December 20, 2011

Vicki Batman and a holiday gift!

Star in the Night

Every year, I go to a small town for their Candlelight Home Tour with four girlfriends for girl time ( 'cause we all know good girlfriends are the best psychologists), good food, peanut M&Ms, champagne cocktails, and most importantly, shopping. This special time kicks off the Christmas season for us.

Traditionally, after touring the final home, we head for The Enchanted Forest to see the Christmas trees, sponsored by local businesses. This time as I walked through the forty-ish trees, a beautiful, red, star-shaped tree topper entranced me. I pulled out my trusty Blackberry and captured it:

Isn't it gorgeous?

All of the sudden, my eye caught every topper there. I snapped pictures of those as well. Why stars on top of Christmas trees?

I found this wiki answer: A star on the top of the tree is representative of that star that led the wise men to Jesus.

Pretty cool. I've always loved the shape and colors of the stars and put them all over my tree and have a silver tree topper.

But I couldn't let my photos go. So, I took all my pictures of star toppers from my galpal weekend and created a movie for you. Enjoy!

video




Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

48 comments:

J Q Rose said...

Breathtaking beautiful photos of the stars. Amazing. I just read in the book, Journey by Adam Hamilton, the wise men (who were probably astrologers or astronomers)may have followed that star from what is now Iran to Bethlehem...a 1000 mile trip that took 3-6 months before they arrived at Baby Jesus birthplace. Thanks for sharing.

Patty said...

Thank you, Vicki. Loved it, beautiful stars and music.

Patty

Vicki Batman said...

Thank you, JQ Rose and Patty!

I was totally captivated that night!

Ann Macela said...

Wonderful stars! We always had an angel on the top of our trees. Wonder what that means? An angel watching over us?

Up here in The Frozen North of Chicagoland, this transplanted native Texan has a lighted jalapeno wreath hanging in the window.

Happy Holidays!

chris keniston said...

beautiful

and yes traveling 2000 years ago took a bit longer than it does today- many historians believe jesus was closer to a toddler than an infant by the time the wise men found him.

My grandmother always had the most beautiful tree topper stars and then she'd build this huge little village in the opposite corner of the house leading to the manger.

wonderful memories - thanks vicki

Sharon Buchbinder said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Hugs,

Sharon

Elizabeth Essex said...

Beautiful and calming. Just what I needed this morning. :)

Thanks so much for sharing.

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Ann! You are exactly right about the angels on the trees.

You can't take the Texas out of Texas girls. lol

Hi, Sharon. Thank you.

Thanks, Ms. Essex.

Hi, Chris. I would love to see those tree toppers. They had to be special. ox

Phyllis said...

Beautiful, Vicki. I grew up with stars on the trees and then switched over to angels. I guess I felt the need to be watched over...lol.

Thank you for bringing such beauty to lighten my Holidays!

Phyllis

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Phyllis. Mom had an angel too (and I'm happy to add I have a similar one!, but she watches over me at my desk).

I switched to a silver topper with my boys and didn't have my angel. ox

Adriana Ryan said...

Wow, just beautiful, Vicki. Thank you for sharing! My favorite was the one at about 25/26s. What a great tradition, too. :)

Sheila Seabrook said...

Lovely, Vicki! On my tree top, I have an angel my son gave me for Christmas one year. It has become a family keepsake and someday, I'll pass it on to him. :)

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Adriana: I'll have to check and see which is your fav. This is so much fun!

Hi, Sheila: If I had a tree topper from my sons, it would have the place of honor. Instead, I have a paper Christmas tree mobile. LOL and ox

Vicki Batman said...

Adriana mentioned at 26 is her favorite... A bit about this one: it had a whole flashing light sequence that was way cool; however, I couldn't capture it. My friend did video it and it is mighty fine.

Jodi said...

Thank you, Vicki, for sharing that lovely clip... I only wish it could have been longer. The mesmerizing photos and the beautiful soundtrack...I could have been transfixed for much, much longer.

Have a joyous Christmas!

Joelle

Vicki Batman said...

Thanks, Joelle. I wish it could have been longer too, but that was all the stars I found. So, now they are even more special. Happy, happy to you!

Patricia said...

How totally cool, Vicki! We have one of the gaudiest star toppers for our tree and all of those pictures put ours to shame! I need to buy another one. Thank you for that and the music was gorgeous!
Patti

Kathy Ivan said...

Good morning Vicki, and what a wonderful present that video is. Puts some more holiday spirit into us all.

