happy holidays!

by Sharon Santoni

gibson and ghetto wishing happy chirstmas from normandy


gibson and ghetto wishing happy chirstmas from normandy

gibson and ghetto wishing happy chirstmas from normandy

gibson and ghetto wishing happy chirstmas from normandy




gibson and ghetto wishing happy chirstmas from normandy



Colleen Taylor December 22, 2015 - 4:56 pm

OH Sharon, what an adorable as well as beautiful way to start the day here! Your images of your furry guys are lovely & so festive. You can’t help but be in a merry spirit looking at this. Thank you & Happy Everything dear Sharon! Merry Christmas my friend XXX

Marge December 22, 2015 - 6:12 pm

You and yours have become such a special part of our lives. Your pictures and shared experiences are such a blessing.

suzanna December 22, 2015 - 5:34 pm

xoxoxoxo To YOU and Yours Sharon, love, love, love the pics…..sweet pets so cute …..
Joyeux Noel…..

Cwirth December 22, 2015 - 5:37 pm

Christmas blessings from my home to yours….Peace on earth to all.

Evelyne Williams December 22, 2015 - 5:37 pm

Wishing you and yours the best Christmas! Enjoy every minute!

LA CONTESSA December 22, 2015 - 5:39 pm


it's me December 22, 2015 - 5:45 pm

What a sweet beautiful dog you have…….
Merry Merry Christmas love Ria ❤️❤️❤️

Susan December 22, 2015 - 5:46 pm

Have a wonderful Christmas Season with your family and friends, including,of course, your special furry buddies.

I have enjoyed spending the year with you and your adventures.

Darina December 22, 2015 - 5:50 pm

What a beautiful photos!! I love to read your blog! I wish you and your family a merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Xx

Deborah December 22, 2015 - 5:51 pm

Sharon, have a Merry Christmas! I love this post & your kind & thoughtful words. Have a wonderful new year.

Our French Oasis December 22, 2015 - 5:55 pm

I am so happy to have chatted with you this year and once again thank you for all your help which you have been so generous in giving me. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with the family and a very Happy and Healthy New Year. Susan x

Pamela December 22, 2015 - 5:57 pm

All of the photos are too cute.!! Thank you for sharing with us your short books.
Merry Christmas! To you and your family.

Francisca Budry December 22, 2015 - 5:59 pm

Happy, happy Christmas and all the best for the new year. Thank you very much for all your beautiful pictures, and for your wonderful stories. Your messages are a ray of sunshine whenever I get the time to read and savour them.
It has been a great to meet your pets and your beautiful decorations.

Francisca Budry December 22, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Happy, happy Christmas and all the best for the new year. Thank you very much for all your beautiful pictures, and for your wonderful stories. Your messages are a ray of sunshine whenever I get the time to read and savour them.
It has been great to meet your pets and your beautiful decorations.

Mary Anne Simpson December 22, 2015 - 6:01 pm

Thank you Sharon for your talents and gifts that you so willingly share. May you and your family have a blessed Christmas and healthy, happy New Year. I cannot wait to see 2016 on your blog. Mary Anne

Nancy December 22, 2015 - 6:05 pm

Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year!
Wishing you the best in 2016….

The Enchanted Home December 22, 2015 - 6:13 pm

These are the CUTEST pictures!!! I love them, so magical and perfect! Happy holidays to you and all the best in 2016!

bonnie groves poppe December 22, 2015 - 6:14 pm

Really, those are the best!! dogs. Thanks for your god wishes may they return to you a hundredfold!

Alexandra December 22, 2015 - 6:27 pm

Happiest of holidays and new year, Sharon and photogenic pooches!
Thank you for making our days brighter, feeling closer to the France we know and love.
Looking forward to staying with one of your Fantastic French Girlfriends this summer!
Christmas hugs,

Deborah December 22, 2015 - 6:31 pm

Dear Sharon and family,
Wishing you Blessings during this Christmas season and all year through. I have been reading your blog for quite me time now, and feel as though I have made a dear friend! I thoroughly enjoy each and every one of your new entrees in your blog! Those sweet fur babies, Gibson and Ghetto are so precious, they always make me smile! May the New Year be filled with world peace! Blessings

Donna Denney December 22, 2015 - 6:33 pm

Wishing you and yours the best Holidays yet!

