Christmas Cheer

I love Christmas, like LOVE it!  I loved it as a child and have great memories of sleepless nights, filled stockings and Pillsbury cinnamon rolls.  As I got older I still loved the tradition of it all, but I just didn’t get that excited about it anymore.  I didn’t really care about presents and especially once I moved out of the house and I didn’t always get home for the holiday it just didn’t hold the same magic, there was just something missing.  I’ve learned to love it again and have rediscovered the magic of Christmas.   Just in time too I think, because I can’t wait to share that joy with our child.  I think the turning point was when Thomas and I started building our own traditions and I look forward to them every year.  These are a few of my favorite things:

  • Decorating our tree.  We are definitely not “theme” people.  Our tree reflects our eclectic style; we buy ornaments that are quirky or cute.  My favorite addition this year is the one we call “disapproving monkey”.  We also started a tradition of buying an ornament at each new place we visit, so trimming the tree is a reminder of all the wonderful places we’ve visited together, it’s great.
  • Just the two of us.  I love our families, but I also love the Christmas’s that are just ours.  We go to mass on Christmas Eve and open one present each.  We wake up Christmas morning and open our stockings, Oz has one too!  Then after coffee and cinnamon rolls we open our under the tree presents, Oz does too!  After presents and calls/Skypes to family we put together Christmas dinner, slow cooker pot roast that is done by the time we get home from the movies.  It’s truly perfect.
  • Cheesy Christmas Movies.  I loooooove the entire lineup of made for TV Christmas movies on Lifetime and ABC Family, as much as I love the classics like Scrooged and Muppet Christmas Carol.  Even better than 25 days of tacky wonderfulness on TV is that while Thomas groans about it and my never-ending playlist of Christmas tunes, I know he secretly loves it.  And even if he doesn’t he tolerates it knowing that I love it and isn’t that the definition of true love?
  • Baking.  I don’t do a whole lot of this really ever except at Christmastime.  I bake a pumpkin bread from my Grandma’s recipe and it makes me happy that there are people who really look forward to getting their loaves each year.  Speaking of Grandma, I also like getting baked goods, she sends us a tin of cookies every year that Thomas swears taste like Jesus himself baked them!
  • Giving.  This is my most favorite part of Christmas.  I won’t say I don’t love getting presents, I do.  But I love giving presents even more.  I love picking out and purchasing things for other people.  I love seeing the look on my husband’s face when I really surprise him, and the pure joy on Oz’s face when he realizes he has new toys to destroy.  My love of giving goes beyond family though.  I’ve sadly noticed an unfortunate trend where people are so concerned about themselves and their family at the holidays that they are stingy mcgrinches with everyone else, leaving bad tips in restaurants, grabbing and pushing in stores.  When did people stop being nice?  I know times are hard for everyone, but by spending a little extra outside your own family  the feeling you get after doing something for others with no expectations is worth it.  So donate to a food bank or Toys for Tots, and if you truly can’t afford to then just hold the door open for someone or give up your seat on the train.  You’ll make someone’s day and keep that wonderful feeling of holiday cheer spreading!

December 22, 2011 - 5:34 pm

Mikalee Byerman - Beautiful pictures — this is such a magical time of year, and you’ve absolutely captured that spirit!

…and there’s NOTHING better than cheesy Christmas movies. The season isn’t complete without A Christmas Story and It’s a Wonderful Life.

Merry Christmas!


December 22, 2011 - 5:35 pm

Cathy - The second one is really sweeeeet. Merry Christmas! 🙂

December 22, 2011 - 5:39 pm

PCC Advantage - I’m with you on everything but the cheesy Christmas movies…can’t handle that stuff. Haha! I’m strictly a Christmas Classic Movie kinda girl. 😉

Merry Christmas!! 😀

P.S. Your tree looks beautiful!

December 22, 2011 - 5:49 pm

valentinedee - So beautiful and festive. Yep, definitely Christmasey. Merry Christmas!


December 22, 2011 - 5:56 pm

livvy30 - Love your bokeh!

December 22, 2011 - 6:10 pm

Krysta Marie [Purple Pond] - Loving the disapproving monkey.

December 22, 2011 - 6:10 pm

pnwauthor - Thank you. Your post cheers me up. I suffer from seasonal depression in the winter months.

