Friday, 24 December 2010

Christmas Eve

I'm ready! The presents are wrapped, the evening meal is prepared and our daughters' rooms are waiting, warm flannelette sheets on the beds, new hot water bottles bought, waiting for their arrival by train and by car.

The only present that we open on Christmas Eve is a picture book, everything else waits, in its decorated wrapping paper, for Christmas morning. I try to find a really beautiful book that is appropriate for Christmas. This Oscar Wilde edition  is a favourite from several years ago, with images very appropriate for the weather that we have been experiencing for far too many weeks now. 

It is a delight when a beautiful text is matched by equally beautiful illustrations.

This year I have bought Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales, selected and illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger, one of my favourite illustrators. We shall unwrap tonight. I'm being very good and haven't looked inside it yet. (Honestly, Santa.)


  1. Flannelette sheets, water bottles and if I spy correctly, 4711 fragrance. These are exactly the things that used to make living with my mum so special! You're daughters are very lucky indeed. And what a wonderful thing to do each year with the reading of a story book such as those...magical and special. Have a wonderfully warm and peaceful Christmas all of you.

  2. I spotted the 4711 as well....and that beautiful headboard. Those illustrations almost look 3-D. Amazing.

    Happy Christmas with your family!


  3. looks like these images could be on the pages of Country Living...lovely and so appealing...I'd be more than happy to sleep on flannelette sheets.

    Happy Holidays,

  4. From the age of seven up until i was twelve years old, every christmas eve i would go to bed and read Enid Blytons Twas the night before christmas. My favourite author when i was a child. The bedrooms look beautiful and homely. A stocking hung on the door, how the pictures of the girls bedrooms stir many memories for me.

  5. Your cottage looks most inviting. A lovely Christmas welcome. Merry Christmas!

  6. Everything is lovely! Being the keeper of the children's library at the school where I teach, I adore the book tradition. Merry Christmas!

  7. It all looks wonderful, lucky daughters! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas day and all the best for the rest of the festive season.

    PS love the picture of Maisie in the sweater, better not show Crusoe or he will want one too!

  8. Awww, so warm, sweet and welcoming, I hope you are experiencing a lot of hugs and laughter just about now! Have a wonderful pre-2011 week with your girls!



  9. I wonder if one can still buy flannelette sheets? I remember them from my childhood; there was something very comforting about them.

    The painted bedhead looks very French. One doesn't find too many around here any more, I think they've all been exported!!

  10. Hope you are having happy holidays with your family. Those rooms are so comfy and inviting. Before coming to Kuwait, I had a wire haired fox terrier named Scooter. He was the best little dog. Best wishes, Tammy

  11. hi rosemary,

    sorry i have been on vacation and am behind on reading my favorite blogs. i would love being one of your daughters, i'd never leave home.



  12. Great, the garden and stuff is beautiful

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