We’re spending the holidays in Phoenix, Arizona, someplace we’ve never been before. It’s where Henry and Gloria (our daughter-in-law Beckee’s parents) stay for the colder half of the year. We’re all celebrating together, which I hope is the start of a new tradition.


Monday we all went to the Desert Botanical Garden. I’ll do a longer post on it later. It was fun.


Last night was Christmas Eve, which is also the third night of Hanukkah. We had potato pancakes and lit the Menorah over at Henry and Gloria’s place.


Today everyone is coming over to the house we rented. We’ll have Christmas stockings, which is a tradition from Judy’s side of the family. She’s made new stockings for Henry and Gloria, just as she has for other new members of the family.

There is no fireplace, so the stockings are laid by the sink with care. That’s Henry’s new stocking in front.

Anyhow, that’s all for now. Best wishes for a happy holiday to you and yours!



26 Comments on “Happy Holidays From Phoenix”

  1. New family traditions are wonderful! Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays. I think the picture of you and Judy is really good. Your family looks so happy in the group shot. What nice stockings too. Good job Judy. I really like this part of the world. I am glad you could enjoy it.

  2. Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas — what a wonderful way to celebrate! That botanical garden is one place I’d love to visit, although any place that has those big-armed cacti would be fine by me! I laughed like crazy when I saw the prairie dogs. I had one as a pet for a time, which I don’t advise, but he was a sweetie and helped to develop my fondness for them. A friend in Lubbock sees them all the time; a vacant lot near her doctor’s office was colonized, and now it’s protected, so people can watch them going about their business.

  3. Hello Jason, I have enjoyed your blog and wish you and your family a very happy New year! I once visited the Phoenix Botanical Garden. The Sonoran Desert looked like a different planet from the area I come from, but I thoroughly enjoyed discovering a new kind of beauty. Happy gardening in 2020!

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