downtown Prescott, AZ store window at Christmas 2022

December 21: Christmas, Hanukkah, or Winter Solstice

Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays

We were so lucky this year that snow fell just before Christmas getting us into the holiday mood. Two weeks ago on WQW, I shared a winter wonderland. The good news is that two weeks ago I had to use archived pictures, and this week, I can show you what the weather is like here in Prescott, AZ.

How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose, if there were no winter in our year.

―Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Featured Bloggers for Last Week

I am super grateful for all of you who visit and post each week. You bring me joy, I learn about the world far and near, and feel close to you and what you are doing in your lives.

  • EKLASTIC – BEST PIE EVER
  • KEEP IT ALIVE – SWEET VERMICELLI IS A HOLIDAY BREAKFAST DELIGHT
  • LADY LEE – AMAZING CULINARY DELIGHTS
  • LOVING LIFE – YUMMY COOKIES AND OTHER DELIGHTS INCLUDING A LINK TO HER CLAM CHOWDER SECRET RECIPE
  • NOW AT HOME – WITH A LINK TO ALETTA’S FRUITCAKE RECIPE

For More Winter Solstice and Christmas Ideas Visit These Blogs

Logo Contest

Do you love quotes? Do you enjoy designing? WQW Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays is changing to WQ Wednesday Quotes in 2023. Check out the 2023 WQ Logo Designing Contest.

This year we had two worthy entries for next year’s widget or logo shown in the order received. Some people post the image in their sidebar to show that they participate in a specific challenge. Others post them on every post. Some do both and others do neither.

Thank you to two amazing bloggers, Donna Connolly at Retirement Reflections and Sadje at Keep It Alive for taking the time to submit these two excellent logos. I’ll let you know who designed which logo will be our next logo on January 7th. I love them both, so I’m NEED your help choosing!

Voting Ends on January 4th

My Take on a Wintery Christmas

The other day Puppy Girl and I put on our heavy coats and went outside to make yellow snow. These are some of the wonderful views we had around our home.

“The Christians stole the winter solstice from the pagans, and capitalism stole it from the Christians.”

George Monbiot

“In a way Winter is the real Spring – the time when the inner things happen, the resurgence of nature.” 

 Edna O’Brien

Christmas Shopping

You will, no doubt notice that I’m not showing you my deeper self where all the resurgence is happening. I love blogs where people say deep, cool stuff. I’ve come to the conclusion that you have to have a deep, cool mind in order to do that. So, with me, you get shop chatter.

Vince and I don’t have a lot of shopping left to do, so we strolled at a comfortable pace through the downtown shops around Courthouse Square. These shops reflect the true western spirit of Native Americans, cowboys, and rodeos in their decorations for Christmas as well as most of their merchandise.

You won’t see a store window like this in Lisbon or London, Toronto, or Toowoomba. It is typically Prescott, AZ.
Need a gift bag? I thought this was cute.
Speaking of wine, isn’t this a stunning wine rack? If anyone wants to get this for me… It also works well for Mama Cormier’s Thursday Trio challenge.
This is a cute building with lots of shops, but something was missing. Aha, more trios!
That explained the empty area. There wasn’t even a chair for Santa, so maybe he’s been at the NP for the entire season. There’s a Thursday Door, wouldn’t you say?
Wait, I see him through my camera lens. He seems beary preoccupied.

“Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal underneath, for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me.”

Anne Morrow Lindburg

Finally, I have a few ornaments you might enjoy.

I love bears.
A little something to remember your trip to Prescott. Yes, bear with me – one more bear.
Yes, we also love tacos and taco trucks here in Prescott, too.
Here’s my truck and trailer – or my wanna-be T & T and some more doors.
The Chamber of Commerce Marsha coming out in these ornaments.
A different shop window and another Thursday Trio for Mama Cormier and another red truck for me.
I wonder which house has the best cookies?

Play Along with WQW

We are almost at the end of 2022, our second year of Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays. I hope you have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a beautiful winter solstice.

If you want to play along with Writer’s Quotes Wednesday, create a post about the topic of the holiday you celebrate this month, or something about winter, find a quote or quotes that you like, and link your post to my post.

Upcoming and Ongoing on Always Write

Happy Quoting!

56 responses to “WQW 49: Wintery Holidays”

  1. Last on the Card: Nutter Butter’s Christmas – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

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  4. Mama Cormier Avatar

    Beautiful photos as always, Marsha. I love the ornaments.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Carol. I took tons of trio pictures. So I’ll have some more for this week, too. 🙂

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  6. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

    The shops in Prescot are beautuful!
    Merry Christmas to you and Vince! 🎄

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Aletta. Prescott downtown is a very eclectic place full of art stores and antique, and of course, saloons on Whiskey Row – the main street. 🙂

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      1. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

        That sounds like a great place!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          It is. 🙂

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      2. Alison Avatar

        Your photos are like Christmas card pictures
        The blue sky against the white is glorious and as always great quotes
        Hope you had a fabulous day 😊

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thank you so much, Ali. That is high praise and I’ll cherish it. Have a wonderful New Year. Talk to you soon on your blog. 🙂

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          1. Alison Avatar

            For sure Marsha
            Have a happy and healthy 2023

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Thank you so much, Alison! You have a great 2023, too!

