Christmas Eve at Our House

Christmas Eve at Our House

Cozy Christmas Eve,

phone visits with family,

walks in the sunshine.

Red Virginia Creeper provides Seasonal Color for our Back Yard
Woods View from Christmas Eve Walk
Table Set for Christmas Eve, Centerpiece Created with Foliage from our Yard

Rustic centerpiece,

classic steak, baked potato,

just the two of us.

Our Christmas Tree Plays “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”

Yuletide carols play.

“We wish you a Merry Christmas.”

Stockings are hung with care.


CopyrightΒ© 2020 by Cheryl Batavia

58 Comments

    1. Thank you, Narayan. We are surrounded by empty wooded lots with fascinating wildlife. I hope development doesn’t happen too fast! πŸ™‚ All the best to you and your family in the New Year. I wish you many adventures in interesting places, happiness, and success!

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    1. Laura, it was so relaxing, wasn’t it? ❀ We did everything low key, simply, and together. Very different from the elaborate family celebrations of years past, but very satisfying in its own way!! thank you so much, Laura, for your lovely comment. πŸ™‚ All the best for 2021…health, happiness, and success!

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    1. I am very happy for you, Cindy, having your wonderful family celebrating together. That wasn’t possible for us this year, but Robert and I did enjoy our simple, relaxing holiday. We worked together to cut foliage to make a centerpiece for the table and cooked our simple Christmas Eve meal together.

      On Christmas Day, we made a big pot of our favorite soup: ground beef, red cabbage, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, and okra. We listened to Christmas music, watched movies, played Scrabble, and sat in the sunshine talking. Yes, it was, as you said, “respite for the soul!”

      Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2021! ❀ ❀ ❀

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      1. Thanks so much Cheryl. It is truly a gift sharing time with them. We always say this is our final final expecting one will get married and I suppose it will happen all at once. 🀣

        Oh such a lovely time you created together enjoying the simplicity with is soooo wonderful too.
        Thank you Cheyrl. I’m reflecting on what this year will be about for me as we speak..
        Big hugs and love to you! β€οΈπŸ€—

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    1. Thank you, Michel, for your kind words. I have always enjoyed elaborate holiday celebrations with my family, but that was not possible this year. This Christmas was very different but relaxing and joyful, beautiful in its own way!

      I hope you had a happy Christmas. and I wish you and your family all the best in 2021!

      Love ❀
      Cheryl

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  1. Beautiful lines and photos her Cheryl πŸ’– Wish you had a fantastic Christmas!
    Your backward looks so inviting for a walk, the view of the woods are fascinating. The centerpiece looks really cute and nice on the Christmas table, as does the red spread for Christmas. And the Christmas tree is pretty and nice, and it sings too πŸ’–

    Here’s wishing the very best of things, health and otherwise to come your way in this New Year Cheryl, may it be happy and merry always πŸ™‚

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  2. Thank you, Deb, for your incredibly kind comments and good wishes. Your support means a lot to me. Although we couldn’t have an elaborate celebration with our families this year, our Christmas was very enjoyable. Robert and I made the centerpiece and cooked the simple meal together. On Christmas Day, we worked together to make our favorite homemade soup…so relaxing and wonderful! πŸ™‚

    I wish you and your family a healthy, happy, peaceful 2021! May things return to normal quickly, and may you and your family soon get to spend time with your extended family. Send your daughter a special Happy New Year for me! ❀ ❀ ❀

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  3. What a beautiful snapshot of your home & garden at Christmas. I hope you had a lovely day, even though it’s not the same having phone calls instead of meet ups. Wishing you & yours all the very best for a brighter New Year! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
    Stay safe & take good care.
    Caz xx

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    1. Thank you, Caz for your beautiful comment! Yes, we had a great holiday! I hope we can all have holidays with our families this year. ❀ It means a lot to me that you took the time to read and comment. πŸ™‚

      I wish for a bright 2021 for you and your family and for all of us. ❀ ❀ ❀

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    1. Thank you, JoAnna, for your kind comment. We did have a very happy and relaxing holiday… different from the elaborate celebrations we usually have with family members, but wonderful in its own way.

      Walking in the mountains is something I used to do a lot of when I lived in Virginia. I moved to Florida in 1995, but hikes in Shenandoah National Park are some of my fondest memories. Walking is a wonderful healthy activity for you and David to get out and have fun. Have a healthy, happy 2021! ❀

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  4. Christmas is a wonderful time.Cheryl, your photos show a beautiful decoration, especially your red Christmas table.. Our christmas table this year was set in silver and white. Our christmas tree also had these colors – silver and white.
    Cheryl, I wish a smooth, joyfull, healthy and very happy new year to yo!.
    πŸŽ‰πŸ€—πŸŽˆ Rosie from Germany

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    1. Thank you, Rosie, for dropping by and sharing your thoughts and good wishes. ❀ Your silver and white color scheme sounds lovely and serene. πŸ™‚ Thank you for your New Year's wishes. Wishing you a healthy, beautiful, and inspired 2021! ❀

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    1. Kritika, thank you for your kind comment. I love living here…surrounded by nature. The custom around here is to set off lots of fireworks, so our neighborhood was loud and smoky on New Year’s Eve. We stayed inside and watched a movie. What did you do to celebrate?

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