Saturday, December 24, 2016

Twas the night before Christmas

Family are home for the holidays, the card writing, baking and shopping has all been done. 

The wrapping of gifts are under the Christmas tree, so now we will wait until tomorrow, one more sleep to go.

I always love this time of the year when everything is calm and quiet and you are now able to relax and enjoy the season and be with loved ones.  The smells wafting from the kitchen today have been wonderful - glazed ham, the terrine my husband cooked,  and I have just baked a pavlova and will make a trifle soon. 

Enjoy some good food and watch a few Christmas movies. Here are a few photos taken around our house
Love the warm glow of candles, always gives a romantic and cozy light around the room

I hope your holidays are merry and bright!
Have a wonderful time with your family and friends. I just want to say a big thank you for your kind friendship and know how much each one of you mean to me. Grateful for you visiting my blog and leaving kind comments, and I always love to go and visit you and see all the wonderful things you share on your blogs, thanks again
Merry Christmas


  1. So cosy and beautiful!
    Merry Christmas!
    hugs Maina

  2. Dearest Carolyn,
    Yes, it was a lot of work for reaching this day again. I've baked this evening and the house is clean, laundry done and now let's enjoy a Merry Christmas.
    Wishing you the very same with your loved ones; enjoy!

  3. Merry Christmas to you and your family, dear Carolyn! Your Christmas dinner sounds very delicious. Enjoy!

  4. And thank YOU, dear Carolyn, for the beauty, kindness, and inspiration you share throughout the year. Your decorations are gorgeous, and your house must smell heavenly! Wishing you and your family a very wonderful, loving, and joyous Christmas. xo

  5. Wonderful Christmas post Carolyn, today I´m also busy with the preparations for Christmas dinner, love it when we all are together again.
    Wish you a Merry Christmas with lots of joy.

  6. Your house looks a delight, and I can smell the lovely aroma's coming from your kitchen!
    Have a wonderful Christmas, may it be merry and bright.

    All the best Jan

  7. How lovely, darling!
    Merry Christmas!


  8. Bonnes fetes to you all. Agree about the calmness, after a week of running around like a crazy person it is nice to have a couple of hours to think about what I need to do next :-)
    Have a lovely sunny Christmas, Leeann & Guy x

  9. Dearest Carolyn,
    have a very Merry Christmas, sweet friend,
    sending blessings of Joy to you and your family

    Much love

    Xx Dany

  10. MERRY CHRISTMAS! Your home look´s fantastic!
    Love from Titti

  11. Merry Xmas dear! Wish you all the best! xx

  12. Your cozy home is fairy. I love your Christmas ornaments. Merry Christmas!!!!
    Hugs Alessandra

  13. Merry x mas Ria x ❤️❤️❤️

  14. Dear Carolyn,

    Wishing you a lovely Christmas and a
    wonderful 2017!


  15. ✧ه° ·.

    Que o menino Jesus faça morada no seu coração
    em todos os dias de sua vida!


  16. Hope you enjoyed a Merry Christmas, dear Carolyn.
    Your house looks lovely.
    Peace in 2017

  17. Dear Carolyn, Your home looks wonderful I hope you had a fantastic time with your dear family. Wishing you all, the best in 2017. Sarah x

  18. Your Christmas decorations are super lovely dear Carolyn!!!
    Hope you had the happiest Christmas with your beloved ones and wish you all the best for the New Year! :D

  19. Thanks for sharing snippets of your beautiful home xx Have a very happy new year! Xxx

  20. It's the most wonderful time of year, Carolyn. Your home is so charming filled with all the things you love and cherish. Your tree is so pretty. Mine was a small one this year, but loved it just the same. That is such a cute picture of the cloves in the orange. I smiled because my mom used to give us oranges in our stockings every year. Thank you for your friendship, Carolyn. You are one of my sweetest blog friends of all.

    love, ~Sheri

  21. Hope your Christmas was wonderful. Your home looks so very cozy. Happy New Year,


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