Saturday, December 22, 2012

One Christmas Eve


as I nodded off

 at my writing table






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On the cusp of midnight




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I was driven through

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obscure forest   



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settled in a lush countryside



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passing villages



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transcending cultures

and people


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rushing through

bustling cities



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and stopping to 

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Voices 

in different languages

swelled with 



as the people worked 

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Then I found

  this in my hand:  




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May the transforming 

reality of love

be your

fairytale


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this Christmas and forever.



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Il est né le divin enfant

 Ha nacido el niño divino

 Hij is geboren het goddelijk kind

Mae'n cael ei eni y plentyn dwyfol

Он родился божественный ребенок

E 'nato il bambino divino

Ele nasce a criança divina 

 Er ist das göttliche Kind geboren

Viņš ir dzimis dievišķo bērnu

Yeye ni mtoto mtoto wa Mungu

Han är född den gudomliga barnet

彼は神のが生まれている

Γεννήθηκε το θείο παιδί

 


The music I really wanted you to hear can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4cyWxevyAY


  

107 comments:

  1. Thank you for such a lovely Christmas post Anita.

    I hope you have a magical, musical, fabulous Christmas.

    God Jul & Happy Christmas dear friend,
    Sue

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  2. Dear Anita,
    You have shared your gift for writing, and I am so grateful. This post is just beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and Ruben. I hope it is truly wonderful!

    Love,
    Keri

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  3. This is beautiful Anita! Just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Beautiful New Year! I am grateful to be able to escape with you and all that you share and create via your writing and your visions.~ Love and Friendship...Patti

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  4. This is a lovely dream. A fairy tale is precisely a tale about how the impossible can intrude into our ordinary existence if we let it.
    Happy Christmas
    Love
    R

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  5. May the Lord bless both of you with Joy unspeakable this Christmas....or maybe just for you speakable JOY ; ) OX Denise

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  6. Thank you again, for keeping Dreams alive. Namaste. Blessings, and Merry Christmas. hugs. lady

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  7. Happy May Thy Christmas BE! Blessings to you and YOUR loved one. Jeri

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  8. Such a beautiful message my sweet friend...your words always touch my heart...may your weekend be blessed as you hurry about getting that beautiful dress finished..take time to savor a moment or two and remember the reason we are here and how truly blessed we are! xoxoxoo

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  9. These images and your story quieted my heart this morning and captured my complete attention.

    Exquisite! Beautiful!

    The whole meaning of Christmas is
    L O V E


    Blessings to you my dear,
    abundant ones filled with love,
    Violet

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  10. Anita, thank you for this beautiful post...may you have a blessed Christmas. With love and hugs....

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  11. bellissimo!!!!!mille auguri di buone feste!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. Edward and I wish you a most Happy Christmas!

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  13. I was drawn back to years ago singing that song in high school French class--always one of my favorites! May your Christmas be blessed with the joy and light of trusting in Christ.

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  14. An exquisite message of love from one who shares her love and beauty with all she does. Merry Christmas to you and Ruben, dear Anita..........Christmas Hugs ~ Sarah

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  15. I am so glad I found your blog through Aldy.
    What a beautiful blog.
    I'm your newest follower.

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  16. Thank you for bringing us along on your adventure. Love is the reason for the journey...always was...always will be.

    xo

    Andie

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  17. Hello Anita,

    HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A A HAPPY NEW YEAR for you and Ruben and your loved ones!

    May God be with you!

    Best wishes!

    Sandra

    FELIZ NATAL E BOM ANO NOVO! ;-)

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  18. Merry Christmas my dear friend and sister....tomorrow my home will be filed with family and we will salute you..Love and blessings from the Hilltop..

    T.D/M.M

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  19. Anita may you and Ruben have a wonderful holiday and great wishes for the year ahead!

    Love and Hugs,
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  20. Anita
    We wish you and family
    A happy holiday &
    A very merry christmas.
    Rest up and enjoy the season.
    Best wishes Molly

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  21. Your prose and selection of photos is magical...just like a Fairytale! Thank you so very much. Holiday Blessings Dear with Peach and Joy all of 2013...

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  22. Divine! Love the music, and that snowy Christmas tree is going to be my inspirational picture for the rest of the year -- Bonne Fete chere Anita!

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  23. Hello Sweet friend,
    This is one of a kind Christmas post, I love all the pictures and your lovely words!!!
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your love ones!!!
    Hugs,
    Liliane

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  24. Your blog, dear Anita, without a doubt, reflects the the beauty that is YOU. Thank you and Merry Christmas to YOU.

