wishing you a happy christmas

by Sharon Santoni

gibson and ghetto beside christmas tree

Well this is something of a tradition now!  A kitsch christmas card from Gibson and Ghetto to wish you all the very happiest of Christmas Holidays.

Things haven’t quite been going to plan over the past few week, and my carefully thought through schedule has been thrown off-track by unexpected visits to hospitals; burst pipes (the two are not related!); run away dogs and the earlier-than-expected arrival of all the family.


My Christmas tale has not been forgotten though, it simply got a little lost in the blur of things, but you will be able to come back and read it this weekend.

Thank you so much for reading me through the year.  Thank you for your kind and generous emails, for your lovely comments.    Your response is what makes writing my blog worthwhile.



2015 is going to be an exciting year with the book published in the autumn and with new brocante tours planned for the spring and the fall.  There will be other surprises to share with you before then, and Gibson and Ghetto have promised to make life as much fun as possible for us all – YAY!


I wish you all a wonderful Christmas with those you hold most dear.

PS  If you click on the smaller pictures they move!!


Cheryl December 24, 2014 - 6:35 pm

Merry, Merry Christmas! Thank you!

Miss Diane December 24, 2014 - 7:13 pm

Je vous lis régulièrement et à mon tour de vous souhaiter de très joyeuses fêtes, entourée de tout ceux que vous aimez!


Linda December 24, 2014 - 7:14 pm

Ohmygosh! Those are absolutely adorable! I love and look forward to your blogs, photos, and stories. They are a bright spot in my day. I wish you much success with the book and the plumbing! A wonderful 2015 for you and your family!

Trudye December 24, 2014 - 7:24 pm

Oh, I so so love the G and G Christmas cheer…priceless! Last year pics were a highlight and this Christmas,too!
Hopefully, life will calm down to a mild roar for you soon! Must contain those little rascals! I hope all,pipes and people, are on the mend!
Merry Xmas,Sharon! Thank you for the beauty you share here!

Denise December 24, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Joyeux Noel . Love the picture of the dogs. I love those 2. You have made my Christmas Eve. Have a wonderful holiday!

Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon December 24, 2014 - 7:41 pm

Thanks for all the inspiration this year. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I am not a dog lover, but give G&G and ear rub from me. 🙂



suzanna December 24, 2014 - 8:04 pm

JOYEUX NOEL Sharon! Loving your pups….awww…so sweet!
I love your spot here so much! Merci for all you share from across
the pond in Santa Rosa Beach, Fl. xoxo

Amanda Rush December 24, 2014 - 8:27 pm

Thank you for your Christmas wishes Sharon, I can’t wait to share 2015 with you. Sincere best wishes to you and your family for the Festive season, from Amanda PS I think that Gibson and Ghetto have excelled themselves this year 😉

Sherry December 24, 2014 - 8:29 pm

Yes, JOYEUX NOEL Sharon…I have enjoyed all the photos and articles that you post, especially those of the Christmas season! Merci and best wishes for a wonderful Christmas Season and Prosperous New Year! Looking forward to more from you!


Susan Carter December 24, 2014 - 8:40 pm

Happy Christmas & Most Merry New Year

Colleen Taylor December 24, 2014 - 8:57 pm

The best made plans of mice & men as they say….and so it goes. Beautiful photos & I love those “moving” dogs of yours. Now, how did you do that? Merry Merry Christmas & a JOYEUX NOEL to you & your family Sharon. X

Marlene Stephenson December 24, 2014 - 9:14 pm

Thanks so much for including me ,i so enjoy your posts,looking forward to 2015.Have a Merry Christmas with your family and friends.

Muffin Malherbe December 24, 2014 - 9:14 pm

Merry Christmas from sunny Cape Town
love the card and a fabulous blog

Karen (Back Road Journal) December 24, 2014 - 10:27 pm

Vous et les vôtres souhaitant un Joyeux Noël et une Bonne Année saine et heureuse. I hope you enjoy this festive time with your family and that life is less hectic and filled with good health for everyone.

Patty/NS December 25, 2014 - 12:07 am

Love Gibson & Ghetto in their holiday puctures. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

jeri brain December 25, 2014 - 12:16 am

wishing the very best christmas ever… purrs from my gang to gibson and ghetto… they do make my day and makes me appreciate my kitties more… god bless…

Rié | Portobello Design Blog December 25, 2014 - 12:30 am

Sharon, Merry Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family! And a good rub behind the ears for G & G. Rié

Leslie in Little Rock December 25, 2014 - 1:29 am

Your posts are always a treat! Gibbs and Ghetto are my favorite pictures of the season and year round!

