The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

The most wonderful time of the year

Christmas is here once again and, as it does every year, it brings with it hope of peace, joy and good things. In these two short weeks before the year is born anew, I find myself living in a self-created bubble of optimism – as if the beauty we create within our homes and our towns, and the hundreds of twinkling lights that shine out of our windows can somehow make their way into the world and into the hearts of men and women. Beauty and light. We need more of them in our  lives. May we each do our utmost to spread them far and wide.

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I was planning on writing a totally different and much longer post than this, but the preparations for Christmas, the baking, the cleaning, the decorating, the shopping, the wrapping, took much more time than I expected – even though I had promised myself that this year would be different; that this Christmas season I would be organised. But, once again, it looks like everything will be done in the nick of time, leaving me frazzled and breathless. But I will  have a week off to recuperate. Then January will be upon us and it always seems a bit dreary and drab after all the glitz and glitter that Christmas brings with it.

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But for now we’re counting down the days to the most magical day of the year. I wish you all good things, wonderful moments, a dash of glitter and a soupcon of sparkle..

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Merry Christmas to you all.

All photos were taken during the Natalis Notabilis Christmas market in Rabat, December 2017


  1. Christmas for me was nice when I was a child and then as young married. Now it's worse each year, it isn't the same anymore. It becomes more and more a chore !

    1. Sorry to hear that. Christmas can become a chore but we need to keep the real meaning of it in our hearts and then it's no work at all.

  2. Merry Christmas & Very Happy New Year!

  3. . . . . . . "frazzled and breathless" just about says it all no matter where we are and how we plan to celebrate another (thankful for that) Christmas Loree. Thanks for the post, light and bright and full of positive thoughts for the come New Year.
    Have a lovely holiday - HAPPY CHRISTMAS to you and your family - Malta will always be in my memories, it must be pretty at this time of year - just wish I'd had longer to visit!
    Hugs - Mary

    1. Yes it's prettiest in winter and early spring. Merry Christmas to you and your family too.

  4. Dear Loree I hear you friend...frazzle is a good word for how one feels this time of the year. May you have a delightful Christmas and a blessed start to the new year. Will be looking forward to seeing you in 2018. Hugs!

    1. Thank you Debbie. Happy Christmas to you too. I'm looking forward to your sweet posts in 2018.


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