Monday, 26 December 2011

The Gingerbread Men Christmas

This year, I don't know why, Christmas had a very different feel.

Is it because I feel a bit more settled in my new country? Is it because I wasn't out of work for once ( since the last 3 years) at this time of the year? Is it because there were so many friends ( far and near) to share it with?

Let's start by lovely things that arrived by the post.

First, a delightful doll purchased on Etsy at Rafael's lovely store.
There were a few extra gifts in the bag and I was like a little girl in a candy shop!

Then, there was another treasure made by my friend Evelyn.
She had added some delightful caramels to the parcel ( which didn't last ve

ry long)

(yes, I am wearing red glitter on my nails for the holidays!)

Then MORE treasures arrived!
from Spain! absolutely wonderful and very talented KIM sent her usual handmade Christmas
decoration which I was excited to put in my tree!
Each year, Kim takes time to make something and send it on this spe
cial occasion.
Kim and I have met through blogging and I am so proud to count her amongst my very loyal and true friends, even though we have never met in the flesh.

Not yet... I know we WILL meet one day.
As I hope I will also meet Evelyn, and why not YOU who is reading this post right now.

This year, Christmas was filled with friendship and precious moments shared with people who made it clearly exceptional.
It was just about being together and having fun!

Robert's son, Ben and his girlfriend Fanny ( who is French too!) came home to join us in a lovely quaint church to celebrate
Christmas carols by candlelight and spend Xmas day with us.

I was saying how disapointed I was not to have found the very traditional biscuits when Fanny gave me a huuuuuuuuuuge smile saying in her soft voice " there is no problem with this!
It happens that I have made plenty and I will need to finish them tomorrow if you don't mind me using your kitchen? They still need eyes and smiles".
So, after a magical Christmas eve, singing carols, then gathering in the lounge sipping sherry and watching The Muppets Christmas Carol, we all went to bed.

The next day, Christmas operated its magic before my very eyes.
Fanny started working on a whole army of gingerbread men!

Giving them little souls,

...and crimson smiles.

This was definitely one of the best touch ever to my Christmas table!

Handmade Gingerbread men!

I hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas !
I will see you again in 2012!



All my love and hope all you wishes come true!


at-the-attic said...

best regards from Scotland *

isabelle said...

Quel chance de recevoir d'aussi merveilleux cadeaux!!!! J'habite dans le centre de la France et nous ne trouvons pas de bonhomme de pain d'épice, il faut aller en Alsace pour en trouver à tous les coins de rue!!!!!! alors moi aussi je les fait moi-même!!
Belles fêtres de fin d'année Patricia!!

miniacollection said...

Je suis contente de voir que tu as eu un fantastique Noël. Moi aussi .
Merveilleux cadeaux et achats!

Shaheen said...

Oh you look wonderful, don't worry too much about your weight, just how you feel x Adoring the wonderful crafty gifts.

Wsihing you a Merry merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Your blog always warms me and I must thank you for sharing that joy.


Kim said...

Patricia- you make me cry- you are one of my dearest friends also and I know we will meet someday as well. I am so happy to read this post and know that you had a magical holiday this year- what wonderful artwork from all of your packages and the gingerbread men are sooo sweet! I am so blessed to have you as a friend- wishing you lots of magic, laughs, giggles and good luck in 2012!!! xxxxxoooooo!!!!

Bulles De Vies said...

You deserve this magical and happy Christmas, thank you for sharing with us this marvellous moment, I wish you a lot more for 2012

With love

Mageritdoll said...

Fantastic post and blog...
Happy New Year from Spain...

...and thanks very much for sharing La Maison de Mageritdoll in your blog...!!

Sergio and Cristina&Mageritdoll

Jules said...

What a wonderful post! I hope you are continuing to have a magical Christmas and New Year Holiday!x

DollMum said...

I'm glad you had a lovely Christmas and that the homemade Gingerbread men added the finishing touch to a special day.

Kim said...

I got your sweet comment on my blog at the end of a very trying day yesterday! Thanks for sending some sunshine my way : )

I had left a comment here earlier this week, but I think there was a google/blogger glitch and it never went through. Anyway, I love your new header and think the gingerbread post is lovely. I love that you're out there sharing "your stuff" and having "little girl" dreams (like you would with my window) : )

Much love and Happy New Year too!

maddyrose said...

I'm glad your Christmas was a happy one. I think if you could see some of us you wouldn't be too concerned about your weight. You look lovely. Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative new year filled with much friendship and love. Hugs

parlance said...

So nice that you had a lovely Christmas. Friends, family and food!

spiky said...

how I wish I can do that. Happy New Year!

Red Hen (dette) said...

Belated wishes for christmas - it looks like you had a lot of fun. Our christmas was very warm here but I had a full house. I had gingerbread on my table too, mostly camels but my daughter had a 'ninjabread' man much to her delight. (Although she didn't like the taste of it...never mind I did!) Your christmas table looks so pretty.
All the best for an absolutely fantastic new year!

Evelyn Santiago said...

Dearest Patricia, It looks like you had the most wonderful Christmas. Thank you so much for showing my little bird, I am so happy you enjoyed the caramels. I have been sick for the past couple of weeks, and though I have not written...all the best wishes for you have been in my thoughts in these Holidays! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my sweet friend.

julietk said...

Dear Patricia a late but hearty greeting from me to you. I am glad to read you are feeling happier being here in the holidays.
I had a Holiday filled with nursing yukkiness. Hubby was Ill and had a nasty infection, best not described. Most festivities were cancelled.
I am attempting to catch up with my favourite bloggers and you were the first I looked up.
How is Ze second book going? :-)
I am hopeing to get some creative time back soon. Best wishes for 2012 Juliet x

Michelle said...

I love your blog! Some of our "girls" look alike! I'm brand new at blogging, posting images on line and the like and am so enamored with everyone's exuberance! Best wishes.