmas event. We boarded the Downeaster (train) and arrived in Boston two and a half hours later. What a convenient way to travel to the city.... no white knuckle driving.... If you have ever driven in Boston I am sure you understand what I am speaking of. As always the Rockettes did not disappoint. I have attended the Rockettes performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City....but the Wang Theatre is just as beautiful and the Rockettes simply magnificent. One of the most magical moments for me is "The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers"....A precision military marching routine which has been performed in the holiday show each year since 1933. The most heart moving scene is "The Living Nativity" which upholds a tradition begun by St. Francis Assisi in 1223. This also has been a part of the Christmas Spectacular since 1933. Let me just say there was not a dry eye in the theatre....simply breath taking.

Winslow Homer is patiently waiting for Santa....We have begun to make progress with his diabetes....for two weeks now he has maintained his weight and his blood sugar has dropped from 500 to 298....

The days are passing quickly....every moment is precious....There are Christmas cards to send....presents to wrap.... presents to mail.... baking to accomplish....and loved ones to is a time for family and home. I'd rather be nestled here at Dog Trot Farm than any other place in the world....I am sure most of you feel the same way about your hearth and home. The lights of the Christmas tree are glowing....candles lit....a wood fire burning....and a pot of cloves and cinnamon boiling on the wood stove....tell me is there anything finer?


It isn't just a starry night,
Or snowflakes on the ground.
It isn't just a merry hearth
With good friends gathered 'round.
It isn't just a Christmas tree,
Or gifts that play part;
But peace and love
The season brings
To touch the seeking Heart.
~Roxie Lusk Smith~
Oh yes....Santa....we could do with a little snow....remember I said a little!


Farm Girl said...

So nice and I am so glad you had such a nice time. Reading your blog opens my eyes to so many traditions I just never knew about.
Thanks you so much,
I am so happy Winslow Homer is doing better.
I always like coming for a visit.

Kim said...

Such good news about Winslow. It is like an early Christmas present! I'm glad you enjoyed the Rockettes. I hope to see them in person some day.

Ginny said...

Merry Chrismas, great news about Winslow, keep up the good work little guy!!

A New England Life said...

What a great thing to do! I've yet to take the train but I hear it's quite nice, and definitely the easy way to go into Boston. The Rockettes must have been so fun to see!

Glad to hear Winslow Homer is still on the path to good health : )

Very touching poem. And I agree, we could do with a dash of snow to put us in a bit more festive mood.

acorn hollow said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays. We are off to strawbery banke tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Little Winslow Homer looks very contended and just waiting for Santa. I love the red boots sitting on the hearth and the fire glowing in the stove and of course the Christmas tree looks just beautiful.

Rural Rambler said...

Great news about that Winslow Pup! Wonderful news! Sounds like a great Merry Christmas kind of thing to do Julie-head to the BIG city and enjoy the Rockettes with family that is near and dear to your heart. Winslow looks all warm and comfy at your hearth and it looks perfectly festive at Dog Trot Farm!

Pondside said...

We feel the same way about this wonderful time of year.
Rory and I send Winslow Homer a nice scratch behind the ears and a big 'hurrah' for his improved health!

Eve said...

Glad you all got to go and have such a wonderful time Julie!
Home, yes, my home feels nice this year! What a great place to be for Christmas. Love the poem!

Verde Farm said...

Oh Julie, I love the Rockette’s Christmas Show too. We say it in NY a few years back and again in Nashville not long ago. I could watch it ever single year. I love your tree and everything looks so warm and magical. I can smell your cinnamon and cloves too. Enjoy my friend :)
So glad WH is doing well--he’s a fighter!!

Becky said...

Your Christmas tree is beautiful.

Glad to hear Winslow Homer is doing much better.

ClassyGal said...

Wow you got to see the Rockettes, how amazing!! That's definitely on my bucket list :) I'm so happy that Winslow is feeling better too. I hope you are enjoying the holiday season as much as I am. Here's hoping you get a little bit of snow for Christmas, We are supposed to get some tomorrow, crossing my fingers!

Rural Revival said...

There certainly is no place like home. So glad to hear Winslow Homer is doing well. And, yes, yes I actually have driven in Boston and it was the most mind boggling experience I've ever had!