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Merry Christmas !


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Hello Lovely ladies

I just wanted to take this time to say I am very grateful for meeting you all, and I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas/Happy Holiday, and also to a Healthful New Year. It is hard to believe it will soon be 2015!

Enjoy the time with friends and family and I am thankful for the blessings I do have.  So, stay cozy, warm, drink hot cocoa or Gingerbread Lattes, lots of chocolate, and enjoy the season!!

I have fun memories of this time of year, looking at the Christmas animated windows downtown, that sense of wonder as a child looking at the wall above, as you couldn’t possibly sleep that night, believing that you did hear sounds in the middle of the night. I enjoyed my friends and I  going around the neighborhood, my best friend Mara, and i singing, her brother playing the  flute, as we collected money in my created Ziggy cartoon coffee container. We had such fun yearly going to town and singing Christmas carols on the radio as we gave our coffee can of money to Children’s hospital. It was so fun and rewarding then. Later, the memories of when I taught at a public school and taught the children choreography and songs to perform for “Christmas in Davidson”, but even more rewarding for me, was taking those same children to one of the elderly homes, to surprise them as we returned each year for music and christmas carols as they enjoyed seeing the kids so much.

These are some of the memories that stick with me. Sometimes, I get bothered by all of the commercialism that the holiday does bring, but each person can always make it what they want. Some years,  depending on my health, i was able to visit my family in Pittsburgh, while other times I saw my husband’s family and experienced their traditions. My husband and I still have our traditions of, of course playing Bing Crosby and all of the classic Christmas tunes while putting ornaments on the tree, and having a glass or two of wine. Christmas day, we sleep in , and later let our pups dig into their stockings, which involves sometimes sticking their heads into them, looking for that special treat or toy! We then exchange stockings, my hubby and I, while having some coffee or hot cocoa, by the fire. Then, we open our gifts and have our Christmas day at home. I enjoy this time relaxing together and just enjoying the day.

I look forward to seeing what you would like to share on the blog, when “Santa” stops by. Being that these are all fashion blogs, let’s assume we have all be “nice” not “naughty” and Santa knows our style and tastes.( My little furball Truffles, will be getting her OWN heating pad!) I also look forward to hearing some of your traditions.

Needless to say, I did not get up at 5am and come tearing down the stairs after waking my husband,and yelling “Santa came”, ‘ Santa came”! We prefer a pretty relaxed Christmas Day.

Tell me, later when the festivities have died down, what are some of your Christmas memories and holiday traditions?

Have a listen to one of my favorite songs of Christmas time, “Christmas Time is Here”. You may also recognize it as, “The Charlie Brown Christmas ” 🙂

  • carmen
    Posted at 22:57h, 30 December Reply

    Thank you for sharing your Christmas decor and traditions with us, it’s interesting to see a peek inside. Truffles is so cute! My son and his wife brought their cat over on Christmas Eve dressed as Mrs. Claws! 🙂

    Here’s some of our traditions when you have a chance to check …

    I enjoyed watching the Youtube you posted (Charlie Brown) brought back happy memories. I love Christmas music! I like this version too. Hope you like it.

    Happy New Year!!
    ♥ carmen

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:12h, 31 December Reply

      thanks so much Carmen, love this version. This is one of my fav tunes, as well as Christmas Song, ( chestnuts roasting)I will check out your traditions too. Truffles and Gibby still wear the santa suit. Thanks, they are my sweeites. I love Mrs Claws! jess xx

  • Ada
    Posted at 09:21h, 29 December Reply

    What a beautiful Holiday home. I especially love the red wreath and your Santas. But that dog is seriously the cutest!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:33h, 29 December Reply

      thanks so much Ada! That is my favorite, this is when Truffles was a pup! jess xx

  • thedollhousev
    Posted at 07:20h, 29 December Reply

    This is so wonderful!! Beautiful pictures. I hope you had a marvellous Christmas time doll…may the New Year be amazing for you 🙂 Xxx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:15h, 29 December Reply

      thank you ! Glad you liked the pictures. Jess xx

  • J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all
    Posted at 20:55h, 28 December Reply

    Awww! Merry Christmas Jess! I hope you had the merriest Christmas dear! xoxo

  • Alexandra B.
    Posted at 01:00h, 27 December Reply

    Hello Jess 🙂 Hope you had a very relaxing and beautiful Christmas. This year I’ve arrived in Germany a couple days early because my mother has been ill since October and I wasn’t much around the blogosphere in the last week. Anyway, seeing as I celebrate in Germany it’s very similar to what Anette described and we exchanged gifts the evening of the 24th.

