Monday, December 24, 2012

Tis The Night Before Christmas!

                                                                      Merry Christmas!
           So already it is Christmas Eve and I have been preparing all day as I am sure many of you have been too.
                              As many of you know we have a big family and thankfully, they are all able and willing to come for a traditional turkey dinner on Christmas Day.

                               So, I have set the tables in a simple style-there is always lots of dishes to do without going too fancy.
                              We use the two rooms with 2 big tables and a little children's table nearby.
                                                            I did some baking today.
                                        Cranberry oatmeal shortbread, pecan butterballs and  our new Christmas tradition of sticky date pudding because no one here seems to like plum pudding anymore. Some of our children bring desserts and sweet potatoe pie so there will be no shortage of treats.            
                                 The tree is decorated and the gifts are ready to be opened in the morning.

                                                           The stockings are hung.
                                                                The time is nigh!
                                                          A Christmas vignette.
                                                              Christmas mantel.
                                                             Candles are glowing!
                                                               The tea is ready!

                                    Happy to have nine 'little ones' to liven up our day!
                                                                                                                            I think I am as ready as I will be for our family Christmas Day. We are going  shortly to a lovely Christmas Eve service and then over to our daughters for a family open house. Oh! and we do have a dusting of snow ~ not sure you could call it a White Christmas but still not too bad!
 My hope is that you will have a wonderful Christmas  and that you will be blessed with good health ,peace,love and joy in the New Year.

Thank you for all your visits and lovely comments over the past year!



Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

Beautiful! Merry Christmas, Carolyn!

Mycolourfullife said...

Merry christmas Carolyn....lovely....


Merry Christmas Carolyn!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Everything looks lovely, Carolyn! I had heard we might get some flurries overnight, but who knows. We had mostly rain today. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

It looks like a beautiful storybook Christmas. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday.

It's me said...

Merry merry Xmas from me ...enjoy these days.....thanks for your you



Merry Christmas Carolyn and have a wonderful and blessed Eve, along with your dear family and that adorable cutie, in your gorgeous home and table.

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Deb said...

"Merry Christmas, Carolyn." Hope Santa is good to you. Hugs, Deb

Kamilla said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family...and yes you can call it white Christmas, we got only rain here:)

Linda said...

You are blessed, my dear. Joyous, cozy, peaceful Christmas to all!
Linda and Midge

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Merry Christmas, Carolyn. I wish you and your family a Joyous and Merry Christmas.

Marilyn Miller said...

Merry Christmas!

Carol E. in AZ said...

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you and yours! Thank you so much for sharing pictures of your beautiful home and garden. It makes me smile!

jankasgarten said...

Very Beautiful! Merry Merry Christmas, Carolyn!

Puumuli said...

Merry Christmas to you too!

Sari from Puumuli

theromanticrose said...

Carolyn,BUON NATALE!Rosetta

Edith DUTERTRE said...

Très bonne journée
de NOËL à vous tous
bonheur , joie , et santé
vous accompagne
edith ( France )

Sanna - My Blueberry House said...

Everything is looking lovely. I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas Day.

Merry Christmas!

Kathie said...

Popping in to wish you, Andrew and your family a very happy Christmas. Excitement will be running high at your place today!! May 2013 be filled with blessings! xoxo

Jeanne said...

Beautiful and so lovely indeed.
Merry Christmas to you and yours
Love Jeanne

shirlgirl said...

Merry Christmas to you and thank you for such a great way to set the mood for the day in a good way.

Szara Sowa said...

Carolyn! Merry Christmas from Poland!

Susan said...

Dear Carolyn....May all the beauty you share with the world throughout the year come back to you this Christmas Day! Susan

Elzie said...

Seems there were lots of people that wanted to join you at Christmas Eve. Here we were only two!!
Have a lovely Christmas Day.
Love Elzie

Sandy said...

Oh, my, what a beautiful home to have your traditional Christmas dinner for all of your family! It is soooo inviting and cosy at the same time. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us. Merry Christmas!

domenica.60 said...

A thousand thanks to you and ...a Christmas hug!

Doranma said...

Thank you for all beautyful pictures :) Merry Christmas to you!

Hélène Flont , french illustrator said...

Heureux Noël en famille chère Carolyn.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Carolyn.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Pamela Gordon said...

I always love seeing your Christmas tables all set for your large family gathering. It looks beautiful and I'm sure you had a wonderful time together. The day is pretty well done and we are relaxing. Hope it was merry. Ours sure was. Blessings, Pamela

Unknown said...

Carolyn sei una persona speciale!!
Bellissime le tue foto,molto elegante anche la tavola!!
Felice Natale a te e a tutte le persone a cui vuoi bene!!
Un abbraccio grande grande!!

Amy Chalmers said...

You have created the idyllic home for your family Carolyn! I think its no secret why they all come for dinner~its enchanting! Merry Christmas!

Deanna said...

God bless and may you have a very happy and healthy new year.
d in kansas

Bohemian said...

What a Warm and Inviting place to come Home to during the Holidays and Share Christmas with those you Love.

Merry Christmas from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Maple said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family. It's Wed and I'm missing having our tea together. All the very best to you and your kin.

OceanFoam said...

So happy to be able to visit you! I enjoyed seeing your festive home. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Unknown said...

Your home looks bautiful and so nicely prepared for your loved ones. Merry Christmas and all the bes in 2013!

Olive said...

Enchanting and cozy. I know you had a lovely Christmas. Be Blessed, Olive

Heaven's Walk said...

You truly know how to create the perfect Christmas tablescape, Carolyn. It's all so beautiful! I pray that you had a blessed dinner with your family and that the new year will bring you peace, joy, and success! I'm so glad to have met you here in blogland. :)

xoxo laurie

lorenza marengo said...

Tanti auguri!!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I get inspired every time I visit your beautiful blog.

Happy New Year to you!

VictoriaRose said...

Beautiful Christmas decorations!

I love your teapot stand. Is it a typical stand painted white with pretty plates or one piece? The plates are lovely, where would one find more?

Hope your Christmas season was full of warmth & happiness & good wishes for a wonderful New Year.

Sea and Salt said...

Beautiful pictures!
Thanks for sharing.
Bella xx

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