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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” Harriet Tubman

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle - Bryant Park Tree

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle – Bryant Park Tree

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle- Glowing Globes

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle – Glowing Globes

Twinkle, twinkle, little star by Jane Taylor (1783–1824)
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

One thing I love about the holiday season is all the sparkling, twinkling lights that we see everywhere. I love driving around my neighborhood and admiring the great effort some families put into their front yard lights. One favorite thing I love to do every year, ans I am not alone on this one, is to go to Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, and the neighboring midtown streets, to admire the twinkling lights. That is what I’ve chosen to share for this wonderful, perfect holiday season assignment.

“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.” Marilyn Monroe

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle - Rockefeller Center Tree

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle – Rockefeller Center Tree

Weekly Photo Challenge:  - Rockefeller Center Lights

Weekly Photo Challenge: – Rockefeller Center Lights

Then the traveller in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
‘Till the sun is in the sky.

As I added my photos, all that kept playing in my mind was Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Enjoy the rest. Happy Holidays!

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“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” Stephen Hawking

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle - Bryant Park Tree

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle – Bryant Park Tree

Weekly Photo Challenge:  - NYC Lights

Weekly Photo Challenge: – NYC Lights

As your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the traveler in the dark.
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
How I wonder what you are.
How I wonder what you are.

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle This week, share with us your photos of twinkling light. You will need to find a light source and a reflective surface in order to capture a twinkle, but those are the only limitations. Your photo could be the sparkle of an ornament, as in the photo I’ve shared. Perhaps it is a crisp catchlight in the eyes of a loved one, or the millions of twinkles in the waves of a body of water as a sunrise’s first rays appear. Maybe you’d like to try your hand at nighttime photography, and capture the sparkle of stars. Where there is light, there will be a twinkle.


Positive Motivation Tip: Those we hold dear in our hearts are always near to comfort us and make us smile… They may be gone but they are never forgotten. Keep the flame of love alive.

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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  1. 12/12/2014 10:54 am

    wowie!!! I want to be there! 😄

  2. sriches permalink
    12/12/2014 11:13 am

    Love, love, love this post! It has really cheered me up and helped me get into the Christmas spirit! 🙂 All the lights are so twinkly! 🙂 Simone x

  3. 12/12/2014 12:17 pm

    “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” – This is very much going to stay in my mind too now.
    The Rockefeller Center Lights are amazing! Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great Holiday time, dear Elizabeth.
    Love, Uta

  4. 12/12/2014 12:49 pm

    I just love the holiday lights! Your pictures are fabulous (as usual)! You should consider entering a few in my Instagram contest 🙂

  5. 12/12/2014 1:10 pm

    Lots of beautiful, seasonal shots.


  6. 12/12/2014 1:49 pm

    lots of twinkle!…especially like the red, white, blue…

  7. 12/12/2014 2:14 pm

    Very twinkly and sparkly! Funny how bright lights always cheer us up.

  8. Masshole Mommy permalink
    12/12/2014 3:35 pm

    I was in NYC over Thanksgiving and some lights were up, but not all of them.

  9. Liz Mays permalink
    12/12/2014 3:53 pm

    Christmas tree decorations never fail to impress me. Rockefeller looks incredible!

  10. Nina Garcia Say permalink
    12/12/2014 4:51 pm

    What a beautiful Christmas wonderland. I love it! I can’t wait to visit our local community tree.

  11. 12/12/2014 5:49 pm

    Beautiful Christmas photos.

  12. 12/12/2014 5:56 pm

    absolutely stunning. happy holidays! 🙂

  13. Olfa Turki permalink
    12/12/2014 6:00 pm

    What a beautiful Christmas tree!

  14. 12/12/2014 6:50 pm

    Very beautiful!

  15. May De Jesus-Palacpac permalink
    12/12/2014 7:28 pm

    What a truly beautiful tree! And what a nice concept for photography. Sigh I wish my iPhone can take good pictures at night. I haven’t seen a tree that huge around here yet, though, but I’m sure there’s one I haven’t seen yet. When I finally get my hands on a real camera, I shall go searching for twinkles.