Nancy Edwards December 25, 2014 - 2:19 am

Merry Christmas, Sharon! Thank you for enriching our lives with your creative blog – so very inspiring.

Mary Baynes/Indiana December 25, 2014 - 2:31 am

Merry Christmas to you and yours, too!
Look forward to more Blog from you! Lol
Also your new Book! Do you know if I
will be able to buy it on Amazon here in

Donna C. December 25, 2014 - 2:41 am

Merry Christmas from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania! Blessings for a happy and healthy new year! Would love to visit during a brocante tour some day! P.S. Love Gibson and Ghetto!

Botanic Bleu December 25, 2014 - 5:36 am

Joyeux Noël to you and your family. Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday with your family.


tedeternura.com December 25, 2014 - 7:44 am

Y mil gracias por proporcionarnos momentos tan bonitos!!!

Elaine December 25, 2014 - 1:22 pm

I was missing Ghetto & Gibson! A very merry christmas to you & all your family

Carol Preston December 26, 2014 - 3:21 am

Wishing you the happiest holiday season with your family and friends! I so enjoy reading you all year long and look forward to each post!

Ching Wu December 26, 2014 - 7:17 am

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family.
Thank you so much for sharing with us a wonderful year of 2014.
So looking forward to a exciting year to come and maybe to see you sometime again.
With all our love. Ching and Gary

Jane Nash December 26, 2014 - 9:24 am

I love the photographs! A very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year. I so enjoy reading your blog. Looking forward to the second part of your little story. Diolch yn Fawr, Nadolig Llawen. Jane x

The Enchanted Home December 26, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Precious pictures..hope you had a wonderful Christmas and all the best to you in 2015!

Karena December 26, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Dear Sharon you bring us so much beauty and verse all year long! I am very excited for your book release however! I wish you the very best in this year ahead and know it will be filled with many adventures!

The Art by Karena

orit December 26, 2014 - 4:40 pm

Merry Christmas to you and all your family!!!!

lisa December 26, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Dear Sharon,

To Cute. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family as well. 2014 was the year I found “My French Country Home” and so glad I did. Looking forward to seeing what it brings in 2015. Next Christmas I am going to ask “Santa” for one of your Brocante tours! The perfect Christmas Gift.


Steve December 26, 2014 - 4:43 pm

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas. I have enjoyed finding, then following your blog. A lovely aesthetic and attitude toward life. I am an architect in Atlanta with grown children – they, of course, are what matter most – but, seeing the French countryside through your eyes has been a great treat. I have a sister who lives near Cambridge (UK) in a beautiful home made of brick and flint in a field and with a beautiful Norman church within a stones throw. Idyllic. We don’t have such here. Lucky folks you and she (also named Sharon, as is my wife

Kathryn December 26, 2014 - 4:43 pm

what a wonderful card… have a merry holiday and thank you for sharing your wonderful life and great taste.

sheryl December 26, 2014 - 4:44 pm

Thanks for the sweet photos of your doggy family and your wishes. Take care. SHERYL

pandy December 26, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Sorry you have had a time with life’s little adventures. I just want you to know that in the midst of all my “adventures,” your site has made me smile, and brought me much needed inspiration. You definitely have the gift of sharing life’s most beautiful pleasures….thank you so much. I wish you the happiest of holidays.


lourayne December 26, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Joyeux Noel!

Lourayne xxx

j December 26, 2014 - 5:06 pm

TOO CUTE!!! Merry Christmas from Onalaska, Wisconsin, U.S.A. Love your blog.

Roxane Lacroix December 26, 2014 - 8:46 pm

So nice to see those sweet boys! It sounds like you had quite a hectic run-up to Christmas. I hope you were able to catch your breath and enjoy the day to its fullest with your family. Looking forward to reading the rest of your Christmas tale and your blog in 2015!

Anita Rivera December 27, 2014 - 3:03 pm

Bonjour Sharon! It has been so long since I’ve had a chance to come by to leave you a comment; Joyeux Noël et bonne année! Les chiens sont si mignons!

Enjoy your day, Anita

Jessica Conick December 29, 2014 - 6:45 pm

They are the cutest!


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