Those little guys are so adorable…..always makes my day when you post pics of them!

Your friend,

Donna Denney

Kate Abt December 22, 2015 - 6:39 pm

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas together. Thank you for writing such a brilliant blog and I’m looking forward to many lovely posts ahead next year. It is such a delight to get them in my inbox.

Nancy December 22, 2015 - 6:51 pm

Sharon and family and pets,
I have so loved your photos and ideas and recipes, well, love it all! I bought your book and gave 1 to a friend and have liked reading about your fab friends. Thank you for sharing your life and adventures. I wish you a Joyeux Noel and a very happy, healthy and peaceful 2016!

Marianne C. Whitman December 22, 2015 - 6:52 pm

Sharon, thank you for starting my day with such beautiful pictures of your pets. They are very beautiful as are the pictures. What a lovely way to start the day, smiling. I purchased your new book for myself, and loved it so that I immediately purchased another for my daughter in law for Christmas, and I think she will love it too. Thank you for your wonderful blog which I so look forward to. Buon Natale. Marianne

Richard Hacker December 22, 2015 - 6:55 pm

Hi Sharon,
Thanks for another year of super pix and anecdotes, I always look forward to opening your e-mails. This one was especially good and a delight to receive.
Very best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Hildred Sullivan December 22, 2015 - 6:56 pm

Christmas wishes to you and your family. Many thanks for all the enjoyment from your blog and beautiful book. I hope to visit your cottage or take a tour in the future. And all the best for a wonderful New Year!

Marcy Hammerstein December 22, 2015 - 7:00 pm

Love these and Merry Christmas to you! I have your book under my tree waiting for free time to read. Can’t wait for it!!!!

Karena December 22, 2015 - 7:01 pm

Dear Sharon, You have made such a difference in my life, through your friendship, your posts, your book! Thank you for the beauty you bring to the world all year long!

The Arts by Karena
The Meaning of the Season!

Penelope December 22, 2015 - 7:07 pm

Merry Christmas Blessings to you and your family! May your holiday be filled with peace love and joy!

Carol Ariens December 22, 2015 - 7:10 pm

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you! I love your adorable dogs, I too have a Golden Retriever, same color, and I just adopted a 10 yr. old Golden and Lab mix.

Maria Luiza December 22, 2015 - 7:13 pm

Happy Holidays, Joyeux Nöel, Feliz Natal e Feliz Ano Novo for you and your family, and all your friends around the world!
Thank you for sharing with all of us this lovely window to your life and surroundings, peace, joy and good health to you!
And big hugs to these two dears, so funny and charming!

Nancy Brantley December 22, 2015 - 7:18 pm

Oh, SOooo cute, those fur babies. Love reading all your blogs this year.
Wish you and your family ” A Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year “

Becky Stephens December 22, 2015 - 7:43 pm

Merry Christmas from Texas!! Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!!

Renee Thompson December 22, 2015 - 8:18 pm

Sharon, looking at the pictures of your adorable furry babies in front of the guest cottage makes me miss it, and them, so much! We had such a wonderful time being pampered by you and so thankful to your gracious husband taking care of our tire situation 🙁 this summer.
I wish we could be there during this beautiful season. Your home and posts on your blog this season are charming, beautiful and inspiring as usual.
Doug and I send blessings and wishes for a family filled, fun and warm holiday.

Dianne Estes December 22, 2015 - 8:23 pm

Merry Christmas to all. Love your furry family, and look forward to your wonderful posts

franki December 22, 2015 - 8:23 pm


sheri December 22, 2015 - 8:32 pm

May life bring you the same joy you bring to others…………………..

Happy Holidays!

Sally December 22, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thank you for your delightful blog, stories, and pictures.

May December 22, 2015 - 9:03 pm

Thank You for a wonderful year!
Your blog is such an inspiration, it is always a pleasure to visit here.

Looking at your perfectly stunningly beautiful photos of Gibson and Ghetto, I have a thought that if I had to chose a place to be right at this moment, then it would be there with them, but not in the picture. 🙂

Have a Very Merry Christmas & New Year!