    Alex – Funky Jungle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:23h, 27 December Reply

      Sounds lovely Alex. I am so sorry to hear about your mother. Hope she gets well soon. Enjoy the weekend too, jess xo

  • Amy Ann
    Posted at 15:38h, 26 December Reply

    Merry Christmas!

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  • Debbie Stinedurf
    Posted at 15:29h, 26 December Reply

    What a crazy cute baby pic of your little furry one! Our daughter still believes in Santa (I think this will be the last year…and she may have been humoring me this year!) so we make magic reindeer food on Christmas Eve and sprinkle it in the yard for Santa’s deer. Thankfully, she doesn’t get up super early! But even so it still takes her some time to get her grown brother fully awake so she can open her gifts.
    Hope you had a great day at home with your hubby! Merry Christmas!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:06h, 26 December Reply

      thanks so much Debiie!! I still remember whe I was 8 fnding the closet full of toys. Yes, let it go on as long as possible. Sounds like a great time too! It was a lovely day, jess XX

  • Lady of Style
    Posted at 13:45h, 26 December Reply

    Glad you had nice Christmas, Jess! My children are with me and the house is full with even more young people now.
    In Germany Christmas is still very traditional and we celebrate at night of the 24th December after church and usually a light meal. Most families have big Christmas lunches on both 25th and 26th December.
    It is a bit more relaxed at my place – same as you described it!

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:47h, 26 December Reply

      Sounds wonderful. I did enjoy it, we had a great meal with crabcakes, lobster stuffed salmon, corn souffle, will write about it. Santa was nice to me. I imagie to you as well. My pups were in their Santa suit and so excited. Lovely you celebrated with your family. Enjoy the weekend too! jess xo

  • Ashley
    Posted at 11:53h, 26 December Reply

    Hope you had a very merry Christmas, Jess! 🙂


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:04h, 26 December Reply

      Thank you, we did, it was wonderful, you as well, Ashley!! jess xx

  • Shannon
    Posted at 10:52h, 26 December Reply

    Gorgeous I hope yu had a very merry Christmas!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:04h, 26 December Reply

      thank you Shannon, have a wonderful time. I hope you did as well, jess xx

  • elle
    Posted at 18:31h, 25 December Reply

    Truffles is SO cute, Merry Xmas, enjoy the day, i know you have been nice, so i will await news from under the tree. Hubby and I are out in East Hampton, which is nice and quiet. I caught a gorgeous sunset on my phone.
    I am glad you able to rest up!!
    xx, elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:35h, 25 December Reply

      thanks Elle, I think she was 1 here, she is 5 now. Sounds lovely where you are. Enjoy the weekend my friend. jess xx

  • Dawn Lucy
    Posted at 08:41h, 25 December Reply

    Wishing you a very merry Christmas, Jess! Love that pic of your little fur-baby … sooo cute! We have a relaxed day over here too, but I’m a natural early bird, so I’m up at 5am and the hubby probably won’t roll out of the bed for hours. Hope Santa is good to us both! 😉
    Big hugs to one of my fav bloggers!
    Dawn Lucy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:12h, 25 December Reply

      Aww, thanks Dawn same to you ( fav blogger :-)) That pic was taken when she was a puppy and not as camera shy. I am not an early bird, used to be when I was teaching, I would naturally get up at 5 as well. Wit this illness, I take an epsom salt bath early and go back to bed. So, we start Christmas a bit later. Yes, I am sure you have been “nice ” this year, xoxo jess

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