Friday, December 25, 2009


Having just returned from Midnight Mass, I wanted to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas.

Ever since my early childhood, Silent Night has epitomized the essence of Christmas for me. I can remember sitting beside my grandmother at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve as she played this very old and beautiful hymn on the church organ. The lyrics of Silent Night are some of the simplest, yet most evocative of the true meaning of this wonderful holiday.

The silence following a snowfall always brings to mind Christmas.

My two sentry dogs welcome you to my home

Gifts awaiting Christmas morning

19 for Christmas Dinner

From me to you, Silent Night

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth "


  1. Hi Francine
    Your house looks lovely and your table already set for '19' in anticipation of Christmas dinner!! I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2010 and hope we will be able to spend more time together in the coming year.

  2. Francine,
    Stunning home you have and I love the photos!
    Merry Christmas to you!

  3. As always so beautiful!
    Happy Christmas and New Year's to all of you
    xo Michelle

  4. What a gorgeous house you have!!!!! What a tablescape - you are so talented, it just KILLS me!!! :) I'm so jealous!!!

    have a wonderful New Years - and a very healthy, happy and Prosperous New Years!!!

  5. Have enjoyed finding and following your blog this year. Inspiring posts! I look forward to seeing more and wish you the best in the new year!

  6. I wish you a very happy New Year Francine...xv

  7. dear francine...
    thank you for the wonderful comment on my blog... i just LOVE your story... i am sure you are an amazing mother. i just heard another today that i will share with you by email... it blew my mind.

    i wish you the most blessed new year... x pam

  8. What a beautiful home you have, warm and engaging, I suppose a reflection of it's owner;) Happy New Year Francine!

    All the best,

  9. What a gorgeous Christmas home. I bet your guests felt like royalty!


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