Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas to all. . . . . . . . .

It's already the morning of Christmas Eve.
Perhaps you, like me, have a busy day planned.  
We have company, including family, friends and neighbors,
 stopping by tonight to share some Christmas 'cheer' and
to exchange packages wrapped in ribbons, whilst the fire
 crackles on the hearth and seasonal music plays quietly
 in the background.
Later we'll take a drive around the neighborhood to view the 
annual luminarias that line many of the streets. They are placed and
 lighted after dark and as tonight will be perfect weather, no wind or rain
expected, should look lovely and add to the feeling of the special 
Christmas Day we will share tomorrow.

- A bright, sunny Christmas Eve morning -

Yesterday I had what I think is a brilliant idea (I don't have too many of those
 these days!). As my pretty pink and white amaryllis didn't bloom long enough
 to enjoy over Christmas, I cut off the stem, left the still healthy looking leaves, 
and added these red silk blooms that I already had in a vase! 
They add a nice splash of color to the dining room.

Also yesterday, while in a baking frenzy, I took time to trot about the garden
 to clip some pyracantha (firethorn) berries and green and variegated ivy for the mantel.
Other than lighting my red candles in lanterns on the front steps this evening, this
 completed my decorating for this Christmas season.


  1. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, too, dear Mary!
    The silk flowers could have fooled me - they look as if they belonged with the amaryllis leaves.

  2. Sounds like a nice evening planned. As a kid, I always loved when we drove around looking at all the houses lit up for Christmas. Those silk red blooms look pretty darn real. Merry Christmas!

  3. You are so clever Mary. Everything looks beautiful. Have fun at your gathering.

  4. Happy Christmas from across the miles. x

  5. So pretty there! Have a wonderful Christmas Eve and a beautiful Christmas Day.

  6. Mary it looks so beautiful as well as elegant- enjoy your day ❤️

  7. It all looks like it was so festive there. Fabulous idea on those stems with the silk flowers! I love everything!! :) "Trot" about - haven't heard that marvelous expression in yonks! Love it. I'm sure your christmas eve and day was very special indeed. I wonder if you did anything for Boxing Day wth family or was it just potting about, nibbling leftovers and warmed mince pies? I finally ate my last won just the other day and here we are on the 11th of Jan! :) (Still ahve some Jaffa cakes, mind you. SO glad! Thank you! )


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