Friday, December 12, 2008

A Week in Review

There's not much to review this week. I did finish my Christmas shopping! Buying gifts is a lot of fun, especially when I feel like I've found something the person will really like. I actually was having a hard time getting any good gift inspiration this year, but in the end think what I have will be ok. I hope so.

But like I said, I don't have much talk about, so I thought I'd share the COB at Christmas time with you. It really is beautiful here. Of course there are all of the lights and decorations outside that the crowds come to see every night, but inside the office building is decked out, too. Here are some of my favorites:

This tree is in our cafeteria, and I just love it. Red and gold are my favorite Christmas decoration colors, and the ornaments are all wooden toys. It's so much fun. The rocking horse is great, too.

The flower and plant shop in the building sets out gorgeous poinsettias at all of our desks. Here's mine, with a little manger scene that I got at DB.

Here we have an outside scene (obviously). It raises a few questions - I don't know that it's a good idea to sit in a reflecting pond when it's 35 degrees outside. The look is pretty, but hypothermia isn't. Actually, the figures in this nativity scene always look cold. Last year they were on a lawn, which is a little more logical, but after the first snow poor Mary was covered, and I worried about her. Someone should get them all a blanket.

I love these little guys - they wear chocolate kisses as hats!

This is another one of the many Christmas trees set up in the building. Every day in December there are mini concerts in the lobby of the building between 12 and 2 - mostly local high school choirs. There are plenty of chairs and benches set up, and a good-sized group comes every day to hear the performance. I really like the Christmas brass. They do a great rendition of "Sleigh Ride". This tree is set up near the performance area and is decorated with instruments and music scores. It's really pretty.

This is yesterday's choir.

Another of my favorite trees is in the cafeteria again. It's covered with cookie and candy decorations. So cute.

So there's your mini tour of my office building. It's a nice place to be this time of year. I usually like to end A Week in Review with a quote or something that I've read. Since I'm on a Christmas theme, I will share my favorite scriptures from Luke chapter 2:
"And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord...Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
Such a simple telling of an event that men had waited for for centuries, and that forever changed the world.
Merry Christmas.
You are loved.


Kelli said...

I never knew they decorated the inside also but I guess that makes sense! The trees are great! I agree the sitting in ice water looks a bit freezy! I haven't been down town yet so now I don't feel I have to brave the cold at all. I gotta go get the kids in here to see the pics and we will be set!

Tiffany said...

I am blown away! Gorgeous decorations! You are a wonderful tour guide.

Kim said...

I realize you don't know me, I found you through my very good friend Kelli's blog. I just wanted to say what an amazing treat it was to find a picture of my daughter's choir on your blog. These kids have performed about 15 times in the last two days. The concert at the COB was one of their best. Thankyou for including us in your Christmas highlights.

Kelli said...

Hey gal! I think I saw you last night at the MoTab concert! You were wearing pink and I yelled your name as I was riding up the escalator but it was bit too crowded for you to hear me or for me to find you again. I hope you enjoyed it!