Join our #Tis the Season gratitude sharing in December

Decorations at the Oak cafe at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum

I have been finding joy in unexpected places during these dark December days. We all need some extra light in our lives. I am grateful for the bright lights and decorations that are popping up in my neighborhood and discovered during my adventures to my favorite state parks and cultural experiences in New York. I have been tweeting @sharingthanks with the #TistheSeason some of my favorites. I hope my photos brighten your day. What I wish for most in the world is Peace, kindness, abundance for all, and tolerance! You can join in the fun by sharing your gratitudes and pictures on Twitter @sharingthanks with the #TistheSeason hashtag. I will be retweeting your gratitudes and snapshots of joy.

You can also join in the fun by sharing something your thankful this season in the comments. I love hearing about what your grateful for.

This week I am grateful for taking a walk at the beautiful Bayard Cutting Arboretum on Long Island.
Mrs. Cutting donated this 690 acre treasure on the Connetquot River to New York State and specified that the arboretum "serve as an oasis of beauty and quiet ....source of pleasure, rest and refreshment."
The woodlands and gardens are beautifully maintained and you can spot a wide variety of bird life here.

Yesterday during my walk I saw 2 swans, and a variety of ducks, as well as chickens that are kept in a hen house on the property. You can purchase eggs for $5.00 a dozen!

The oak cafe and patio are open Tuesday to Sunday and have a wonderful lunch menu. They also serve tea with china. A 2-cup pot is only $4.95. I love sipping cups out of beautiful china with an amazing view of the great lawn and river. I always feel like I am on a wonderful vacation when I visit this park!

The property was all dressed up for the holidays with greetings from tin soldiers,  a Victorian decorate trees, and lovely small holiday displays.

I will be tweeting some more of the pictures from my walk during the week. I am looking forward to reading what you are thankful for and seeing your #TistheSeason moments


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