I'm writing this post as part of a blogging venture
put together by my lovely American blogger friend, Marsha

This month's post is to write about
the best Christmas you've ever had...this has proved far too
difficult for me...I realise just how blessed I am; I cannot
possibly pick one Christmas.
As I have become older and a little wiser I appreciate that the
most precious of times are spent with loved ones...
your memories never fade or pass
and for me there are so many happy, treasured times
 I will remember always.
 Loved ones gone are 
never very far away...for I carry them in my 

for me
Is simply the 

 even a little more than I use to...


And for my one tangible
to decorate your tree...in friendship of the year ending
and the beginning of the 
NEW YEAR ahead...

Open your

And bring in the

Please read my fellow group bloggers and link to their
posts via Marsha's blog 


Karen @ Pas Grand-Chose said...

Really gorgeous images (love the dark doors!) and thoughts beautifully expressed. I hope your Christmas season is very blessed and happy, Catherine. Maybe we will have a white one again in our part of the world!
Karen xo

vicki archer said...

Beautiful Catherine... I especially loved that you said you believe in Santa even more... So true, I am with you on that... :) xv

simone antoniazzi said...

This is beautiful Catherine, I love the words you have written & the images you have chosen....love the Santa suit hanging on the line!! XX

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I saw that top picture in the Pottery Barn catalog and now I want to hang our stockings that way...perfect for Texas. Lovely post....Christmas has always been magic for me, I love this time of year.

Veronica said...

Hi Catherine...indeed you and I are allowed to be kiddies again at Christmas and to believe in the Magic and Santa!!! What a delightful post! Thanks for your visit and lovely wishes....may it be another magical Festive Season filled with splendid memories!


The enchanted home said...

Hi, this was wonderful...I am sooo in the spirit after reading all these fabulous posts!! The Santa suit hanging on the line is just too cute...happy holidays!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Catherine! My goodness, of all these fantastic images, that quote about LOVE THE PEOPLE GOD GAVE YOU.....is a truth that we must never forget! Thank you for this lovely post today! Anita

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Good morning....and what beautiful images...this is really getting me in the spirit...Love Santa's coat and hat on the line. Have a good day. Mona

Splenderosa said...

Your elegance is always present, Catherine. I believe in Santa too...never ever change. The happiest of holidays, darling...

Chandlers Candles said...

Christmas is a truly magical time and best spent with family, friends and Santa! Lovely post, feeling very festive now...

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

How lovely to meet you this way Catherine...........your house will be one of the first that Santa will visit. Thank you for your sweet comment and happy holidays. xx

Leslie said...

Perfect Catherine:) Believing.. Hearing the bell :) its a bauble and a twinkle!

Lost in Provence said...

Hear, hear for the joy of believing!! What a joyful post. Merci beaucoup...Happy Holidays...

Heather from Lost in Arles

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Catherine,
So sorry to be late to your 'By Initation' post ......have just got back from the charity lunch where I have been since about 11.00 a.m !!
Your post and mine seem to have very similar sentiments, although yours is a little more eloquent than mine !!!! hehe
Beautiful images and lovely words and perfect for our subject this month. XXXX

Karen Albert said...

Catherine, such beautiful sentiments and images bringing us the meaning of the Holidays!


The Snowdrop Project said...

Hi Catherine,
Beautiful post with lovely words.
As the song says, "it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas"
Have a lovely day,
Liz x

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