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  8. Kirstin Avatar

    I’m late to the party…..haha…here’s my link. I love the quote you shared about winter being the real spring, and I LOVE all the fun photos. That looks like an amazing place to walk around.
    https://troyerslovinglife.blogspot.com/2022/12/putting-fingers-to-keyboardwqw-theme.html

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You will have to visit sometime. It’s right on your way to somewhere, especially if you fly. You can stopover at Phoenix and fly further east from here. I had never flown in and out of two airports until I came to Portland in September to see all of you.

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  9. 100 Country Trek Avatar

    These pictures caught my attention. Have a Merry Christmas. Anita

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Wow, thanks, Anita, that’s high praise from a photographer and traveler like you are. Hope you had a great Christmas and are headed for many wonderful experiences in 2023.

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  10. Wind Kisses Avatar

    oh how I love your walk through Prescott for the holidays. Such great captures. And You are making me want to shop. The southwest/native store front is my favorite.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Isn’t that a beautiful display? I’ve never seen anything like it.

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  11. ben Alexander Avatar

    Some personal Chanukah candle-related thoughts of mine:

    https://skepticskaddish.com/2022/12/22/defy-and-define-the-darkness/


    David

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  13. Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com Avatar

    I love that wine… I mean organic food tote bag! And, the quote by George Monbiot is a good one. I wish the season could be less about buying stuff and more about peace and good will. Looking forward to seeing which logo wins. Have a great holiday, Marsha!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Janis. I hope you voted! 😍🎅🎄🎁 even the emoji are all about the commercial side of Christmas.

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  14. the eternal traveller Avatar

    The snow is so pretty – you know how much I love seeing snow photos. And you’re right, you won’t see that Christmas scene here in Toowoomba. It’s warm and sunny and 26C today, and we’re looking forward to a lovely summery Christmas Day in Brisbane with our dear little boy.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Awwwww we might have to join you and leave the cold snow behind. I need to give A a hug and a kiss before he gets too big for that sort of thing!!!!

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      1. the eternal traveller Avatar

        I hope he doesn’t get too big for it any time soon.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Me too! 🙂 Give everyone my love.

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  15. eklastic Avatar

    What a festive collection!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It was a fun time capturing them.

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  17. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    Such a beautiful Winter Wonderland and tour Marsha. Love the Indian Scene and all of the xmas pics to get me in the mood. Shopping is overrated but Amazon has been great this year. I never know if it’s a door handle or a xmas gift or a door handle xmas gift. Oh I wish I was good with Graphics and those are great ones but I’ll try to take a whirl at it.
    I love you talking shop!!! 🎄❤️

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are too sweet. And I love your poetry so there you go!

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        just honest.. awww thanks Marsha! ❣️

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          YAW! 🙂

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  18. bushboy Avatar

    Hopefully that wine rack is ten feet tall to hold all of your bottles Marsha 🍷😁

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You must think I’m a real lush, BB!

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      1. bushboy Avatar

        Just thought that perhaps you are a connoisseur and collector of fine wines Marsha

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          LOL Truth known, I know very little about wine. I have a few favorites, nothing over $15 per bottle. I spend most of my drinking on water! 🙂 I know, how boring!

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          1. bushboy Avatar

            I am a $15 average myself 🙂

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            My favorite is Robert Mondavi’s Cabernet Savignon aged in bourbon barrels. Delicious!

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  19. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    I love your uplifting, holiday pics. Very inspiring!
    Thank you for including me in this challenge.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you, dear Donna for participating and for the kind remarks. 🙂 Have wonderful holidays.

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  20. restlessjo Avatar

    I suspect you do my share of Christmas shopping, Marsha. I’m not good at it. Butterfly brain! Inspiration always dawns late then I’m in a mad panic. We buy very little and are away from home with only hand luggage- that doesn’t give a lot of scope! Have a fabulous time…

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I hear you! I bring home few presents when I travel, too. Be safe! Talk to you soon, my friend. 🙂

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  21. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

    Woo hoo!!!! …. I’m the first voter! Thanks for sharing the wonderful pics of Prescott. Northern Arizona weather sure is different than the Valley of the Sun. Great ornaments … especially the taco truck … what a fabulous wine rack!!!! …. and the first pic in the collection is my favorite. Defintely southwestern and wonderful. Best holiday wishes to you and yours.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Frank. It was a glorious day to take pictures yesterday. I was in heaven walking in and out of shops – snap, snap, snapping. 🙂 Thanks for being my #1 voter!

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