Christmas Cottage

Getting anxious around the middle of December is normal, right?

No matter how much I’ve done to be ready for the celebration of Christmas, there’s always the other me saying, you have too much to do. You’ll never get it done. Just a week away is December 23, the Saturday before Christmas, the day  of our traditional family Christmas brunch.

The family brunch and any other holiday get togethers will be at the main house.

I’m packing up Christmas decorations at the cottage  …. We won’t  be back here until January 2018, the new year.


I think I will be ready to NOT see decorations when I return. The tree will remain and other decorations in the living room, but for the most part it will be de-Christmased


Now for some parting shots before all goes bye bye.


















My Christmas train. One of the better Hallmark movies this Christmas is “ The Christmas Train”.

The surprise ending ….very interesting. Even the mister enjoyed watching it with me.






Christmas at the cottage 2017….bye, bye.




Fast Foward

You begin the New Year, January 1, 2017,  and think you have 365 brand new days ahead… Lots and lots of time, Right?

And then it’s like someone pushed the fast forward button;   you look up and December is knocking on the door.

I can’t be the only one feeling this.



We enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with family and the day after…….Black Friday, nope, no shopping for me…….pumpkins were marching , gourdes was flying and leaves were falling …

Falling and being packed away in plastic tubs.  My day after Thanksgiving tradition is to pack away fall and bring on Christmas.

By the end of the day, my goal is to be 90 % finished. What hasn’t been done on Friday can usually be finished on Saturday.

But, before all of that, Christmas came to the cottage.  

Back at the cottage , not long after Halloween, I was decorating the halls.

Just little touches here and there. It doesn’t take a lot,


I’m saving my energy and most Christmas décor for the main house.













And while all the activity was going on inside,

this little fella was watching through the kitchen window

wondering when his dinner would be served.


Be patient Kitty, this won’t take long. wink wink



The Spirit of Christmas


There was a brief interruption of life at the cottage. We headed north, three plus hours away, for Thanksgiving with the family.

The day after was spent decorating the main house for Christmas.

Black Friday was NOT a shopping day, but a taking down and putting up day.

Only two days to pack away the fall decorations and adorn the house with Christmas……….. inside and out.

One last look at the fall dining room.


Saying, hello to Christmas


Ahhh, the dining room,  a favorite room to decorate.

Perhaps it’s the anticipation of sharing wonderful, warm meals with family and friends over the holiday.


Perhaps, it’s the toasting of the season to good times, good food, good fellowship.


It’s  the shutting out of the loudness of the world and enjoying

the quietness and beauty of the season.



Bringing the Christmas Spirit into each room. 

The miracle of Christmas


Love that gave a spirit of hope and born of a babe, giving light to the darkness of humanity.


“Joy to the World the Lord has come.”



Peace on Earth, good will to men



The true Spirit of Christmas……hope, love, joy and peace. 


All is calm and all is bright.