Thursday, December 24, 2009

" CHRISTMAS TIME'S A COME' N "

Well it's finally Christmas Eve!! I hope each and every one of you who visit or follow this blog know that from the very bottom of my heart, I wish you a joyous, peaceful Christmas wherever you are and however you are spending this blessed day! I would have loved to have everyone of you right here at Swiftwater to celebrate with us!! No, this picture is not our home, sadly. This is a print by Artist Jesse Barnes released in 1983 titled " The Night Before Christmas ". I have a feeling that our dear friend Vicki Lane is looking at much the same scenery as her home was devoured by last weekends NC snow storm and she only got power yesterday!



I've been a really busy, busy woman these past few weeks. However I have the worst behind me and I'm excited and looking forward to tonight and tomorrow having family for Christmas Dinner!! I dressed up my little cabin Hubby made me a little more.




All the presents are wrapped and some have been shipped or delivered!





I have been decorating some more adding and moving things around........





A better pic of the mantle with the unlit decorations.........






I received my other houses to add to my Dickens Village......








I switched out the "dry" greenery for "fresh" yesterday.............









Couldn't find Angel Hair but did put a cotton skirt under the manger scene with fresh greenery










Hung the Christmas Cards all around the entertainment center..........











The Ham is thawing out...........













This morning I baked the sweet potatoes that will go in my casserole.........
I also made my homemade cranberry sauce and boiled 18 eggs and made deviled eggs!
Hey! We get 7 eggs a day now! YEAH!












I also cooked 2 black iron skillets of cornbread for my dressing.........














I can't even tell you how many different kinds of cookies and candy I made over the last two weeks! I shipped boxes to friends and family. I delivered boxes to friends and family. My mail carrier (Hubby calls her the book mobile) got one as she has been over loaded from me doing every single bit of my shopping online and most of it being shipped Priority Mail! What's left and there's plenty, is in Christmas Cookie Jars and Tins on the kitchen table waiting to be devoured tonight and tomorrow............
















I even made a Christmas Tree out of my chandelier.......HA!















I did a small amount of decorating in the dining room.......


















A Christmas Angel to watch over us.............


















Winnie The Poo will be watching too...........



















The table is all set with my Christmas dishes.............



















We are having ...........
Ham, dressing with ham gravy and cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, corn casserole,
english pea salad, deviled eggs, rolls and sweet tea.............





















Last but most important, may we all remember that Christmas is not about the gifts and food, those are just our own traditions to celebrate the "REAL " reason for this beloved season! The birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ !!! Bless You All !






















I'm going to do my VERY BEST to visit with all of you this weekend!! XOXOXO






















25 comments:

Callie said...

Best of wishes for a Merry Christmas for you and your loved ones. You have prepared a lovely Christmas for all!

Kay Dennison said...

Merry Christmas!!!!!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

You have been a busy girl, Carol.. Your Christmas Dinner sounds incredible. We'll have our traditional turkey, dressing (bread dressing since GE and I neither on like cornbread), sweet potatoes (not the casserole this time but just from the oven with some butter and cinnamon), cranberry relish (hubby's recipe using pineapple and celery), green beans (regular--not the casserole this time), gravy, and Dutch-apple pie with ice cream.

Love your decorations also.. I'm also one to LOVE sending and receiving Christmas cards and letters. I hope that 'art'never dies since it still means so much to me!

Your villages are beautiful and I love that lit 'block' snowman on your mantel.... CUTE!!!!

Have a wonderful day and a very very Merry Christmas, my friend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Vicki Lane said...

My goodness, that snowy scene might have been right here outside my window!

Merry and Happy to you and yours, Carol!

Morning's Minion said...

I've just had a few minutes to get over here and enjoy your last several posts--not sure they all popped up on my blog follower.
As you may have gathered from my "cats everywhere" photos, I can't put out many decorations--especially not breakables. So--I enjoy looking at how others dec their spaces.
The house and the food look so inviting--time for you to take some relaxing moments to enjoy what you've so beautifully made ready for your guests.
I enjoyed your personal "love story" on the previous postings and wish you many happy holidays together!

Nezzy said...

I love it, your Hubby calls the mailperson the bookmobile! Funny. Everything looks so warm and inviting in your lovely home. Everyone will have a great time. Merry Christmas....it's here!!

God bless ya'll!!!

Carol@ Writers Porch/ Book House said...

Thank you Callie, I hope they all enjoy it! Merry Christmas to you!

Merry Christmas Kay...where you been girl?

Betsy...Your dinner sounds better and I wouldn't be the cook! HA! Love you girl!

Welcome back VICKI !!! Missed you girl!! xoxo

Carol@ Writers Porch/ Book House said...

Thanks MM...so glad to dropped by!
You've got a great one planned too!xoxo

Nezzy...Bless you! xoxo

Craig Glenn said...

Wow Carol! After reading and seeing that I wish we were there too!!

Merry Christmas
Craig

KB said...

Oh my goodness - what a gorgeous Christmas home you have. I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Everything looks positively beautiful...
You have indeed been a busy lady, it all looks so scumptious.
I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, your friendship throughout the year has been a blessing in my life !
Hugs,
Jo

Debra said...

Merry Christmas!

Pat in east TN said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours Carol. Your house is lovely, you baked and cooked up a storm .. have a wonderful day!

JoyceAnn said...

Merry Christmas ~ May your day be Blessed with Love , Laughter and Beautiful Memories !!

~ Warm Hugs ~

the wild raspberry said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Chasity

Elenka said...

Merry Christmas, Carol. Your house looks lovely!

Birdman said...

I've enjoyed your site this past year, especially your 'journey' with books. HappyHappyJoyJoy!

devonellington said...

Your home looks beautiful -- I'm so delighted you posted pictures. I feel like a treasured visitor!

Have a wonderful holiday with your family and best wishes for the new year!

NitWit1 said...

Wow you have really outdone yourself. Beautiful. And the menu I can smell from here!

Enjoy your company and the Season!

Merry Chrismas!

Merisi said...

Merry Christmas, Carol,
joy and happiness with your loved ones!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

What a lovely post and your home is beautiful with all the decorations. I just wanted to stop by and wish you a very very Merry Christmas
Maggie

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Carol your home looks so beautiful & festive and your Christmas dinner sounds so delicious! I'm sure it was a very joyful celebration at your house today - Merry Christmas!

Brenda said...

You have such a lovely home, Carol. It's so tastefully decorated, the Christmas decorations are beautiful, and the food! Well, I could just go on and on.

Merry Christmas!

merrilymarylee said...

WOW!

Are the chickens still laying in cold weather?

I LOVE your Winnie the Pooh!

Come back and visit!

Deb Shucka said...

So beautiful and festive!