December 22, 2011 - 6:13 pm

The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife - Your post reminds me of how much we are alike around this time of the year. Christmas brings about the simple enjoyments. Have a wonderful weekend!

December 22, 2011 - 6:13 pm

nikilee30 - Awww I love your tree. I to love Christmas music and Christmas movies, but usually only the classics! Have a wonderful Christmas!

December 22, 2011 - 6:15 pm

Amanda / Bulldrogs and Bulldogs - I agree with you! Christmas is one of the best times of year! Your decorations are fun too!

Merry Christmas!

Amanda/ Bullfrogs and Bulldogs

December 22, 2011 - 6:24 pm

suekenney - I agree with you, one of the best parts of Christmas is giving. We’re trying an experiment this year – I asked my husband to donate some animals to someone needy through one of the better known charities, and that will be my gift from him. I really like the idea of it, and it’ll help cut down some accumulation of THINGS in our already overcrowded house.

Love your tree, by the way. And is that a pic of the “disapproving monkey”? Cute little thing. Congrats on being Fresh Pressed. Enjoy those cheesy movies!

December 22, 2011 - 6:26 pm

Mark Rood - Mirko, Merry Christmas to you and your family. Send me a note and I will call you.

Mark Rood

December 22, 2011 - 6:30 pm

jessieleighdavis - I LOVE the disapproving monkey! Yes!

December 22, 2011 - 6:41 pm

candidave - Beautiful pictures, especially the first ones

Merry Christmas:)

December 22, 2011 - 6:49 pm

chaumierelesiris - I love Christmas too…and just posted about buying an ornament from each place we visit – it’s a lovely tradition and not just ours!

December 22, 2011 - 7:01 pm

jamietracey - Beautiful photos!

December 22, 2011 - 7:06 pm

Paula Loves Marla - I like non-themed trees. All the random ornaments get there through your life experiences and thus tell your own personal story. I have a group of ornaments that I got at the thrift store and think they’re especially romantic because they’re part of someone else’s story.

Maybe if I stay up late enough and listen very closely, they’ll tell me what it is!

Very nice post & Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2011 - 7:06 pm

eva626 - that is a very cute monkey!!! happy holidays

December 22, 2011 - 7:17 pm

everyonelovesacookie - What a beautiful tree! The Eiffel tower ornament is lovely!

December 22, 2011 - 7:33 pm

Evelyn Smith - Nice blog! Merry Christmas!


December 22, 2011 - 7:37 pm

d1plomaticd1va - Yay! I love, love, LOVE this time of year, Merry Christmas to you and yours.

December 22, 2011 - 7:58 pm

Bekki McLean - What magical photos!!! You’ve captured that tree and the lights perfectly 🙂

December 22, 2011 - 8:05 pm

Eileen黃愛玲 - This post is exactly how I feel. Exactly! 😀

December 22, 2011 - 8:11 pm

Alea - This is so true! Especially your thoughts about being nice at the end. And I love baking, too. =)

December 22, 2011 - 9:18 pm

James LaForest - Nice thoughts especially in your fifth point about doing something for others. Even if it’s just a kind gesture. They may not get it, but then again they may. The season is about so much more than presents, even if you’re not celebrating Christmas, there are at least 3 other holidays in other religions this time of year that are about helping to ‘lighten’ other people’s loads, so to speak. Check out my thoughts on the Season of Light here:

Best Regards,
James LaForest

December 22, 2011 - 9:40 pm

Yatin - Like the tradition of getting souvenir ornament for the tree. Replay of magic moments amidst the festivities. Sweet.

December 22, 2011 - 9:45 pm

santiago - Great ! Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2011 - 10:14 pm

susielindau - Fabulous photos! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

December 22, 2011 - 10:30 pm

dennisbuckman - Thank you for sharing….

December 22, 2011 - 10:32 pm

scribblechic - I think I twirl and hum my way through the entire month of December. Lovely sharing. Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2011 - 10:37 pm

twistedsistersdesign - Hi, your photos are beautiful. I especially LOVE the “disapproving monkey”, soooo fabulous 🙂 Every year my sister and I also try to think of new ways to enrich our holidays, make our own traditions. So we decorate, pack, buy, give and make something different every year….love the holidays, makes us so creative 😀

December 22, 2011 - 10:41 pm

3rd Culture Children - Ohhh… I also love, love Christmas… my favorite holiday (closely followed by Halloween!) 😮 Love decorating the house (wherever we find ouselves in the world!), reading stories to the kids, watching Xmas movies with the hubby, doing arts & crafts with the kiddos… you name it! Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous images… Christmas is definitely all-around!
Greetings from our warm tropical heart (Northeastern coast of Brazil)! Cheers!

