Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël !

It’s December and we dream of a white Christmas! My favourite memories of the holidays are of falling snow covering the world with a white soft carpet—as I thought. As you grow older, you realize that while snow creates the most stunning scenery, but it's difficult to live and drive in it. And it's bone-chilling! So this year, for the holidays, I brought my studio to the desert for warm weather.

 © 2017 Louise Levergneux, Coachella Valley Preserve - Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve in Riverside County, California

© 2017 Louise Levergneux, Coachella Valley Preserve - Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve in Riverside County, California

Even though it doesn't look like Christmas, I still enjoy listening to Christmas songs, yes, Christmas music. This one by Josh Groban is special, it’s filled with good recollections.

Josh Groban, Little Drummer Boy from the Noël Album. Top Thumbnail © 2015 Louise Levergneux 

If you prefer a more contemporary version of “The Little Drummer Boy” here's one from Pentatonix.

A Pentatonix Christmas, The Little Drummer Boy. Top Thumbnail © 2015 Louise Levergneux 

I wrote my first blog post during the holidays of 2015. It has been my tradition to view a YouTube video of the Christmas Sound and Light show on Parliament Hill, to remind me of my home in Ottawa, Ontario. 

This year's video is by Avotra Rako with Snowman by Sia.

Thank you for your support. Please accept this holiday greeting as a symbol of my appreciation for your continued reading.

 © 2017 Louise Levergneux, sunset in Desert Hot Springs, California

© 2017 Louise Levergneux, sunset in Desert Hot Springs, California

Taking pleasure in a stupendous sunset from our putt-putt (as we call our little trailer); I took a deep breath and reflected on the last year. 2017 was a rollercoaster ride filled with life-altering decisions which brought sorrow, changes, travel, fun, and smiles. May the next year be a period of beautiful transformation; may you find balance and glee in life!

I wish you the Hope, Wonder, and Joy that the Season can bring!