December 11, 2009

I heart Christmas

I love Christmas, I love decorations, the planning, the cooking, the secrets!

This year, in particular, has made me ponder (more than once) about how our boys will experience Christmas. What it will mean to them in years to come, and what memories they will have. One thing we did decide was to decorate the house a 'bit more than usual', to try an evoke some festive spirit - and that in itself has been rather tricky...

You see, down here in the southern hemisphere we are in the beginnings of summer (well trying at least!), the days are long and our thoughts of what to do on Christmas Day extend as far as going to the beach. All this means that the snowy ornaments and flickery lights get kind of lost here - how do we decorate so it represents 'our' Christmas, while still maintaining the traditional 'magic' that the boys relate to?

Luckily, Living Etc has a wonderful Christmas Album, full to the brim of all sorts of ideas and inspiration. I've chosen a few of my faves to share.... if you are a bit 'stuck' like me, I suggest you head on over to the Living Etc site and immerse yourself in some festive glory : )

(images from Living Etc)

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I'm going to sign off for the year. My plan to keep writing daily isn't going so well, and I really do want to treasure this time with the boys as we head into the holidays.

I am yet to figure out when I'll be back - I'm guessing it will be early in the New Year, but I'll keep you posted : )

I just want to take a moment to thank you. Thank you so very much for being part of this alphabetical world. I so dearly love your company, your emails and comments. I wish you and yours a wonderful festive season, full of magic and fond memories.

From my home to yours, may the season be filled with
Peace, love and cheer!

Best wishes and the kindest regards,

Jo, Steve and the Boys


My Owl Barn said...

Have a wonderful time with your family and a Merry Christmas. I'll miss you and will wait for your next wonderful post.

Amanda said...

I'd feel very festive if Santa would deliver me that chair in your last photo!! Have a lovely Christmas break - I'll look forward to your posts in the new year!

Kickcan and Conkers said...

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas - Rendez-vous in Jan for more alphabet fun!