I love this time of year.  I get downright giddy sometime towards the end of September in anticipation of fall/winter.  I like the cooler nights, the mild change in season that Mother Nature generously provides Southern California, the tiny tots in our neighborhood during Halloween, the grand feast that accompanies Thanksgiving, and the weeks leading up to, and including Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  I cherish all of it!

To welcome friends and family to my home is such a pleasure.  Nothing too formal, just a comforting meal with good conversation is what the holiday season is all about.  Since guests see your outside entry when they approach I thought I’d share with you some of my favorites that made their way into my archive.  Our own entrance (images from last year) are the finale to this post.

It is a time of year I welcome with a full heart and plan to slow down just enough to enjoy all that the season offers.  As a wise blogger wrote, “enjoy the process”.  Those words make sense to me and I have been trying to live them, reminding myself of their meaning as I scurry around, list in hand.

So, enjoy the images of these welcoming entrances, inviting us  into what I’m sure are lovely homes decorated for the season.

Join me for a cup of cocoa and a friendly visit!  I wish you the best the season has to offer.