    Taking note of the reflective surface!

  16. 12/12/2014 8:06 pm

    These are awesome photos! I love Christmas lights, too. There is just something magical and beautiful about them.

  17. Lisa Bristol permalink
    12/12/2014 8:41 pm

    These are amazing photos. I love a the beautiful lights.

  18. Pabin Raj Luitel permalink
    12/12/2014 9:05 pm

    This is great, I learn that twinkle twinkle song when i was 5 years old. I like the way you relate the poems with the pictures. Pictures are beautiful and so are the poems.

  19. 12/12/2014 9:10 pm

    I really love the Christmas season, there’s so many amazing christmas and lighting display that gives such happiness. I actually want to experience Christmas with Snow haha. Sharing you the lights back here in Manila 🙂

  20. Catherine S permalink
    12/12/2014 9:23 pm

    All the pictures are great. I love go out and look at all the lights and decorations on Christmas Eve.

  21. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    12/12/2014 11:56 pm

    What a great post indeed. I love these pictures, quotes, etc. and this is inspiring to me indeed. This time of year, I love all the lights that just give me a warm feeling inside. Thanks for sharing.

  22. 13/12/2014 12:16 am

    Wonderful, wonderful especially the little Rockefeller trees, I like simple ones best! The ‘lipstick’ ones are strange 🙂

  23. 13/12/2014 12:19 am


  24. Aisha Kristine Chong permalink
    13/12/2014 12:45 am

    such lovely christmas tree photos.. I love seeing the lights of it, beautiful.

  25. eri permalink
    13/12/2014 3:20 am

    I love Christmas and your post with the pictures together gave me the spirit of Christmas 😀 Christmas decorations everywhere “twinkle”and happiness ! Its definitely the time when you feel all your wishes will come true !!

  26. 13/12/2014 4:14 am

    This holiday is never complete without these beautiful lights surrounding the city! In the Philippines, Christmas lights shows are now becoming a famous tourist attraction this holiday season!

  27. 13/12/2014 5:33 am

    Your photos are simply gorgeous. I would love to do a weekly photo challenge but I don’t know that I’d have time. Thanks for sharing your twinkle challenge with us.

  28. 13/12/2014 6:42 am

    ahh christmas . such a beautiful season~! the photos of the tree are beautiful . just wishing for snow here . heh

  29. Tonya C permalink
    13/12/2014 7:10 am

    The twinkle lights are one of my favorite parts of the holidays! LOVE how it transforms dull leafless trees into magical wonderlands.

  30. R U S S permalink
    13/12/2014 7:54 am

    All those lovely photos of Christmas Trees and pretty lights are making me smile. I sense that hope in the “twinkle” that those lights have. I’ve always thought that they’re lovely and relaxing to look at.

  31. 13/12/2014 8:32 am

    Such a lovely post! We will be trying to see the beautiful twinkling lights of NYC Christmas week. Love Bryant Park. It’s not as crowded as Rockefeller and it’s fun to watch the ice skaters.

  32. Karen Camilovic permalink
    13/12/2014 9:28 am

    I am always excited for a new photo challenge and this one really puts me in the holiday spirit. I am book marking this page and will be uploading a photo. Hope my old but faithful camera is up to the task!!!

  33. 13/12/2014 9:48 am

    We are actually putting up our tree this weekend 🙂 And lights outside. One of my favorite things to do is drive around and look at the lights.

  34. JeniG of Kalikotpepot permalink
    13/12/2014 10:20 am

    I also like seeing the streets glammed up with lights. It gives warm and fuzzy feel. Lovely article Eliz, as always:)

  35. Vanessa Ally permalink
    13/12/2014 10:36 am

    We also decorated our Christmas tree at home. My kids wanted to arrange it with little shining red angels instead of crystal balls so it looks marvelous now. Love your pics, they are full of light and totally in tune with my Christmas mood.