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  25. A beautiful posts for your many readers and fans all over the world. Well done, Anita!!

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful and merry Christmas!

    Warmly,
    Loi

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  26. Beautiful Anita and I love the ending ;)

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Simone

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  27. How very, very beautiful! Blessing to you this Christmas- xo Diana

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  28. O wowwwwww!!...love you darling !!!....love love love ...from the bottem of my heart...always......xxx....

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  29. No problem with the help Anita and I will still be around checking out what your doing on your own blog, and posting my own comments.


    And who knows maybe in my blogging semi-retirement I can get on some reality show or something, and I'm as un-talented as most of those contestants anyway so why not me!


    Remember old bloggers never die, they.......... even I couldn't type the rest with a straight face....Lol............ Richard

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  30. Lovely post, Anita.
    Merry Christmas to you and Ruben!
    What a wonderful New Year this is going to be!!!
    Love you, dear friend. xo

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  31. Well that was wonderful dream with beautiful imagery.

    May you have a Christmas filled with love and happiness.

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  32. This is what it's all about Anita:)
    WELL said .. and your pictures a worth a thousand words. At the beginning I felt like a princess!

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!!

    xxleslie

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  33. Anita,

    This blog post was like a mini Christmas movie! I love it!! Always a feast for the senses.

    Have a very Merry Christmas, my friend. Can't wait to follow your adventures in 2013!!!! xoxo

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  34. It has been a beautiful journey with you in our world of blogging. I am looking forward to all we will inspire together, white grey, and all so French.
    You my friend have the soulfulness to make music, perform, write poetically, create from your heart and hands, and inspire us all to see the bigger picture in what we look at.
    I am looking forward to all we share in 2013 and what we create.
    Looking forward to your showroom home and what you display for Christmas.

    Blessings to you and Ruben
    Xox
    Joyeux Noël

    Doré

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  35. Beautiful friend, you have transported us once again...
    I am so blessed that YOU have brought a fairy tale of a friendship into my life...
    I love this song...a splendid celebration of LIFE and LOVE...just like your post and poetry...
    I will be thinking of you and Ruben all week...you KNOW I will!!! :)))
    MERRY CHRISTMAS dear one!
    Blessings and tight hugs too...
    Much love,
    - Irina

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  36. Hi Anita ~~~ The message of love, truly beautiful.

    May the Love of the Lord fill your heart Anita and Bless you this Christmas.

    Michele
    Pearl 13.1

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  37. You brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. Thank you for such a beautiful post. Il est ne le Divin Enfant is my very favorite hymn and I sang it with my grandma at the Harmonium in my village church.
    Gerard Lenorman was so young!!! i had every one of his records, such a romantic at heart, he was.
    Joyeux Noel!

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  38. Meryy Christmas beautiful lady. I would love to put gorgeous images to poetry like you do. Inspiring words for love.

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  39. Dear Soul, as always, how right and how true.
    Have a wonderful Christmas.


    (Now I want a tree full of white peacocks...)

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  40. Dear Anita,

    Wishing you and Ruben a very happy Christmas filled with much love, joy and peace.
    Happy holidays

    Sending warmest hugs
    Carolyn

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  41. Joyeux Noel to you and Ruben and all your loved ones - Blessed be His name!

    Love & hugs to you!
    Sherry & Marie

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  42. Ohh Anita,
    My cup runneth over! Thank you my dear friend.
    Di
    xxxxx

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  43. Wishing you a wonderful, enchanting Christmas, Anita..simply beautiful, as always...
    With my love,
    Catherine
    xx

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  44. Merry Christmas to you... you make fairytales happen~~

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  45. Anita,
    That was so beautiful. I hadn't heard that French song since we used to sing it a school,which was a long time ago! I even remembered most of the words!
    Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas and thank you for taking on on such lovely journeys of such beauty each week.
    Sarah x

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  46. ★ Joyeux *. • ˚ ˚ •. ★ ★ Noël. *. °. ° * * ★ ★ Joyeux. • ˚ ˚ ★ ★ ˛ ˚ ˛ •
    •. Noël ★ ˛ ˚ _Π_____. * ˚ ★ ★ ★
    ˚ ˛ • ˛ • ˚ */______/~ \. ˚ ˚ ˛ ★ ★ ★
    ˚ ˛ • ˛ • ˚ *| 田田 | 门 |

    Merci chère Anita ...
    Bisous du coeur
    Marie-Ange

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  47. Merry Christmas, my precious Anita, and may God continue to bless you and your family.

