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Sunday 23 December 2018

Christmas Memories ....

Hallo again peeps.  I know I said in my last Blog Post that I probably wouldn’t be writing again until after Christmas, but here I am, the little Christmas elf, just dropping by to make sure you’re still being good and that all your preparations are going well..  I don’t know how many of you will actually be travelling to spend the festive Season with family and friends, but if you are, I wish you safe travels, with no delays.  Sometimes it’s not the easiest time of the year to be travelling, is it?

I seem to have gained quite a few new Followers to my Southhamsdarling Facebook page, which is rather nice.  I would like to welcome you all, and to thank you for joining me, especially at this festive time of the year ❤️

Most of my Facebook friends know that I love vintage Christmas images, so I thought I would include a few for you today.  I suppose they take me back to a less complicated world, a kinder world, when Christmas didn’t start three months before the 25th December!

One of the things I remember so well as a child, was visiting all the local Department Stores and to stare in wonder at the magnificent Christmas displays - each huge window telling a different story, and the outside of the Stores had Christmas trees on every corner of the building. A couple of years ago, whilst staying with my eldest daughter, who lived in Paris at the time, I felt the same wonder whilst walking by Galeries Layfayette.


Our Christmas trees would be dripping with shiny slivers of silver icicles and the ceiling would be festooned with brightly coloured paper garlands, which were eventually taken over by metallic ones.  I can’t remember now when we stopped doing that! These are the Christmas trees lights on our tree when I was a little girl...

Here you can see how the paper decorations gradually changed to the more modern metallic ones!

As a little girl, Christmas Eve was always a special day for me, when my dad and I would go out to collect the goose from the market, which had already been ordered, and we would then choose a Christmas present for my mum.  We never had Thanksgiving over here, and I’m almost sure that the tree didn’t go up until a couple of days before Christmas. Imagine that!

It’s nice to be nostalgic sometimes, and remember how things were.  As I say, they were simpler times, and, to be honest, I’m glad I grew up when I did. Glad that I was a little girl in the 50’s and glad I was a teenager in the 1960’s, when fashion and music 🎶 were changing so much, and there just didn’t seem to be the pressure that the young ones have these days.  No social media for a start!  What am I talking about - we didn’t even have a television until I was 14, and my mum and dad only had a telephone installed when I got married at 19, and had to move a few miles away!  I well remember going out to the old, red phone boxes in the dark and rain, so that I could call them.  So mobile phones have to be one of the best inventions!!

I think that’s the end of my Christmas reminiscing, so I’ll finish off this Post, once again wishing you blessings at Christmas, and to remind you of the reason for the Season ....May God bless you all ❤️

As a Postscript, I’ve also published a new Featured Post today - just click on the link at the top of the sidebar on the right hand side. ❤️
(Images today courtesy of

Wednesday 5 December 2018

Tis the Season ....

As I write these few words, it is a truly awful day out there - dark, with the rain pouring down. I am thankful for the twinkling lights around the house, and the festive Christmas trees, which brighten my day.  Not to mention the Christmas music playing in the background. 

Actually, I have much to be thankful for this festive Season, above all of course, the good health of myself and my family, although I am well aware that things can change in an instant. Even now, I know of three friends who are in hospital at this very moment, having heart surgery. Christmas will be a quiet time for them this year. 

I’m sure most of you are now right in the middle of all your preparations.  Amidst all the hustle and bustle, it is important sometimes to  just ...... breathe!  Everything will get done. It usually does, doesn’t it?!  Some advice here from me to you .... 😊

I know that I am very blessed, and I reflect on those for whom Christmas is a real struggle. People who have lost loved ones, and for many, this time of the year never gets any easier. Families who are struggling financially, but who carry on spending on their credit cards so that their children won’t be disappointed on Christmas morning. People who will be on their own, especially the elderly....

I am an only child, so there has never been any large gathering of the clan at this time of the year!  Is it lovely to be surrounded by lots of siblings and their families,  or can it be quite exhausting?!  Friends of mine tell me that I have a very romantic view of family life!

Having said all that, I truly do love Christmas.  In fact, I think I love all the build up just as much as the day itself. 

I probably won’t be writing again before Christmas, so I wish you ALL, wherever you are, a very happy and magical Christmas Season. 

Me? I have lots of lovely things planned in the next couple of weeks, with my youngest grandchildren, aged ten and almost nine 😊.  Meanwhile, I’m off to Madrid this weekend to celebrate my eldest granddaughter’s 21st Birthday. 🎉.  See what I mean - BLESSED I AM 🙏🏻

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