Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Tis the season

Hope your Christmas celebration was lovely.
A sprig of Rosemary, makes a great napkin holder

I find just been with my family, is the best gift of all and we certainly had a wonderful time. So glad that it comes around only once a year, as I seem to have eaten more than my share of delicious food, but some lovely walks help to overcome this.
Many thanks for the kind Christmas greetings and wishes you left, am so grateful for your friendship

Had meant to post these photos before, but only today found a minute to sit down at the computer and share them.
At this time of the year, there is no better way to usher in the holiday season, to take a walk along the City streets and see some of the gorgeous window displays.
They are enchanting and magical with all the pretty colours and lights

As we are reaching the end of the year, this is a great time to unwind, relax, restore and spend time with family.

I always find December is a time to reflect on our personal journey over the past year and to plan ahead for what we want to do next year.
May love, peace and joy abound.


  1. Dearest Carolyn,
    thank you for your lovely post, my dear friend! I am happy to hear you had such wonderful and lovely days with your loved ones!
    Wishing you wonderful last days in the old year, filled with Love and Joy, and wishing you a happy New Year, filled with Love and Peace!
    Sending much Love and hugs and blessings to you, my dearest friend, and thank you for your wonderful friendship through the year!
    Claudia xoxo

  2. Such beautiful scenes, Dear Carolyn, and thank you for sharing them! Window shopping in the city is such a wonderful thing to do this time of year. So glad to hear you had a lovely Christmas. I agree that this is the perfect time for reflection and new resolutions for the coming year. Sending you the very best wishes in the year ahead and thank-you for your dear friendship here in blogland. Sending hugs xo Karen

  3. Beautiful......thanks for your friendship all those are a special blogfriend to je and you always will....have a beautiful healthy new year Ria ❤️❤️❤️

  4. Happy to hear you had a lovelytime with your family on Christmas, dear Carolyn!
    I love this time of the year, everything seems so beautiful, sparkly and full of love!
    Beautiful pics!
    Have a great rest of the holidays!

  5. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and best wishes for 2017

  6. Interesting post my dear, thank you for sharing :-)

  7. I'm glad you had a lovely family Christmas especially when the children are older there are fewer opportunities to spend some quality time together. I love the simple idea of using Rosemary for those napkin rings. It was lovely also to see those wonderful window displays. Wishing you and the family best wishes for 2017. Sarah x

  8. The window displays are delightful, Carolyn. I really like gazing at the shop windows also. Love those white trees with the pink balls.

    May the new year be a bright one for you, dear friend.

    love, ~Sheri

  9. Wishing you and your family, Happy Holidays! Loved the window displays!
    Hugs, Jody

  10. Dearest Carolyn,
    So happy for you for having been with family as that is indeed the very, very best of it.
    We both never cared for any of the commercial part of Christmas and did so far not participate in the gift giving. We still adhere to the St. Nicholas celebration as we knew it in The Netherlands and I find it a lot more appropriate as it does not distract from the true meaning of Christmas.
    We enjoyed being at the Hyatt Regency in Jacksonville, FL for 2 nights to be present at a heavenly A.W. Mozart Mass in the Basilica where members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra played. For both of us, this has been the most beautiful Mass ever! I did post a photo on my blog, the Basilica looked gorgeous too with all the red poinsettias against the white...
    Only a 7 minute walk and we were back in our room, overlooking the river. Calling my Dad in The Netherlands at 2:00 AM our time and 8:00 AM his time. He was in high spirits and we went to sleep, feeling very happy.
    Miss the family time for 33 years now, only once we had our foster daughter staying with us... But that's the price of being an immigrant!
    Sending you hugs and blessings for a Happy New Year!

  11. I totally agree with you Carolyn, family time is the best time. Such bright and colorful scenes from the streets, here's wishing you and your family a wonderful festive time!

  12. Dear Carolyn,
    so beautiful photos, also from your home . I`m happy you have had a lovely and happy Christmas time with your loved ones. We ,too, had beautiful days with Nadja ,the kids, and their father , celebrating Christmas here in our new home.
    Dear friend ,I wish you a healthy, happy and crafty New Year!
    All the best to you, and yours.
    Hugs from Dorthe

  13. Oh boy. The benefits of having Christmas during the summer is you get to walk around and see the sights and burn those calories. Meanwhile, I just keep eating and bundling on the sweaters and getting rounder by the day. Such pretty window displays! Happy new year to you and your family. I hope it's a fantastic one! xoxo

  14. Beautiful window displays! I wish we had something like that here, but I'm in the country and the city is 45 min away.

  15. Lovely post.
    The window displays are a joy.

    Wishing you and yours a Happy and Healthy New Year

    All the best Jan


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