Christmas wishes

December 24, 2011

We are almost there, aren’t we ? Christmas Eve will be celebrated later tonight . Most cards have been sent,  the Christmas tree is all lit up as I write and the menu for dinner  is ready… in my head. Our village postman has been busy delivering mail and packages. Yesterday I was on his list, he brought me a large parcel sent from the United States.

My friend Fina, from South Texas, had carefully wrapped up this lovely Christmas decoration : a Mexican musician and his sweet señorita. They looked so colourful and different from our usual decorations that I could not help but sharing them with you. I  delicately  put the pretty decoration on a branch of a pine tree in the garden. The two of them did not seem to mind the change of temperatures…

Snow had fallen a few days ago and children  spent hours in the field  near our house building a snowman. A joyful party that was still there at dusk, surrounded by parents and friends, screaming and jumping around their artwork. Today snow has melt, the only remaining sign of the snowman is his red scarf and a carrot that is looked at with greedy eyes by Nino the beagle.

Most of these handmade cards are gone, sent to family and friends here and there. My box of African fabrics scraps is almost empty. It is a good feeling to imagine that  maybe these cards will give as much pleasure as I felt sewing them. Bringing  some  thoughts, light and strong colours where and when they are needed.

This mosaic is also meant to bring you, my Friends, my best wishes for A Merry Christmas. A celebration of peace and togetherness, sharing time and affection, joy around the Christmas Tree.

Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel, Merry Christmas,  Glaedelig Jul, Hyvaa Joulua, Sretan Bosic and more good wishes wherever you are.

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22 Responses to “Christmas wishes”

  1. Karma said

    Joyeux Noel, Isa! Have a wonderful holiday. Did you receive my email about the pochette? I was so happy when it arrived, and the pieces of fabric that came with it were delightful. Merci, once again.

  2. Tammy said

    Thank you so much Isa! Merry Christmas to you. I love the tree ornament that your friend Fina sent to you.

  3. montucky said

    Merry Christmas, Isa!

  4. serenapotter said

    Merry Christmas Isa!!

  5. yesbuts said

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    Have a wonderful day.

    Best wishes

    YesBut & Mrs YB

  6. sonali said

    Merry Christmas, Isa 🙂 Oh, the you’ve made the cards so pretty! lovely are those fabric cards, I’m sure the receivers will be glad to have one of those. I hope you had a wonderful christmas dear 🙂

  7. What a beautiful Christmas post, Isa! All the best to you for the holiday season!!!

  8. Giiid said

    What a fine and colorful decoration.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Isa. 🙂

  9. Cindy said

    Merry Christmas, Isa xxx

  10. iniyaal said

    The handmade fabric cards are pretty. So is the lovely ornament gift you have received.

  11. Christmas has come and gone but still shared through your wonderful photos and words. Hope yours was as warm as the feeling I get when I visit your blog, Isa. Happy New Year!

  12. Carsten said

    Glædelig Jul Isa. Maybe I’m a little early this time. There is almost a years waiting ahead before the day comes.
    I hope you got your Christmas dinner finishad for the table too.
    We had duck and pork for our dinner. The pork roasted until the skin gets chrunchy.
    Happy New Year Isabelle.

  13. truels said

    Merry Christmas to you too, Isa. And what a great way to send your Christmas greetings by these WONDERFUL fabric cards!!

  14. sartenada said

    Howdy Isabelle.

    Christmas has gone. I wish to You a very Happy New Year.

    BTW. Do not miss my newest quilting post. 🙂

  15. shoreacres said

    What a delight it is to see a bit of my part of the world hanging on your tree! My best wishes to you for the New Year – may it be filled with as much beauty and creativity as you offer to us!

  16. Kathy said

    Isa, I read this earlier, but apparently never paused to leave a Merry Christmas greeting! What a cool ornament…I’m betting the couple enjoyed a Mexican salsa on your pine tree branches.

  17. Sartenada said

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    Versatile Blogger Award

  18. What a wonderful surprise coming back home and finding all your warm comments on this post. I had so much pleasure reading each of them and hope you all had a beautiful Christmas.

    Karen, Tammy, montucky, serena, YesBut and Mrs. YB, sonali, Andrew, Birgitte, Cin, iniyaal, Scott, Carsten, truels, Matti, Linda, Kathy and Minna… I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Karen, I am really happy you enjoyed the pochette and pieces of fabrics.
    Carsten, yes fortunately I had the Christmas Eve meal ready in time. We had a Cretan first course (figs, goat cheese, salads, olives, rye bread), then a risotto with Saint-Jacques’ scallops, a choice of cheese and as dessert a gingerbread cream. All disappeared quickly.

    Matti, thank you so much for your Award !

  19. Janice said

    Christmas has been and gone by the time I am reading this, Isa. But I hope you had a good one. I love your cards and your snowy scene. The Mexican decoration is beautiful. I collect (and make!) handmade decorations from all over the world and have several large boxes of them waiting to go back under the stairs, which I will do later this morning. Yesterday I was visited by a Mexican friend who had been home for Christmas. She had photos of how Christmas is celebrated in Mexico – with the central importance of the Nativity (la Natación), piñatas which are not as beautiful as they were when she was a child (they used to fill them with small fruits rather than sweets) and the Mexican cactus known as the ‘nopal’, So lovely to see how the same festival is celebrated in other parts of the world.

    • Hello again, Janice. What a great idea to collect Christmas handmade decorations from all over the world. I remember seeing one of your posts with pictures of German decorations, right? How nice to have had the visit of your Mexican friend. The “nopales”, upper, fresh and soft parts of a particular kind of cactus, is used in various meals. Fina, who lives in the South West of Texas, made a soup and a salad of nopales when I visited her there. Different and good. Mexican food is one of my favourites. Again books… have you read “Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel ? A magnificent novel whose story often happens in the kitchen.
      Have a pleasant Sunday, Janice and thanks for your warm words.

      • Janice said

        I do have some German decorations (bought at a Weihnachtsmarkt in Lübeck) but I don’t remember doing a post about them. Keep meaning to do that but am always rushing to get things prepared for Christmas Day by the time the decorations are up! Yes, Carmen told me they eat the nopal too – I’d love to try it. I have Like Water for Chocolate in English and Spanish and also have the film!

  20. Hello Janice, sorry, I must have seen German Christmas decorations on another blog. I never saw the movie “Like Water for Chocolate”, see if I can find it. What a beautiful story and fascinating characters ! I love Mexican and South American litterature. Have a pleasant week, mine will be snowy and Siberian.

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