Tuesday, 4 December 2012


Our By Invitation subject this month is ' The best Christmas you've ever had or ' Your idea of a fantasy Christmas '.
For as long as I can remember, Christmas was and is a very special time and, as cheesy and as corny as it sounds, they have all been the best and the most magical of times. Therefore, I can't think that any have stood out as the best and, I wouldn't really want a fantasy Christmas so, here is my little look at Christmas ..... 

C     is for the candy wrapped around the Christmas Tree

H    is for the happiness of all the family

R    is for the reindeer prancing by the window pane

I    is for the icing on the cake as sweet as sugar cane

S    is for the stocking on the chimney wall

T    is for the toys beneath the tree so tall

M    is for the mistletoe where everyone is kissed


A    is for the angels who make up the Christmas list


S    is for old Santa ( ???? ) who makes every kid his pet,

be good and he'll bring you everything in your 


I think that most of the things mentioned in that silly song remind me of the Christmases that I have had over the years ( maybe not the reindeer prancing by my window pane !! )  ........... simple things like a real Christmas tree, the traditional food, the family gathering together, exchanging  gifts and a little over indulgence  ( or maybe a lot !!) 

Today, my friends and I are sparing a thought for the not so fortunate and are having a charity lunch, where the proceeds will go to the charity Crisis at Christmas. which provides vital services for homeless people. It's all very well, me doing this pretty post and showing the lovely side of the season but there are so many who have nothing, but I'm sure that you will all be thinking of them too.


We were then asked ' If you could only give one tangible gift, what would it be ? ' That is a difficult one as we do not know if it's for a man, woman or child so, my one tangible gift would be ..........

..... a camera .....

They could all enjoy a camera and could capture those special Christmassy moments that will last forever !!

Please go over to Marsha @ Splenderosa where you can read every ones take on Christmas and presents and stuff !!

image 1: via me, image 2: via curious sofa, images 3 & 6: via Zsa Zsa Bellagio, image 4: via night tattoo, image5: via lost in the moment, image 7: via love french bulldogs, image 8: via inspiration lane, image 9: via an exquisite waste of time, image 10: via la bonne vie, image 11: via Christmas holiday, image 12: via the last pogo, image 13: via lost in the moment



  1. A song for your Christmas, dear Jacqueline: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D1S-2Vx6NI

  2. Perfect Beautiful Magical Favoured Thank You . . .

  3. The perfect Christmas Jackie... and as for that Santa...;) xv

  4. Oh...you've done it again Jackie, beautifully original...LOVE it.
    Great images too...and I'm with Vicki...as for that Santa ;-)
    Wishing you a very Happy Christmas.

  5. Stunning, lovely post and great meaning behind each of your ideas. I love that you are hosting a charity event, this is surely the most important time of year to remember those less fortunate. Thank you!

  6. Such a gorgeous Christmas Jackie... Santa looks a bit pooped...LOL!!!

    Sending all the festive cheer for a Merry December!!

    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

  7. A beautiful Christmas...you even did Santa in. Love it. Have a great day. Mona

  8. Vintage Jacqueline! I love the whimsical images - I think if that deer went past my window I would shriek! There is an albino deer that lives in the woods near here and it is known locally - always alone and always a complete shock to see him. But lovely. Here's wishing you a lovely Christmas, Lou x

  9. Oh, a camera. How wonderful! Yes, this one tangible gift was a difficult one, I think. Love the CHRISTMAS letters. And your images, especially of Santa, are over the top wonderful. Love love love you.....

  10. You captured all the best bits of Christmas Jackie..........and I imagine santa does look like that more than we know! xx

  11. Jackie, I am also thinking of the less fortunate in this holiday season. I am just back from the States where it seems that so many are struggling. Thank you for this, especially as you have done so with such a light hand--thank you for the smiles.
    Happy Holidays!
    Heather at Lost in Arles

  12. A wonderful classic Jackie post - fabulous as ever! That Santa is quite tired I must say. Haha. I work at a homeless organization here in LA during the holiday season to pack up necessities for the homeless and to help them in any way possible, something we all need to be mindful of during this season of giving! Enjoy your holiday! xxoo

  13. I choose a puppy i think !!!...20 days to go.......have a nice first advent......love from me...xxx...what a lovely post...xxx...

  14. Yes I agree about a camera being a perfect gift for anyone. Saving memories is a great passtime and a gift that last forever.
    I always wish I could do more for those who have so little and I who have so much. Our time is the best thing we can give to others besides just our dollars.

    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas time my darling friend!
    much love from me...

  15. Always the prettiest blog posts ... You rule Jackie. Love escaping into your world.

  16. Just lovely!
    Super images as always Jackie.
    Hope your lunch went well - easy to forget those less fortunate at this time of the year.
    Hope you have a lovely day,
    Liz x

  17. And may all your Christmas wishes come true. Jackie this was an awesome post. Renee helped get the evergreens and put up the tree. So far no snow yet.. Hope this email finds you bright eyed and bushey tailed.. Love and hugs

    yvonne and Renee

  18. CHarming
    Sophisticated !!!

    That's your post, dear Jackie!

    Had to pass this month's 'blog-event', so many things here, running out with time, hope to be back for January's BIO :)
    All Best for your English pre-Christmas time,

  19. Beautiful! Love your take on this post! xx

  20. Lovely images except dear Santa is a bit drunken in his snap. I think we all like camera so that was spot on. Happy Christmas.

  21. gorgeous darling friend.... hope this finds you well and happy... xoxoxox

  22. Wonderful tale of Christmas...from the angel to...Drunk Santa? This is what I love so much about you, you make us dream with your stories and images and then..snap....Jackie comes to life with a drunk Santa... one needs a dose of humor.

  23. What a fun post Jackie! The Santa made me chuckle! I think a camera is a wonderful gift that keeps on giving:)

  24. Your photo's always put a smile on my face Jackie!! Wish you a lovely new week!

    Madelief xox