December 22, 2011 - 10:42 pm

Ruby Thursdays - Thank you for saying Christmas instead of the Happy Holidays garbage that get shoved at us all the time.

December 22, 2011 - 10:57 pm

My Camera, My Friend - Oh the joys of the season. Sometimes the simple things are the best.

December 23, 2011 - 12:08 am

ozimages - Yep, that is the infamous disapproving monkey!

December 23, 2011 - 12:54 am

edwoodseo - Happy merry Christmas to everyone!!
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December 23, 2011 - 12:55 am

Y u Think Bill - I love Christmas and I agree – I don’t go for all that theme kind of decorating – my theme is Christmas. But, I do have a tradition: every year we let the two kids pick out an ornament to buy and we put up on the tree. We currently have 14 years of different ornaments that reflect more their changing taste than anything else.

December 23, 2011 - 1:09 am

barcncpt44 - Good pictures. Christmas is my favorite time of the year.

December 23, 2011 - 1:21 am

Steph Morgan - I also love Christmas – and your photography. So I’ve nominated you for the versatile bloger award! Check it out.

December 23, 2011 - 1:24 am

ecpmf05 - Great photos. Takes me home !

December 23, 2011 - 1:43 am

AishaDExpress - wow cute and lovely photos ;D Have a nice christmas holiday !

December 23, 2011 - 2:16 am

Teknotty Design Solutions - Wonderful Blog. Nice clicks. Merry Christmas. Please do visit my blog,

December 23, 2011 - 2:30 am

aFrankAngle - Thanks for sharing … and Merry Christmas.

December 23, 2011 - 3:13 am

April Purcia Dilao - CUte.. And Sweet. <333

December 23, 2011 - 3:15 am

The Colorful Spot - Great pictures full of the Christmas Season…Wishing you and your a Beautiful Christmas with all the joy and peace!!!

Warm wishes,
Carmella English

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December 23, 2011 - 3:27 am

Peter Ashley - Nice photos and thoughts about Christmas in your blog. I agree that Christmas should be about giving, but giving of yourself, your love and your time, rather than lots of money or expensive presents? Hope you like this Christmas Message from our blog …………

Christmas is about to be celebrated this year,
With family and friends that you hold dear,
But is the purpose of this celebration clear,
Or is it seen only as a way to gain more gear?

Foster the meaning true this Christmas time of year,
The remembrance of the baby Jesus dear,
The gift of love given for all to know and share,
So that humanity would no longer need to fear.

You see Christmas is a ‘Giving’ time of year,
And a time for all to be full of joy and cheer,
For the love and hope given that first Christmas time year,
So celebrate this gift so unique and rare.

Spare no cost this Christmas time of year,
Give the most precious, priceless gifts you have to share,
The gifts of Love and Hope to those you hold dear,
For these are real treasures to be enjoyed in every year.

December 23, 2011 - 4:37 am

Jean - I love the light in your photos –warm but twinkly up close.

One of my favourite Christmas photos is this outdoor live mini tree decorated with baked preztels and by fortune, there were live sparrows in the tree!

December 23, 2011 - 5:59 am

Arindam - Beautiful Pictures. 🙂

December 23, 2011 - 6:31 am
December 23, 2011 - 7:19 am

gaycarboys - Gorgeous shots. I love this time of the year. Love the tree.

December 23, 2011 - 9:40 am

freemuseumsf - Everything looks fantastic. It looks like Martha Stewart done smartly on a budget too. Nothing too fancy or expensive, and nothing cheap either. Looks, classic meets children in a big city. A very interesting concept that works really well from what I see. I love it.

December 23, 2011 - 9:56 am

yurtdışı eğitim - I liked the third pic. so nice

December 23, 2011 - 11:08 am

beccysfoodies - i just started reading your blog and i love it! the christmas traditions are so great and i completely love cinnamon rolls too, merry christmas! 🙂

December 23, 2011 - 12:08 pm

Littleskew - What a fantastic post! I love Christmas traditions (we do the Mass and one present Christmas eve too). You have a gorgeous tree… loving the monkey 🙂

Merry Christmas

December 23, 2011 - 12:14 pm

lyttleb - Awesome blog, thanks.

