Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays 2016

Dear Readers, I just would like to briefly pop in to wish those, who celebrate it a very Merry Christmas, and to all others a Happy Holiday 2016!



Christmas came late to our house this year. Only yesterday I got the Christmas indoor lights out to bring a little Christmas magic and sparkle to our home and decorated a view simple vignettes, like the one above, which is on our dining room table.

Due to time constraints, the decking the halls is simple this year, but a little bit of Christmas decoration goes a long way...



Yesterday morning, when we were shopping for our Christmas dinner, I came across these gorgeous, shiny, organic Arkansas Black Apples, which I had never seen before. I like to use natural materials in my decoration and I think they add such a festive touch and smell good on top of it.



I acquired these dark brown wooden candlesticks at Goodwill in Albuquerque two years ago for a very reasonable price and I knew immediately that they would be perfect for autumn and Christmas decoration. I love the elegance of glass candlesticks, but these wooden ones add this earthy warmth to the table, that just makes you feel very warm, comfortable and cozy.



A small Christmas wreath was perfect to beautify my old, white, decorative bird cage. A simple silver bow was all it needed.



This vintage, small, brown transferware tureen made in England is a gift to myself this year. I think the delicate flower pattern is so pretty. 



My photos do the absolutely spectacular amaryllis flowers no justice. The color is a very dark, royal, red that matches the color of the apples perfectly.



When I was taking the photos this morning, the sun came out and I placed the vase for a brief moment into the direct light, which brought the iridescent shimmering color of the flowers out. I am absolutely in love with them and hope that they will open a little more until tonight.  



Quite honestly, I bought this tin not for the content, but because it was so pretty. I found out though, that it contained the most delicious nougat that I have ever eaten. Unfortunately, it's long gone already...



I hope your Christmas day is going well and you have a chance to spend it surrounded by your loved ones. If you are celebrating it in a big group or in a more quite way, I am wishing all of you, that you have a wonderful day!

Thanks for stopping by, hope my little post brought you some joy! See you soon...


Warm regards,

Christina










19 comments:

  1. Hello Christina, welcome. I am so glad you found me. I am happy to see you here sharing your blog posts. Merry Christmas and happy bright new year.

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    1. Hi Linda, thanks for the return visit! Looking forward to seeing what you will come up with in the next year and to attending your blog parties.

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  2. Liebe Christina,

    ich wünsche Dir und Deinen Lieben ein frohes Weihnachtsfest!

    Liebe Grüße,
    Ingrid

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  3. Preciosas las decoraciones. Felices fiestas.

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  4. Merry Christmas Christina. I love your decorations especially the Amaryllis is so gorgeous. I hope you keep going on blogging and love to read your blogposts.
    The best wishes for 2017.
    Warm wishes Marijke

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    1. Marijke, thanks for your kind words about my humble Christmas decorations! The amaryllis is really so gorgeous, I wish you could see it today, the color is absolutely mind boggling!
      I have no intentions to stop blogging, as a matter of fact, I will try to blog a little more in the next year! Would love to have you on board as a reader!

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  5. While it may have been quickly assembled, Christina, you created a house full of cheer. Merry Christmas!

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  6. Dear Christina,I wish you happy Christmas days! Groetjes,
    Hetty

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  7. Amazing, I also never saw such wonderful dark apples, hope they taste as good as they look like.
    Wish you a Merry Christmas together with the dogs.
    Warm regards, Janneke

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    1. Janneke, we haven't tried the apples yet, because they are part of the Christmas decoration, hi, hi... But we will soon, they look super tempting and smell very nice. It would be good though, if I would eat apples instead of chocolate, which I had way too much of during the holidays ;-)!

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  8. Love to see the red amarilys buds are growgng in the vas

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  9. Your Christmas vignettes are lovely, Christina. The wooden candlesticks are a great score. Happy New Year!

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  10. I have never heard of that apple. They look delicious! I love the dark color. This is the first year in a long time that I didn't plant an Amaryllis. I am missing it. Yours is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Jann, I agree, the apples look delicious and the color is truly amazing, but by now I tried them and surprise, didn't like them at all! They are very mealy. So for me they are better kept for decoration ;-)!
      I also planted Amaryllis bulbs previously, but had often trouble to grow them properly indoors. This year I cheated and bought them as cut flowers at Trader Joe's. I am still in love with their dark red color.

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  11. I hope you had a lovely and peace-filled Christmas, dear Christina. Your holiday table is so pretty! The dark apples are very unusual and I have never seen them before. They make the perfect Christmas apple. Wishing you all the best in the coming New Year, my friend. Hugs xo Karen

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  12. Your vignettes are lovely, Christina! Arkansas Black Apples! I've never heard of them before either. They're the perfect addition to your display, and tie in so well with the Amaryllis buds. I hope you had a warm and wonderful Christmas, and all the best to you and yours in the New Year!

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    1. Beth, thanks for your nice words about my Christmas vignette! It was really lovely how the dark red color of the Black Arkansas Apples and the Amaryllis went together. As much as I enjoyed the red and green Christmas decor this year, now I am ready for a change. I think, I will dismantle the Christmas vignettes later today and go for a white and silver color scheme for tonight!

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  13. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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