Saturday, 29 December 2007

Memories are made of this...

Memories are made of this...yes the last few days have been full of old and new traditions with laughter, tears, and lots and lots of conversation. Its a time for family and friends and not really for sitting at my computer, although I do have a few minutes on my own, so I am going to let the pictures do the talking. I hope you had a blessed Christmas and overcame any obstacles that came your way and you are at peace with the your world, thank you for all the personal wishes. So as we bask in the afterglow of the season and start with the run up to the New year...I wish you well... So Christmas Eve, a hearty meal with the seasons colours and lots of mulled wine (well for this Mommy anyway, especially with a cold...nothing like it to clear the infections). Then we have the children's first Christmas present from Mommy..a new pair of PJs after all the children are all lovely and sweet smelling after a big deep bubbly bath...
Then its outside with the Santa dust and reindeer food...as Santa's tray is laid out (reindeer biscuits, carrot, mince pie and milk...I was not allowed to put sherry out as it might make Santa giddy and he would not be able to get on with his job) the children look up the chimney for signs of Santa and they work out amongst themselves how he actually does it all...
Once the children are a sleep a little magic happens...Santa shakes the snow off his boots and lays out all the lovely gifts for the two little ones that have been good all year (OK maybe the last bits just too much of a fairy tail)!!!
I love this time at night, I have watched the midnight service, all is done, and I sit with the twinkly lights and just soak up the atmosphere and of all the promise it holds for the fun and delight of the next morning. A time to really count my blessings...
The best bit of the morning is seeing it through the eyes of the children...How my wee one loved his kitchen, as I sat and watched them playing I thought of all the lovely stuff I could make to fill its cupboards...felt cup cakes, cookies, fruit and veg....
Ahhh then its the time for Mom to retreat to the kitchen, the mulled wine goes on (again) and the music sings out...you got to love Andy Williams and Bing at this time of year! So the table is laid with my best dinner service..much to my Moms disgust as I tell her how every piece of the matching set was thrifted from various places throughout the last couple of years...

Everyone falls in to bed, the house is full of scrunched up paper and cling film covered bowls of food...TOYS everywhere...and a special camera sits in its box waiting to be opened...yep I got my camera...yes the very same one I have lusted over for about two years now...So we awake on boxing day morning and after a little breakfast and yet more playing we get our wellies on, heavy coats, hats and gloves we venture out on a grey wet day...
After all a walk is part of our family tradition and despite my Mom being in her seventies she joined us, I think because my dad used to love walking around the area I live in. This makes it extra special...
It is now understood by my Mom why our front porch is always full of coats, wellies and lots of mud!!!
The air was clean, the ground was well...wet!!! I love this little walk is is just a short lap around the house, a full circle you go out the road one way and return the opposite direction and the views are amazing at all times of year, of course for me the best time is summer, but you knew that already right?
It is stunning too at this time of year, lots of bare trees and reflective water although it does all look a little sinister, my home area holds so much history I was reading a book about the area and it goes back to the Stone Age...hunter gathering...then through the ages...Romans, Celts and Anglo-Saxons. So as I walk through the surrounding area there is a real sense of belonging to the land and being part of its history...
I am now clearing up the Christmas mess, changing the bed covers over and generally clearing up the house to welcome the next phase of the season, Bringing in the New Year...I wish you all a very Good New Year, may It bring peace and good health.
Happy New Year

25 comments:

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Sounds like a wonderful Christmas Susie! Glad you had fun! Lucy x

French Knots said...

The kitchen set looks fantastic, I'd like to play with it myself!. Sounds like a lovely Christmas.x

Kitty said...

Those are such beautiful photos Suzie - it was obviously a wonderful Christmas. x

Queen of the froggers said...

Please can I come to yours next year? I can wash up.
Have a great 2008 and happy crafting, sewing, knitting!! xx

lucykate crafts... said...

that kitchen is fab!!, i have a boy and a girl, and the kitchen and play food is the one thing that they play together with the most : )

driftwood said...

sounds like a truly wonderful time, cherish it!

chickadee said...

beautiful photos. love the little blue kitchen. what a fun gift.

sarah said...

I love the little blue kitchen! I'm so happy you had such a lovely holiday! Happy new year too!

Anonymous said...

Have just caught up with your Christmas entries...the kids loved seeing the boys with their Christmas presents and pjs! They were v. impressed with the choccie biscuits, we might be copying those soon ! Thankyou for the lovely birthday message - gave me a big smile :).
Likewise it was great to receive piccies of 'my' gorgeous boys - will put them up in the van. Huge hugs to all . Kate

Ragged Roses said...

A very Happy New Year to you too! It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas. My favourite part is always watching the children open their presents and listening to my youngest asking her older sister as they walk down the stairs "Do you think he's come?".
Kimx

Cascade Lily said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Your Christmas looks quite different to our hot Aussie one, but the one thing that doesn't change is the wonder on our kids' faces when they think Santa's been! OMG I love the little kitchen set. If only we had the room here!

Happy New Year to you!

Gina said...

Those pictures are such a delight, thank you so much for sharing them with us. My heart is warm.

julie said...

sounds like a perfect christmas Suzie! I'm not surprised that he loves that kitchen - I'd like one just like that too! Your home looks so warm and inviting and I love your carefully tracked down dinner service - just beautiful! Happy new year to you - hope it's a great one x

Ruth said...

Happy New Year to you all. I love the happy bright photos of Christmas with the little ones. And I am so jealous of the beautiful countryside where you live! It's the hills. We don't have proper hills here. I'm glad you had a good Christmas and I look forward to seeing more piccies with your new camera.

odd dotty said...

What a great post. I feel like I just spent Christmas with you and it was lovely! Thank you and Happy New Year!!

Sarah said...

Happy New Year!! I love all your beautiful holiday pics. I can see you've had a wonderful time!

dottycookie said...

It looks like the perfect Christmas, Suzie! And oh how I would have loved that kitchen when I was a little one!

Happy New Year to you and your family,

Val xxx

Janie said...

Looks like you had a great time.
We did too, and I just want to wish you a very Happy New Year.

And looking forward to chatting more in 2008.

All the very best, Janie

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS ... said...

A great time was had by all. Hopes for lots more happiness to come in 2008. x

Monkee Maker said...

Gorgeous photos, Suzie, and the kitchen is just fab! It looks like you had a ball this Christmas.

I hope you all have a great New Year and you have lots of fun with your new toy

:)

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

What a totally gorgeous holiday!! And it is stunning where you live!! Like a fairytale!! Hapyy Happy New year!!!!

the homely year said...

Hi Suzie, sounds like you had a really happy Christmas in your lovely home. We wish you every happiness for the New Year.
Margaret and Noreen

weirdbunny said...

Susie I adore your Christmas photo's !
And how adorable are your children in those matching pajama's. I'm so pleased you all had a wonderful Christmas. Wishing you and your family a very special 2008 ! ~ love Julia x

Lazylol said...

What a gorgeous post - I'm so glad you had a good Christmas. All the best to you and your family for 2008!

Tracy said...

Happy New Year! Wishing you the happiest days in 2008! So glad you had a wonderful Christmas holiday...such sweet and wonderful photos. :o)