December 23, 2011 - 12:30 pm

Josh M. Whitney - I love christmas!!!!!!!! Only two more days and I get to spend sometime with the family, eat my butt off and rip through all of my presents! I love the holidays!!!!!

December 23, 2011 - 1:13 pm

Chef Pamela - Congratulations on being Freshly pressed! Your Paris ornament is quite lovely.
Great post – It is nice to know others actually like cheesy Christmas movies and music too.
Isn’t it great to establish our own traditions!

December 23, 2011 - 1:32 pm

Mandy Poole - Beautiful tree, and wonderful traditions you have. We have similar traditions where I am from, Eastern Canada (the South Coast of Labrador). It’s nice to know that there are others in the world keeping the faith and realizing the true meaning of Christmas (in my opinion) family & love.

All the best for the Holidays & the new year.

December 23, 2011 - 2:29 pm

halfwayto50 - I too love traditions and miss being able to participate in all of them as I’ve become this thing everyone calls an, “adult.” We’re working on creating our own traditions too such as driving through town looking at great light displays and hosting a huge party for our friends each year! It’s now what it used to be, but I’m growing more excited each year for these new traditions!

December 23, 2011 - 2:58 pm - Great work and Merry Christmas!!!

Have a great day,


December 23, 2011 - 3:05 pm

Marie Midtlid - I love your list. The Christmas is in the air! Have a good one!

December 23, 2011 - 3:12 pm

trialsinfood - great traditions and photos! i agree that christmas should be more about giving then receiving. i just started the christmas baking this year, making cookies for anyone and everyone. and i love the movie “white christmas” this time of year! merry christmas to you and your family!

December 23, 2011 - 3:28 pm

Dounia - Wonderful post and absolutely lovely photos. Congrats on being freshly pressed and have a very merry christmas!

December 23, 2011 - 3:55 pm

Chaks - merry christmas, all are very nice pictures.

December 23, 2011 - 4:12 pm

Jessica White - Happy Holidays! We are making pumpkin bread also! YUM! Our family has started a new tradition, this being our second year of the prime rib for Christmas dinner. Congratulations on being freshly pressed! Thank you for sharing your photos. I love the cozy feeling your pictures bring. Have a very Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2011 - 4:28 pm

yuzihan - It’s beautiful.

I wish I had a tree, but in my country, it’s not feasible to have a real christmas tree to trim. I wish I could decorate the starfruit tree outside in my garden, but I don’t think my parents would approve. They are not really ‘those lights’ festive people.

I like your disapproving monkey 🙂

December 23, 2011 - 5:06 pm

alvin - never stop believing in santa!

December 23, 2011 - 5:16 pm

Oh God, My Wife Is German - Great post! Thanks for sharing!

December 23, 2011 - 5:55 pm

ICA - Very nice! Merry Christmas! And for those who would love to see one of the most moving renditions of O Holy Night ever sung, you’ll enjoy this:

December 23, 2011 - 8:33 pm

murraythemonster - Love the post! I love the cheesy movies too. Yup, I make my husband watch every since one with me. A bottle of wine and “The year without a Santa Claus” what a great combination. Have a Merry Christmas;-)

December 23, 2011 - 8:59 pm

annewhitaker - Thanks for these cheering images. Here’s a quirky Festive one from Glasgow, Scotland – a Festive Kiss with a Twist!

December 23, 2011 - 9:19 pm

Eva McCane - love this list! makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. i’m going to get this holiday happiness started tonight. thanks for sharing!

December 23, 2011 - 9:54 pm

Blue Line - Wonderful, keep posting plz. I love it.
and yes Merry Christmas , God bless

December 23, 2011 - 9:57 pm

Powerful Goddess Photography - I love your exuberance! Joy does live in the simplest and smallest places…

December 23, 2011 - 10:02 pm

onesterova - Very beautiful pictures as well as the article itself. I am from Eastern Europe, so our Christmas was always on January 7th. The biggest holiday we have is the NYE itself – that’s when we get our presents and have a huge family dinner followed by the newest programs on TV. But as I am now in US, it took me some time to adjust to the “new schedule”. Yet, I do shop for the Christmas presents in advance and send them off to Europe just before December 24th, so they get them right on time..
Thank you for the post and have a blessed Merry Christmas!

