26 December 2010

The Rains Ended...

After the excesses and storms of Christmas Day, it was refreshing to wake up to a little sunshine after our rain soaked holiday. I walked out into the garden early this morning just after sunrise and reflected on the simple joys of this season!

I love this Deco vintage French carte de Noel

our naval oranges are sparkling
with raindrops in the dawn light

I couldn't resist bringing the silver Christmas bowl
outside in the early morning light!

we love our Pendleton blanket, a wedding
gift from my cousin Phillip
that is so perfect at Christmastime

simple and lovely angel and crown

we wrapped all our gifts in this pretty
paper with green ribbons

the Provence birdcage filled with
glass Christmas balls

the charm of the unmade guest bed, vacated
excitedly on Christmas morning by
our daughter Lisa!


Christmas morning we opened presents then dressed up and headed over to the Claremont Hotel in Oakland for a lovely, three-hour Christmas brunch with family. My husband's family has been going there for fifty years!

the dehydrator gift... does Steven love it? why is
Lisa laughing so hard?

the tree ornaments witnessed our festive morning!

the "treize desserts" are now down to about "trois desserts"
(nobody really likes the dried oranges and the figs... not when
there is chocolate nearby!)

the stunning Claremont Hotel and Spa is the setting for
our Christmas Day brunch

the gingerbread house in the hotel lobby took 294 lbs of sugar to make!

our adorable nephew Blair and Aunt Lucile "a table"


hoping you and yours had a very...


  1. Beautiful post! We woke up to 6 inches of snow...and it's still snowing! This is the first White Christmas in my memory ( we don't get much snow in southern Va.)...have a happy, healthy New Year! K

  2. Nice blogg you got here!

  3. Oh, so fun! Thanks for a grand time...bisous

  4. Hey Lisa you left a ton of stuff including great kate spade bag...! does that mean it's mine now? :)

    Hope your boxing day was peacefully wonderful!

  5. Muffy, the Sugar Plum Fairy! I have the same ornament. Merry Christmas. Great blog.


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  7. Lovely. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos. Looks like a wonderful day of celebrations.

  8. Dearest Kit ... Merry Christmas! Everything looks absolutely stunning and the Claremont for Christmas must have been wonderful! I hope you and your wonderful family had a beautiful day. I wish you a very happy New Year and the best always for 2011!
    hugs and best wishes

  9. May your New Year be filled with many Blessings and abundances of Joy for 2011. From my mountain to yours, Until next year
    Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

  10. Lovely post.
    Have a happy and blessed New Year, full of joy and health.
    Warm big hugs from Brasil.

  11. Great blog! I love reading it. Happy New Year to you!

  12. I somehow forgot to stop by to wish you a Merry Christmas, Kit! xxoo A


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