Christmas in Maryland


Our grandsons sporting their new coonskin caps, and Daughter-in-Law Kristi. No raccoons or other creatures were harmed in making this photo.


Newest Grandson Raiden spreading Christmas cheer.


Santa came by fire truck to greet the family.


The Clauses and Townes meet on the street.


An ice storm on the first day of our visit made the whole area an especially magical place. These are ice crystals on one of the plants in Brian and Kristi’s yard. All the bare-limbed trees were covered in icicles. A real treat for we travelers from sunny California. I’d likely be less thrilled about such things if I had to live through an entire winter of them.

With Love,








About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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18 Responses to Christmas in Maryland

  1. Love seeing the magic of Christmas! ❤

  2. Mrs. P says:

    What a wonderful visit!

  3. Love the icy plant Russ! ❤
    Diana xo

  4. mimijk says:

    What a perfect Christmas!

    • russtowne says:

      It was raucous and had moments of bruised egos, and was still wonderful indeed. It reminded me of some of your posts about family gatherings where you alluded to things not always being perfect, but were still wonderful.

  5. A sparkly and love filled Christmas Russ, nothing better. Many blessings on you all! 🙂

  6. utesmile says:

    What a lovely Christmas with the family, I am sure it was fun with all the grandchildren!

  7. ksbeth says:

    how utterly wonderful, russ! and i love the magic crystals that arrived just in time for your visit )

  8. Happy holidays to you and your family

  9. Merry Christmas to you! I live in Maryland instead spend my Christmas in Pennsylvania with my wife’s in-laws. Anyway, Russ, merry Christmas and happy new year!

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