December 23, 2011 - 10:58 pm

ihsanashi - lovely decorations on your tree, Merry Christmas! 🙂

December 23, 2011 - 11:04 pm

youarenotlostyouarehere - Me too, I love the routines of Christmas – and thank you for sharing your customs!
I’m feeling like Christmas telly is getting worse and worse and worse. In the UK, you’re likely to find Strictly Come Dancing, Downton Abbey (I happily admit I’m not a fan) and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
Prime viewing – there’s nothing better than watching someone force-feed themselves alligator testicles, while you sit happily munching on a mince pie, on Christmas Day….
Happy Christmas Eve Eve, have a good one!

December 24, 2011 - 12:22 am

mimi - i really like cheesy christmas movies to but i also love that its jesus’s birthday


December 24, 2011 - 12:26 am

mimi - i love love love christmas too !!!!! : )

December 24, 2011 - 2:30 am

giat - Thanks, nice stories for inspiring young people to care christmas

December 24, 2011 - 4:17 am

livlee1 - Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2011 - 4:18 am

livlee1 - Merry X-Mas!!!

December 24, 2011 - 4:18 am

livlee1 - Merry Christmas 🙂 !

December 24, 2011 - 4:21 am

livlee1 - Tonight is the night before the night before Christmas!!! Santa is coming tomorrow!! “SANTA! OH MY GOD! SANTA’S COMING! I KNOW HIM! I KNOW HIM!” -Buddy 🙂 🙂 my all time favorite movie

December 24, 2011 - 4:22 am

livlee1 - Whyy does it say i posted this comment on the 24th (at least on my computer)?? I posted on the 23rd haha I know when it is Christmas!!

December 24, 2011 - 4:23 am

livlee1 - Merrrryyy CHRISTMAS!!!! 🙂

December 24, 2011 - 5:06 am

Shine4Him - Very nice post & photos! I’m a big fan of the special ornaments too. I recently gave my boyfriend a run-down of my collection and what each one meant. 🙂 Also, my family likes to do a “world’s ugliest ornament” contest each year as well. Just a little something more to look forward to when opening presents Christmas morning.

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2011 - 5:23 am

Wellington - I like the whole thing, too cute.

December 24, 2011 - 5:35 am

Andrea C. Delgado - Love your pictures!! Merry christmas to you!

December 24, 2011 - 5:55 am

Rosauro Abadilla - I love the monkey! Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2011 - 6:55 am

debrinconcita - You have definetly made me happy today by reading your POSTING. It is inspiring me. I don’t have to Celebrate anymore cause my son’s are too big now, men to be exact? But, I can share in other’s happiness & dream inside my mind, THANKS for the headstart, Your Great, especially for starting TRADITIONS that your child can remember for life.

December 24, 2011 - 6:55 am

debrinconcita - SORRY I forgot, Have a WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS from My Family to yours, Debra Rincon Lopez in Portland ORegon USA.

December 24, 2011 - 9:09 am

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December 24, 2011 - 10:52 am

argedion - I so enjoyed reading your Christmas story. I especially liked the closing thoughts about how we have become a lot more stingy. Stingy Mcgrinch I believe you called it. For me the whole idea of Christmas is sharing with everyone else. Sharing the story of our Lord and Saviour and making sure others have a smile on their face. The thing I look forward to the most is seeing the surprise and the genuine happiness when my Wife and daughters open up their gifts and to experience a joy rather than a mere happiness. Thank you for sharing.

December 24, 2011 - 11:57 am

quirksofthemind - Fantastic pictures … You’ve definatly captured the spirit of the season … Happy Christmas!!

December 24, 2011 - 12:40 pm

Rome ® - Great pics

December 24, 2011 - 12:56 pm

DrAnthonysBlog - I could not agree more! Merry Christmas and congrats on being freshly pressed!

December 24, 2011 - 2:38 pm

Wrinkles and Flab and Hair! Oh My! - Beautiful pictures! Thanks for reminding everyone what Christmas is about. I’ve had a year of no motivation for Christmas. I will try harder next year.

December 24, 2011 - 2:50 pm

Nicole - Lovely pictures, great post. Nothing like the magical Christmas memories we had as a child.

December 24, 2011 - 4:52 pm

whenquiet - Yes! Thank you!

