Saturday, December 3, 2011

Welcome December

December is here, the last month of the year!  ~ I wonder if your year  seems to have gone as quickly as mine?

Only Christmas can inspire the richness with which we adorn our homes to celebrate with family and friends.  The boxes of fragile ornaments that we have collected over the years, come out  once again to decorate our homes.
Nothing can evoke the Christmas spirit better than bright colours, especially the  gorgeous reds and greens, shiny gold baubles,  home baked cookies, ginger bread, nostalgia, happy memories and the company of loved ones.

Give me the end of the year and its fun
When most of the planning and toiling is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best
~ Edgar A Guest

 We have been enjoying having our children home this weekend.
One stayed Friday night, and the other is here tonight.
This afternoon we went to watch the Santa Parade on the Island and it is always fun to see the floats, hear all the noise, laughter and commotion with everyone getting into the spirit of the season.
I got a wave from Santa Claus, who must have been particularly warm in his big red suit. 

Wishing you sweet things in your life and hope that you have a happy weekend. 
I am going to be getting my boxes of decorations out later to festoon the tree and house.



  1. I always love a parade ...especially a Santa one!

  2. Hello Carolyn!

    What a lovely post! Every ornament I hang on the true has a memory. I pull out the last Christmas cards from my aunts and mom who are no longer with us and place them with the ones we'll receive this year.

    Ahhh, Santa waved at you because he knows you've been a good girl!

    Oh, YES, this year has just FLOWN by, I think as we get one year old, the years fly by that much quicker :)

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  3. Sweet Holiday Blessings to you!
    December brings to mind a lot of happy memories as well as decorating, Christmas Cards, candies and great foods to celebrate the Lord's Birthday.

    May your month be wonderful!
    Hope you'll share some pics of your tree!

  4. hello carolyn,
    your christmas-declotaion is sooo cute...
    many greetings

  5. Hi Carolyn, can't believe it's December again and all the busy ness is upon us again. I've my tree out also and will pull out the ornaments to decorate with tomorrow. Am always grateful of good health, not only for myself but all my family and friends, to be able to enjoy the magic of Christmas. I wish this for you and your family also, at this happy time, hugs Robyn xoxo

  6. We love Christmas - though, like for you in NZ, it's warm & non-traditional, Un-Christmassy weather here! Lovely!

    Have alovely weekend too

    XOXO Lola & Nora:)

  7. Beautiful christmas ornament! Enjoy those decemberdays!
    Lieve groetjes, Renny

  8. Good morning sweet Carolyn!

    I just adore that toy horse; if I could, I would have an antique skin horse in my home. I always wanted one as a child, and to this day, I want one!!!!!!!!!!

    Many blessings to you as you play and imagine, decorate and LOVE!!!!!!! Anita

  9. Nice decorating darling !! enjoy a happy .....♥.. ♥... ♥....

  10. Beautiful Chritmasdecorations dear Carolyn.
    We also celebrate Christmas on the 25 of december.
    But the fifth of december in Holland they celebrate Sinterklaas, a holy man from Spain who brings presents.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Warm wishes, Mea

  11. I can see that you are already feeling a Christmas atmosphere;)

  12. Ooh, your ornaments are beautiful!

    Yes, yes, the year had definitely flown by. I have to get out my tree and ornaments this week. Does Santa keep his thick red suit on when he comes to your neck of the woods? Goodness, the man needs more summer clothes!

  13. I like December ,a month full of dreams and the best wishes.Love Peace,Hope...
    Welcome December!

  14. Hello Carolyn!
    Enjoy this time with your family! Isn't life grand?
    Hugs to you and Welcome to the Season! of love and joy!


  15. I so happy to hear that you have been enjoying your children this week Carolyn. I love this time of year when they seem to be drawn to home. I just brought out the decor today. I love your Christmas treasures dear friend. Don't you love how the warm our homes up?
    hugs from me...

  16. Oh wow, how wonderful! I hope you are enjoying your children--and the parade will be amazing!!!

  17. Dear Carolyn
    Your post is so lovely! Your christmasdecoration is so beautiful. Enjoy the time with your family and your friends.
    Thank you also for the nice comment on my blog.
    I wish you a wonderful weekend and a good start in the new week.
    Hugs Yvonne

  18. So cute christmas decorations. And fun to have the children home this weekend. Now i´ll soon barbecue, we have a sunny day.
    Happy sunday

  19. Charming post.....and you have given me an idea for displaying some of my more precious ornaments and decorations. I have many glass cheese voila!


