December 18, 2012

Christmas Magic in Your Hands

" It feels so Christmasy here, mom!" would say my son. "Does someone else feel it? I really love it!"
" I want to live in your house during the holidays...", my friend would be kidding.
" Through your photos I can catch the magic ", another friend of mine would try to convince me.
And it feels so good! 
what I want for Christmas is the magic of a simple Christmas:
- time spent with my son decorating together our evergreen tree with cookie cutters, linen bows and ball ornaments that our hands had covered with vintage paper;
- gathering nature's treasures while walking with our dog and decorating the house with them;
- my son writing with his hands a Christmas message to the family and hanging it on the Christmas tree. No peeking until Christmas Day;
- winding evergreen branches into a Christmas wreath and adorning it with fresh limes, pines, walnuts and cinnamon stick to fill the room with fragrance; 
- cozy socks knitted by my mom and a blanket on my shoulders while reading out loud "The Gift of The Magi", "Great Joy", "The Legend Of The Christmas Tree", "The Little Match Girl"and other heartwarming Christmas stories;
- baking shortbread cookies, maple tea cake, cranberry bars and other favorite recipes from my mom and grandma's recipe journals;
- eating a delicious meal cooked by my personal chef (my husband :)
- a cup of coffee in the morning with a Christmas tree or a snow man drown in the foam for me by his hands;
- wrapping presents for the extended family, especially, for my one-year-old nephew and sending them to Europe, hoping that the post service will deliver them before Christmas Day;    
- my son making presents for mom and dad (our small family has a tradition which we established since our son was a little boy and wanted to give us presents. We came up with the idea that he would create two handmade gifts. As a result of that, over the years I have collected an adorable tissue paper angel, a handsome Nutcracker, a family of skiers from pine cones, a wonderful winter landscape piece of art... I can't wait to find the next lovely surprise under the tree made by my son's skillful hands);
- setting the holiday table with candles, vintage plates, greens and food with history;
- handwriting the Christmas cards and sending wishes to friends and family all over the globe;
- enjoying the lights that make the world sparkle.......

"Christmas magic is silent. You don't heart it - you feel it, you know it, you believe it."

 In other words, to me, the magic of Christmas lies in the present of a happy family
              in the creating of unforgettable childhood memories for our children,
in the uplifting laughter of good friends,
in the giving with open heart and receiving with gratitude,
in the gift of faith
the peace of our minds, 
goodness of our human being,
and love in our hearts.

 I am blessed and I am thankful! 

            Wishing you and yours a magical Christmas!


  1. Loved reading your inspiring post and your photos are just a feast for the eyes.
    Wishing you happiness and joy!

  2. A beautiful post on the most important things.

  3. Our families are the best kind of "magic"! always love your beautiful posts, Sylvia! Have a blessed Christmas week! xoxo

  4. Absolutely lovely....gorgeous pictures and amazing sentiment.


  5. Your posts are always so heartfelt and uplifting...the treasures in life are the simple ones and you always seem to find them Thank you!


  6. WOW. Sylvia, I love your sentiments, I love your home. Thank you for inviting us into your warm space, your Christmas routine.

    I was wanting to take photos of my home, but we have had such gray days that I cannot get good photos, AGAIN! But I am going to try, for I want to also share my small space where I celebrate a quiet time with my husband.

    Blessings of year-round joy to YOU dear and beautiful Sylvia! Anita

  7. I wish you the happiest Christmas! It's always such a pleasure to visit you...everything about you is beautiful and I hope the holidays are beautiful for you.

  8. This is my first time visiting and I enjoyed your lovely post. Such warmth an beauty in your words and photos. I'm Leslie from Gwen Moss. So nice to meet you.

  9. Hello! I'm visiting for the first time from over at Keeping It Cozy. I'm so very glad I stopped by. Your words about Christmas are so very true and at time hard to remember with so much to be done and so much to do this time of year. Your blog is lovely by the way and your photos are so inspiring.

  10. Merry Christmas, my

    It has truly been
    a joy connecting
    with you over the
    last year. I wish
    you and your family
    all of the magic of
    which you write!

    xo Suzanne

  11. Simply beautiful. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

  12. It is magical at your house already! I love all your photos and lovely sentiments too.

    Wishing you and your family a magical Christmas also!


  13. Every thing is just so lovely!
    Thanks for sharing.

  14. What a beautiful post Silviya! Have a magical and wonderful Christmas!

  15. Your post has so touched my heart! Beautiful sentiments that are so true--a beautiful "simple" (?) Christmas home, and wonderful photos! How inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing with our first Country Whites Weekend. I'm so glad you could join us.
    Christmas Blessings,

  16. How did I miss this post, dear friend??
    Once again, the beauty here has made me gasp...
    Sylvia, blessed I am to know you...your kindness, talents, wisdom, and friendship inspire me to be a better human being...thank you for that.
    My Black Sea sister...I wish you a most magical, blessed Christmas...
    and a fantastic New Year...
    Thank you for your warm wishes!
    With love and much admiration,
    - Irina :)

  17. So happy I stopped in ~ love this post and love your blog!
    Merry Christmas!

  18. So beautiful ~ you've truly captured the spirit of Christmas, Sylvia!
    Sending big Christmas hugs your way,

  19. Warm and wonderful words! And such beautiful photography! You've truly captured the essence of Christmas. I'm now a follower. So happy that you joined us for Country Whites Weekend!
    Farmhouse Holiday Hugs,

  20. Magical photograhs! What a beautiful and festive house you have! Madelief x

  21. Hi Sylvia! I loved this post so much, I've picked it as my personal favorite for Country Whites Weekend! You'll be featured at The Country Farm Home Friday! Stop by and grab a Featured button. You truly touched my heart--and love your style!
    Farmhouse Hugs,

  22. I just saw your post featured at the Country Whites weekend party. Beautiful Christmas tour.

  23. I'm still visiting around and enjoyed your beautiful post. I always love your photos and your words. Beautiful!! Blessings of the season and for the new year to you and yours. Pamela

  24. This is a beautiful and heartwarming Christmas post!

  25. I loved your Christmas post. You truly captured the reason for the season!

  26. Your home looks magical!

    - The Tablescaper


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