Half Way There

Well, Christmas decorating is finally under way!  I’ve collected all things autumn and they will be packed away until next September.


We drove out to Heaven Hill Farm this weekend to get our tree, a wreath for the front door, some greens for the outside railing and roping for the mantel.


Ah, Christmas tree heaven.





We found a beautiful tree which is sitting on our back porch waiting to be taken inside and decorated.


I put a few odds and ends on the hutch in the dining room….IMG_1026

and little candles in all the windows.


and made some shrimp with broccoli and peppers in oil and garlic for dinner.


Oh, how I love this time of year – the whole spirit of the season. My granddaughters’ excitement as they tick off each day until Christmas. Baking all sorts of cookies to share with family and friends. The horse drawn wagon that carries local residents up and down Main Street on weekends. Discovering ornaments that have been hanging on our tree for oh, so many years. The peaceful evenings spent with the tree lights glowing as my husband and I sit and sip hot tea while Molly sleeps close by in her bed. Spending Christmas morning at my daughter’s so we can see the look on our granddaughters’ faces when they see what Santa has left them.

It’s magic. Pure magic. So, I plan to enjoy every moment of every day this season and make wonderful memories to savor long after the holidays are over.

What about you? What do you enjoy most about the holidays?

Have a beautiful week!



  1. says

    Carols, and evergreens, and candlelight and gathering family and friends celebrating the most amazing birthday of all time, all are favorites of this season for me, Susan. Merry Christmas!

  2. says

    I love the memories that pop out of the boxes of my ornaments . . . some handmade by my mother, friends and my children. I like placing cards I have collected, here and there amongst my treasured pieces . . . I think they “sing” the messages I want my friends and family to hear when they visit. Messages like, ” Give Peace A Chance” and “Open Your Heart ~ Open It Wide; Someone is Standing Outside” and “You’ll be with me at Christmas in all the tender, joyous ways my heart is moved; because in every moment, I’ll be wishing the same for you.” . . . And I love my mother’s hand cut/snipped Scherenschnitte hanging from our paned windows. The sound of Silent Night . . . playing over and over again . . . Mulberry candles . . . friends stopping by, our traditional fondue night at my daughters and son in laws home on Christmas Eve. Thank you for your beautiful post and for stirring my memories . . . Merry Christmas . . .

  3. says

    I had three girlfriends over tonight for our annual Baklava making party. Its so nice to have traditions between friends as well as family.

  4. says

    I love decorating the house and tree, lighting candles all round the house, stringing up twinkling fairy lights, and all the excitement of wrapping gifts, choosing special food and gathering the family round the table. Lovely post Susan X

  5. says

    Hello Susan… and thank you so much for your visit and comment… it truly is the precious memories that mean the most to us, isn’t it?… the tree farm you visited is wonderful!… and your hutch looks so pretty… Merry Christmas to you and your family, xoxo… Julie Marie

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