Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The most wonderous time of the year ~

Here it is, just a few days before Christmas, with everything so different this year it is hard to believe that it is almost here. Without so many of the usual markers...classes to go to, friends to entertain, family gatherings... time  has become so strange that it has become somewhat difficult to keep track of the days.

But it is indeed the holiday season, and time to decorate the house for Christmas. Since I cannot have my traditional family Christmas Eve dinner, there will be no one but Miss Twiggley and I here to enjoy it so I decided to do a scaled back version. Though not as elaborate, I have found that it has lifted my spirits and with that in mind I decided to share with you in this post some of  my favorite decorations from the past, some I repeated this year and some not.

Below, last years flower tree, one of my favorites and one I will probably repeat next year. 

All of the Santas in the kitchen a yearly must do, but sadly not this one.

2019 mantle designed to match the tree I showed in the first picture, again one of my favorites. Next year I think I will try to imitate a mantle Sharon Santoni did on her blog: A French Country home. You can see it on Instagram. It was almost totally evergreens and really spectacular.

I started collecting these Christmas fairies by John Roberts four years ago. I have been adding to my collection every year. I find them a charming and a whimsical  addition to tuck in here and there. 

And who can resist sweets during the holidays even if some of them are faux.

And last, the holiday window in my kitchen which I did again this year. I love this scene and never have found a better way add the spirit of the holiday to the room I spend the most time in. 

I hope that all of you are able to find joy in this season, with the new year we have some very positive things to look forward to and hopefully by Christmas 2021 we will be able to gather safely again with family and friends to enjoy the happiest and most wonderous time of the year.

Merry Christmas



  1. Adrienne, this was a beautiful post. I love all your photos from years past and the kitchen window and the flower tree are just simply gorgeous, but most of all I love the message that you send at the end of your post. Most of us have so many things to be thankful for in this horrible year but unless we continue to realize that these things still exist for us, there might not be such a wonderful Christmas next year. It saddens me when I hear that "nothing or nobody is going to change how I live" and continue on doing what comes naturally. I want to be around and want my friends and family to be around for next year's Christmas so I love hearing it put just like you wrote it and hope that everyone reads it that way..Merry Christmas my friend and a Happy Healthy New Year..Stay well..xxoJudy

    1. Thank you, I so appreciate your friendship. Merry Christmas.

  2. Love the pictures of Christmas past. I always enjoy your posts and look forward to seeing your beautiful garden next year. Merry Christmas to you and Miss Twiggley.

  3. Your Christmas window is uplifting and I would love to walk in everyday to that scene. Happy New Year.

  4. Happy new year from France Catherine

  5. How lovely that you still decorated your home and how wonderful that you did a special Christmas Eve dinner for you. Scaled back is fine, it's more important that you did it and I can understand that it was lifting your spirit. That's what we need.
    I hope 2021 will be kind to you.


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