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  48. What an adventure this has been with you right by my side. I cannot wait to see what the new year will bring.. Beautiful post my dear friend.

    Wishing you and Ruben a wonderful Christmas.
    bisous!
    Penny

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  49. Merry Christmas to you and Ruben. I know it will be magical for you, because you are magical.

    Karen

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  50. Coming by to listen to this joyful song again...and to see your magic..
    Thank you, dear one, for stopping by!
    Aren't those bears so sweet? There's a little Santa with horsie for YOU on witty... ;)
    Love you so.
    Bisous!
    - Irina

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  51. I swear I have been to the castle-style building with the turquoise shutters. It was about 20 years ago. It's on the harbourside in the pretty French village of Collioure. I followed the link but couldn't find it on that Pinterest page (there were so many beautiful photos!!). I wonder...

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  52. Dearest Anita, i wish you a very happy, blissful and heartwarming christmas! You are such a wonderful friend and i love all the inspiration, creativity and love that comes from you! This post so captures the magic of the season and what we talked about a while ago. Yes, love is the transforming force we need more of in the world! Cheers to sparkling days of wonder and new beginnings, may all your wishes come true! xoxoxox

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  53. Anita, I don't photo shop my photos on my blog, my walls are white, the surroundings of neutral tone and I alway take the pictures without a flash on and in the day light hours, if I have the flash on my photos turn out yellow as well. If your room is dark open a window or door to let in light.

    I have seen your home in past photos and I think they are divine, so not to worry, they are just so soulfully French.

    Beautiful Noël to you.
    Blessings

    Doré

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  54. Merry Christmas my beautiful Anita. Hope everything is merry and bright. Love to Ruben too.

    Hugs!
    Nancy

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  55. the quote, "once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale"....when my daughter got married we had that quote typed on a little sliver of paper and tucked into a box of chocolate for all of our guests.
    christmas blessings to you and yours, anita.
    erin
    xxoo

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  56. Dearest Anita, THANK YOU for this INSPIRING Christmas post! I'm glad I have found such a BEAUTIFUL blogging friend like you! I HOPE you Have a WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON, filled with good cheers, and lots LOTS of love!!!!

    Sending BIG Xmas HUGS!

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  57. I had never heard the song before so am very glad you shared it. Another lovely post Anita. I want to wish you and you family a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a NEW YEAR full of blessings! Much love, Lisa

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  58. Dearest Anita, you always get it! Wishing you a most happy, joyful and love filled Christmas season...your posts are heartwarming, always! N.xoxo

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  59. Hello, Anita!

    You managed to pull off one of your signature posts, amidst the busyness of the season.

    Thank you so much for stopping by. I'm glad you liked the card. I ordered a 12 x 16 canvas of that same photo and am anxious to get it soon.

    Unbreakable ornaments? hmmmm....sounds interesting. I am hoping that 2013 will be a great year as well. So many things to be thankful for. You are ONE of them!

    Love to you and Merry Christmas!
    Heidi

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  60. Oh I see it, I see it...Priecigus Ziemasvetkus! What a beautiful Season this is on this warm Christmas Eve...Merry Christmas to you Sweet Anita....wishing you a fabulous and magical time and much Love!

    I really hope you back to those lessons dear Anita...I can't believe I'm doing this!!! Cheers to you from Down Under...Dzintra xoxo

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  61. Je t'écris de chez moi, de mon nouvel appartement. Je te souhaite un très bon et très joyeux Noël.
    Je t'embrasse.
    Fine.

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  62. Visiting your blog is always a fairytale. Merry Christmas to you darling Anita...and happiness of dreams coming true in the New Year! ox Kerrie

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  63. Oh Anita what a lovely suggestion to sing carols for my family...I'm not up to that yet....I am still learning to breathe doing the scales...sigh! I wish I was up to the part where I could start singing...double sigh! Here's to you dear Kindred Spirit....Dzintra xo

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  64. Thank you so very much dear Anita for your encouragement...I hope I can belt it out one day...Love to you on this Christmas Eve...Dzintra xo

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  65. Another beautiful post Anita...I always scroll down your page with such anticipation and you never fail to inspire lovely lady!
    Wishing you and Ruben a wonderful Christmas and I'm so looking forward to visiting you through 2013,
    Susan x

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  66. Hello my beautiful friend! Happy Christmas eve! This is magical post and I love it!

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  67. I hope that you have some time to relax and njoy your holidays with Rueben and some friends. Looking forward to more of your stunning creations and beautiful writings.

