Sit down and take a pause

by Sharon Santoni
Sit down and take a pause.

Forget about the to-do list; you know most is done by now anyway.  Stop worrying about the meal, the size of the gifts, your christmas colour scheme ….. Sit back and think of all the gifts you have received this year that can’t be wrapped in pretty paper.

The laughter of your children;  the strength of your partner;  the companionship of your closest friend.
Remember those moments that have stopped you in your tracks with their unexpected beauty.  A sunset; a painting; a puppy; a bouquet.
This christmas when our world is looking shaky, when times are tough for so many, lets remember the gifts we can give no matter how rich or modest we feel.  Lets be kind to one another, pay compliments, encourage, congratulate and say … thank you.
Take a pause.


Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima December 22, 2011 - 10:21 am


Merry Christmas Sharon!


Lost in Provence December 22, 2011 - 10:28 am

Perfectly said. Thank you for all that you do!

Teacup-In-The-Garden December 22, 2011 - 10:29 am

What a lovely post! Thanks for this!
Have a wonderful Christmas-time,

Barbara December 22, 2011 - 12:53 pm

Thank you for such wonderful, true eloquent words of wisdom! So beautiful!!!!!!

Merry Christmas and a Happy Peaceful New Year to you and your family Sharon!!

Deidre December 22, 2011 - 12:56 pm

So very true. My grandaughter said only this afternoon that there wasn't a present under the tree for me and I replied she was my greatest gift and she is a present that lasts all year through. I'm a very lucky lady. Merry Christmas Sharon. Deidre.

НикОль December 22, 2011 - 1:20 pm

Oh, what a wonderful words, how right they are. Sometimes we forget about the most important things in our life. And it is necessary just to STOP!

helen tilston December 22, 2011 - 1:46 pm

Hello Sharon

Happy Christmas and thank you for your delightful, uplifting blog which has brought me great joy this past year.

Helen xx

The enchanted home December 22, 2011 - 2:03 pm

LOVE your message and we all have so much to be grateful for, its easy to temporarily forget it in the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations and gift buying. Today I am taking the morning off to enjoy some quiet time and will certainly reflect on my blessings!
Merry Christmas

Katherine December 22, 2011 - 2:10 pm

Your message is eloquently said. Wishing you a Joyous Christmas.

MARI December 22, 2011 - 2:10 pm

Merry Christmas Sharon!

Emily December 22, 2011 - 2:23 pm

Simply wonderful! Merry Christmas Sharon!

Jennifer December 22, 2011 - 2:30 pm

Thank you so much, I can think of no better way to start my day! Merry Christmas

kathy peck December 22, 2011 - 3:25 pm

Best holiday post yet.

Mary Anne December 22, 2011 - 3:38 pm

Thank you Sharon, so beautifully stated!

May the warmth and the meaning of the Christmas season continue to surround you.

ox Mary Anne

I Dream Of December 22, 2011 - 3:46 pm

Thanks for the beautiful words. Taking the time to read them is a wonderful pause for me as I begin a busy work day. It puts it all in perspective. Merry Christmas, I hope that you bask in it's glow and love.

vignette design December 22, 2011 - 4:13 pm

Oh Sharon, that was so beautiful! Perfectly said and from the heart. And I am doing exactly that. Relaxing and basking in the joy of just being with my family and new son-in-law. Presence, not presents.
Merry Christmas to you and yours. ~Delores

hopflower December 22, 2011 - 4:14 pm

I do that regularly every day.

French Girl in Seattle December 22, 2011 - 4:43 pm

Well done, Sharon. This is sound advice. I will try to remember this until the end of this week. Joyeux Noël! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Lorrie December 22, 2011 - 5:33 pm

Beautiful words and beautiful photos. Merci. Joyeux Noel, Sharon.

Jalon @ All in the Detail December 22, 2011 - 6:32 pm

Thank you so much!

Diane James Home December 22, 2011 - 6:38 pm

Beautiful words, beautiful photographs, beautiful sentiment! May your Christmas be filled with wonderful memories and your New Year with fun adventures, Cynthia

Lynn December 22, 2011 - 6:53 pm

Too true.

Erna December 22, 2011 - 8:43 pm

Beautiful Sharon, thanks for sharing…

Avril Leigh December 22, 2011 - 9:41 pm

Have a great Christmas. Avril

Elizabeth Eiffel December 22, 2011 - 10:11 pm

I have prewritten a post with similar sentiments, but not as eloquently stated as this. Now I think I will assign my post to the trash can!

Thank you for the pleasure your blog has given me throughout the year.

Joyeux Noël

Reply December 22, 2011 - 11:56 pm

Exactly. Thank you.

Danielle December 23, 2011 - 3:29 am

Beautiful and the true spirit of Christmas. Thank you for this lovely post. Wishing you a wonderful holiday!

Heaven's Walk December 23, 2011 - 4:01 am

This is exactly what the whole world needs to hear, Sharon. It conveys what Christ wanted the whole world to know! Beautiful – and such a blessing. Sending you joyful and peaceful Christmas wishes. ♥

xoxo laurie

Cathi December 23, 2011 - 5:40 am

Perfect! Merry Christmas to you and your family! xxoo

Burlap Luxe December 23, 2011 - 7:50 am

Perfectly beautiful!

Merry French Christmas

[email protected] December 23, 2011 - 9:42 am

wow!!…Merry Christmas!!!!

Angie Muresan December 23, 2011 - 10:58 am

What a lovely, lovely post this is, Sharon.
A Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family.

Carmen Wunsch de Alvarenga December 23, 2011 - 12:41 pm

Dear Sharon,

Wonderfull post ! Thank You ! Thank you also for the great moments I had since I follow your blog !
From Brasil to you FELIZ NATAL !
Happy Moments to you and your family,

Linda Leyble December 23, 2011 - 1:51 pm

Thank you for posting those sentiments – how true they are. I guess in all the Christmas rush and craziness, we tend to forget what our real treasures are. You have reminded me to post something like this on my blog – a way to give thanks and to hopefully remind others to do the same.

Merry Christmas – it seems like you will really have one. Thanks again for your beautiful blog!


Duchess & Bird December 23, 2011 - 3:36 pm

Merci for your gentle kind thoughts Sharon. May next year hold many more memories for you and yours


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