Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!

How will you spend the holidays this year? I'll be spending Christmas with my family and look forward to lovingly welcoming and hugging some  beloved relatives of mine.

At this point, I'd like to encourage all who will be spending Christmas Eve alone through choice, or not through choice.
I have had Christmas all alone, once, and it was not my favourite Christmas, but there are definitely ways to make it better.
Make a list of what makes it feel like Christmas. Put up a tree, or hang some lights and garlands.
Bring some Christmas magic into your home.
May this holiday season be so special that you never ever feel lonely again and be surrounded by loved ones throughout!

Here are a few little bits of Christmas.
Christmas is a time of making memories, a time of remembering...
Home sweet home...
London, Holiday season 2010.

Selfridges Department Store in Oxford Street, London. Holiday season 2010.














Potatoes: fried, and spiced-up. Yummy!
Plymouth Christmas Market, Holiday Season 2010.

Plymouth Christmas Market is situated in the centre of Plymouth, UK, providing a wonderfully memorable experience to everyone.
This event promises a host of tasty treats and original, handmade arts and crafts.
Christmas treats.
Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and may this festival bring abundant joy and happiness in your life!

My darlings, may your holidays be filled with special memories shared with your loved ones.
May all your dreams come true in the New Year! Lots of love! xx

P.S. Here's my very first Christmas post in 2009, if you'd like to see.

72 comments:

Ξανθή said...

Καλά Χριστούγεννα!!!

Hilary said...

Your photos are lovely and now I'm craving M&Ms and I haven't even had my morning coffee yet. ;)

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, dear Betty.

Lynn said...

Lovely Christmas images you have there. I am a single woman with no family nearby anymore, but I am fortunate to have a sister and brother-in-law in the Florida panhandle, who gather us all together for Christmas. They live on a large farm in the Florida wilderness and it's lovely and quiet there. But there will be a cacophony of dogs and nieces with their husbands and boyfriends in tow. I'm heading down in the morning and looking forward to all the hugs. :)

Journaling Woman said...

Merry Christmas, Lovely One. I will be hosting Christmas at my house.

I would like to say to those who are alone at Christmas to make it your own by treating yourself to everything you love.

Teresa

Sandra said...

I love all your bits of Christmas, my favorite is the candle on the book. I have been blessed to never spend a Christmas Eve or day alone, even though I lived alone for 3 years, I always had my parents. they are gone now, but I have Bob and our two beloved canines. my prayers are for those who are alone. thanks for the reminder.

Linda said...

I enjoy your photo journeys! Thanks for the reminder that our joy comes from within - where we choose to focus our thoughts. May your Christmas be merry and bright.

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

Merry Christmas to you!
I love looking at your pictures...so festive!

....Petty Witter said...

What beautiful photos, I knew I could rely on you to fill me with festive cheer. Best wishes to you and yours Betty, may you all have a wonderful christmas.

Crissi said...

Merry Christmas, beautiful holidays,
hugs Crissi

TexWisGirl said...

i loved the candlelight image, and the spilled m&ms made me smile. thank you for your Christmas wishes. may your heart be full of love, dear betty!

Angel Corrochano said...

Felices fiestas también para ti
un abrazo

barbara l. hale said...

Beautiful Christmas photos! I will be spending the holiday with my husband and two kids. Glad you will be with your family. Hope you have a great Christmas!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful captures of such colorful places! I, too, love the candlelight shots and, of course, the M&Ms!! I'll be alone this Christmas as my kids are trying to spend as much time as possible with their Dad who isn't expected to live past the holidays. So, a sad time for my family, but there will be other holidays for us. With blogging I'm able to enjoy others holidays through their blogs! Wishing you and yours a most Joyful, Merry Christmas!

Sylvia

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Stunning shots.

Have a very Merry Christmas

imac said...

Real nice shots of Christmas fayre.

KikiMo said...

Beautiful Christmas pics!

Merry Christmas!
Hugs.
Kiki

Bobbi said...

Great photos!
Merry Christmas!

mrfantasy said...

Splendide fotografie,nel tema natalizio...complimenti.
Ti auguro un sereno natale rd un felice e prosperoso nuovo anno,ciao.

Gaelyn said...

I've done Christmas alone several times, once in loneliness and the rest in joy. It's all about attitude.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Fábio Martins said...

Lovely pictures :))
Very nice ideas to represent the christmas :)

Merry Christmas to you *

Filip Demuinck said...

Nice decorations. Merry Christmas.

Greetings,
Filip

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Anonymous said...

Such festive photos!
Thank you.
Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Have a great Christmas with your family!

Kelly said...

Your festive Christmas photos are beautiful!

I hope you and all your loved ones have a wonderful Christmas, Betty!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

so sorry to hear of this very sad news, sylvia.
my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Robert Geiss said...

Trying slow as much down as possible. There was only one gift that I bought this year and asked everyone not to get me anything.
This the eighth Christmas here, yet probably the most silent, if not to say difficult.

Please have you all a blessed Christmas.

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Ms. A said...

