By Golly Be Jolly!

The lovely Melissa and Jen are co-hosting this fabulously jolly blogfest!  It's all about how you celebrate Christmas and this lovely holiday season!  * Share pictures of your decorations * Holiday lights * Christmas tree * Favourite Holiday Treats * Drinks *  And of course, do help spread the cheer and visit  the Jolly Folk participating in the blog fest!    

* Happy Holidays Everyone! * 
* Here a few of my favourite things *

*Sparkly Decorations*
A Mirrorball,
Every tree should have one!
Three wise men whom
 I spend Christmas with every year!

My newest decoration,
courtesy of my dear friend K.

* A Fabulous Tree *
O Christmas Tree, How I love thee!
Decorated by Scribe Jnr and
 his merry team of helpers! 

* Christmas Treats *
Christmas Cookies,
-if I'm baking they look like this!

And if I'm not baking, -things look like this!
Afternoon Tea with one of my Besties
'somewhere nice.'

* Favourite tipple *
Nothing comes between me and my bubbly,
except perhaps...
a decent red and some fine old cheese!

* A Leisurely Stroll *
The essential leisurely feasting.
Pull on those boots, there's always time for a nap later!

Photocredits yours truly

A/N: These are a few of the favourite things I love about Christmas and the holiday season.  Whether decorating the tree, sharing a few drinks with friends or snuggling up on the sofa -its always good to be with your nearest and dearest.  My usual ritual, depending of course on the previous nights frivolities, is something like this - wake early, grab a quick breakfast, walk and crack open some bubbly whilst opening presents!  Followed by a manic rush to help cook lunch, wait for friends to arrive, followed by more wine before falling down on sofa.  I'm in charge of the hors' dourves and cheese this year, -wish me luck!  After much feasting, there's a stroll or snooze, and preferably any activity that requires minimal effort, a movie or a book!  Tis the season to relax after all!  I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season with your loved ones! 


  1. Lovely decorations, especially that Nutcracker! A bright and happy tree, too. HAPPY Christmas, as you say over in the UK!

  2. I want to go walking in the snow after Christmas lunch! What fun traditions you have. And that tree is absolutely adorable! Have a very merry Christmas!

  3. Awesome pictures! Love the Nutcracker. And I would love to have a romantic stroll through a snowy park.

  4. Beautiful tree. I love the mirror ball!

  5. Beautiful tree. The food looks gourmet. Merry Christmas

  6. I love the snowmen and the nutcracker! I really want a nutcracker myself!

    Your cookies look adorable! I love your pictures, they are awesome. I'd love to go on a leisurely stroll there!

    Thank you so much for participating in our blog fest!

  7. I love your decorations Talei! You are right every tree should have at least one mirrorball decoration. Love the nutcracker too...
    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  8. Oh, how I love your pictures! The tree looks fabulous, as do the cookies!

    We're headed home for Christmas - a six hour drive that we'll undertake Thursday.

    Merry Christmas!!!

  9. Love your mirrorball decoration! Having lunch with a bestie is a must.

  10. Love your decorations. Those cookies look yummy. :)

    Happy Christmas!

  11. Lovely!!! Love the nutcracker!
    Merry Christmas!!

  12. I love your traditions and your decorations--esp. those snowmen!!! Have a wonderful holiday~

    Merry Christmas! :o)

  13. Love the disco ball ornament...we have a tree with nothing but.

    And, I have to tell you, my favorite drink is champagne, too. Bubbly makes me happy. A Sunday brunch mimosa is divine, yes?

    Merry Christmas!

  14. I love the decorations

    Wishing you a very merry Christmas,
    W.I.P. It: A Writer's Journey

  15. Stopping by for the blogfest!

    Your tree looks great! I'm in love with the mirror ball ornament. Must find one.

    Happy Holidays,


  16. My favorites are the tree and snow scene but especially the Three Wise Snowmen.

    Mery Christmas!

