Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Draws Near - Creative Monday Blog Hop


     
      Can you believe that we are actually in the month of December?!  The days are moving so quickly. Before we know it Christmas will be here. My twin and I enjoyed decorating our home at Christmas and also taking pictures beside the decorations.  I decided that I would  make a Christmas collage of some of these pictures and use it for my header during this month. 
      Christmas decorations certainly help to lift one's spirit and I am glad that I have been able to decorate our home after the loss of my twin and again after my brother Sutcliffe died during the Christmas season of 2011. There was a time when I felt that decorating was a thing of the past for me.  
      I look forward to decorating a special memory table for my departed loved ones again this year.  I am usually a bit late with the decorating but for sure it will be done. How is your decorating coming along?


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44 comments:

Trinity Grace said...

Hi Judy! During this season of gratitude, I'd like to thank you for graciously hosting this weekly blog hop. Your photos are beautiful!

Sandee said...

It's hard when you lose loved ones around the holidays. I so remember. It gets a bit better, but still it's difficult.

I've not started yet, but will shortly. I usually have the tree up the day after Thanksgiving, but we've been so busy with so many other things.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Trinity Grace! I am always glad to have you link up. Take care and have a wonderful week.

Judy Haughton-James said...

It certainly was difficult to get back in the mood to decorate after my twin's death and then to lose my brother Sutcliffe in the midst of a holiday season Sandee. I thank God that I have managed to do some decorating again and that includes decorating a memory table for Janine and Sutcliffe. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

Miranda Malanga said...

Judy you are strong and Gos's love always with you. I admire you so much.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much for your kind comments and support Miranda! I am truly grateful. God Bless.

Clairejustine oxox said...

I know it will be so hard for you at Christmas Judy, keep strong x

Love you new photos,,Thanks for co hosting :)

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Claire! I am always happy to co-host!

Leovi said...

Yes, Christmas is also a time to remember loved ones who are gone.

Judy Haughton-James said...

So true Leovi!

Julie Corbisiero said...

Judy, I am so sorry for your loss. I think it's a great idea to do a memorial table and keep the Christmas spirit! Thanks so much for hosting the party and wishing you a wonderful week. Julie at julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks a lot Julie! I also wish you a great week.

Lisa T said...

Judy,
I know what a happy time of year this is, but it is also difficult for many of us who have lost loved ones. I too lost my brother & sometimes it's hard to be in the mood to decorate or celebrate the holidays. I am slow going on the real life decorations this year...but my miniatures are almost set! :)
Hugs,
Lisa

Judy Haughton-James said...

Definitely not an easy time Lisa T. I am sorry you lost your brother. It is good that like me you are trying to decorate. Take care and have a good week.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Thanks so much for hosting, Judy.
Hope your holiday was lovely.
Hugs,
Patti

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Patti! Have a great week.

Theresa said...

We were going to skip the outdoor decorations this year, but Saturday was nice, so up they went.

I love the new header Judy! Such a beautiful combination of pictures of you and your sister!

Mascha said...

Yes, there are Christmas, because we do not feel to make decoration. In some years ... but good that you think it again and doing.
Have a good Advent time
and thanks for hosting this beautiful meme :-)

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much Mascha! I wish you a wonderful Christmas season.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks a lot Theresa! I am glad you were able to go ahead and put up outdoor decorations. Have a wonderful week.

mail4rosey said...

I love the header! The pictures of you and your sister are awesome. Anyone ever tell you gals that you look alike? ;) :) She was so lucky you loved her so much, and it's very evident that you did/do!! I have no doubt you'll meet again. :)

And you're right, Judy, this year is flying by now! Happy Monday to you!!

Katherines Corner said...

Always grateful for our bloggy friendship. Hugs and thank you for hosting ♥

Janine Huldie said...

Loved seeing all those pictures of you and your sister, Janine. Cannot believe Christmas is almost here now and thank you as always for a wonderful linkup. Happy Monday, Judy!! :)

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Katie! I am always glad to see you at this party.

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Oh such a tender time of year for you. I hope their memories are sweet for you and that you can cope. You are a great person.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks a lot Janine! I also wish you a Happy Monday.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much for your kind comments Renae. Have a great Monday.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thank you very much Rosey! Some persons used to ask if we were twins!LOL Have a wonderful Monday.

Party of 5 said...

Hi Judy,
Happy Monday- you make me think of Jamaica.

Salma

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Salma! A Happy Monday to you too.

alissa apel said...

A very nice header. You two look so close. I imagine it was hard for family, friends and teachers to tell you apart.

She must have been very special! It's great that she had you as a sister to keep her memory alive.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks a lot Alissa! Only a few friends and my immediate family could tell the difference. In pictures Janine was always the one with the bright smile. I am so happy I have wonderful memories. Enjoy the rest of your day.

Wendy said...

Hi, first time joining in. Thank you for hosting. :)

Judy Haughton-James said...

You are welcome Wendy! Thanks for linking up.

Joyce Lansky said...

Beautiful plant, Judy.

http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2013/12/wordless-wednesday-black-friday.html

Judy Haughton-James said...

The Poinsettia is really a beautiful flower Joyce. I know this comment was for my Wordless Wednesday post.

Maria said...

i'm so glad to hear you're going to decorate this year! i love decorating and plan on starting later this week! it is such therapy!
i'm with ya - i can't believe we are already three days into december and less than a month away from the new year!! just crazy! this year flew right by! :)
xoxox

Judy Haughton-James said...

You are right Maria, decorating is therapeutic. It certainly lifts one's spirit. Before we know it Christmas will be here. I can just imagine how fascinated Piper is going to be looking at all the decorations. I will be looking out for the pictures for sure. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Michell Pulliam said...

Hi Judy! Love your collage and sorry for the loss of your brother as well! So glad you didn't give up your decorating! ;-) I too remember my mom during the holiday by decorating a tree with her ornaments in honor of her. I'm a little late this year(we usually put it up the day after Thanksgiving), but it's so busy around here, my days are starting to run together, lol! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving my friend and thanks for linking up!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks a lot Michell! It is good that you also decorate in memory of your mom. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Self Sagacity said...

You found the prettiest flowers and plants. I love the shape.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Thanks Self Sagacity. I know this comment is for the Poinsettia post. It is such a beautiful flower.

Linda Bouffard said...

Thanks, Judy, for the linky party. Best wishes, Linda

Judy Haughton-James said...

You are welcome Linda and best wishes to you too.

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