Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas blessings

I'm terribly fickle. After having bought a whole bucket load of deep red, matt baubles this year, I think I'm going to go for a restrained white, green and silver theme next Christmas. So the red baubles might stay packed away next year, but they'll come out another Christmas.

I think visiting all the ethereal, white white white Swedish blogs have inspired the more restrained palette. These lovely pictures helped inspire me too....

All images from Better Homes and Gardens

An understated doorway sets the scene....


Mercury glass baubles....
A twinkly tree, all aglow in white and silver...
...white cashmere stockings, lots of mercury glass candlesticks and baubles, and a dash of tasteful greenery....how beautiful.....


A black sideboard set with silver, glass and white crockery....fabulous.....



A room with just the subtlest touch of Christmas greenery.....


A simple pinecone in some snow-like substance with candles all aglow....


But now I have to be honest with you, people ....I'm a bit of a Christmas Grinch. The over-commercialisation of Christmas gets to me, the crowded shopping malls drive me barmy, and the fact that I only get to see my son for part of the day makes me feel sad and lonely. I also only get two Christmas presents - a $20 family Kris Kringle, and a $10 work Kris Kringle (which I usually end up donating to charity...naughty me). And this year is my first Christmas without my father who I loved so much.
But you know what? If that is the worst I have to contend with, I'm doing pretty well. There are so many people out there who have so much less than me and would tell me to stop being so ungrateful. So this Christmas I'm counting my blessings......
I'll be spending time with my son who I adore.
I have a well enough paid job that enables me to lavish my little fella with lots of fantastic presents which I know he is going to love.
I'll be with my lovely mum and my family.
We will have a bountiful table and we'll be eating yummy white chocolate cheesecake for desert (made by moi). I'm a white chocolate fanatic!
I'll be able to have a sleep-in on Boxing Day because my son will be tuckered out and sleep late.
I earn enough money to buy my own fabulous Christmas present!



I hope you, my lovely blogger friends, who brighten my day, every day, have lots of blessings to count too.
Merry Christmas to you all.
Catherine xx


12 comments:

delamare said...

Merry Christmas Catherine! May you have a lovely day, and enjoy every minute you get to spend with your boy.

(And Mums never get many pressies do they... which is why I am wrapping up something under the tree for me as a reward for all of my organisation in what's been a tough lead up to Christmas this year!)

Millie said...

Dear Catherine - you've warmed my heart tonight with your beautiful words. I've just spent a couple of hours wrapping everyone's gifts including my own from the Christmas Grinch. As he also doesn't do cards, I had fun writing little love notes on all my gift tags to myself & then signed the Grinch's name! Oh well, you can't win them all.

Thank you for the gift of your lovely blog, it's a delight to visit with you each day. Your little boy has the best Mum & I'm sure he knows that. Even though your dear Dad won't be seated at your Christmas table this year, I've no doubt he'll be present in so many ways.
Millie ^_^
P.S. Don't forget about lingering in Car Parks with heavy boxes!

ness lockyer said...

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your Son and Mum. You are right, what seems huge to us may be such a tiny thing to someone else...so enjoy watching your little man opening Santa's gifts knowing that you alone have provided them for him...and Santa :)
See you next year.
Luv Ness xx

Porchlight Interiors said...

Thanks for your lovely comment Catherine. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to reading your blog in the new year! Hayley & Tracey xx

Terri said...

Merry Christmas Catherine. Yes, we all have a lot to be thankful for. Love is the most important. xo Terri
(P.S. White interiors are also something to be thankful for - I find them restful and soothing for my soul!)

Fiona Taylor said...

Hey sweetness. Beautiful images and poignant words there. The first Christmas after such a tremendous loss is always sadly bittersweet, and there is just no way to hurry it on by. Try to have a good one my beautiful friend, and I hope you and your little man thoroughly enjoy the time you have together. Merry Christmas to you both xxx

OLIVEAUX said...

Have a wonderful Christmas Catherine! Enjoy the many treasured moments it brings & look forward to seeing you in the New Year. Amanda x

Velvet and Linen said...

Merry Christmas Catherine.
Thank you for all of the gifts you have given us through your blog.
May 2009 be a wonderful year for you!

xo
Brooke

Kimberlee said...

stunning post dear Catherine (yes I'm still up in Noosa but couldn't resist a stop at an internet cafe to check up on some of my favourite blog haunts!!! - hope you had a wonderful christmas with family and friends. xxx

Camilla at home said...

Oh I think i`ll go for that next year too, here I went for red too this year, but these images are so inspiring! Have a great time the rest of your holidays too:)

Things That Inspire said...

I just found your blog via Wind Lost - I don't think I have ever visited before! I look forward to doing a little exploring. Hope you had a lovely Christmas.

Kath Lockett said...

You've got the right attitude, Catherine. Oh and Happy New Year to you!