  17. I love the mirror ball ornament!! Great decorations and wildly festive.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! :)

  18. I love the mirror ball. Must get one! Merry Christmas!

  19. Your Christmas Day plans sound wonderful! Enjoy and merry Christmas!!!

  20. fabulous decorations! Love the mirror ball :)

  21. Great pictures! I love red wine as well!

  22. Love those snowmen! Have a wonderful Christmas :)

  23. The snow is so pretty! and those are some very nice decorations. Happy Holidays!

  24. Sounds as though you are ready for a memorable day with those you love, and some quiet time also.
    Depending on the weather and where we are, we do go for a long walk in the woods or park. Since childhood I have dreamed of riding in a horse drawn open carriage, staying warm wrapped in a comfy blanket.

  25. Thanks for dropping by- my entry actually just went up as I was shopping all evening. Love the pictures- especially the Nutcracker. My son has quite a collection of those also. Merry Christmas!

  26. I have a thing for snowmen... :) And I love your 3! Good luck on your hors' douvres, sounds like you've got a fun day planned. Enjoy! Merry Christmas to you!

  27. I like your Christmas decorations.

  28. Lovely decorations, and your cookies look both delicious and adorable!

  29. I want that disco ball ornament - that is just the coolest! Have a Merry Christmas!

  30. Looks like you have such a cheerful home. Wishing you a lovey week full of joy! Happ Christmas! :)
    PS: dont head to Heathrow airport... what a mess! I've been talking to stranded passengers all week... it's ugly out there.

  31. I'm enjoying reading everyones comments! You're all a lovely bunch of souls. ;)

    Carol, thank you! The Nutcracker is a firm favourite already. ;)

    Meredith, cheers! See you in the park post lunch then? ;)

    Nicole, I'd love a romantic walk -just need to convince Scribe Snr! ;)

    Chris, - here you go! *passes some red vino through the ether* ;)

    Melissa, glad you like the mirrorball -I save it for the last to put up on the tree-it's pretty special.

    Andrea, thank you! I can't recall where I took that pic but the cheese and black crackers are on my menu for Xmas.

    Melissa, you're welcome - snowmen are cool aren't they? I've had these 3 for years! Thank you and Jen for hosting a Jolly Good blogfest! ;)

    Ann, cheers - and I loved your coffee recipe! ;)

    Melissa, thank you dear lady and safe travels over the holiday season! ;)

    Rashelle, welcome and yes, absolutely a must! Bestie and I usually go for an afternoon tea over the Xmas/New Year hols. ;)

    Lindsay, thank you dear! *waves freshly baked cookies around* please help yourself. ;)

    Colene, that Nutcracker is a popular guy today! ;)

    LTM, cheers lovely. *whispers - the snowmen are well-mannered and low maintenance, perfect gentlemen really.* x

    Lola, ooh sunday brunch mimosa sounds divine! ;)

    Lynda, thank you! I'm still thinking about your chocolate cherry cheesecake, it could well be on my list for the New Year celebrations. ;)

    Shannon, thank you for visiting too. I got the mirrorballs from a florist in Tokyo many moons ago. For a Budhist /Shinto country, they have embraced alot of western traditions including Christmas,-some of the best decorations I have are prob from there. ;)

    Mary, the snowmen send you kisses! xxx

    DL, thank you and right back at you! ;)

    Kimberly, cheers! IF I could, I would send everyone here a mirrorball! ;)

    Laura, thank you and hope you have a great Christmas too. ;)

    MsHatch, thank you my dear! I wish I'd bought more of those now. ;)

    Renae, Cheers, here - *pulls bottle from Chris and passes to you* please stay and have a Xmas drink! ;)

    Jemi, Ooh -the 3 Snowmen are sending you kisses and big snowy hugs! XOXOXO

    Kelley, thank you and happy holidays to you too! ;)

    Mya, its nice to celebrate but also good to have some peace, methinks. ;) I hope you get your carriage ride one day my dear. x

    Danette, welcome and thank you. I hope your shopping was successful, I still have to get out and finish mine. *deep sigh*

    Donea, thank you - I've got my eye on the local Cheesemongers window! And the dear Snowmen salute you! xxx

    Suzanne, thank you! ;)

