This year on Christmas Eve me and three of my siblings ventured out to Longwood Gardens instead of attending church services, and I have to say, the vastness of the outdoors, the artistic splendor of the displays, the quiet reflection of the snow, and the exhilaration of the cold, made the whole experience very holy and very festive!
I'm so glad we decided to change things up. At times we even separated and ventured down a path or two alone allowing for some tranquility and then through the magic of cell phones, would meet back up. My favorite part of attending church on Christmas Eve is singing. My mediocre voice miraculously becomes pleasing when singing hymns and carols. And such was the case at Longwood Gardens where we were invited into the Conservatory to sing along with their historic organ and organist.
Best of all, I got some really good nighttime shots on my camera.
Here's a link to the complete album on facebook