No Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire

I wish I can say that there are

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

and Jack Frost nipping at our noses.

No, not this year!

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Great Room/Christmas 2015 - Housepitality Designs

Or Yuletide Carolers in the snow. . . . dressed like Eskimos.

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Since moving to North Carolina from Florida almost 11 years ago,

we have always had a Christmas where we can light the fire in the fireplace.

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We are just hoping that it will not be warm enough to need

to turn on the air conditioning!

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Now, I am not a fan of huge snow storms or ice storms,

but it would be nice to have a light dusting of snow on Christmas.

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So that the winter birds can make tracks in the snow.

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And Santa can have great snow for his sleigh.

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Hoping the glow of the lanterns give a feeling of warmth

and hoping the candles do not melt! 🙂

So no Christmas sweaters this year for us!

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It has been tradition for me each year

to includes this photo of my sweetie taken quite a few years ago,


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“And so, I’m offering this simple phrase

to kids from one to ninety two.

Although it’s been said many times, many ways

Merry Christmas to you!”

“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid;

for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;

for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

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  1. What a beautiful post to read on Christmas Eve Shirley! LOVE your darling granddaughter! WHat a joy!!!! Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas my dear friend! And don’t worry about Santa… you are certainly on the NICE list! Lots of love, Yvonne
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  2. merry christmas…later today we are getting in the pool. love ya!
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  3. Everything is beautifully done Shirley. I know what you mean about the weather. Here I am way up north and we have no snow and it’s been near 60 which is really different for us. Your granddaughter is a cutie! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
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  4. Yes, this weather does not make it feel like Christmas and it’s so widespread. Going to be 78 here!
    Have a very warm Merry Christmas!
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  5. Merry Christmas Shirley to you and your family.
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  6. It’s so hot here too. I had so hoped we would have a white Christmas. Perhaps, we will get some cooler weather soon. Your post is beautiful! I adore the picture of your Sweetie! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas full of wonderful blessings! I love your nativity!

  7. It’s been too warm here too; feels like Spring. Everything looks beautiful. Merry Christmas.
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  8. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Shirley. It is very warm in Connecticut also but I’m not complaining. Our son and daughter-in-law are coming in from Massachusetts so I want the driving to be safe and not icy. Enjoy the season.

  9. No matter the temperature, you have created your own white Christmas. We do have our AC running as the temps are reaching into the 80’s before dropping into the 40’s next week. Today we are off on a Disney cruise with the daughter who has 3 boys 4, 5 and 6. It will be a very different Christmas experience to say the least. Merry, merry to you and yours!
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  10. May a happy, jolly Christmas time spent with your beloved ones. Here in Poland weather is also more like for Easter, but no matter the weather Christmas is the most beautiful time of the year:-)
    Merry Christmas:-)

  11. Feels like Christmas in Fl. here too! 76 today and 70 tomorrow in PA>!!!! Wishing you the MOST merry and blessed Christmas my friend!!! XO
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  12. Here in Wisconsin, we are asking…where is the snow? Strange season for sure. Beautiful post…love that pic of your granddaughter! Wishing you a very Merry and Joyous Christmas! 😉

  13. It is cold and sunny here, no snow on its way! Shirley your home is so full of warmth and glory for the Holidays!! All the Best to you and yours in 2016!

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  14. Same here. Crazy weather in DC – with people walking around in tee shirts – but still very festive and merry here. Wishing you a most wonderful Christmas! L
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  15. I just love that sweet picture of your granddaughter Shirley! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas. Hopefully, we all won’t have to turn our air conditioners on. Sending hugs to you sweet friend : )
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  16. Beautiful Shirley. Wishing you, Tom and family the merriest of Christmas. Enjoy your time all together.
    Merry Christmas my friend.
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  17. Everything looks ready for santa! Just beautiful, Shirley. Merry Christmas to you, Tommy, TJ and Gray. Love you, Pam and Mel

  18. Merry Christmas, Shirley! We caved in yesterday and turned the AC on. We did use the fire this morning but we sure didn’t need it–it was just for ambiance! Have a great day. XO, Christy
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  19. Your little sweetie is darling. Got to spend Christmas a week before Christmas with Kelly and Shaun.
    My sweetie is growing up so fast. She is taller than I am. We had a terrific time together an I got to baby sit my granddog Skittles for a few extra days. Waldo and Lili loved her. Great Christmas.
    Wishing to a wonderful Christmas also.
    PS it’s really cold here low 40’s and I have on my warm sweaters….

  20. Snowy and cold in Colorado on a Christmas Day! But Christmas is in our hearts regardless of the weather! Merry Christmas to you! Beautiful post!

  21. Shirley, enjoyed reading this post today when I finally got to sit down! Your little sweetie is a doll! We ran the A/C yesterday and it poured rain…very unusual weather!
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  22. Shirley, I never tire of seeing that photo of your sweet granddaughter! Yes, we will mark this Christmas down in the books as being the warmest and wettest ever! We’ve had our AC running for days now, and I even wore flipflops on Christmas Eve! So different but we had the best Christmas ever! I’m hoping yours was wonderful as well.
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  23. Hope you had a fabulous Christmas Shirley and family. Your granddaughter is such a cutie pie. I love her infectious little smile. The weather is so unseasonable warm here it’s crazy!

  24. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and have a joyful week Shirley! Our A/C has been running nonstop and we’ve had on flip flops, very strange weather for December!
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  25. Hope you had a terrific Christmas… Happy New Year… Much blessing throughout the year…
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