December 24, 2011 - 7:29 pm

The Hook - You must be counting down the hours now, right?
I would tell you to enjoy yourself, but you certainly will, won’t you?

December 24, 2011 - 7:52 pm

aFrankAngle - Great treats and Merry Christmas.

For gifts you shared, I invite you to visit for a gift under my tree.

December 24, 2011 - 9:25 pm

Constance V. Waldenc - The Humble Nativity Scene

The humble nativity scene,
to me, this is what Christmas

The bright shining star,
the men from afar
bringing gifts to the Lord and King.

The smile
on the face of a child,
the angels as they sing out loud,

“Salvation is born,
He’s Christ Jesus, Lord.
Bethlehem sees the New Born King.

Constance V. Walden
Have a great Christmas

December 24, 2011 - 9:45 pm

tegantallullah - Beautiful photos, and I can’t agree with you more about spreading the good cheer to strangers as well as your nearest and dearest. My plan for doing this is to buy the Big Issue on Christmas day from the lady who always tries to sell it to me. It’s not much, in fact it’s a tiny gesture, but I don’t have much money.

Also I love the sounds of coffee and cinnamon rolls. Mmm I might have to steal this tradition!…

December 24, 2011 - 10:14 pm

Slim Muslim - Merry christmas to you too

December 25, 2011 - 2:22 am

phillymom80 - i love ur christmas tree, the tree that i did for the house this year is semi themed, if that is possible. what i mean is that its colored themed.. but there are random decorations on there from ever year that my 2 girls were babies and also decorations from when i was a kid that my mom gave to me. i guess color themed is the christmas balls are all in a purple gold and bronze them… but next year its going back to random.. evey year i go and add something different to the tree this year it was butterflies… next year its all going to mesh together and be mulitcolored. no themes..

December 25, 2011 - 3:08 am

cheryllewis14 - Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing and happy holidays!

December 25, 2011 - 4:01 am

Kate Walsh / designhouse9 - Absolutely love the monkey ornament shot! Coincidentally, I just got home from a holiday party and my gift included a monkey ornament! It will be a great addition to my tree which also has an eclectic mix of ornaments. I started buying at least one a year when I was younger. Now I have quite the collection. It’s always fun to pull them out and be surprised each year since I never remember all of them. Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2011 - 4:58 am

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December 25, 2011 - 6:51 am

samaritan66 - Thanks for the very nice presentation.


With Love
samaritan India

December 25, 2011 - 8:38 am

hippyilse - My fav. time of year! Love the pics! xx

December 25, 2011 - 10:15 am

maxmichel - I love what you write about spreading cheer. To me, this is one of the best things about christmas.

I wrote a post about it:

By the way, great photos!

December 25, 2011 - 2:49 pm

amazingflex - Merry X-Masssssssssss…!!!! have a blast today…!!!!

December 25, 2011 - 2:51 pm

Gian Ramos - I love Christmas too! And like the line in that Christmas song, I believe it’s the most wonderful time of the year 🙂 Apart from decorating, the “giving” part is also my favorite!:) Anyway, you have very nice Christmas decors!:) Keep posting! And Merry Christams!:)

December 25, 2011 - 2:51 pm

Gian Ramos - I love Christmas too! And like the line in that Christmas song, I believe it’s the most wonderful time of the year Apart from decorating, the “giving” part is also my favorite!:) Anyway, you have very nice Christmas decors!:) Keep posting! And Merry Christmas!:)

December 25, 2011 - 4:14 pm

renra cikatos - wow this article is very nice. It’s a new inspiration for me. i like it. thank you my friend. merry christmas and happy new year.

December 25, 2011 - 4:35 pm

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December 25, 2011 - 4:36 pm

Hindupur Avinash - Merrrry Christmas!!! Wonderful Pics 🙂

Watch these films this Christmas! 🙂

December 25, 2011 - 7:42 pm

Mr Masque - Never knew monkey ornaments could look so cute, but I still wouldn’t have put any in my tree. I have to see all the crappy x-mas movies from my childhood, that’s what this holiday is all about to me <3

December 25, 2011 - 7:43 pm

sapphy03 - The best part about Christmas is definitely the presents, and as you pointed out the cheesy movies and giving others!

December 25, 2011 - 9:51 pm

umanbn - some great ideas…and I love the disapproving monkey….we have one of those at home but she doesn’t hang from the tree…

December 25, 2011 - 9:58 pm

Rodger - I love the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life.

