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a toast to this season

jingle bells

Susan Licht offered the most perfect excerpt on her blog from a John O’Donohue poem and I am, in turn, sharing it here with you also.

May you take time
to celebrate the quiet miracles
that seek no attention. …

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven
around the heart of wonder.

excerpt by John O’Donohue, from “For Presence”

Pearl with her stocking

The warmth rising in my heart goes out to each one of you for taking your precious time to stop by here through the year and particularly when you linger extra moments to leave your thoughtful notes for me. Reading your notes, reflections, and stories means more than you know. Thank you.

May you and yours enjoy the best of the Christmas season and may it be filled to overflowing with love, laughter, and the simple things in life.

Christmas light bokeh

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Sherry G. - December 21, 2016 - 7:50 am

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours, Diane. Just wanted to thank you for all the beauty and inspiration you share on your blog during the year. I always feel welcomed and warmed by your hospitality, much as I expect I would in your home. so much of this is your beautiful writing and incredible images. All the best to you in 2017.

Lisa Gordon - December 21, 2016 - 12:49 pm

I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a bright and beautiful New Year, sweet friend.

Juliann - December 21, 2016 - 9:07 pm

enjoy your friends and family, the celebrations and the light of the new year

stephanie young - December 22, 2016 - 4:33 am

Just popping in to wish you a very very Merry Christmas and the best New Year ever.

andi - December 23, 2016 - 9:10 am

Wonderful sentiment.

Merry Christmas to you and your family during this holiday season and throughout. Sending many prayers that it is a joyful one for you all.

Toffeeapple - December 23, 2016 - 9:47 am

Have a joyous Christmas and an exciting new year!

Gabriele - December 23, 2016 - 6:13 pm

Merry Christmas, Diane

Candace - December 23, 2016 - 8:06 pm

Have a wonderful Christmas, Diane!

Angela - December 24, 2016 - 10:17 am

Merry Christmas and a wonderful year ahead!!

Jennifer - December 26, 2016 - 3:19 pm

Merry Christmas! All the best for the new year!