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Wednesday 14 December 2011

Some more Christmas Cheer...

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He who has not Christmas in his heart, will never find it under a tree.  Roy L.Smith.

Christmas, my child, is love in action.  Every time we love, every time we give,
it's Christmas.  Dale Evans.

Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great,
if it is given with affection.  Pindar.

Your children need your presence more than your presents.  Jesse Jackson.

Christmas is full of shiny things
That sparkle gleam and glow;
These Holiday pleasures dazzle us,
And yet deep down we know...
That Christmas has its special gifts,
But our year round joy depends
On the cherished people in our lives,
Our family and our friends...
The lovely Natasha over at 5 Minutes Just For Me absolutely loves Christmas and even though it will be hot where she lives in Australia, she does the full works, and decorates her house beautifully.  It would be worthwhile popping across to look at her gorgeous pictures. Anyway, she gave me the idea of just putting baubles onto cake stands, and it looked so effective that I thought I would give it a go! See what you think.

I just love having twinkling fairy lights everywhere!

I'm starting to get excited now, because Emma, Eleanor and Alfred are arriving from France this coming Friday.  I know that 'Aunty Em' is looking forward to taking  Eli to see Father Christmas!

Take care.

The following lyrics are an excerpt from "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year."

There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago

It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It's the most wonderful time of the year


Pearson Report said...

For me...Christmas is indeed "a most wonderful time of the year" and I enjoy all the sights, sounds and smells that accompany it!

Your site looks so festive, I enjoy dropping by and watching the snow fall!

Smiles and Happy Thoughts,

Bethe77 said...

Just perfect in every way it is! I love the christmas season with all of its gliter and shine with its miracles small and big.
The love of a chidl as their eys light up with joy and the gift of those we love around us.
Mostly I just love that Christmas is everyday in our hearts when we have the Lord.
Love all your Christmas beauty and the idea of the bubbles on the cake tray is wonderful.

rainbow said...

Love your photos and decorating ideas. It just simply a pleasure to see how you have decorated and the idea of the cake stand being decorated is the very best. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family through Christmas. It is so nice for you to all be together. LOVE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, HAVE THE BEST TIME EVER.

rainbow (Momma Lyn)

Sush said...

Loved the way everything is so twinkling and shimmery! I love how the sparkly things reflect the light right back at us!
I'm so happy you are having the lovely Ms Emma and company along with your family near to you all together for the holidays. We were all together at Thanksgiving but those that live away are spending it with the families near to where they live. Turnabout is fair play and we had a lovely time. It will be smaller but probably just as rowdy around here!

SkippyMom said...

I love the sparklies too. I made a lil' foray out of the house today [yay!] and when we arrived home at twilight sweet Wallene had turned all the lights on outside, and the tree was all lit up in the window. I just sat in the car and enjoyed the view. [Okay, okay it was also reallllly cold outside. I like the heater. heehee]

Squirrel is home tomorrow, so I know how you feel. Counting the hours. :)

Rebecca said...

Your decorations are lovely, I love the basket with the lights and greenery x

Pat MacKenzie said...

What a beautiful blog - such lovely pictures and sentiments. There's nothing like the prospect of family coming home to put you into the Christmas spirit.

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Hi Diane, I like the first quote you shared. Good to see you in the Christmas mood as it draws nearer!

Duncan In Kuantan

Claudia Moser said...

I also use baubles :) in bowls, I have them everywhere. I love decorating and I most likely should share one idea on my blog and I think you'd like it!

orchid0324 said...

Hello, Dearest Diane.
Oh, How LOVELY your Christmas Decorations are♡♡♡
Yes, so twinkling and sparkling waiting for your wonderful family to come visit♬♬♬ What a wondeful place, I love "Love Home"
Oh, how I wish to be one of your Christmas guests in England!!!
Would My Dream Come True...
I poped over Natasha's blog and her marvelous family wearing T-shirts looking very summery, but GORGEOUS Decorations♬♬♬

Blessing to you and all of your family, xoxo Miyako*

Shelly said...

Lovely quotes and pictures! It all does so invite the Christmas spirit. It is delightful you will get to be with your family, and all of you together. I really like the baubles on the cake stand. Might have to try that myself!

LindyLouMac said...

Your Christmas decorations look lovely Diane. x

Unknown said...

I'll have to admit that I have been not in the Christmas spirit as too many around me are not giving me anything to be cheerful about the way they go about their spending and scheduling. However my dear I do feel much better after spending time at your wonderful post. I loved it all and you picked some of the best quotes and lyrics and you have done a magnificent job in your home. You are an artist for sure. Thanks for helping this old guy feel better today.

Desiree said...

Everything you've done in your home looks so lovely, Diane and I can hear how excited you are! I wish you a WONDERFUL time with your family and look forward to catching up in the New Year once everything has returned to normal. Here's an extra large hug to keep you happy till then XOXO

Olive said...

I put ornaments on any surface possible. Yours are lovely. I have a basket with pine cones and lights almost identical to yours. Happy Christmas♥

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Oh so pretty!!!

Oh yes, twinkleeeee Faerie Lights! Love Christmas time, for the excuse to go-overboard with them. :-)

Hope you are rested and feeling well, my Dear.

"Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fire and Christmas treat."

~~Mother Goose

BB said...

What a beautiful post This. The pictures are awesome and your Christmas spirit is "almost" catchy to me. I think my Bah Humbug just comes from not being with my girls and son on Christmas. It's all about family isn't it? Maybe I'll put the 25 mini ornaments on the tree today just for you! Hugs my awesome friend!

Jennifer said...

I especially like the Jesse Jackson quote "Your Children need your presence much more than your presents." That's so very true. My son is getting a ton of gifts this year but in the end I know the important thing is face time with myself and his father.

Merry (almost) Christmas!

Anonymous said...

And I am late as usual :( was working until 8pm this evening. Your christmas decorations looks lovely, so cosy and nice. I love your window decorations. I absolutely love Christmas, even if it brings a mix of feelings [missing loved ones and such] But I really love putting up all the decorations. My favorites are the snowmen, I think. You must be exited to have your family coming home for Christmas - I'm sure you will have a lot of fun. Enjoy it my friend! Have a lovely evening! Big hugs x

Grammy Goodwill said...

Lovely pictures - thanks for helping me get in the Christmas spirit. I just don't seem to be feeling it much this year. I love lights - maybe I need to drive through a neighborhood with lots of them.

Unknown said...

We'll be celebrating a 90th birthday party on Christmas Day! We've "Decked the Halls" and the front yard too. Do you do that in England? Last evening, Hubby took me to one of our fav places, where the whole street goes over the top with lights and decorations outside. It's like being in Disney World or something. Only ten days left! I am super excited!!!

Rebecca said...

wow beautiful this makes me more excited for Christmas

Chatty Crone said...

You have Christmas in your heart and all though your home - lovely - and I love the header. sandie

Rick Watson said...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here too. Great post.

romance-of-roses said...

Yes, indeed, it is the mot wonderful time of the year. What a lovely blog to visit, if your blog doesn't put folks in the spirit then I don't know what will. Hugs...Lu

Stella said...

You look like you are so ready for the holiday. Like the balls on the cakestand. Stella

kyna... said...

I love this post! It totally got me back in the Christmas mood after a long day at work!
♥ Kyna

Suzanne said...

Your decor is stunning. I really like the basket of lights! There are so many different ways of sprucing up for the holidays! The quotes you chose and poems are truly fitting. You take great photos, the first one is really beautiful. Have a wonderful time with your family, dear friend!