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Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Festive Season




"Even the poorest cottage welcomed the festive season with green decorations of bay and holly--the cheerful fire glanced its rays through the lattice, inviting the passenger to raise the latch and join the gossip knot huddled round the hearth...


  ...At other times we derive a great portion of our pleasures from the mere beauties of nature... The song of the bird, the murmur of the stream, the breathing fragrance of spring, the soft voluptuousness of summer, the golden pomp of autumn;




earth with its mantle of refreshing green, and heaven with its deep delicious blue and its cloudy magnificence, all fill us with mute but exquisite delight, and we revel in the luxury of mere sensation.




But in the depth of winter, when nature lies despoiled of every charm, and wrapped in her shroud of sheeted snow... The dreariness and desolation of the landscape, the short gloomy days and darksome nights... make us more keenly disposed for the pleasures of the social circle...



Heart calleth unto heart; and we draw our pleasures from the deep wells of living kindness...."


Excerpts from OLD CHRISTMAS (1875) from The Sketch Book by Washington Irving describing the traditional English Christmas.


Thanks so much for coming by!
Ciao! for now!

Jacqueline

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37 comments:

  1. All of your light colors are so pleasant to look at. Even though I am a bright color type of decorator I am thinking about finding a spot using your colors. So inspiring! Thanks!!
    Have a great weekend.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  2. Very pretty pictures. I love the simple candle in the berry dish!

    XO,
    Jane

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  3. What absolutely beautifu words and images. Love this post, Kathysue

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  4. Ahhhhh...so PRETTY!!! Happy PS!

    Blessings,
    Linda

    I’m having a CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE linky party on 12/9…would love for you to join in on the FUN!!!

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  5. Happy PS! So simple but so cool! Beautiful job!
    Hugs- Tete

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  6. I adore the soft pink against the white. Very beautiful and inspiring this final Saturday in November.
    Ann

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  7. My husband just said "wow" as I read the excerpt aloud to him. We're sitting by a morning fire with coffee ~ me with my iPad and him with the heating pad.

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  8. So Lovely, Jacqueline...I love the chippy pressed tin...

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  9. Love the pinks added in to the mix-just adds that something extra !!!!

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  10. O, darlin'...this is such a beautiful post. The words and images just took my breath away.
    Have a wonderful weekend..
    xo bj

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  11. Everything looks so beautiful!! I love the pink ornaments, so yummy!
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  12. So very pretty! Just found your beautiful blog. It amazes me how I keep finding awesome blogs. So many talented people in this world. Can't wait to dive in and browse some more.
    I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back.
    www.beatricebanks.blogspot.com

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  13. This was lovely. Thank you for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday. Hey, I'm having a give away!

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  14. So true, so true. I pray that each and every one has a spot of bling and color to be found in this Christmas season. Cherry Kay

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  15. So beautiful! I just finished putting out my pink, silver, and white Christmas decor, whew! I'm tired. I loved the sentiments---"heaven with its deep delicious blue. . .fill us with exquisite delight" and "dreariness and desolation. . .short gloomy days". What a contrast and exactly how it is and how I feel.
    Thanks for another glorious post!
    Love,Kay

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  16. Your decorations were lovely but I feasted on the words. Great post.

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  17. Jacqueline, your images always make my heart sing with pleasure. Simplicity is so elegant! ~ sarah

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  18. I love your mixture of shells with ornaments, a beautiful combination!

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  19. Your post is beautiful. I love the delicate colors and the photos are gorgeous.

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  20. Happy seasonal sundays darling....lovely blog !!! lovely day......love Ria....

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  21. So beautiful and peaceful! Great photos:@)

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  22. Hello Jacqueline...

    My friend, I always...always enjoy coming to your place for a visit! Your Christmas vignette is sooo very beautiful! As soon as I seen it...I just sighed! Such beauty!!! And...the excerpt from the book was lovely!!! Thank you for sharing your pretties with us today!!!

    Warmest Christmas wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  23. Both images and prose are so light and etheral and beautiful. I love the pink with the white and greens.
    Inspiring... now where are my antique pink ornaments?
    Yvonne

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  24. The old ceiling tile makes a great backdrop for all your lovelies. I'm decorating today.. so I think I'll start with one small table. You've inspired me to get started.. thanks, your post is beautiful.

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  25. What a beautiful and inspiring still life. This is going to be so much fun like taking home tours of Christmas homes all throughout the nation and world. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful Sunday.

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  26. Perfect post. Just beautiful.

    Have a wonderful week...I'm still visiting PS posts!

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  27. Love your pink and white!!! What a refreshing change from all the red. So pretty ~ I just love it!
    Cindy

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  28. I'm finally getting a few minutes to blog hop. And you're one of my favorites to visit. As always, gorgeous and inspiring photos!
    Brenda

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  29. I love looking at your pictures. They are so beautiful and inspiring!

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  30. Such gorgeous photographs and beautiful words.

    Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays!

    - The Tablescaper

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  31. I found you at Ceilo's House In The Roses & LOVE the bowl of shells, greenery & pink Christmas balls. And the candles lend such a beautiful GLOW! ENJOY! Charlene

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  32. Lovely, very lovely.
    Happy PS
    Gail

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  33. BEAUTIFUL COLORS I LOVE YOUR POST BLESSINGS

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  34. Looks lovely. The Bavarian Christmas linky party is now open-won’t you come and join us at http://dobermans-by-the-sea.blogspot.com/2010/11/1st-christmas-linky-party-at-dobermans.html

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  35. I adore your pale pink & white decor, your photographs are wonderful.
    Maggie in Normandy.

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  36. What a beautiful post!! I love all the white and then the accent of the pink.
    You should link to White Wednesday at Faded Charm! That's where I thought I was when I started reading your post.
    Lovely.

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