Saturday, 21 December 2013

Happy Christmas!

I am looking forward to Christmas this year. Last year's was hard. My mother was dying and other bad things were happening too. I thank God for the support we had then, and this year has been so much better.

This year, I'm thinking specially of the people for whom this Christmas is a difficult one and wishing them well for the future.


T and I saw this sweet scene in front of Herne Hill Station a few days ago. They were having a Christmas festival in this little corner of London.  The sheep and goats were really pleased to get all the attention, and crowds of people were packing the tiny back streets with their friends, and buying lots of interesting things on the craft stalls.

And,  imagine the sound of a band playing "Good King Wenceslas" in the background, adding to the festive atmosphere.    Not with Westminster Abbey choir singing it, admittedly.   But I love this version with the organ and soloist!



Happy Christmas, everyone!

64 comments:

  1. Jenny! I hope you have a fabulous Christmas with your family and I just know it will be a million times better than last year. We're also really looking forward to time as a family after the horrible year our family had.

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  2. Merry Christmas, Jenny!!
    Feliz Navidad!!
    Kisses.

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  3. Jenny, I hope you have a peaceful Christmas, filled with the warmth of love and every good blessing. I enjoyed hearing "Good King Wenceslas".

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  4. Wishing you a happy Christmas, Jenny.

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  5. Dear Jenny - I too lost my mother at Christmas time, but I am pleased that the year eventually turned out to be better for you. Going into a new year feels like turning a corner - a clean sheet of paper.
    I have enjoyed reading your interesting posts accompanied by lovely photos during the year. Wishing you and yours a happy Christmas.

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  6. Wishing you a very happy Christmas, Jenny x

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  7. Lovely post, Jenny - the sheep are sweet and a perfect reminder of the season, and thank you for the carol which I have been playing. Good King Wenceslas is one of the best carols, and I like this version very much. Best wishes for a very special and peaceful Christmas with your family..P.

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  8. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas Jenny. It's been great to get to know you this year!

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  9. Sheep in Herne Hill?
    Why not?

    Have a lovely time, Jenny, and may the season bring you everything you wish for .

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  10. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  11. What a lovely idea to have the animals as part of the festival.....
    Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

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  12. Hello again Jenny - thank you for your kind comments on my blog. Just responding to your question re: the christmas images on my post. Yes, I did make them, but I am not an artist. I have been experimenting on Picmonkey, free for all to use, and those creations you saw are the results of my trials and errors. Glad you enjoyed seeing them.

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  13. It's a beautiful Christmas carol, Jenny, and I am listening to it as I am typing this. Thank you for posting it!
    Since I lost my husband in November of 2009, with Christmas following only 7 or 8 weeks after that, I understand very well how difficult your last Christmas must have been. But you have had, by what I know from your blog, a good year with many a reason to be grateful for and happy about, and so I think you will really have a very Merry Christmas.
    That is what I wish for you and your loved ones.

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  14. Happy, peaceful, joyfilled Christmas to you and yours.

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  15. Happy Christmas! The homey kind of celebrations are the best.

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  16. How sweet. I see ducks, too. I hope all the exhibitors did very well and had lots of fun.
    Have a wonderful holiday.

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  17. Happy Christmas, Jenny. It can be so hard when unhappy and bad things are happening. I hope this year yours is full of peace and joy :-) x

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  18. Happy Christmas. Wishing you a happy Holiday and nothing but god things in 2014. Take care.

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  19. It's good when children can be introduced to animals they may never have seen before except in the paper or on TV. And as you say I bet the animals are pleased to be so appreciated.

    Have a very happy Christmas, Jenny.

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  20. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  21. One of your best posts.
    I really hope you have a good time this Christmas!

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  22. Jenny, they bring the farm animals out here for the kids at holiday time too. I suppose many kids might not get to pet farm animals these days with busy city lives. There are always stories here that kids don't know where milk comes from. Thank you for all the great stories this year.

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  23. The spirit of Christmas finds us if we are lucky in unexpected and beautiful ways despite how we have ventured away from its intended meaning. The simplest of things like a sheep bleating, a song trilling or a kind word amid the chatter of friends can cast a Christmas spell.