Such beautiful Christmas images! I haven't had much spirit, however, I love to see the spirit others have. Tomorrow evening is our big get together. If I can survive that... I can relax for another year. I've almost made it!

Merry Christmas, Betty!

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful and festive images! I especially love the m&m's and the candle. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year! :)

Kaipiroska said...

Well... I'm also spending xmas with my closest family and than afterwards I'm gonna fly away to meet my boyfriend and spend new year's eve at his home town :)

A Merry Xmas to you and your loved one!

wenn said...

great pictures! Merry Christmas!

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Beautiful photos! Sarbatori fericite! Merry 2011 Christmas!
A Happy Wonderful 2012 be yours!

Ricardo Miñana said...

Hola guapa ya ha llegado la Navidad donde compartimos alegrías con los familiares y amigos, estos días
tan señalados deseo pases unas ¡¡felices fiestas!!.
un abrazo.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Chatty Crone said...

I love your pictures and your suggestions for Christmas. Hope you have a merry one. sandie

Cloudia said...

Lovely LOVELY - like your heart!

thanks for being a gift all year long, Betty




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Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

You're always so sweet. Thanks for the encouragement, Betty. I'm away from friends and family for the first holiday season in many years. Surprisingly, I'm good. I'm enjoying gatherings with different groups I've become involved with, and am glad to have stayed put. I feel blessed. That's what it's all about, as you know.

Merry Christmas!
Hugs to you,
xoRobyn

essi said...

Merry Christmas, beautiful holidays!!!
Lovely pictures!
Greetings, Essi

essi said...

Merry Christmas, beautiful holidays!!!
Lovely pictures!
Greetings, Essi

:.tossan® said...

Belíssima série de fotos! Belíssimas!!
Feliz Natal a você e toda a sua família é um desejo meu e do mar. Abraço

ritsa said...

Lovely post, darling!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!3>

Jim said...

Merry Christmas and best wishes to you and yours Betty.

yummychunklet said...

Great photo array! Happy holidays!

icedgurl said...

trekking your superb blog! keep blogging and inspiring people! happy holidays!

cheers!
...TREK...

Leovi said...

Some beautiful pictures with delightful Christmas decorations.
I wish you all the best during the holidays to you and those around you. Thank you very much for sharing the beauty of your photos.

Wind said...

Wish you a Merry Christmas.... a Christmas filled with joy and peace!
My best regards from Romania!

Bob Bushell said...

A Merry Christmas to you as well, and I love your photos.

George said...

You've shared some beautiful Christmas memories with us. I really like the picture with the candle and book.

We'll have a quiet Christmas at home, but it will be nice. I hope you also have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

eileeninmd said...

Hi Betty, I enjoyed your festive post and photos. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

michael said...

Merry Christmas!!!

michael said...

Beautiful post and photographs!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Beautiful shots! Merry Christmas!

- Yvonaut -
Das sind Raphael und Yvonne
said...

Merry christmas and happy holidays to you and your family!
These are very nice pictures. We hope to see more of your work here in 2012!
Greetings from Switzerland
Yvonne & Raphael

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Betty,
Thanks for your always kind words and for sharing your wonderful pictures.Your posts are always gifts to our hearts, filled with lights!
Happy New Year!
Hugs to your sweet heart,
Léia & Cezar

esra said...

Such lovely Christmas images and a wonderful post! wish you and your family a merry christmas and a happy New Year!

BlueShell said...

I saw it and I love it!

But this year...you have more nice things on the table...wow!!!

Have a Nice Chistmas...

We all be waiting for you!

I thank you for your support…and your friendship.

BShell

Anonymous said...

Such festive pictures!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

tinajo said...

Hi there - hope you´re having the best of Christmas times! Thanks for your nice comment, you have a great blog yourself and I´m your newest Follower! :-)

La sonrisa de Hiperión said...

Estupendas las fotos que nos has dejado. Muy de estas fechas.

Un placer haberme pasado de nuevo por tu casa. Un saludo.

ritsa said...

Hope you've had a great Christmas.

Felicia said...

Feliz Navidad!
beinjos

=)

Fer said...

Beautiful and excellents.

SquirrelQueen said...

Wonderful photos, you make me want to do the holiday all over again even though we are still celebrating.

ΑΘΗΝΑ said...

I will spent christmas holidays one week in my hometown and the other week on Athens.Have wonderful holidays!

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you had a great Christmas!

The Blonde Duck said...

Have a great New Year!

Janie said...

Your photographs all sparkle!
Those vibrant colors are spinning in my head. I never thought about spending Christmas alone. This would be a test for most people. I do like my alone time. Hmmm.

Unknown Mami said...

Phenomenal photographs.

DebC said...

These are great 'details' of Christmas.
That's where I think our minds fixate...
on the details,
not the big picture.
Thank you.
Merry Christmas!

I'm Veronica said...

I really love that snow shot just lovely!

KikiMo said...

The snow photo is really gorgeous!

Hope you had a great Christmas!

Redruby said...

i believed you truly had a lovely and wonderful holiday season..nice photos..all the best for 2012!

best regards from me and my blogs..following you too in google..

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