  36. S. Daniel permalink
    13/12/2014 11:02 am

    Beautiful photos! This is my favorite time of year and I love the twinkling lights. My grandmother use to pile me and my cousins in the car and take us on a drive from town to town, to see the beautiful bright lights!

  37. Mrs. Jilly Fisher permalink
    13/12/2014 11:37 am

    I love this time of year! Christmas makes everything beautiful. Your pictures look amazing. =-)

  38. 13/12/2014 11:39 am

    SOOO gorgeous! Real NY iconic Christmas twinkling!

  39. 13/12/2014 12:46 pm

    Wow! The lights are just beautiful!

  40. 13/12/2014 1:54 pm

    Beautiful! Happy Holidays Eliz! 🙂

  41. bonniegowen permalink
    13/12/2014 2:35 pm

    I love this time of year as well and love all the lights too. Our family takes drives every few days in the evening to see all the decorations and lights. These pictures are so pretty.

  42. 13/12/2014 3:20 pm

    OMG i love those amazing trees, i’ve always loved Christmas trees and I have plenty of photos with the trees I see around the city

  43. 13/12/2014 3:31 pm

    I saw this tree on your Facebook page and was just amazed. It’s definitely one of the prettiest trees I’ve seen. It’s pretty magnificent in size too.

  44. Rena McDaniel-Alzheimers Caregiver permalink
    13/12/2014 4:19 pm

    This was really beautiful! I love these amazing photos! I’ve been to NYC many times but never at Christmas. It’s always been a dream of mine so thank you for sharing it with me and the inspiration.

  45. Ann Bacciaglia permalink
    13/12/2014 5:40 pm

    I Love Christmas lights. It is fun to go for a drive and see all the great lights.

  46. 13/12/2014 7:28 pm

    Oohhh I LOVE Christmas trees! Such beautiful photos! <333

  47. mrenkema79 permalink
    13/12/2014 7:28 pm

    Nice pictures!! I love Christmas lights!

  48. alissamags permalink
    13/12/2014 7:42 pm

    I love Christmas Time! 🙂 Your photos are so great. Maybe try with a higher quality camera. It will be better!

  49. Trish F permalink
    13/12/2014 7:44 pm

    That Bryant Park tree is something else. Love that they did it up in red, white and blue. I also like seeing the lights in NYC during the season but I won’t have the time to get in this year. Thanks for sharing.

  50. 13/12/2014 9:39 pm

    Have you tried making wishes upon a Christmas Tree. I did that once in 2011, making the same wish upon every Christmas tree I see and it came true! I thought I will try that again this year to see how it goes!

  51. Khushboo permalink
    14/12/2014 12:24 am

    OMG! The tree looks so gorgeous. Loved your take on the prompt 🙂

  52. Louise permalink
    14/12/2014 2:07 am

    The lights during Christmas season is what I’m always waiting to see. It lights up the mood of almost everyone. 🙂

  53. chrysa permalink
    14/12/2014 4:55 am

    I truly would LOVE to be in NYC for the Christmas holidays. It truly looks amazing. I love your photos.

  54. Elana Khong permalink
    14/12/2014 5:58 am

    Lovely Xmas tree. I always look forward to Xmas decorations around the mall too.

  55. Fred permalink
    14/12/2014 6:08 am

    One day I really hope I can visit NYC in Christmas time. I have only been there summer once, and fall the next. The shimmering and colorful decorations look so beautiful! – Fred

  56. loriag permalink
    14/12/2014 6:43 am

    Absolutely beautiful pictures.

  57. 14/12/2014 8:21 am

    I’ve always thought that reaching for the stars in some way is the secret of walking happily on the Earth

    • 28/01/2015 10:24 am

      I concur! Right now, I’m on a marathon to approve all existing comments. Phew! Thanks again for your patience. 🙂

  58. franckxethee permalink
    14/12/2014 9:17 am

    That’s a very big Christmas Tree and the Star really stands out. I like the first quote on dreamers since it all starts with a dream to chase and persevere.