The stars and the story are just lovely and the music fit perfectly.

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Patti! Oh, I can't imagine your topper being gaudy. I bet it would fit perfectly with mine. lol

Hi, Kathy! Was it worth the wait? Thank you so much for everything. ox

Sasha Summers said...

GORGEOUS Vicki! Thank you for sharing your photos and the warmth of the season! Merry Christmas!!!

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Sash! I knew you would like it! merry christmas to you!!!

Diane Kelly said...

What a fun tradition with your friends!

Vicki Batman said...

Thanks, Diane! We have a good time and kick off the Christmas season. ox

carole said...

I loved your movie with all the beautiful stars.I went to a live thru Bethleham that one of our churches put on in our town, it was like you were there watching baby Jesus being born.It was awesome, had goosebumps! Merry Christmas and thats the reason for this holiday!

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Carole: thanks. I'm blushing.

Wow, that sounds like an awesome drive thru. Wish we could see that video too. Best wishes to you!

Lori Wilde said...

How pretty! Thank you for sharing with us.

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Lori! I'm glad you liked it :)

Merry Christmas to you and your handsome man.

Karen Cote said...

How spontaneous and precious. Vicki Batman, you are as bright and spectacular as those stars you've shared.

Okay...this is it. This is what I want for Christmas. That stars like you abound the world over. Such a gift of hope and joy.

Love you Vicki. You are one special individual. You already know I'm sentimental today if you've read some of the other blogs and although it is a cliche' I do have to say, my heart certainly belongs to Texas.

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Karen!!! Your comments are so special. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Stars always catch my eye and I am so thrilled these did. (Even more thrilled I made this movie. lol)

Stars abounding the world over is a very good thing.

Thank you for sharing all you do!

YogaJon said...

Since I got slapped for not leaving the comment here...

Cute video!

I WILL find your Pablo Cruise video and post if for all the world to see.

Kathleen Baldwin said...

Lovely stars, Vicki! Have a Merry Christmas everyone.

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, YogaJon, I think you're sharing all my secrets. LOL

Hi, Kat: I'm so glad you liked the video. Thanks for posting and Merry Christmas to you. kiss-kiss

Linda Steinberg said...

Beautiful movie, Vicki.

And I recently saw in a catalog a star topper for interfaith families--A Jewish Star of David to top a Christmas tree!

Linda

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Linda! That would be a nifty star to see. Wow, save me that pix.

Happy Hannukah to you, my friend.

Cara Marsi said...

What beautiful stars and an awesome video. Thank you, Vicki. Your day with your friends is a terrific way to open the holiday season.

Pamela Stone said...

Very cool. I've had angels and stars through the years. And yes, girlfriends are awesome. Love roadtrips with the girls.

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Cara and Pam: Thank you for posting about my video. Girlfriends (like you!) are so special. I'm so lucky to have so many in my life.

Merry Christmas!

gail roughton branan said...

Oh, Vicki, that was beautiful! Thanks so much!

David "DA" Kentner -- KevaD said...

Hi Vicki!
Was out for a stroll, so you know I had to say hello.

Ginger Simpson said...

Beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I miss my 'gal pal' times. :)

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Gail! I'm so happy you stopped and like the movie.

Hi, David! You're always welcome to stroll by here! Happy holidays!

Hi, Ginger! I have to have galpal times. Let's galpal via the internet, shall we? Blessings to you!

gail roughton branan said...

Ginger, you have multitudes of galpals! Everywhere! Any time zone! We all do. And God bless us, every one!

PamnTX said...

Beautiful!

Pam P.

Vicki Batman said...

Hi, Pam and thank you. I knew you'd like it!

Sylvia said...

I'm just now getting to drop in and I have to tell you that was very beautiful and soothing. I needed that today. Lovely, Vicki and the trip with the girls sounds like fun.

Wendy said...

What a lovely idea to group all the beautiful star toppers together. Thanks for the Christmasy start. Merry Christmas, Vicki and all of your family and friends.

Karilyn Bentley said...

Gorgeous pix, Vicki! Thank you for sharing with us!

Liz Lipperman said...

Sorry I'm late. I babysat my two granddaughters all day yesterday and came home and crashed!! I have to do it all over again on Thursday.

Anyway, I loved the star movie, Vicki. It really put me in a Christmas mood, emphasizing the real reason for the season.

As for girlfriend trips, they keep me sane.

Merry Christmas, everyone.