Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Touches of Christmas

Scenes from around my house
It doesn't take a lot to create an ambiance of cozy and festive. Simple touches like a string of twinkle lights wrapped around the fig tree in a front window or draped over a bookshelf. A candle or two on a side table. Seasonal coffee table books and favourite Christmas reading placed for easy perusal while sipping spiced cider or tea. ...

A glass bowl with red tree balls on the table in a wreath of grape vines or holly. Something red, a little green and the place is transformed. A few lights, a little music, and the stage is set for something lovely to happen ... for that sense of peace and wonder to slip into the room and wrap itself around your little ole heart.

Make yourself a cup of something warm and spicy, grab one of those books that might have a scene or two that creates its own seasonal warmth, turn on the twinkle lights ... you might want to read Susan Branch's Christmas books or Rosamunde Pilcher's Winter Solstice or Jan Karon's Shepherd's Abiding or browse through the beautiful classic December issues of Victoria magazine, a book of Christmas poetry, an Advent meditation ...

Those touches of Christmas. Simplicity at its loveliest. Time to sit down and put your feet up.

From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another
The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.
~ Emily Matthews

Brenda and Snowflake


  1. Dear Brenda - this sounds so delightful...putting my feet up, having something hot and spicy and enjoying a wonderful book too. Loved your photos. Thanks for getting me in the Christmas spirit. Have a delightful day.

  2. i couldn't have said it better!!! haha!!

  3. Spicy tea and a good book surrounded by candles and pretty baubles sounds wonderful to me, Brenda! Hugs xo Karen

  4. Simple works for ME! Your suggestions are beautiful (as are the photos.....).

  5. Oh Brenda, we must be kindred spirits. Putting up my feet and indulging in a Christmas-themed reading session is my idea of a wonderful afternoon. The books you've mentioned are in my library, too (with the exception of Susan Branch's Christmas books). I'd add some chapters from the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder - their Christmas celebrations never cease to fill me with joy.

    Wishing you a day filled with quiet joys.


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