Merry Christmas and Happy New 2016!


Merry Christmas to you all, my dear blogger Friends! Joy to the World!

Joy to those who are celebrating with their families; joy to those who are with their friends; joy to the lonely. Blessings of peace and love to all.

I want to share some photographs I took in the last couple of days.

Waterford Winterval Festival is over,  and tonight the city center is unusually quiet. This Express Train had been riding around every night since the end of November.



Even the hurricane Eva couldn’t stop it.


Riding the carousel was another fun thing you could do in Waterford.




The full moon is hiding in the clouds – the last day of the festival.


Santa Sleigh – the last ride of the season.


I know that this festival wasn’t anything breathtaking – just a regular retail business with a bit of tinsel added for festiveness.  What I want to say is that Christmas time brings out the best in people, and this ‘best’ – sparkling eyes, smiles and happy laughter are a reflection of the joy within. It is what makes  Christmas festivals  special.

Let’s hope that this joy stays with us throughout the New Year and brightens ours days, softens our hearts and opens our minds for good things to enter.

IneseMjPhotographyHave a Happy Christmas!


    1. Yes, it is what I am saying – happy people make the festivals special 🙂 Christmas shopping is fun if you are happy. Tinsel decorations look fantastic if you are happy. Old carousel is a breathtaking experience if you are happy. And why wouldn’t you feel happy when The Child was born into the World? 🙂 Sure you would love the ride in that train 🙂

      1. It’s off topic a little, but your comment reminded me a little of some discussions I have sometimes had with friends about certain tourist spots being spoiled because there are too many people and to many local vendors trying to make a fast buck.(The Spanish Steps in Rome comes to mind as an example.)

        Although I can understand the criticisms and even agree with them to some extent, I must admit the sight of many happy tourists tends to just leave me feeling cheerful.

        1. Yes, I think the same. If someone earns a buck – good for him, these places depend on tourism for an income. I am also happy for those who travel. Many of them have to save the money for the trip – let them enjoy themselves. They did a research to find the Spanish Steps! I was coming from the riverside, and got lost 🙂

          1. Sounds like we feel much the same way about it. Incidentally, my memory of the Spanish Steps is sitting on them with my wife on a beautiful sunny day and eating gelato. It’s a nice memory. 🙂

  1. Tinsel & all, it sure looks like a lot of fun! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas & now on to a HAPPY NEW YEAR! ⭐ ⭐

  2. I had missed this but thankfully Teagan shared the link. Beautiful. Here it never stops raining (well, now for a few minutes). I hope the holiday is going well and 2016 is better than the previous one.

    1. Thank you! Merry Christmas to you and your family! We shall meet up when the weather gets a little bit better – for some photography perhaps? I would love that! Have a wonderful 2016! xx

  3. Beautiful pictures as always, Inese!!!:) I just love the spinning carousels and the glowing horses´ankles! Wish you a very Merry Christmas, love, joy and magic!!! Sarah xxx

    1. Thank you Sarah! Glowing horse ankles was a lucky moment indeed. The horse sleigh was waiting at the traffic lights, and was illuminated from the top by the blue lights from the building. I pressed the shutter at the exact moment when a car driving in opposite direction started moving and it’s headlights illuminated the lower part of the horse bodies. It is the only frame with the glowing horse legs I have got 🙂
      Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
      Love, Inese

      1. What a tremendously lucky moment!! It´s so special and looks just fantastic – as if little fairies poured some magic over their ankles and they´re probably going to take off any moment;) Love, Sarah xxx

  4. I liked what you said at the ending about not having it to be a great festival and tied it up with hope, love in hearts and joy. So Merry Christmas! And hope all the best to you this season and even better next year.

    1. Thank you Charly! I think that the people, not the attractions or special effects, make a festival great. We had very modest attractions, but Christmas Spirit was palpable, and it made the festival special and wonderful. Merry Christmas to you, and a safe and happy New Year!

      1. I completely agree with you, the spirit of christmas in people, meaning the joy, the just being nice all around (although is not very often in most cases at the end of the day the people you don´t get along for whatever reason are not going to treat you like a King and viceversa for a holiday, but just seeing other people happy, families happy, that does bring a Little smile to my face since I dont have that this year, as a matter of fact for quite some years it has happened. So material things….. I guess their important, what would I do without a computer? And I feel blessed since I´m sure there are people out there that would like to have one and can´t afford it

        1. Charly, I agree with your every word. I wish every heart would respond like that to seeing other people happy.
          Good attracts good, and I believe that finally the good things will build up in your life and stay there 🙂 Hugs and much love!

  5. Thank you sharing. You’re right Christmas brings out the sparkle and joy (especially in a place like Ireland! Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Christmas full of joy, hugs and lots of love!

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