Saturday, December 7, 2013

In the lead-up to Christmas

First, I would like to let you know that some technical 
problems with  my Internet, kept me away from your blogs
 and for mine, for a while, but everything seems 
to be normal again!

So, the Christmas mood makes life easier and happier ... 
We use to buy a real fir , the procedure is always the same, 
Christmas pro classic music, my husband's  contribution is
the lights before he disappears , my daughter and I argue
about the tree decoration, which ball is better here or there... 
 We always avoid decoration "recipes", I prefer give a personal 
touch as much as I can in all the house.I'm showing you 
the outcome of our work, mine and my little accomplice.

Nevertheless when  the Christmas overproduction and anxiety 
kicks in and I find  it difficult to harmonize with the season, 
 I try to take a step back and  rediscover the child inside me ...
to be inspired by the wonder and excitement  which 
shines in my daughter's eyes and enjoy the merriment 
of the upcoming holiday . 
I remember my childhood, we had 
fewer things and less glamour but the Christmas magic 
enveloped us and fascinated our untainted hearts.
I think that we can reignite the real meaning behind 
these festivities sharing time and affection 
with family , friends, colleagues , neighbours...
be affected by the children's pureness and impatience .. 

Looking forward to Christmas time...

We wish you love and luck, luck and love! 


  1. Beautiful 'thoughts & things' Olympia - I love the last photo of your little daughter which has captured the magic of Christmas.

  2. Olympia, your 'guidance' on this little tour of the magical mementos, that occupy your home at this merry time of the year, certainly 'led' up to a festive finale, found in your warm and cozy living room, with a beautifully trimmed tree as our host! Thanks for 'translating' the spirit of the season into this most decorative delight.


  3. Ολυμπία, πανέμορφες λεπτομέρειες σε ένα απίστευτα "ζεστό" σπίτι!! Η μικρή μου ανιψιά είναι πανέμορφη!!! Φιλιά

  4. You are so right with your writing! Maybe that is the magic about CHristmas that we can be children again! Luck and love to you too! Christa

  5. I wish you some wonderful weeks, I hope we can hold the ligth and warmth of Christmas in our hearts, also during next year.

    Lovely picture of your daughter!!

    Sending hugs, Ingrid

  6. Ik wens jou en je gezin ook een mooie Advent en Kersttijd toe!
    Met warmte, liefde en aandacht voor elkaar!
    Wat een mooie dochter heb je!

    Lieve groet,

  7. Beautiful thoughts, things and pictures, Olympia. Very beautiful indeed! Happy weekend!

  8. You have amazing chistmas decorations Olympia.
    This are the weeks before christmas...and i always think about the year that is almost is a little bit sad...many things happend...sad things and happy things.
    Enjoy the time before christmas...
    Have a nice Weekend.

    Inge, my choice

  9. Dear Olympia,
    Your pictures are so magical today. We have decorated our trees too - stop by tomorrow and take a peek if you get a chance. These are such pretty and unique trays that you have. You know, I have a jeweled red bird that is very similar to this. I love all the RED on your tree. It reminds me of Jess' tree this year. The little girl on the bicycle is sweet. It looks like you are enjoying this glorious Christmas season.

    Have a peaceful weekend.


  10. A beautiful introduction to Christmas! I write from San Antonio Texas where I've been attending a conference and between your post and the hotel's decorations, I am ready to be home and start spreading a bit of Christmas cheer!

  11. Dearest Olympia,
    Love ALL of your photos. What a beautiful lacework, either crocheted or the beautiful tatted doily under those two teapots.
    You are a lady with great taste and I love your daughter (?) in front of that Old World candle store. Makes me think of The Netherlands and also Germany as those are very much candle countries, as are France and Italy of course.
    Enjoy this candle season of light leading up to Christmas.

  12. This is wonderful Olympia! You and your family have strong christmas traditions
    that make that feeling our children need in our busy time...Traditions are very important,
    and family traditions bring stability into our lives. Your beautiful daughter will appreciate this
    when she get older, too. My grandchildren told me, long before they were teenagers, that
    christmas with traditions is very important to them. You have a wonderful home and will
    make a fantastic christmas for your family..

  13. This is wonderful Olympia! You and your family have strong christmas traditions
    that make that feeling our children need in our busy time...Traditions are very important,
    and family traditions bring stability into our lives. Your beautiful daughter will appreciate this
    when she get older, too. My grandchildren told me, long before they were teenagers, that
    christmas with traditions is very important to them. You have a wonderful home and will
    make a fantastic christmas for your family..

  14. It all is so lovely ...happy weekend love Ria...x !

  15. Such beautiful Christmas decorations ! I too color my home in red for the Holidays and we have strong traditions too . xx

  16. You´re gonne have a magical have the traditions, the feeling, that´s important!
    Take care and have a lovely, lovely weekend!

  17. Beautiful, and your daughter is so
    Happy advent to you

  18. Tea by the fire looks lovely! Love your red Christmas tree decorations!
    Have a lovely week!
    xoxo Ingrid.

  19. Everything looks so beautiful, Olympia. Your decorations are so unique and interesting. I love that you did it all with the help of your daughter; she will have wonderful memories and when she has her own home, she will know exactly how she wants it to look because she learned so much from you and had a chance to develop her own tastes too. Thank you for sharing your decorations.

