Christmas Wishes....

For December's contribution to the "By Invitation Only...." group that I am part of, we were asked to share stories of our "Best Christmas Ever" and also to share what we would give, if we could give only one "tangible" gift.

Christmas is about family - for better or for worse, like it or not!!

And I grew up with parents in separate homes, dreading having to decide where my brothers & I would be on Christmas Day....there was no right decision. 
Someone was always unhappy.
I am really aware that for some, Christmas can be a very difficult time....

It did mean though that once I had my own family, I had a blank canvas....
and I knew just how I wanted to fill it.

And now that I have my own children, every Christmas feels pretty perfect.

London rarely experiences a white Christmas but I am all about tradition at this time of year.
I love being at home....the city is cold & quiet. 
There's a peacefulness about it that I love.

Of course, the run-up to Christmas is madness....
not enough days, enough evenings to meet up with friends, not enough shopping time.
School events one after the other x 2!! 

For the last couple of years though, I have not shopped as though it was the last Christmas ever, I've said no to an event or two, I've taken time to enjoy the build-up to Christmas Day....
and I've sat down to watch & enjoy a Christmas movie or three.

December always makes me think of Manhattan & the annual shopping trip my husband & I used to make every year around this time. 
Definitely the best Christmas spirit & best decorations that I've ever seen.
If the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City doesn't get you in the Chistmas spirit then nothing will!

Christmas is about being at home though, there's never anywhere else I want to be.

There are certain things that we do as a family each year....
my daughter & my husband choose our Christmas tree whilst my son & I prepare the decorations & make mugs of hot chocolate
we always take the children into central London to see all the Christmas decorations & the shop windows
we watch a lot of Christmas movies....our favourites right now being "Elf", "Miracle on 34th Street" & "It's A Wonderful Life"

My son is only 7 and has already been talking for weeks about the arrival of Father will he be able to get in via our blocked chimney, what happens if one of the reindeer is ill on Christmas Eve, does he really read all the letters he receives, does Father Christmas have a father etc etc?!
The magic of Christmas....

These are the moments that I cherish.

Christmas for me is simply about being with those you love, being's a time of comfort, warmth, good food made with love and thankfulness for all these things.

I hope that each Christmas will be my "perfect Christmas".

If I had to give just one tangible gift, it would be a plane ticket to anywhere of the recipient's choice. Seeing the world is one of the best things you can ever do, the sights & experiences will stay with you forever.

Happy December!!

to see more posts on this topic, head over here to Marsha's blog ....


  1. I love the photograph of the snow capped trees and the simplicity of the wreath...just perfect. For me, too Simone,Christmas is about being with those you love...
    And of course... Christmas movies...Victoria just loved Miracle on 34th Street, I think we'll watch it again this year ;-)
    and I can't watch It's A Wonderful Life without crying and I've lost count of the times I've seen it.
    Wishing you a very Happy Christmas, Simone may it be full of JOY.

  2. Such gorgeous images and wonderful memories!!! We are all so very blessed to be able to share our stories of Christmas like this!!

    Sending loads of Christmas cheer for a fab December!

    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

  3. This is so lovely Simone... I agree wholeheartedly with you..
    Did you receive my email?? Just about catching up etc... xv

  4. OMG, Simone, we are so much alike in thought we posted TWO of the same images today !! So so funny & cosmic. YOU are my idea of the perfect mummy making the perfect Christmas. I know your children think this too. Beautiful post, my darling...see you in NYC on our shopping trip. xx's

  5. Love this post :) it just oozes Christmas!


  6. "Christmas for me is simply about being with those you love, being's a time of comfort, warmth, good food made with love and thankfulness for all these things."

    These words of yours describe how I feel about Christmas perfectly - well done, Simone! xxoo

  7. What a lovely post Sim. The images were gorgeous.Like you I think there is no better place than London for Christmas (and I've spent Christmas in some gorgeous places). I love the madness leading up to Christmas; the Christmas fairs, ice-skating and Somerset House etc etc, and then that eerie quietness that seems to envelope the city after Christmas Eve. I am so wishing for a white Christmas this year. I'm loving everything about the build-up now I am back in London. Can't wait to see you next week xx

  8. Beautiful Simone and 'ditto' to eveything !! XXXX

  9. Beautiful Simone and 'ditto' to eveything !! XXXX

  10. Simone thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and images of such a special Holiday. I love that your family is making its own memories; as we all must. It IS all about love and being together!


  11. Simone, you did such a lovely job with a difficult topic. How does one decide on their very best Christmas when there are so many moments bundled up inside our heads? Then you add an increasingly fuzzy memory and it gets even harder (mine not yours) tee hee. I'm so happy for you that you've got a seven year old asking such adorable questions about Santa. That's the magic of the season and I don't think it gets any better than that.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

  12. Wonderful post.
    I'm sure your children will have the best Christmasses - Ever! And that's how it should be.
    Hope you have a lovely day,
    Liz x

  13. I loved reading about your 7 year olds endless questions--now to me, that must just be a sheer delight to behold! As a former NYer, I will agree with you that it is just the most special place to visit before the holidays (even Paris can't top it) but there is no place like HOME for the Holidays. Wishing you a Merry one! With all of my Best from Provence,
    Heather from Lost in Arles


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