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  24. I am so happy you are having a better year. Hugs and wishes for a beautiful Christmas, Bonnie

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  25. Have a great Christmas, Jenny - you've earned it. And let's hope for sanity in the BBC and among the publishers in 2014 (dreaming is fine, especially at this time of year).

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  26. Here via a couple other blogs I read - I"ve seen your comments and thought I'd come by.

    I love festivals of any sort and ones that involve animals are even better. Nice to hear this is a better Christmas for you.

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  27. Christmas will come no matter what condition we are in with pleasure or pain. I’m happy for you, Jenny, that this year things have gotten better to you. I’m thankful that my mother still continues to teach me something important through her lying in bed looking particularly frail. Wish you a peaceful Christmas and a healthy New Year.

    Yoko

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  28. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I've enjoyed your posts so much and through your writing and photos I have visited so many new places. Best of everything to you in 2014

    Darla

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  29. Happy Christmas Jenny. Hope it will be wonderful for you and memorable for good reasons this year.

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  30. My very best wishes to you, Jenny for a very Merry Christmas. I'm sorry to learn about your mother...may all your loving, good, happy memories of her give you much joy and comfort this Christmas. I hope you have a fun, stress-free Christmas; and may 2014 treat you kindly. Best wishes from the Land of Oz. :)

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  31. Have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year! Aren't goats always fun to watch?

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  32. Dear Jenny,

    May this Christmas be a most peaceful one for you. Indeed, we think of those less fortunate and try to bring them some comfort. Your photos, your words, superb and thoughtful, my friend.

    Gary :)

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  33. A very Happy Christmas Jenny, for you and the ones you love..
    Hugs
    Erna x

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  34. Merry Xmas, Jenny, and a happy 2014. 良いお年を! Yoi otoshi o! It's a special New Year's wish that we use in the days *before* New Year. Once the 1st arrives, it changes to 明けましておめでとうございます akemashite omedetō gozaimasu. Trust Japan to have a special custom for every day. ;)

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  35. Merry Christmas to you Jenny and a Happy New Year!Thank you for all your lovely comments, it was a pleasure for me to meet you!
    Olympia

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  36. I'm so glad that this year was better for you. Have a Merry Christmas!

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  37. Oh, Jenny, I know your holiday will be better this year. I send you warm, lovely Christmas greetings. (And I love that sheep in the photo with its cute tongue showing!) So glad I have discovered your wonderful blog. May the new year bring you three letters. B. B. C.!

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  38. Ah Jennie may 2014 bring you only good things and before that, a lovely Christmas break with your family.

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  39. Have a terrific holiday season!!

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  40. I hope that this will be a better holiday for you. Merry Christmas!

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  41. Happy Christmas to you and yours, Jenny, and good travels in the new year.
    Arleen

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  42. My best wishes for Christmas my dear friend, I hope you enjoy it in the company of your loved ones. A big hug and Merry Christmas.

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  43. Merry Xmas! Let's hope that 2014 will be, well, quieter!

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  44. I hope you-all have a very Merry Christmas!

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  45. Wishing you a very jolly Christmas, full of warmth and good cheer!

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  46. Season's greetings and best wishes for a Merry Christmas Day and for going to a Happy New Year, from Belgium, Westminster is a great place, and the choir will be faboulous this Christmas period

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  47. Happy Xmas to you and family. :)

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  48. I'm here a tad late for Christmas Day, but Happy Boxing Day to you!

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  49. Dear Jenny, I hope you managed to get your Christmas mojo back this year. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2014, with love, Linda x

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  50. Love the photo at the top of your blog. Am new here, but will be coming to check in on your entries. I just love Christmas, but it is sad for those who are dealing with challenges at that time.

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  51. I'm late, but I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
    Happy New Year!! :)

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  52. Happy new year to you and your family.. ...

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  53. Thank you for your visit. It's lovely here & I will be back !

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  54. I really wish you a Happy New Year! I hope you had a fantastic Christmas, too.

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  55. Lovely photos, and your first one reminds me of a visit of mine to Bath, a few years ago! I am wishing you the best and merriest years ahead. I am eager to share more blogging fun here with you this new year too!

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  56. I have a few wishes for you.
    May 2014 bring you much joy.
    May we all have peace in our homes,
    laughter by our firesides,
    time spent with family,
    and contentment in our hearts.
    Be well, my friend.

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