After watching it over the years, I’ve had many thoughts, which I’ve finally got around to writing. See them here:

Merry Christmas!

December 26, 2011 - 2:11 am

the island traveler - Now that is one beautiful Christmas I wish to have….may be I’ll get lucky next year. Happy Holidays….

December 26, 2011 - 6:12 am

kostüm karneval - Wonderful nice || Merry Christmas ||

December 26, 2011 - 7:35 am

Robert Speer - Beautiful photos! Merry Christmas to you!

December 26, 2011 - 8:11 am

AdilAwan - I started buying at least one a year when I was younger. My plan for doing this is to buy the Big Issue on Christmas day from the lady who always tries to sell it to me.I so enjoyed reading your Christmas story.

December 26, 2011 - 8:15 am

Ginnie Indabottle - I love your christmas tradition 🙂 Like that idea of buying new ornaments from different places. Love your pics too~!!! 🙂
And I couldn’t agree more on this:

“Giving. This is my most favorite part of Christmas. I won’t say I don’t love getting presents, I do. But I love giving presents even more. I love picking out and purchasing things for other people. I love seeing the look on my husband’s face when I really surprise him, and the pure joy on Oz’s face when he realizes he has new toys to destroy. My love of giving goes beyond family though. I’ve sadly noticed an unfortunate trend where people are so concerned about themselves and their family at the holidays that they are stingy mcgrinches with everyone else, leaving bad tips in restaurants, grabbing and pushing in stores. When did people stop being nice? I know times are hard for everyone, but by spending a little extra outside your own family the feeling you get after doing something for others with no expectations is worth it. So donate to a food bank or Toys for Tots, and if you truly can’t afford to then just hold the door open for someone or give up your seat on the train. You’ll make someone’s day and keep that wonderful feeling of holiday cheer spreading!”

Yes! when did people stop being nice? That is such a sad thing!

December 26, 2011 - 8:16 am

AdilAwan - I love what you write about spreading cheer.Beautiful pictures! Thanks for reminding everyone what Christmas is about. Very beautiful pictures as well as the article itself.

December 26, 2011 - 3:15 pm
December 26, 2011 - 4:34 pm

Darcy Isla - This is really nice to read as someone who just celebrated her first Christmas in her own home with just her partner, starting my own new traditions!

December 26, 2011 - 9:16 pm

Empires and Allies Hacks - I just added your website to my bookmarks. I really enjoy reading your posts. Tyvm!

December 26, 2011 - 9:34 pm

Emerald Garden Lady - Thank you for a beautiful post. Loved reading your traditions. Loved your point about being nice, and loved your wonderful photos. Seasons joy to you and yours!

December 26, 2011 - 11:42 pm - great pics makes me happy!

December 27, 2011 - 2:58 pm

agroekonomija - Wonderful photos and congratulations.

December 27, 2011 - 3:30 pm

dressupforme - What a cute cozy post! I’ve also spoke about Christmas in my latest post 😉

There is something sparkly about the holidays and winter, isn’t it?

“Why couldn’t it be Christmas everyday?…” ;))

December 27, 2011 - 6:29 pm

Dotty Geffken - Happy x-Mass!

December 27, 2011 - 10:40 pm

mbconsulting - Lovely post!

I love the atmosphere that you described and presented in pictures.
Congrats for being Freshly Pressed!

Have a nice and warm New Year and all the best for you and your family.


December 27, 2011 - 10:45 pm

niasunset - Congratulations. This was a wonderful post, I love these days… Thank you, with my love, nia

December 28, 2011 - 1:20 am

blondgirl008 - Gorgeous! I like it all. Except the baking part. And the decorating. And the cleaning up. But only because I feel like I HAVE to do it. But I still enjoy it amidst the craziness!

December 28, 2011 - 4:21 am

indyink - The monkey seemed to disapprove when I viewed this. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

December 28, 2011 - 4:37 am

happykidshappymom - What a beautiful blog post, and beautiful attitude you have! I enjoyed this line about your husband watching all the Christmas movies you love, “And even if he doesn’t he tolerates it knowing that I love it and isn’t that the definition of true love?”

Yes! 🙂 Well said.

