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Friday 16 December 2011

No More "Bah Humbug" from Bouncin'Barb!

Hallo all my little bloggy friends. You might (or might not!) have noticed that I am not posting quite so much at the moment. Like all of us at this time of the year, there are things to be done and places to go to. I am now all prepared, apart from the last minute fruit and veg shopping, so that's a good feeling, and I think I will probably go to the local farm shops, rather than put myself through the crush of people at the Supermarket.

Most of my Followers know Bouncin'Barb,  and she has been kidding us this year with a "Bah Humbug" approach to Christmas. Her little tree has been up, but it's been standing there feeling all bare, neglected and sorry for itself. Anyway, yesterday, the decorations were hung on its branches, and the twinkling lights were switched on. Bravo BB! Do go over and say hallo. I know she would make you feel very welcome.

Getting super excited as I type this, because I only have to wait a few more hours before I see my daughter, granddaughter and little Alfred, their French Bulldog.

"What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace."
- Religious saying by Agnes M. Pharo.

"Christmas day is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both".
- Phillips Brooks.

I thought I would give you some old-fashioned Christmas images today. These are the sort of cards that were around when I was a little girl.

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Images courtesy of Pinterest

Look after yourselves my dear friends.

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Sush said...

Yay...nothing says Christmas like everyone getting together! I hope you are resting up for the onslaught and I'm wishing you ease and comfort in all of the days ahead!
I'm off to the mountains for the weekend with my date for the last 40 years. Sunday is our 40th wedding anniversary! Probably won't be blogging much but I'll check in now and then...

Belle said...

I well remember those cards from the olden days. The drawings were so lovely. Have a great day with your family. Hugs.

Linda O'Connell said...

Oh my, I am getting old. I have sent out many of those cards in years past. Enjoy your family time and make lots of happy memories.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

I loved the pics of the old cards brought back some memories of when I was a littl girl. They were great cards better then some of the ones you get now days.

I bet your daughter and granddaughter are excited to see you too...........

Shelly said...

What a wonderful feeling to have nearly everything ready and to anticipate family's arrival. I love the vintage cards. Have a wonderfully Merry Christmas, friend!

Shady Del Knight said...

Hello, dear Thisisme! I'm literally typing in the dark by flashlight so as not to disturb my slumbering house guests. I've got them wall-to-wall and many busy days yet to come before my nest is empty once again. I had to make time to stop in and say hallo and see this delightful picture of Alfred. I hope the gang has arrived from Paris by now and that everyone enjoys the holiday visit to the fullest. I miss you and all of my wonderful blog friends. It pains me to be away from this source of love even for a few days. Your header is beyond description, your blog one of the very best to be found anywhere, and you mean so very much to me. Please take care until I can visit you again, dear Thisisme.

Unknown said...

What beautiful cards! They depict something that I think we're missing today, and that is innocence. I'm so excited for you to have your family all together through the holidays. Merry Christmas Diane! P.S. I recently watched a dvd of the Choir at Stratford Upon Avon singing traditional Christmas carols. I thought of you and was also amazed to recognize that Christmas here in the US has been directly influenced by the traditional songs and literature of England. From Charles Dicken's The Christmas Carol, to O Little Town of Bethlehem, England is ingrained in our cultural memory. When we celebrate the season here, we are singing the same songs, eating the same meals, reading the same stories, saying the same prayers.

orchid0324 said...

Dearest Diane,
What an excitement♬♬♬
You got tree and everything ready for your family. Haha, Santa Alfred is really CUTE♡♡♡
Thank you for the poem and cards, so lovely.
I bet you are having marvelous time now.
Love and Lots of Hugs to you, xoxo Miyako*

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness - my favorite picture is that little bulldog with the red nose! So CUTE!

Merry Christmas.

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!!!

Thank you for the old fashioned Christmas pics. I LOVE all old fashioned Christmas images!!!!!!

Will go see your fun friend, and tell her, that you sent me, of course. Oh I betcha' her Bahhh Humbug Approach was funnnnnnn. -giggles- We all feel like that, once in awhile. :-)

As long as we eventually get to *trimming the Tree.* :-)

Gentle hugs,
"It is good to be children sometimes,
And never better than at Christmas."

~~Charles Dickens

LindyLouMac said...

Have a lovely time with your family, love the Christmas greetings banner, you are becoming very expert at keeping your blog template updated :)

Pat MacKenzie said...

I love those old cards. Mum kept ours from years ago and put them in scrapbooks for us. I went over to visit Barb and saw her little tree all bright and festive looking. She just needed a bit of encouragement from you. Enjoy your family this holiday season.

BECKY said...

Oh, I just LOVED this! I do believe we actually received one or two of those vintage cards, too! And I love that quote by Agnes M. Pharo. I'm going to print it and paste it everywhere around the house...not really, but I AM going to print it!

Claudia Moser said...

I wish you Merry Christmas dear Diane and I am looking forward to read your entries upon my return :) keep smiling!

Katherines Corner said...

Happy Christmas my sweet bloggy friend! Hugs!
my Tis The Season giveaway ends tomorrow night, did you get your entry in?

Unknown said...

I just know that you will have the best time when they get there so party on and take good pictures.

Grammy Goodwill said...

Oh, I'm sure your girls are there by now and you're having so much fun. Isn't it wonderful to have them home? Also, those cards brought back good memories for me. Are they some of yours that you've saved? I wish I had saved some of mine.

SkippyMom said...

I love what you did to the pic' of Alfred - gosh that is cute.

I know you are now happily surrounded by your lovely family and preparing for a wonderful few weeks together. Lots of pics please!

BB said...

This...You are just too sweet to write this! Thank you. It was in good fun. Love the reminder of our cards from wayyyyy back and the good feelings they brought. I can imagine the house is full of laughs, smiles and hugs about now. Enjoy each moment with all of them my awesome friend. Alfred takes the cake I must say! Hugs.

Teresa said...

Merry Christmas my friend! love the pictures of the vintage cards! they brought back memories of times gone by - and, as jen said, of innocence lost.

i pray you more than enough - more than enough health, wealth, and happiness to you and to all of your family.

colenic said...

I hope you enjoy every single minute of your time with your family....I hope that you feel better and that they lift your spirits and fill your soul with much happiness and joy...hugs and love to all!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Christmas my dear friend! Such lovely images you're sharing today - makes me feel good. Christmas is indeed a time to spend with family :) Have a lovely time my friend! Big hugs from Dublin. :)

Suzanne said...

I love your vintage cards. And I loved the cards with glitter on them. When I worked for Hallmark Cards, I would get that glitter all over me, and the red flocking that was made to look like velvet. The cool card with the woman shopping really is great. And the mailbox cards are still a favorite today.

A fun and upbeat post! Ooh Ooh, cute photo of Albert you did...the hat goes good with his color and expression! Happy Day, my friend! We're working our way down to the big one!!!

Stella said...

Have fun with your family. Love all the vintage Christmas and especially the header photo. Stella

Annie Joy said...

Oh, thank you for the nostalgic cards -- they take me back (way, way, back)! I love hearing about what's going on in your part of the world and would be honored if you ever made it here to Oklahoma! Annie