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!


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

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

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

  4. 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!

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

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

  7. 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

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

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


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