    Xxoo much love to you dear friend! Elizabeth

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  68. Très chère Anita,
    Comme promis "mes" 13 desserts :
    Nougat noir
    Nougat blanc
    Calissons
    Figues sèches
    Noix
    Pommes
    Mandarines
    Mendiants
    Pâtes de fruits
    Fruits confits
    Marrons glacés
    Dattes fourrées (pas encore prêtes !)
    et Pompe à huile juste sortie du four ...

    (Image sur le côté de mon blog)

    Gros bisous et merveilleux NOËL
    Marie-Ange

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  69. Rodio se Sin Božji <3

    Thank you dear Anita, may this Christmas be joyful and merry and New Year bright, filled with L O V E!

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  70. Wishing you a blessed and Merry Christmas. I have so enjoyed your wonderful blog! Gina

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  71. beautiful...
    lovely...
    true...
    may all your
    wishes you wish
    come true...
    xoxo

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  72. Just lovely! Happy Christmas to you and yours!
    Hugs

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  73. Thank you for your kind reply. My language is similar to Polish, yet different, it's Croatian.

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  74. Friend Anita

    HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
    for you and your family

    Big hugs

    Cecilia

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  75. Sending a large squashy bossomed hug to you my clever friend..and one for Ruben if he thinks he can take it?!
    And wishing you both a happy happy Christmas and 2013.
    I loved your post and DO sometimes feel like I'm living my fairytale. I know how lucky that is...fee xxx
    (and boys)

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  76. This is a beautiful post! We have a chocolate factory here that has a huge display of scenes how they celebrate Christmas in most countries of the world. I love learning about different cultures and such... well anyway, hope you are having a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas! XOXO

    Kerri

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  77. Merry Christmas to a fabulous blog friend. Thanks for always being there with the best comments. May your week and new year be filled with only joy!
    xo
    Sharon

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  78. Thank you for the past year of enchantment dear Anita. Your posts are always the shot of beauty my soul craves!
    Sending you wishes for a Blessed Christmas!

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  79. Hello Darling Girl!
    You must, must, must go and see The Hobbit tomorrow. It is magical and made for you!
    Have a joyous time my dear friend. Peace, love and happiness to you and Ruben.
    Blessings!
    Di
    xxxx

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  80. Brilliant!
    May magic never leave your life! Keep love in your heart!
    Thinking of you during the holiday season and wishing you the best in all things.Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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  81. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, glad to have found your blog that is full of love and artistic beauty for all seasons. What the world needs is love and your message is beautiful. So glad I discovered your blog.

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  82. Merry ♪ ♫ • * ¨ * •. ¸ ¸ ♥ ¸ ¸. • * ¨ * • ♫ ♪ Christmas ♪ ♫ • * ¨ * •. ¸ ¸ ♥ ¸ ¸. • * ¨ * • ♫ ♪Anita :) merci pour ce monde merveilleux ou tu aimes nous plonger pour nous rendre heureux :)
    Bises
    Sacha

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  83. Dear Anita,
    Congratulations! You are the winner of the $75 Gift Certificate from Novica!!
    Happiest of Holidays!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  84. I choose to comment in that beautiful Christmas tree, it is so beautiful, lovely and i like the color. It is suit with the background... Cool...like it

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  85. Merry Christmas Lovely Anita! Wishing you the very best today and every day. Thanks for always being there, DearHeart!

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  86. Oh the magic of Christmas. The day of love to all people on earth and especially those close to us. A day for reconnecting and for bringing dreams alive. And afterwards the memories linger as we appreciate our gifts from those so generous to us. just like you, as you generously shower magic over us all throughout the year. Something we treasure. Much love to you Anita and warmest wishes for you for a fabulous New Year with more lovely magic to come your way too. Fionaxxx

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  87. What a beautiful post, Anita, and I love all the pictures, especially of all the different cultures. I do believe we think about our brothers and sisters from all around the world and want peace for them too. The first picture with the desk made me laugh, and I love the picture of the beautiful woman with the colorful jewelry. Thank you for your friendship this year, my precious Anita, and I hope your Christmas today was a special one, as you are to all of us.
    With much love,
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  88. Christmas Blessings Anita!
    Always loving, always inspiring,
    always a beautiful friend xoxo

    All my heart,
    Deborah xoxo

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  89. I am a fan of your beautiful writing Anita and you always pick great images to accompany them... now that's talent put to good use.
    Merry Christmas!

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  90. Joyeux Noel, dear Anita. What a beautiful post.
    Blessings!