December 28, 2011 - 5:04 am

padidisawah - huaaaaa I love your Christmas tree

December 28, 2011 - 7:19 am

Audrey Cary - I enjoyed this post SO much. I’m kind of obsessed with Christmas all year long, and when Christmas actually comes around all of these wonderful things you talked about just make the holiday season so much better! Thanks for this post.. it is GREAT. I’ll have to look around your blog some more!

December 28, 2011 - 8:35 am

newfoundlandtraveller - I nominate you for the Liebster Blogging Award! I don’t know if you got it before, but here’s to you and your great blog!

December 28, 2011 - 3:18 pm

natasiarose - I’m a little tardy for this party- But I loooove decorating the tree just me and my wife. Even though Christmas was never her holiday, it’s so much fun to do together.

December 28, 2011 - 4:05 pm

goldglitter21 - Gorgeous pics! Christmas is definitely my favorite time of the year :)!!!

December 28, 2011 - 8:21 pm

Joe Labriola - Nice photos and X-mas formula. What’s it all really about?

December 29, 2011 - 12:42 am

Unna - Och, I love those images! And the fact that “[…] she sends us a tin of cookies every year that Thomas swears taste like Jesus himself baked them!” made me laugh!

It seems like we agree on the giving. Unfortunately my family changed the gift giving policy this year so noone would be giving except the kids at the family gatherings and for the closest of the closest and that being in private. I even managed to shop before getting the notification – how much a bummer is that?! At least it has now been moderated so we will be giving one personal present next year (still a bummer, but progress).

December 29, 2011 - 12:44 am

Unna - I know! How hard is it to hold the door?!

Loving your name, btw. ;D

December 29, 2011 - 2:42 pm

newsy1 - You are so right about giving. If you can’t afford to give a gift give of yourself to someone. Terrific post.

December 29, 2011 - 9:08 pm

bodastory - Lovely post and beautiful pictures! Merry Christmas 🙂

December 30, 2011 - 2:01 am

jacQQ - lovely!

December 30, 2011 - 5:35 am

StillValerie - Nice photos Brighid! I also like your favourite things for the Christmas season, especially the last one about GIVING. I recently wrote a post about “In This Season of Giving and Receiving” and how we can give of ourselves, like the apple tree in the childrens’ book, The Giving Tree. You can check it out at

Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year 2011!

December 30, 2011 - 8:29 am

TheEverydayMuser - I have family all across this country we call the United States, and they’re almost all on opposite sides of it. Some in New York, some in Ohio, us here in California. And we love it, because by some miracle, we always manage to end up at my mom’s house here in Los Angeles. I happen to live in my own apartment too, but I think the best ways to spend Christmas are when you’re with your family and friends.

Merry Christmas to you! 🙂


December 30, 2011 - 9:58 am

ennospace - Great post with so many lovely pictures! Miss my Xmas day with long vacation when I was a child!

December 30, 2011 - 2:04 pm

theamberlight - We do that also and it is fun to relive moments and memories as we trim the tree! A great list of reaasons to love Christmas!
Congrats on FP!

December 30, 2011 - 2:40 pm

Im Dating A One-Percenter - The blue monkey is adorable and the tree picture is pretty awesome. Happy Holidays, thank you for the post!!

December 30, 2011 - 3:14 pm

4evastardoll - merry christmas to everyone please check out my blogs xx

December 31, 2011 - 9:31 pm

Carlin - lovely photos! I have to admit – I’m def not a fan of Christmas tho… I do like Christmas lights – great bokeh!

January 1, 2012 - 12:57 am

illreviews - Man I love Christmas.

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January 2, 2012 - 3:34 am

Alexandra - baking and giving are both definitely my favorite parts of christmas, and the decorative cheer!


January 2, 2012 - 10:01 am

framethem - you have an amazing christmas!! so beautiful- the photos are excellent

January 2, 2012 - 11:38 am

Nikki - Love X-mas, and i love the way you described it.
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January 3, 2012 - 9:45 am

sekx - christmass all around me 😀

January 4, 2012 - 8:24 pm

samsmith35 - I love Christmas traditions! My family started making custom pins that we could wear Christmas day and then turn them into an ornament for the next year. My kids love it and it is great quality time.

January 7, 2012 - 8:11 pm

Karyl - Lovely photos. Putting away Christmas decorations today. I guess I’m not ready to say goodbye. 🙁

January 15, 2012 - 8:03 am

ramonadepares - Beautiful pix to put you in a good mood!

December 8, 2012 - 7:25 pm

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