Madeleine December 22, 2015 - 9:21 pm

It’s impossible not to smile every time I see a photo of your dogs – if only mine were so co operative for the camera.

Thank you for the pleasure you bring me throughout the year, and wishing you the happiest of Christmases.


Susie December 22, 2015 - 9:25 pm

Sharon, wishing you the happiest of Christmases and a huge thank you for the joy you bring by sharing a touch of beautiful France to your readers and friends. You allow us to dream! Love your book too!
Joyeaux Noel Chere Sharon xx

Fran December 22, 2015 - 9:37 pm

OH, Sharon, what beautiful pets you have. Thank You for the kind, warm wishes. I wish you a Fabulous Christmas and a New Year filled with Love, Hope, Good Health and Peace. Thank You for sharing your little corner of the world with us all – always uplifting and inspirational. God Bless.

Gayle de Bruyckere December 22, 2015 - 9:47 pm

And the same to you and yours! x

Eileen December 22, 2015 - 9:58 pm

Do we take it that a certain furry someone did not take well to wearing his stylish coat?
We see it only once. Great pictures, sooooo photogenic these two!
Happy Xmas to you and yours!

Kim December 22, 2015 - 10:52 pm

Those are the cutest photos. Merry Christmas to you, too, Sharon!

Cecelia in Massachusetts December 22, 2015 - 10:54 pm

Et Joyeux Noel a votre famille!

Elvie December 22, 2015 - 11:07 pm

Thank you Sharon for all the wonderful reading throughout the year.Have. a very happy Christmas with your family and your beautiful dogs ,they are just adorable .HappyChristmas and a wonderful new year.From Elvie

Val deFields December 22, 2015 - 11:21 pm

Thank you for spreading warmth and dreams into our lives in 2015. I wish you happiness, health and peace in 2016!
Val deFields

Vivian December 23, 2015 - 12:21 am

Merry Christmas Sharon! Love your blog, especially the photos. Thank you for sharing. May peace and health be with you in the New Year!

Esther George December 23, 2015 - 12:52 am

Greetings from my home to yours. Wishing You A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. Your photographs are beautiful, what a wonderful way to start my day, thank you for sharing beauty as always. Till next year, Cheers…Esther from Sydney.

Vicky from Athens December 23, 2015 - 2:05 am

Beautiful photos! Wonderful subjects! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Dawn December 23, 2015 - 2:43 am

Merci et Joyeux Noel pour vous et votre famille aussi! Your book is wonderful and I so enjoy your blog.

Trudye December 23, 2015 - 3:41 am

Every year Xmas with Gibson and Ghetto …I always say this year is my fav! No exception this year, these boys were meant to model!
Wishing you a houseful of love and laughter with all of your gang home to roost!
Thank you for a year filled with delightful treats from your heart to ours and for making Xmas shopping for girlfriends a breeze! xx

Katherine December 23, 2015 - 4:14 am

The pups are always so cute, but these are really sweet pictures of them.

Thank you for sharing your home and talents with all of us. Your blog has always been so much more than just pretty pictures (and yours are some of the prettiest). You bring a real sense of what life is like in France, and you have opened the doors to share your family life with everyone. You always do that with incredible grace and eloquence.
I have enjoyed your book so much and it is being gifted to several of my friends this Christmas.

Wishing you and your family a Joyous Christmas and a New Year filled with good health and adventure.

Kathie December 23, 2015 - 4:17 am

Thank you for sharing so much with your readers. Wishing you, your famioy and 4 legged friends a joyous holiday.

Barbara December 23, 2015 - 4:22 am

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Rose from Happy Ramblings blog December 23, 2015 - 5:35 am

What cute dogs you have, they are so photogenic! such lovely photos. I am so glad that I found your blog, it is so uplifting and I love your book. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year x

Kathryn Gauci December 23, 2015 - 5:51 am

Thank you for your great posts, Sharon. I have thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in your enchanting world. Your images and words are so inspirational and I can’t wait to be back in France again in 2016 (especially Normandy).
I wish you and your family all the very best for Christmas and have a wonderful 2016.

Warm regards.