  20. We try to have a simpler Christmas more like our childhood ones too. You have captured the magic of Christmas in this beautiful post. Why do men always disappear when the tree arrives!
    Sarah x

  21. A lovely post, it's looking beautiful chez vous!

  22. Lieve Olympia,

    Laten we vooral vasthouden aan tradities van Kerstmis en niet vergeten dat we de geboorte vieren van het Kerstkind,
    niet in luxe kwam hij ter wereld maar in een stal in een kribbe gevuld met stro.
    Het waren de os en de ezel die hem verwarmden en herders uit het veld die hem kwamen bezoeken en nederig knielden bij het Kindeke Jezus.

    Gezellig samen zijn in deze dagen met onze geliefde familie en vrienden in een huis waar warmte en aandacht voor elkaar te boventoon het andere is mooi meegenomen maar bijzaak.

    Aan sfeer en gastvrijheid daar ontbreekt het in Griekenland nooit aan,ook niet in jullie harten én huis,je prachtige foto's zijn daar het duidelijke bewijs van,warmte stralen ze uit.

    Lieve groet en fijne december maand!!

  23. Your home looks so festive and beautiful Olympia, with lots of natural trimmings and decorations, all so cosy and friendly.
    I hope you all have a lovely time preparing for Christmas!
    My daughter has always decorated our sitting room tree with colourful handmade and bought decorations collected over the years, each one with memories attached, and I have to stop myself from fiddling and re-arranging, so we also have a real tree in the hall which I can decorate myself, with simple tasteful white and gold decorations! So we have both!
    Gill xx

  24. It looks so cozy and nice at your home Olympia! A great Christmas feeling...
    I agree with you about your thought´s about Christmas, all those thing´s! I try to have a more natural, easy Christmas this time and enjoy the food and lazy days instead!
    Lovely pictures and it´s always a pleasure to visit you!
    Take care,

  25. Beautiful pictures and lovely thoughts. Wishing you a very happy holiday season!

  26. So beautifully you have decorated your home for Christmas! I had to smile when you described how your daughter and you worked on decorating the Christmas tree. We have pretty much the same here too, my youngest daughter and me.

    Words for thought about Christmas. I so agree with you in the description of your thoughts around Christmas.

    I wish you a beautiful pre-Christmas, and hope you will enjoy it to the fullest. I send you many beautiful thoughts.
    Hugs from Anette Willemine

  27. Thank you, Olimpia for the lovely tour! Well done to you and to your helper as well :0) Your home looks so cozy, warm and cheerful :0)
    Have a wonderful time with your Family and friends
    P.S. Congratulations to your brother and to his twins!

  28. Dear Olympia,

    what for wonderful impressions - so lovely and warm for my heard.
    Now I have no more stress - my courses of French and Italien are finished, my bakingtime is over and my trip to Berlin was great.
    So I can enjoy the time for christmas.
    Enjoy also the time with your family - it´s so wonderful.
    And dont´t worry about the Internet. Sometimes I have also got this problems.

    Wonderful wintergreetings from your


  29. Vos décorations pour noël sont uniques et sympathiques. Quand j’étais petite comme j’étais fille unique et que ma mère était aussi fille unique, on avait pas trop de famille. Mon père avait une soeur et sa famille au Caire, en Egypte, et de toutes façons, étant orthodoxes ils fêtaient noël le 6 Janvier.

  30. Nous, orthodoxes Grecs fetons Noel le 25 Decembre.Or, ceux qui suivent l'ancien calendrier fetent Noel le 6 Janvier comme en Russie je crois.

  31. Dear Olympia,
    Your home reflects the beauty and meaning of the season. So lovely and warm. I do agree with your thoughts about the magic of seeing Christmas through a child's eyes. Sometimes we forget the true meaning of the season and it is always good to take a step back and remember.... Wishing you and your family peace and joy during this special time of year.
    Hugs xo Karen

  32. Hi Olympia, tu hogar tiene un toque cálido y acogedor que me encanta. Thanks for sharing!! Hugs :)

  33. It all looks so beautiful - just love the flower on the silver tray. With a two year old grandson, I have a whole new appreciation for this time of year - it's wonderful!

  34. everything looks lovely and cosy Olympia and I do agree about seeing Christmas like a child ....keeps it more meaningful your little helper too ! Love, luck and laughter to you too !
    Gail x

  35. Dearest Olympia,
    I am back from the blog break! Thank you very much for your kind words about my break - now I'm glad that I'm with you again: o) Your house loos wonderful "chritmassy" - perfect for shiny eyes! :o)
    ☻/ღ˚ •。* ♥♥ ˚ ˚✰˚ ˛★* 。 ღ˛° 。* °♥ ˚ • ★ *˚ . 。
    /▌*˛˚ ░ ░ٌٌٌ░ Warm hugs – have a happy Christmas-time! ░░ ░ ˚ . ✰ •
    / \ ˚. ★ *˛ ˚♥♥* ✰。˚ ˚ღ。* ˛˚ ♥♥ 。✰˚* ˚ ★ ˚ 。✰ •* ˚
    Traude ♥♥♥♥

  36. Sorry: loos = looks
    "chritmassy" = "christmassy"

  37. This is a beautifully warm and festive post, Olympia. I loved seeing all the wonderful photos. Seeing Christmas through a child's eyes is such a wonderful way to recapture the magic. Sending you warmest wishes.
    Helen x

  38. Such a lovely festive post. You have so many lovely pieces around the house. Enjoy the Christmas preparations.


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