    Kelly, thank you and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! ;)

    Jennie, cheers! I do love those mirrorballs! ;)

    Pk, hello! Heathrow and Gatwick are a nightmare, I feel sorry for those travelling - hopefully they will reach their holiday destinations safely...eventually. Hope you have a wondeful Christmas with your family too my dear! ;) x

  32. Those photographs are gorgeous! I especially like your tree and the nutcracker ornament. Merry Christmas!

  33. I love that mirrored ball. I have to get one. Sounds like a lot of fun - drinks with friends and a stroll in the snow - I wish we had some snow to do that. Guess I'll have to settle for the drinks. Thanks for sharing and have Merry Christmas! :D

  34. Lovely photos. I love your special ornaments and your wise men. Enjoy all your snow and have the merriest Christmas ever.

  35. Oh, wonderful decorations! Love your tree, too.

    Good thing neither of us are travelling this year - I don't think we'd get there.

    Happy Christmas!

  36. Your decorations are beautiful. I agree about the stroll, though the snow might make that a problem for me this year! Happy Christmas to you and your family.

    Be Jolly By Golly

  37. Your wise men are adorable!

    Happy Holidays.

  38. I think the best part was having tea with friends. I don't do that currently, everyone has to work.
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

  39. Your tree is beautiful and I love your decorations!

  40. Roxy, thanks so much! Merry Christmas to you!

    Brenda, the Snow Goddess has been busy lately here1 ;) Christmas drinks are always fun, enjoy and have a wonderful holiday season! ;)

    Carol, we could use some of your sunshine here!Have a very Jolly Christmas dear lady!! ;)

    Talli, cheers lovely! *passes bubbly along* I agree, travelling might be best left till after Christmas now. Let's have a few toasts in front of the fire! Happy holidays to you and Mr TR! ;)

    Ellie, thank you, it would be great if we had more snow -on Christmas eve just when the last person has arrive safely. Merry Christmas to you and your family! ;)

    Tara, thank you and the snowman send you kisses too! xxx

    Nancy, its great to have a couple hours out of routine and just catch up with old friends. A must! Have a lovely Christmas! ;)

    Elizabath, thank you so much! ;)

  41. Bubbly is a terrific idea to go along with opening presents. Perhaps I'll sneak a little into my coffee mug this year! Happy holidays!

  42. Gorgeous! I loved how you set it up! Thank you so much for participating it wouldn't have been the same without you!!

  43. Very nice photos and, I love your decorations. Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed reading this.

    I’m just dropping by to wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

  44. I love your pics! Oh, and I love tea time. I wish that was more of a thing here in the U.S. Merry Christmas!

  45. The three wise snowmen are really cute!

  46. That decoration is spectacular. Your tree is very beautiful. Champagne is perfect for the celebrations; my favourite too :)
    Have a very Merry Christmas.

  47. Wow love the decs and the pics. We have some nutcracker ornaments too. HAPPY CHRISTMAS :O)

  48. Vanessa, sounds good. Walking in the snow, its always so picturesque! ;)

    Lisa, happy hols to you too my dear! And yes, go ahead and pour bubbly liberally into that mug! ;)

    Jen, you're so kind. Thank you for hosting such a Jolly Good blogfest with Melissa, -its been very enjoyable and festive! xx

    Dellgirl - Merry Christmas dear lady! And thank you for popping by! ;)

    Alexia, thank you! Hope you get to have tea soon! Merry Christmas!

    Rachel, cheers lovely! The snowmen send you warm hugs xxx

    Elaine, thank you! *passes the bubbly* Have a wonderful Christmas too! ;)

    Madeleine, thank you too! I'm loving the Nutcracker ornament. Have a very Jolly Christmas! ;D

  49. Wonderful pics. Sorry it took so long for me to get here. I am trying to visit everyone on the list.

    Your tree is so pretty next to your golden yellow walls. Love the snowmen.

    Happy Christmas to you and your family, Talei.


  50. Great pictures! I love the park scene...

    Are you still eating sugar cookies? We are and will be for many days....

    Have a Happy New Year!


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