Saturday, December 22, 2012

One Christmas Eve

as I nodded off

 at my writing table


On the cusp of midnight


I was driven through


obscure forest   


settled in a lush countryside


passing villages




transcending cultures

and people


rushing through

bustling cities




and stopping to 

observe memorable





as well as



in different languages

swelled with 

as the people worked 


build a life


Then I found

  this in my hand:  


May the transforming 

reality of love

be your



this Christmas and forever.


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


Γεννήθηκε το θείο παιδί


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



The Bear's Blog said...

Merry Christmas.


Wicked Faerie Queen said...

Thank you for such a lovely Christmas post Anita.

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

God Jul & Happy Christmas dear friend,

Ivy Clad said...

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!


Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Beautiful ! Merry Christmas....

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

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

Rattus Scribus said...

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

Denise said...

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

Lady of the Woods said...

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

jerilanders said...

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

koralee said...

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

"Create Beauty" said...

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

Exquisite! Beautiful!

The whole meaning of Christmas is

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

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

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

Sabrina said...

bellissimo!!!!!mille auguri di buone feste!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Edward and I wish you a most Happy Christmas!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

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.

Sarah said...

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

The Red Apron said...

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

Divine Theatre said...

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



Presépio no Canal said...

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!



The Dutchess said...

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..


Karena said...

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

Love and Hugs,
Art by Karena

Unknown said...

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

Createology said...

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...

Anne said...

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!

Peeters Liliane said...

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!!!

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

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

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

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!


1 said...

Beautiful Anita and I love the ending ;)

Merry Christmas to you and your family.


NanaDiana said...

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

It's me said...

O wowwwwww!! you darling !!! love love ...from the bottem of my

trump said...

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

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

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

Elaine said...

Well that was wonderful dream with beautiful imagery.

May you have a Christmas filled with love and happiness.

Leslie said...

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!!


Anonymous said...


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

Burlap Luxe said...

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
Joyeux Noël


Palomasea said...

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 KNOW I will!!! :)))
Blessings and tight hugs too...
Much love,
- Irina

Michele said...

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

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

Pearl 13.1

Francine Gardner said...

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!

Suz said...

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

Rhissanna said...

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

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

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

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

Sending warmest hugs

Edie Marie's Attic said...

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

Love & hugs to you!
Sherry & Marie

YONKS said...

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

Unknown said...

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

Deana Sidney said...

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

Down by the sea said...

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

Simplement ... said...

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

Merci chère Anita ...
Bisous du coeur

Splenderosa said...

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

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

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.

Unknown said...

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


Palomasea said...

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.
- Irina

WrightStuff said...

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...

Martina said...

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

Burlap Luxe said...

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.


Fete et Fleur said...

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


erin's art and gardens said...

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.

Aldy said...

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!

Lisa Farmer Designs said...

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

Nella Miller said...

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

hi-d said...

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!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

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

L'Elégante said...

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

Seawashed said...

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

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

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

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

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

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

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

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

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

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

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

Simplement ... said...

Très chère Anita,
Comme promis "mes" 13 desserts :
Nougat noir
Nougat blanc
Figues sèches
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

ivana said...

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!

Pura Vida said...

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

Anonymous said...

may all your
wishes you wish
come true...

Vicky said...

Just lovely! Happy Christmas to you and yours!

ivana said...

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

desde my ventana said...

Friend Anita

for you and your family

Big hugs


fee @ chipper nelly said...

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)

Kerri said...

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


Fashion-isha said...

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!

June said...

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!

YONKS said...

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.

Sylvia said...

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!

Angele Style said...

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.

Sacha said...

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

Karena said...

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

Art by Karena

Anonymous said...

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... it

Kirsten Steen said...

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

chateaudelille said...

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

Red Rose Alley said...

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

Deborah said...

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

All my heart,
Deborah xoxo

Ann said...

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!

Susan said...

Joyeux Noel, dear Anita. What a beautiful post.

renae said...

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!


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

Hayu Maselli said...

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

Hayu Maselli said...

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

renae said...

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

Susan said...

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.

renae said...

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!

Anonymous said...

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

savvycityfarmer said...

dear friend of mine ...

you are loved ...


Woolytales Miniatures said...

Merry Christmas my dearest friends!love to you!

Stacey said...

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 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

Christmas-etc... said...

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

Elizabeth Johnson said...

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

renae said...

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........


Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

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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