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Merry Christmas, readers! I’ve had a lovely holiday here in Albany spending time with family and friends. Now that the wrapping paper is on the floor neatly folded for reuse next year and the last of the peppermint ice cream has been demolished polished, it’s time to share a few Photos of the Week.

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I’ll have an extended post coming up about my holiday traditions and spending Christmas and Thanksgiving at home, but for now a few teasers…

Photo A

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One of my favorite things about Christmas is the grown-up dinner party I’ve been throwing for my friends since senior year of high school. It’s the one time of the year I actually enjoy cooking.

Photo B

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Lights in the Park is a Capital Region Christmas tradition. This year, we waited in line for over an hour to see…. lights in a park! But the laughs in the car were worth it.

Photo C

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I can’t believe that this was the first year that I ever went ice skating at Empire State Plaza! Watching the sunset from the ice in the middle of this iconic Albany landmark was the start of a perfect new holiday tradition.

Photo D

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I love this photo that juxtaposes a Christmas poinsettia with a Buddha sculpture. Why? Because as you read this, I’m on my way back to Southeast Asia!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Which photo do you think should be Photo of the Week?

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18 Comments...
  • Jen
    December 26 2012

    I really love D, because it is so timely, as you said.

    I’m glad you had a happy Christmas home with your family!
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    • Meihoukai
      December 28 2012

      Thank you so much Jen, I always appreciate your comments!

  • Kathryn Allen
    December 26 2012

    It’s a tie between B and D. Loved them all!

    • Meihoukai
      December 28 2012

      See! You missed out on a great Lights in the Park šŸ™‚

  • Chris Shaw
    December 26 2012

    B this week, Meihoukai! Great composition! Have a great trip, can’t wait to see what you’ll show us!

    • Meihoukai
      December 28 2012

      Thanks Chris! It’s great to be back.

  • I vote for the chocolate cake!

    • Meihoukai
      December 28 2012

      I have to send you the recipe… it’s the one and only chocolate cake/brownie recipe in the world that I like!

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad
    December 26 2012

    I like A, it looks like you guys had a great time! Speaking of great time, have a blast in Asia- and enjoy the warm weather for me šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      December 28 2012

      Believe me, I will enjoy the warm weather enough for every single reader of this blog šŸ™‚

  • Steve McKee
    December 26 2012

    Photo B (You & car mirror). None of the others is even close.
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    • Meihoukai
      December 28 2012

      Steve, I hope you got to experience the magic that is Lights in the Park! If not, it’s there till Jan 4th šŸ™‚

  • Amanda
    December 26 2012

    Photo C! I love the shadows. Have a good flight and hope your jetlag isn’t too bad! Looking forward to next week’s photo.
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    • Meihoukai
      December 28 2012

      Considering I’m responding to comments at 7am and have been awake for 5 hours… it’s pretty bad šŸ™‚

  • Jenna
    December 27 2012

    Great photos! My favorite is B–looks like fun! šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      December 28 2012

      Thanks Jenna! I think I started a new holiday tradition šŸ™‚

  • Thor
    January 1 2013

    I love the photo of you in the car mirror.

    • Meihoukai
      January 1 2013

      Thank you! It’s one of my favorites as well.