Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Snap 18 - 12 Days of Christmas

Yesterday I made another trip to the Dallas Arboretum, this time to see the 12 Days of Christmas exhibit. The Arboretum installs "12 elaborate 25-foot-tall Victorian gazebos in the 66-acre-garden filled with the charming costumed characters, whimsical animals and winter scenes made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Each gazebo is encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on all sides to provide a dramatic, three-dimensional experience that adds to the “music box” quality." 

It was a gorgeous, although somewhat cold, afternoon here in Texas when my Pun'kin niece Natashia and I visited the exhibit. (This is Pun'kin's first time to drive up [5 1/2 hours] for a visit, and it's so wonderful to have her here for a few days! ) We had a great time snapping photos and singing the 12 Days of Christmas as we strolled through the exhibit and gardens.

Joining in today with Helena's meme - Snap - a visually linked set of between 2 and 4 images. The set can be based on colour or shape or subject. I'll start by sharing four of my favorite photos that give a feel for the exhibit - 2 of the gazebos, 1 of the signs, and a favorite with us in front of the tall Christmas tree.


Because the gazebos are encased in glass, it was difficult to get really good photos of each of the exhibits. The displays are on rotating platforms, which makes it FUN to see these exhibits, but impossible to catch all the characters at once. Here's a peek inside each of the gazebos.

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Two Turtle Doves

Three French Hens

Four Calling Birds

Five Golden Rings

Six Geese a-Laying

Seven Swans a-Swimming

Eight Maids a-Milking

Nine Ladies Dancing

Ten Lords a-Leaping

Eleven Pipers Piping

Twelve Drummers Drumming

And for your yuletide enjoyment - a 10 second video!


Hope y'all are enjoying these last days as we approach Christmas!

9 comments:

Karen said...

These are fabulous! I'm glad you included the closer view of each of these!

Patio Postcards said...

Fun fun fun - it is one of the few Christmas carols I know all the words to.

Sian said...

It looks like a suitably sophisticated trip out for a very grown up looking young lady!

alexa said...

My goodness, that's quite an elaborate exhibition, isn't it! Thank-you for letting us glimpse inside each one - and your rendition was a super finishing tidbit :). It looks cold though - brrr!

Miriam said...

Love Love Love Love Love your video! well done. What a fantastic exhibition! Merry Christmas to you Mellissa

marshaleith said...

Fabulous...and nice and large Texas-style!! The swans are especially lovely.

helena said...

an amazing display - what a lot of work they must put in to get it all ready - lovely to see your 2 happy faces too

Susanne said...

What a fun thing - love the video as well as the snaps.

Jane said...

love the swans, your photos have got me in the Christmas spirit at last!