Christmas Break! LAPC #178

Christmas will soon be here. Our son , who lives in England , is here for the holidays. We have not seen him in two years. So I have decided that I will take a break from posting on the blog in order to make the most of his visit. We will all go up to our daughter’s on Christmas day. We will spend Boxing Day packing for Florida. Our son will have a visit with a friend who lives in Toronto and then fly back to London and we will start the three day drive down to Florida.

This week Tina has handed the week’s Lens Artists Photo Challenge over to us . It is “Our Choice“. Since my choice is firstly, to take a break, I will give you one photo as my response to this challenge.

There are a few things I would like to tell you about what is in this photo. The tree is decorated with some ornaments that date back to my childhood. There are more recent ones too such as the paintings of the black and grey mini- Schnauzers on the lower left. These were bought in 2010 in Kentucky. Throughout there are horses and birds . The decorated cloth around the bottom was made by a friend of my mother’s .It dates from the late 1950s.

Next to the tree is jolly fellow who was given to us many years ago. I love his smile. Every time I look at that smile I have to smile too.

Hanging from the mantlepiece is a large red stocking. This was mine when I was very young. I have photos of it dating from the time when I would have been only a few years old. It is a bit fragile now but I still hang it up every year.

Thank you Tina for this challenge. I would like to wish all my blogger friends Happy and Healthy Holidays and a Peaceful New Year. Biasini may repost his thoughts on flying reindeer and I will try to see what you are all posting via my Reader. Other than that I will see you in 2022!

62 Comments Add yours

  1. Anne Sandler says:

    What wonderful memories your decorations bring you. I hope you enjoyed your time with family. Happy New Year!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It was a delight. Happy New Year to you too Anne!

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  2. Marsha says:

    Wonderful Christmas memories, Anne. We had a cute snowman we left in CA with much of the rest of our stuff. How smart of you to save something so precious from your past like your sock. When I read posts like yours, I wish I was more sentimental. Happy New Year!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Marsha. Happy New Year to you.

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  3. Merry Christmas, Anne, to you and your family from ours.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Michael. Have a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year for you and your family.

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  4. Leya says:

    A beautiful post, Anne – and I too wish you and yours Happy Holidays and a Better New Year than 2021!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! We all hope for a more peaceful New Year

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      1. Leya says:

        We most certainly do…

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  5. Have a wonderful break!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! I am enjoying it!

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  6. Kevin says:

    Have a wonderful Christmas.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Same to you Kevin!

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  7. Emma Cownie says:

    I am so happy that you will see your son after so long! And you are going to Florida again!

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  8. JD says:

    Feliz Navidad! Happy new year, anne!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. And happy Christmas and Prospero Ano to you too.

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  9. Tanooki says:

    Woo have fun with your family❀️ Happy holidayπŸŽπŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! Happy Holidaya to you too

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  10. Your tree looks beautiful Anne and it’s so lovely you still have decorations from your childhood πŸ’›πŸŽ„ Wishing you a fabulous time with your son, a blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year! πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸŽ‰

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Xenia I appreciate this comment. I wish you a happy Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸ’•

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  11. Avery says:

    How wonderful. A joyous Christmas indeed! I am so glad for you to be present with your family and that you have the opportunity to enjoy another season in FL. I can not wait to follow along!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Avery. Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year to.you and your family

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  12. Laura says:

    Merry Christmas Anne. What a wonderful holiday you’ll have this year with your son and daughter. Enjoy your time with them. We will see you in 2022, Happy Now Year.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Happy New Year to you too Laura.

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  13. How wonderful, Anne, enjoy your precious time with your son and Happy Holidays and New Year!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Happy Holidays and a peaceful New Year to you Terri. Thank you for your comment.

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  14. VJ Knutson says:

    Having a child home for Christmas is the best gift of all, I’m sure! Enjoy.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it is the best gift especially since he lives in England and we have not seen him for two years! Thank you for this comment.

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  15. I fully understand you! My daughter is also living in Great Britain, she comes twice a year. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  16. I fully understand you! My daughter is also living in Great Britain, she comes twice a year. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes and with Covid we have not been able to get to England. Have a Happy Christmas!

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  17. O.D. says:

    Lovely display Anne. Enjoy your well deserved break. I also wish you and your family a lovely Christmas holiday πŸ™‚

    (I really like the big red stocking lol wish I had one)

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Ah yes the big red stocking. It does not get used for Stocking gifts now as it really is too fragile to hold things. Glad you enjoyed the post. Best wishes to you for 2022!

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  18. sandyjwhite says:

    A very Merry Christmas to you, Anne. Enjoy your break and time with family.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Sandy. Merry Christmas to you too!

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  19. Dearest Anne, merry christmas to you and happiness to you and family. You been a great friend here and i wish for you and the horses lots of love, care and strength. Always looking forward for your stories.

    A blessing of a new coming year to you.
    Narayan x

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Narayan . Best wishes for 2022 to you too!

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  20. Cynthia Bagshaw says:

    Your tree is so beautiful, and I love your snowman! Wishing you all a Very Happy Christmas, so special to have your son come home!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Happy Christmas to you too Cynthia! Thanks for leaving a comment.

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  21. etikser says:

    Have a wonderful Christmas and visit with your son.

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  22. Paula Light says:

    Have a lovely visit with your family! Merry Christmas and see you next year! πŸŽ„β€οΈ

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! Merry Christmas to you too!

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  23. Very interesting, the tree is a nostalgic reminder of the good times, merry Christmas and a happy new year

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Happy Christmas and a happy New Year to you too!

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  24. Tina Schell says:

    Anne, thank you so much for making us your last post of the year. I absolutely loved your choice. your tree is gorgeous and your little snowman is so cute. It was such a lovely stroll down YOUR memory lane, thanks so much for sharing your holiday with us. Enjoy your son’s company – so very special!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Tina. We are having a good time with our son. It has been a long time since we have seen him and since he lives in London it could be awhile till we see him again. So I want to be able to spend time with him . Happy holidays to you and your family Tina.

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  25. Laura says:

    Cheers to a great visit and a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Laura!

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  26. Michele Lee says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful Christmas scene that holds many special memories. I am happy to read you will be spending time with your family. Enjoy! Merry Christmas. 🌲

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Merry Christmas to you too Michele.

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  27. Diana says:

    Happy holidays and I absolutely love your Christmas tree and all the decorations. To have such wonderful things from your childhood and the past, still here to bring warm hugs from days gone by. Enjoy all your wonderful family time and safe travels to Florida! πŸ’ž

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Diana and best wishes

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    2. anne leueen says:

      Thank you and best wishes for the holidays to you too.πŸ’•

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  28. It’s a lovely tree, and how nice to have ornaments from your childhood. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy visiting with your son. Best wishes for the new year!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Robert

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  29. Judy says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours! ❀

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