Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas is coming!

It's the time of the year when we can celebrate time honoured traditions. Listening to Carols, baking biscuits, and
to be able to enjoy the peace of being with family and friends and share in the joy of the season.

I finally got around to decking the halls... putting the tree up and seem to be a little behind in all my holiday preparations.

The excitement of opening up the suitcase and finding old loved decorations that we have collected, over the years, some kindly gifted from lovely daughter and friends and every year I love to make some handmade ones. Each cherished heirloom has a story to tell and they evoke fond memories

Daughter, Victoria has shared a tutorial on her website, for making quaint little  handmade Christmas houses that you can display on a mantle or table. If you are interested, the link is here
Christmas houses

I hope that you are enjoying the lead up to the holiday season and not having too much stress, with the busy time of the year.
Now must go and finish writing my cards and hope to be able to tick off a few more things, on my to do list.


  1. Your home is looking very festive. I've put a few decorations here and there. Don't really want to deal with a big tree, so maybe will just go get a tabletop one from Ikea. :) Happy holidays!


  2. Happy Monday to you Darling Carolyn !

    Thanking you so much for your stunning post - you've given life to such a wonderful Christmas atmosphere ! -
    I'm sending blessings of Joy on your Holiday Season,
    may it be filled with Love and Peace

    With utmost gratitude

    Xx Dany

  3. Your home looks so beautiful and cosy for christmas.
    Hugs from here

  4. Hello, Carolyn,
    Beautiful glimpses of your Christmas! Very festive. It is such a lovely time of year. Merry Christmas to Carolyn!

  5. Lovely post dear! Have a great week! xx

  6. Enjoy this time Darling.....for me it is hard again....but i do my best...a little decorating and silence and enjoy the good memories......i Will laugh again....i know myself...i Will...but know grieve is my feeling from me Ria xxx ❤️

  7. I like very much the Christmas atmosphere in your cozy home. The Christmas tree is fabulous.
    Hugs Alessandra

  8. Christmas is coming and it seems to be coming so quickly!
    Lovely to see your photo's.

    Enjoy this special season...

    All the best Jan

  9. Beautiful and festive post, darling!


  10. Christmas has a way of sneaking up on us:) I like to start early so we have plenty of time to enjoy all the ~effort;) we put in to setting everything up. Loved the video! Your home looks beautiful Carolyn. I bought those bottle brush trees too this year and really enjoy them;) xo

  11. Beautiful photos from your Christmas home, dear Carolyn, so lovely to find all the sweetness , from years gone by, every new Christmas, your tree looks wonderful.
    Your daughter is so sweet and natural acting on the video, showing her lovely cute houses. TFS .
    A happy and lovely week to you, my friend.
    Dorthe, xoxo

  12. Your home is really lovely and festive, dear Carolyn!!!
    I love Xmas period, eerything is so sparkling and warm and at home every decoration has a story and bring beautiful memories!

  13. Your home is all decked out for Christmas, Carolyn. It looks wonderful! I got a small tree this year, but loving it just the same. I see you have many treasured ornaments from Christmas' past. The pink heart ornament is special. And the mirror hanging on the wall is gorgeous. What a special quote from Bob Hope. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Carolyn.

    love, ~Sheri

  14. The family history connected with treasured ornaments for the tree is something rather special which often recalls lots of Christmas memories when the children were young - your tree looks lovely.

  15. I love this festive season and your home is absolutely perfect, I love all your decorations!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  16. Hi Dear Carolyn, Your home is just lovely for Christmas and your tree is beautiful. Love your treasured ornaments. Isn't it sweet to pull them out each year to enjoy? Love the Bob Hope quote.
    Have a lovely weekend as we approach Christmas day. Blessings to you. xo

  17. Dear Carolyn,
    Christmas was creeping up slowly, then upped it's arrival to super sonic speed!
    I don't worry about getting decorations up too early as we like to continue celebrating into January.
    Peace and Joy to you and yours............*s*

  18. Hello, Carolyn! Your tree is gorgeous. I love your ornaments and that each one has a story to tell. Ornaments like that are so very special and precious. I also enjoyed Victoria's tutorial. Cute houses! Have a festive and fabulous weekend! xoxo

  19. Carolyn, I watched your daughter's video. She did a great job, and she's gorgeous! Her houses are so sweet. Your tree is beautiful. I especially like that the ornaments have been collected through the years and you revisit them and use them every year. Wonderful memories for you, I'm sure. Merry Christmas!

  20. Nice to peek into your home and see it looking so warm and festive. Merry Christmas!

  21. Victoria's video is wonderful and she makes it look so easy. Your decorations look wonderful too. We have some tree decorations that are old and tatty but hold such memories. Sarah x

  22. Dearest Carolyn,
    Glad you managed to decorate your tree! Looking really nice and yes, with children it no doubt is fun to relive so many fond memories with the different ornaments.
    Since 1988 when we had to move to Pennsylvania and on to Italy, we never have had another tree. I sold it all and being frank, I never did regret for having done so. We only have a few special decorations, with fond memories too. Pieter's Mom made some, my Dublin Mama made me some and they all live in heaven so that is a joy.
    Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!

  23. Merry Christmas dearest Carolyn and may this new year bring you joy and laughter. To be happy is the greatest wish in life! Thank you for all your lovely posts over the blogging year!

  24. What a lovely post, Carolyn! Your Christmas tree looks fantastic!
    Sending warm wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Christmas, and much health and happiness for 2017.

    Gaby xo


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