MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Merry Everything, to embrace all! and why not a Merry New Year, too!

December 27, 2009 § 17 Comments

I realize that the actual “day”  is over but it’s  a season, right?, so I shall endeavor to catch up with everyone but first and foremost know that I wish a very Happy Christmas and Rockin’ New Year  to each and every one of you who has ever read or glanced at anything here in the past year.

Yes, it’s been a busy season but that does not preclude my thinking of you and even dropping in now and then to catch up with your blog and though I may not have left a comment, I’m always glad to find you there. 

 I count blog friends as real friends, and I will admit that falling off the blog wagon, while it wins back one at LEAST one more hour a day, it cuts one off from a positive, informative, sharing, universal world that I am happy to be part of.

I haven’t thought through any real content for this entry, other than to share some Christmas from here in St. Louis. Nothing fancy like Q’s slide show last year (it was awesome – something for every day of advent) and no game, survey, meme or prize…it’s just a hi-hello and a hug and a hey…this is where we are, feet up in front of the fire, doing nothing but talking, reading, commenting on the grey snowy sky, playing music,  in for the winter like a bunch of bear, at least the holiday part of it, playing with toys, snacking, feasting and feting with family and friends.

HM made candles, we volunteered on several charity drives, worked, played, decorated, planned, shopped, wrote cards and made it to many parties (there were a lot this year which I take as a sign of the earnest American optimism despite the omnipresent economic-and-multi-etceteras nosedives. We are steadfast in our determination to make merry, as they say.)

So, for any who might be interested in Christmas chez nous in STL, here are some snaps and now and then, as I could think of them, some telling cutlines.


Ah, that good old Santa – he set the breakfast table for Christmas morning.

Nory and Snarl work on their annual gingerbread house.

There was some heightened discussion on the texture of the “snow” (white icing) but all worked out well.


With some rearrangement, the library became the cozy spot and the fireplace beat out the TV for viewing.  There are four huge containers of Xmas “stuff” on the lower level that to date have not been unpacked for further decorating. Thus the mantle morphed this year from a nostalgic neverland to a certain amount of “nuttiness” as in nutcrackers!


Santa rocks the foyer, and keeps watch over the chair that stacks up with scarves and gloves.

And there, in a corner of the dining room, the “skinny” tree…Nory added red lighs to its white light spendor. There is a Christopher Radko book on Christmas decorating in the living room, but we don’t seem to learn from it and likely much to his raised eyebrow, we improvise as we open a box of decorations, and go! And Mom brought over, post-picture gorgeous red Christmas balls scrolled with gold glitter, several angels whose lanterns light up and a special glass ornament for each of us – Big Ben for me (we visited London together), a cardinal for HM who unstintingly feeds them, a polar bear for Snarl who protects them and a penguin for Nory who adores the little fellows.

These little angels have been around since I was in elementary school. They have arrived here on our shelf also via Mom. Note the stack of Xmas stories behind them, including Sedaris’ Holidays on Ice (you can only see the drink glass) and Dickens’ Christmas Carol (red slanted bining)


And my sincere wish to all of you – JOY, PEACE and HAPPINESS, inspired not only by this beautiful Christmas season, but a mantra for every moment to come.

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§ 17 Responses to MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Merry Everything, to embrace all! and why not a Merry New Year, too!

  • Bellezza says:

    I loved having a peek at your Christmas. The lighting is so warm and cozy, just as this holiday should be.

    No one could be more sporadic at blog reading, posting or commenting than I. As you said, though, it’s a relief to stop by and see one’s blogging friend still alive and well.

    I consider “meeting” you one of my blessings in 2009, and let’s have lots more chats in 2010. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

  • Molly says:

    Your decorations are so beautiful, warm, and festive. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • qugrainne says:

    So lovely to see you return to blog land. I, too, have been sporadic, trying to balance hours in the day with joy of new found friends. If only there was no need for sleep!
    But what fun, to get the insiders view of your Christmas. Thank you for sharing!!
    Peace and love to you and HM and Nory and Snarl and the various four-legged friends, and a happy new year to all.

  • ds says:

    Yippee, you’re back! I think of my blogging friends as real friends too, and I am so happy to have met you this year. Thank you for your wonderful writing and many kindnesses.
    Peace, joy, happiness, belated Merry Christmas and a totally rockin’ 2010 to you and your family!!

  • Simply lovely! Thanks so much for sharing Chez Vous! We are a much funkier lot at my house – maybe I should post some of our weirdness. 😉

  • Nora says:

    Our house looks pretty fabulous if I do say so myself! Love the way the photos look and so neat to see from this perspective =)

  • jeanie says:

    How fabulous! LOVE the gingerbread house — I’ve always wanted to do that and never had the guts! And your “nutty” mantle is perfect! That Santa Star is the best! Oh, it’s all the best — love the decorated message at the end, too! WAY fun! Merry Happy to you! And to 2010, a meeting!

  • shoreacres says:

    The green switchplate by the stairs is an extra festive touch! Thanks so much for sharing your elegant Christmas pics – and a gingerbread house, too. I never had one of those – maybe it would be a good project for next year.

    I see Jeanie talking about a meeting – that beach house is still just waiting…. Maybe 2010 will be the time!

  • Ruth says:

    Thank you for your mixed bag of Christmas, Oh! It’s grand to have you back, I missed you.

    Yes, blog friends are real friends. I’ve learned more about myself in the last four years from blog friends than in my previous 49 years. What does that say? I don’t know, and I don’t care at the moment. 🙂

  • qugrainne says:

    A meeting? May I join? What fun!!

  • Arti says:

    Of course… a merry and blessed New Year to you and yours, oh! Thanks for keeping such an interesting blog and sharing your family Christmas with us. Just beautiful is all.

  • seachanges says:

    What lovely pictures / decorations! From me too: Have a fantastic New Year with everything that you and your family need. I very much look forward to reading more of your enterprises and seeing some more of those great photo’s! Happy New Year.

  • oh says:

    All,
    Yes, we should rendez-vous this year – is there a mid-point? I dunno. But Linda (Shoreacres at Task At Hand) knows of a beach house in her territory – the Gulf Coast. Wouldn’t that be lovely?

    In the meantime, Jeanie (Marmelade Gypsy) and I are planning to meet in Indianapolis – anyone else near there? Seachanges is transatlantic but we can skype or otherweise network her “in” to any gathering.

    Stay in touch!!!!

  • Becca says:

    Your home looks so beautiful and inviting this season…thanks for sharing this glimpse into your live in SL!

    Hoping your new year is spectacular!

  • seachanges says:

    Oh: the thought, meeting sounds just such a great idea! But as you say, I’m transatlantic… 😦 skype sounds like a good solution… keep in touch about your plans. Wish could join the beach ‘mid-point’ 🙂 Well, one of these days. Happy new year to all.

  • Carrie says:

    So lovely. Can’t wait to see what the new year holds…
    Cheers!
    Carrie

  • what lovely decorations and the gingerbread house is amazing, too good to eat surely?

    Happy New Year!

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