my special christmas greetings to you

by Sharon Santoni
The holidays are here, our house is full.
The family is complete (Ghetto has come home too! YAY!)  
There’s a turkey in the oven, a Christmas pudding 
ready to steam, crackers to be pulled, 
fires to be lit, games to be played, stockings 
to delve into, gifts to unwrap.   
Soft music in the background, 
champagne is poured, 
perfume dabbed behind ears,
and pretty dresses slipped on.
I won’t be blogging for a couple of days; this is a time to
enjoy precious family, but I would like to thank you all.
Thank you for reading me during this year;
thank you for leaving me comments and sending me emails;
thank you for inspiring me to write;
thank you to all those who came to 
visit us here in Normandy, 
it has been a pleasure and a privilege getting to know you.
Gibson and Ghetto join me and the whole family in wishing 
you all a very joyeux noël, 
and may the new year be kind to us all.[blank]

(PS.  the dogs hope you like their very kitsch card – you can’t imagine what 
it took to get this shot – I should have done a ‘making of!!) [blank]


Divine Theatre December 24, 2011 - 6:36 am

Bwahahahahahaha! I can imagine the mess! How fun! merry Christmas!


Norma December 24, 2011 - 6:47 am

That's hilarious, and those of us with pets or little children can indeed imagine that it wasn't a 'single shot' photo shoot – anyway the result is wonderful 🙂 Enjoy the magic days of Christmas in Normandy with your family – and the 2 pooches(here in Sydney, Australia we are finally getting some hot weather so it's beginning to actually feel like Christmas at last).

vicki archer December 24, 2011 - 7:02 am

Have a wonderful Christmas Sharon… I love your card… I tried to make Apache wear a ribbon and look graciously at the camera… No Luck! Enjoy the weekend… xv

Catherine December 24, 2011 - 7:12 am

Ghetto is so cute he looks like a stuffed toy!!!! Merry Christmas Ghetto and Gibson! I hope Father Christmas brings you nice meaty bones and toys.

Happy Christmas Sharon!

Teacup-In-The-Garden December 24, 2011 - 7:44 am

Unglaublich, wie schnell sie groß geworden sind!
Ein wundervolles Weinachtsfest und ein glückliches 2012!
Liebe Grüße,

Aunty Belle December 24, 2011 - 9:08 am

Your canine children are adorable!

Sharon, a very joyous Christmas to all your kith and kindred. I can feel the excitement vibrating in your home. Thank YOU for sharing the beauty around you and the lovely house and garden you have created. May laughter and contentment fill your home.

Penny December 24, 2011 - 10:59 am

I have enjoyed your blog so much since I found it. Have a really wonderful Christmas. we are at the beach, lovely warm weather, perfect for an Aussie Christmas.

The enchanted home December 24, 2011 - 12:48 pm

Your dogs look so precious! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a most joyous and full new year. Enjoy the time spent with your loved ones over the next few days!! And last thank YOU for the beautiful gift of your gorgeous blog!

Creative Living + Wabi Sabi Style December 24, 2011 - 12:57 pm

Great card! My Tosca would never play along 😉 Merry Christmas to you all! Cheers, Lisbeth in Sweden

Erna December 24, 2011 - 1:17 pm

A very Happy and Merry Christmas Sharon, enjoy and have fun…..
Warm hugs
Erna x

andy December 24, 2011 - 1:49 pm

Merry christmas I love the card! !!!!!!!

Franka December 24, 2011 - 1:57 pm

***Frohe Weihnachten***

♥ Franka

Tami Hacker December 24, 2011 - 2:59 pm

Christmas Blessings & Joy to you & your loved ones!

I thoroughly have enjoyed your blog this year – thank you for your devotion of sharing your corner of life with others!


5th and State December 24, 2011 - 3:30 pm

wonderful to see your pooches again and a bit more grown up!
merry christmas to you sharon and your dear family

Linda Carswell December 24, 2011 - 3:35 pm

Wishing you all the very best for Christmas and a Happy New Year…..your blog is always such a lovely place to land, I look forward to each new post and I would just like to add a very quick thank you…..I know it take time and dedication to have such a great blog!!!

Many Thanks……Linda x

kathy peck December 24, 2011 - 3:52 pm

It's been a pleasure to get to know you, through your blog and emails. I wish you a very joyous Christmas with your family ~ nothing feels better than a full house.
I love your card, it's beautiful.

Unmistakably BLESSED December 24, 2011 - 3:58 pm

Postively DARLING! Warmed my heart this morning to see those darling pups in their Christmas-finery!

Lori E December 24, 2011 - 5:02 pm

Merry Christmas and Joyeux Noël from Canada.
My very first thought when I saw the dogs was how on earth did they manage that! Lol.
Enjoy your houseful.

Victoria December 24, 2011 - 5:28 pm

Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.
Love the dogs…and your blog.

Sarah Malone December 24, 2011 - 5:33 pm

Sharon, the photo is precious! Merry Christmas to you as well and I hope to visit you in Normandy next year!!

Maison de lin December 24, 2011 - 6:07 pm

Hoou and yw fun! and a merry Cristmas for you and your family!!!