  59. Webfairy permalink
    14/12/2014 11:33 am

    I adore all the twinkles of Christmas as well. Sometimes I wish we could just leave them up all year round to lift the spirits. There’s just something so magickal about them!

  60. Darlene Demell permalink
    14/12/2014 11:52 am

    These trees all look beautiful. I would not want to have to get up and count all the lights on one tree or have the job of putting them on there too.

  61. Krystal permalink
    14/12/2014 12:05 pm

    I have always wanted to go to NYC around Christmas time. I don’;t know if I can handle the cold weather though!

  62. 14/12/2014 2:40 pm

    These pictures make me so ready for Christmas! Love the all the lights and the festive spirit they bring.
    xo, Scarlett

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    14/12/2014 3:35 pm


  64. zeeCatsicles permalink
    14/12/2014 4:00 pm

    Such beautiful pictures! I’ve always wanted to go to New York during the holidays!

  65. April permalink
    14/12/2014 5:59 pm

    I love looking at all the beautiful Christmas lights! That’s what really makes the season festive.

  66. 14/12/2014 6:34 pm

    Beautiful pictures! That is some great twinkle! I love the Christmas decorations and the holiday season in general. I’m so glad it’s the most magical time of the year again 🙂

  67. 14/12/2014 6:42 pm

    So many lovely Xmas tree.. I like the snowing effect on the photos… 🙂

  68. maggiesblog2 permalink
    14/12/2014 8:38 pm

    It seems like everything is twinkling this time of year. It’s so beautiful!

  69. Dhemz permalink
    14/12/2014 8:43 pm

    oh, the spirit of Christmas…so lively and bright!

  70. 14/12/2014 9:14 pm

    Oh I just love this time of year and you have really captured it well Elizabeth. The perfect twinkle is reflected in each photo <

  71. 14/12/2014 11:29 pm

    Beautiful decorations! I shall take up this challenge as well :D:D

  72. Carly Anderson (@lipglosscrayons) permalink
    15/12/2014 6:43 am

    One of the many reasons I love this season is all the beautiful lights! Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos.

  73. 15/12/2014 7:29 am

    “Keep the flame of love alive.”…I totally agree. 🙂 That is such a beautiful tree. And those glowing globes are beautiful as well.

  74. Loudthinkin permalink
    15/12/2014 8:15 am

    The photos are beautiful.. I love the lights. . So festive.. fills me up with joy 🙂

  75. Bernadette Callahan (@AimlessMoments) permalink
    15/12/2014 3:17 pm

    That is definitely alot of twinkle. 🙂 Great shots!

  76. jazzymiranda12 permalink
    16/12/2014 7:16 am

    Oh these photos are stunning! I’ll have to go out and look at our local lights with my camera

  77. 16/12/2014 6:19 pm

    Lights are so pretty.. They make the holiday season a little special. 🙂

  78. richardtay permalink
    16/12/2014 8:44 pm

    Nice photos, merry Christmas to all.

  79. impulsive57 permalink
    17/12/2014 12:47 pm

    I love your web site. I could spend hours. I have signed up and following your site. Love the poems, always have loved poetry. You have the most Inspirational photo’s I have ever seen!!!!!! Thanks!!!!

  80. Jennifer Hiles permalink
    17/12/2014 1:11 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I’ve always wanted to go to NYC on Christmas. I almost made it one year. Brrr, is it cold walking down the streets in the city when that cold wind blows right through! Such beautiful trees though!

  81. ebodker permalink
    17/12/2014 7:02 pm

    OH My Goodness all of that is so beautiful. I haven’t had the time to check out our down town yet and I really want too 🙁

  82. 17/12/2014 7:07 pm

    Thank you for the positivity.

  83. 17/12/2014 8:39 pm

    I love this idea of a weekly photo challenge! I think I’m going to do this, because I love photography! Thanks for sharing!

  84. 19/12/2014 12:15 am

    some beautiful twinkling moments. funny, ‘twinkle, twinkle little star’ was on the tip of my tongue too, and yet never put it into words. a song i remember from earliest school days….
    thanks for sharing.


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