  20. I love Edgar Guest, Carolyn!
    We're going away this year, so I won't be getting out my most treasured Christmas ornaments and decorations. I'll put out just a few and then enjoy my time with friends like you who share their ornaments and homes during the holidays!

  21. Happy December Carolyn.
    Lovely post.
    Warm wishes from the Netherlands.

  22. Sweet and darling friend,

    THANK YOU for visiting my theatre post! It was hard to put together only because the school week is so full of.....WORK! So here I am sitting on Friday night, empty and unable to write. But on Saturday morning, it took a turn and whew...DONE! Thank you for visiting and dancing on stage with me.


  23. I love your nostalgic collection of Christmas-pretties, my dearest Carolyn! So nice to read that your children are with you those days! I wish you a happy family-and beloved-memories-time! Warm hugs, Traude

  24. I love this time of year Carolyn!!! so much to see and enjoy but all in slow motion....we are never in a rush....we want to take everything in!!! hope you have a wonderful time.....

  25. Hello Carolyn!
    Thank you for your always lovely comments on my blog!
    I've not started decorating yet, hopefully later in the week!
    Enjoyh the run up to the Big Day and have a very good week!
    Michela x

  26. Happy December, Carolyn! Glad that you had such a lovely weekend. The parade sounds like it was a lot of fun. I love parades myself :)

    Hope you had a lovely week ahead! xoxo

  27. Warm December wishes to you, Carolyn!
    It is a magical time of year and your decorations are festive and beautiful.
    I'm very fond of all the golds, reds and greens, it makes me think of my childhood and decorating the Christmas tree!
    Like you, I also collect ornaments and try to buy a new one every year.;-)

    Have a lovely week with your family.
    Jo. x

  28. Hello dear!:)

    Love december, love xmas decorations and ornaments and most of all love Xmas!!!^^
    I'm so excited for Holidays!
    Hope your month be great!

  29. Hi Carolyn,
    What a sweet post. This year has just flown by for me too, but I always wait for Christmas with great anticipation...It's my most favorite time of the year. Enjoy this great season my sweet friend.

    Much love,

  30. Hi Carolyn I have been so remiss since getting my new hip and rehab!!
    The horse is so adorable!

    Please Come and enter in My 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways. There are so many exciting & special Gifts! You will love them! (some international like the current beauty)

    Tis the Season!


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  31. What fun you are having so far this Christmas season my friend...enjoy your sweet family! xoxox

  32. Dear Carolyn,
    what a lovely December Post! I love december too, because of all those nice decorations, the christmas smellings, all the warm candle lights everywhere!
    Your decoration is georgeous!

    Have a lovely and peacefull december my friend!

    Sending love and hugs

  33. Dear Carolyn,
    YES ,my year have been gone,like that, too- I don`t know how to "stop" and feel and stay in the moment, seems impossible as I gets older :)
    Must have been so fun watching the parade -here we are still waiting on the snow, but I`m happy it is not like last year, with masses of white stuff, lol
    Happy week to you Carolyn.

  34. Dear friend,

    Oh, I know what you meant, time goes by sooo fast...:) It is already Christmas time♥
    It is wonderful that all around the world can feel Christmas feeling:)
    I send you many hugs and wish you and your family blessings to your Christmas time!♥

  35. Love and hugs to you darling one............Sounds fabulous.
    Love Jeanne♥

  36. Hello Carolyn...Let me apologize for not replying to your email...I have been changing and updating things in draft and I lost all of my emails as well as some programs.! I was so upset!! I have recovered some things, but not all and so I am plugging along.

    You love cookbooks like I is one of my passions...but I don't always buy them to cook from...LOL!

    Love your little Christmas display...Your sentiments are so lovely and heartfelt.

    Wishing you a wonderful week...
    Hugs, Nancy

  37. Dear Carolyn,
    your ornaments looks so beautiful!!!!
    Wish you a wonderful day,

  38. lovely christmas' decorations dear! i cant wait for xmas to come :D great posttt <3

  39. Hi, I am Julia, Ni's candy winner ...thank you for your congratulation...and compliments for your blog it's seem to be so so cool...

    hello from the South of Italy


  40. Following your blog too my dear!
    Thank you very much!


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