Debra December 24, 2011 - 6:19 pm

Sharon . . .the shot of the dogs is the cutest!!!
Thank you for all the effort you put into your blog each day, I wouldn't miss one word or photo! Looking forward to visiting in 2012!
Merry Christmas!!
Lots of love from Maryland,

hostess of the humble bungalow December 24, 2011 - 6:24 pm


It's been a pleasure reading your blog.

Knowing how many photos that I take of Pepper that do not turn out, I appreciate how difficult it is to get that one great shot of your adorable dogs!

Happy Holidays!

Lost in Provence December 24, 2011 - 6:29 pm

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, Sharon! Thank you for all of the joy you bring.


IAMSNOWFLAKE December 24, 2011 - 6:35 pm

Have a very Merry Xmas and New Year! Enjoy the Season with family, friends, pets and the virtual company all your blogger friends.

Sylvia December 24, 2011 - 7:10 pm

Merry Christmas to you and your family.


RobinfromCA December 24, 2011 - 8:18 pm

Love the dogs and they are much appreciated! I'll bet a "making of" would have been hilarious as I know what it is to get photos of our pup!
Merry Christmas!!

Valentina December 24, 2011 - 9:04 pm

What a wonderful photo!
Marry Christmas to you your family and your dog!

T's Daily Treasures December 24, 2011 - 9:26 pm

Oh my goodness! Your pooches are so beautiful! I had a wire-haired fox terrier named Scooter! Seeing that precious little face and that scruffy hair — pure cuteness! Happy holidays! Tammy

Sarah B December 24, 2011 - 9:33 pm

Merry Christmas to you all! I love the photo of the pooches and would have loved a making- of video!

Ann December 25, 2011 - 12:07 am

Have the merriest of holidays with your family, Sharon! I am sure your home is just beautiful.

Pamela Terry and Edward December 25, 2011 - 3:30 am

Happy, Happy Christmas to you!
Wishing you a most lovely week.

Anonymous December 25, 2011 - 4:00 am

Merry Christmas to you all and may the New Year be blessed!

Lindy in Texas December 25, 2011 - 4:02 am

Merry Christmas to you all and may the New Year be blessed!

barbara December 25, 2011 - 4:16 am

Sharon, thank you for the lovely "card"~I adore it!!

Thank you for your amazingly creative blog and all the wonderful brocante lovelies!! You are an amazing gal and I adore reading your blog as well as having a special friendship with you via the Internet!! Hopefully, this year we might have the opportunity to meet in person and enjoy each other's company…..I really hope so!!

Thank you for this last fabulous blog post, it is precious!!!!

Joyeaux Noel and Happy New Year!!

Warmest Wishes for a lovely holiday,


Anonymous December 25, 2011 - 10:12 am

Merry Christmas and many thanks for you posting those wonderful stories about life in Normandy – and always great pics!
Sari from Finland

cityfarmer December 25, 2011 - 1:45 pm

May the God filled light of Christmas and His redeeming grace shine on you and your home in the new year to come

Merry Christmas from our house to yours.


Esme December 25, 2011 - 7:12 pm

Joyeaux Noel

christina@greige December 25, 2011 - 8:14 pm

Merry Christmas to you and your family Sharon! I hope you had a wonderful day!


Deborah December 25, 2011 - 9:51 pm

Belated Merry Christmas (it's all over down under. I'm as fashionably late as usual! **waving**). My children would love a little doggie like your scottie one. We'll make do with your photos.

We'll, here's to Boxing Day and televised cricket and leftovers. xx

Mariette's Back to Basics December 26, 2011 - 12:16 am

Dearest Sharon,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you as well. You have still a second Christmas day, compared to the USA where we have only one…
Sure, taking such photos from pets will require several aims! But the result is what counts.
Have a great family time together and we will read us again.


Liese December 26, 2011 - 2:14 am

Auch Dir und Deiner Familie wundervolle Festtage! Wie schön muss es für Dich sein, endlich mal wieder die (ganze?) Familie um Dich zu haben…
Wir verbringen die Feiertage und den Jahreswechsel übrigens in Deinem Heimatland – unser erstes Weihnachtsfest mit Plumpudding 😉
Hab' noch viel Spaß in den Familien-Ferien und vielen Dank an die Boys fürs 'geduldige' modeln…

Sarah December 26, 2011 - 6:05 am

Joyeux Noel to you! I've had the best time catching up on your recent posts this evening. Thank you! ~ Sarah

Kellie Collis December 26, 2011 - 7:12 am

Wishing you and your family a lovely holiday, Kellie xx

Millie December 26, 2011 - 12:13 pm

I hope Christmas with all your family was awesome Sharon. What a pleasure it's been dropping by MFCH this year, every post a winner!
Millie xx
P.S. Woof woof from puppy Lulu.

Stacey Snacks December 26, 2011 - 5:24 pm

Merry Happy! Your terrier looks like a Steiff toy! Gorgeous pups! See you in 2012! Best to you and your famille.

chickory December 26, 2011 - 8:03 pm

Joyeux Noel indeed! and what a fine K9 Christmas card. I hope your day was as blessed as it sounds. merry merry, friend.

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima December 27, 2011 - 4:12 pm

Wow! How funny!
They should be very good dogs….I could never do such a thing with mine!!

Enjoy your Holidays dear and thank you for all your work here on the blog!

Monica December 29, 2011 - 3:01 am

Nice work! So cute!

mobile July 5, 2012 - 8:57 am

I hope you will be adding more in future. Nice.


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