Ewa December 23, 2015 - 8:15 am

Merry Christmas and HNY 2016 from Masovian, Poland.

Nathalie December 23, 2015 - 8:21 am

Hello sharon, I wish you a wonderful Christmas with your family and a happy New Year for you and yours. Thank you for making us dream with your nice pictures, your stories, your book. You give us inspiration. Enjoy your holidays. A très vite

Joanne Day December 23, 2015 - 8:27 am

Dear Sharon.
thank you for everything you share with me.
Not to mention the recipe for your bûche de Noël.
I made it for my little café today and needless to say it was a huge success and sold out!
My mother will be receiving your book for Christmas (I just hope she doesn’t read this message – or the cat will be out of the bag!!)
Love and blessings to you and your family.

Dee December 23, 2015 - 10:08 am

Thank You for making our year special.
Love and blessings to you and all your loved ones.
Happy, Peaceful Christmas to all.
Dee xxx

Heather in Arles December 23, 2015 - 10:31 am

I see the boys are already in prime festivity spirit! And there is much to celebrate for you have had an amazing year…one well-earned through such hard work and brilliance too!
Wishing you and your family a very Joyeux Fêtes!
Gros bisous

Karen A~ December 23, 2015 - 1:15 pm

A very Merry Christmas to you and your family! You added so much to an already wonderful year through your marvelous blog and delightful book. Thank you for providing so much beauty to all.

Jeanne December 23, 2015 - 1:48 pm

The best to you and your family now and in the New Year! I am hoping I find your book under the Christmas tree:-) I so enjoy reading your blog…thank you!

vicki archer December 23, 2015 - 2:54 pm

Have a wonderful hChristmas holiday and festive season, Sharon… Much love to you xxv

Judith Beauchamp Erickson December 23, 2015 - 3:05 pm

Merry Christmas Sharon! Your lovely photos and blog add much enjoyment to my life and home. I hope someday I am able to join one of your tours!

Jeannine December 23, 2015 - 3:23 pm

Merry Christmas and blessings to you and your family in the New Year! Thank you for all your beautiful posts! Love Gibson and Ghetto! They always bring a smile.

Sally December 23, 2015 - 4:19 pm

Dearest Sharon

My thanks are to you, a very special and wonderful person who brings beauty and inspiration, along with all the smiles of Gibson and Ghetto…I am send you my heartfelt best wishes for Christmas and 2016

You have achieved in 2015, what many of us can only dream of, and I am proud to feel I am a part of your beautiful world. I hope you will enjoy this time with your family, for Joyeux Noel

Your inspiration has helped me along in this challenging year, and I have at last begun a little blog of my own… very fledgling at the moment !

I read and enjoy everything you write, I apologise that I don’t often comment so I am writing today to send you my best love,
Happy Christmas
Sally xx

Janet December 23, 2015 - 4:35 pm

Merry Christmas Sharon!

Thank you for all that you invest in your blog. It truly is a place of refuge in the middle of a busy day.

Always inspiring!

marla December 23, 2015 - 6:52 pm

Wow your dogs are fantastic ! Merry Christmas

Marilyn December 23, 2015 - 6:56 pm

May you be blessed with Christmas Joy.

StitchinSweetSue December 24, 2015 - 4:00 am

merry christmas from new york sharon, wishing you every joy of the season. may 2016 be a friend to you throughout the year! xo

Delaine December 24, 2015 - 12:08 pm

Merry Christmas, Sharon! Thank you for giving us such joy through your blog all year long. You are the best!

Ann December 24, 2015 - 4:26 pm

Your dogs are beautiful and those photos made my day! Just wanted to thank you for your beautiful photos and blog that you’ve shared with us all these years. Merry Christmas Sharon!

Joanne December 26, 2015 - 8:28 am

I love your blog & look forward to all the wonderful interesting things you’ll share with us in 2016.
May you have a beautiful Christmas Season celebrating with your family & friends. God Bless.

Laura December 29, 2015 - 6:56 am

Besides my dogs, haha, never in my life have I seen such cutie pies! So ready for all photos! Have a happy new year!

Linda December 29, 2015 - 10:05 am

A truly beautiful post equipped with such lovely photos!


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