Why we wrap our trees in tinsel

Why we wrap our trees in tinsel

One of the best things to do in this fine city this time of year is to visit the Riverside Arts Market and do some Christmas shopping. The atmosphere is really great with live music being performed in every corner of the venue, all the vendors set up in the park beneath one of the many overpasses that span the St. Johns River, and the combination of warm sun and cool breeze coming across the water. It makes for a delightful day. Here are some images.

Enjoy!

Ana Riley, Riverside Arts Market

Ana Riley, Riverside Arts Market

Ana Riley, Riverside Arts Market

Ana Riley, Riverside Arts Market

I love this water fountain. Adults, children, and dogs. All inclusive.

Ana Riley, Riverside Arts Market

I really wanted a tie-dye infinity scarf. 
Had to remind myself that I wasn’t Christmas shopping for me
It was an exercise in self control.

Ana Riley, Riverside Arts Market

Don’t you love these Christmas spiders by AlaArt? We bought a garnet and gold one last year and it’s been hanging from the light fixture above our kitchen table ever since. We did move it onto the Christmas tree to use as an ornament once the tree went up a week ago, but I plan to move it back into the kitchen come New Years and keep him out year round. So pretty–and good luck too!
Read the legend of the Christmas spider here (and find out why we wrap our Christmas trees in tinsel.)

Ana Riley, Riverside Arts Market


As we were wandering around the art market, spending time together as a family and enjoying each others’ company, my mind kept returning to what is going on in Connecticut this weekend. I can’t imagine the pain of those families, of that community. It shouldn’t take tragedy to remind you of just how precious life is, but that’s what happens. I’ve been hugging my dear ones close, immensely grateful to be together in this sweet life. The sadness stands as a reminder…to tell someone important to you that you love them today.

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