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  91. Anita! oh I have missed you! There is about 5 inches of freshly fallen snow here and my dog is loving it, while my husband blows it away!

    This is a "borrowed" fix, but is a permanent acting fix. Make sense? He has loaned me a laptop that was an 'extra' at their home and we have connected it as if it is the main-frame and have MY monitor, keyboard and mouse as before. The laptop is acting as a tower/mainframe. It is a pretty cool arrangement. I can disconnect it to and use it just as a laptop. (put the laptop mouse is difficult for me) ya see?

    Yes, my new camera is right-fine! It is just a point and shoot but it is just like my old one but soooo much better/newer features. I am planning a post all about my camera problems and the transition, etc. in a few days.

    It feels sooooo good to be back, AGAIN! So no, this isn't a permanent fix but for about 2-3 months til I can afford my own laptop. It feels great to type on your site on the keyboard instead of my droid. That got old REALLY fast.

    Ya! I love this post. I've known that song but wasn't realizing you would use it on your post, but of course, it is perfect. I love the vivid colors of the shutters and the Cartier hotel with trees at every window. My goodness!!!!!!!!

    It feels so good to be back! Hug!
    Renae

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  92. Beautiful post with such amazing images, wow!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Anita. Thank you for sharing.
    FABBY

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  93. Hello Anita,just dropped you from Kerri's.Merry Christmas to you.
    I couldn't find my native language ;)
    'Selamat Hari Natal' ;)
    Have a blessing days to you

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  94. Hello Anita,

    Thanks for leaving me a message,I am so happy too
    to meet some one new.
    no I am Indonesia ;)
    don't worry it isn't a big deal
    have a nice belated Christmas

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  95. Anita! hot glue gun exploded? What? Oh, you poor dear. That is crazy.

    Yes, Blogland and I are one again and it feels so great. The key board is a bit funky but I can get used to anything that can get me on the blogs of my friends. The library would not have been an option today because it has snowed all day. My husband has shoveled 4 separate times.

    Take care. I'll be posting again on Friday. I have a ton of blogging to get caught up on now.

    I keep saying to myself "no more problems, ok?"

    Thank you dear friend, Renae

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  96. Dear Anita,
    I just read your beautiful tribute to the children and teachers of Sandy Hook. I looked at the faces of my first graders with new eyes the day after the tragedy. I wasn’t prepared for how emotionally heavy the day would feel. I imagined the children going about their business as we were, following the daily routine, and the unspeakable chaos that must have reigned in the split seconds available to make life or death decisions. My heart is broken for the families of Newtown. May precious memories bring joy to their broken lives. I pray that the redemptive God I love will hold them close and bring them peace. Thank you for your post, dear friend.
    Blessings.

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  97. Awh, Anita! I just languished in your post again.

    I swear you are the only mutual follower that posts one fabulous post per week that deserves to be there for an entire week where you can't resist to go see it over and over. I love to watch my favorite movies over and over and I love to read favorite passages in my favorite books over and over.

    See your muse fits right in like it should.

    Love to you this day!
    Renae

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  98. Coming to visit you in your castle or cottage is a fairytale! Thank you, as always!

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  99. HAPPY NEW YEAR
    dear friend of mine ...

    you are loved ...

    savvycityfarmer

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  100. Merry Christmas my dearest friends!love to you!

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  101. Hi Lovely Anita,
    Popping by to congratulate you again on winning the giveaway. Also, I just realized that the email I have for you is invalid. My message came back undelivered. Can you send me a valid address at designaddictmom@gmail.com. Thank you sweet friend. I will be back to properly soak up this post. However, I hope you had the best Christmas and that you're enjoying the break from the classroom:-). XX

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  102. Dear Anita,
    I hope your Christmas was filled with love and laughter and much much joy!
    Blessings!
    Ann

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  103. Beautiful images, lovely words, and wonderful music. Thank you. It brightened my day.

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  104. Dear kind Anita!

    You have been on my mind a ton today. I just love that. Did you see my newest post regarding boots?

    Many have selected the green cowgirl boots as their fav. I wore those today while shopping and got a few stolen glances from the male derivation. LOL

    Have a super weekend, if I don't see you until. I am planning a festive New Years Eve post for Monday via Pinterest style.

    stay tuned........

    hug,
    Renae

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  105. Dearest Anita....thank you so much for popping in! Oh a Year of Goodness sounds just wonderful.How beautiful would that be for the whole World! Wishing you a year full of goodness, love and many blessings...Love Dzintra xo

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"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echos are truly endless." -Mother Teresa