December 8, 2012

* Getting in the Spirit

No doubt about it.  It's time.  Time to get a little Christmas Spirit percolating.  Sometimes, here, with all this sunshine, I forget what time of year it is.  Then I go into Centro and see all the decorations.  It gives me a nudge in the right direction.

This year is soiree time at Quinta de Luz.  I feel like this is the house warming party I wasn't able to have.  Christmas Eve afternoon we are all gathering here to celebrate the season, the friendships, and to help the bond between all of us grow just a little stronger.  I'm quite excited and plans are in full swing.  Can't reveal too much at this moment as some guests read this blog - so there would be no surprises. 

I am having fun decorating though.  I decorated some Christmas balls the other night.  When I was finished, I thought for sure my friend Wendy (the Queen of glitter) had been here. I was up to my knees in the stuff. They look pretty though.

Driving by the nursery yesterday gave me the urge for poinsettias.  Good thing I went in when I did.  The supply was diminishing before my eyes.  People were loading their cars, drivers were picking up dozens at a time, and the delivery truck was being loaded.  I managed to get a few and tucked them in with the plants in the entry garden.  I may move them down to decorate the fountain the day of the soiree.  I'll keep you posted.

Nothing like a little hit of red, is there?
The mantle is decorated.

Christmas is coming - ready or not.  So I'd better get going and finish my list.  What about you?  What are your Christmas plans?

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas."
~ Peg Bracken. 


  1. Beautiful, beautiful. Love the mantel decorated so tastefully. Your jardin appears festive and inviting for your guests who will have a fabulous time at your casa. I also love the poinsettias.


  2. It is coming too fast :) Your patio looks beautiful, Donna!

  3. Everything looks so beautiful. Love the fireplace and your new header with the 4 beautiful ladies. Wishing u blessings and much happiness in the new year.

  4. Donna, Your place looks glorious!!! The Poinsettias are so pretty, Can't believe you can have them outside in Dec!!!.
    We got our first snowfall today and its snowing again as I type!

    Your party sound fun. I'm sure you have lots of surprises in store.
    Hugs Lynn

  5. Looks so lovely, Donna, and it is great to see sunshine a colourful flowers outside at this time of year. I am sure you will all have a great fun, just sorry that there's no bus available to bring me to you! Big hugs, Valerie

  6. Oh my everything is so beautiful. I am in a similar climate as you so I understand the poinsettias outside. I hope you have the best Holiday ever.

  7. Your decorations look wonderful! I think we'll put out some lights on the balcony where the cats can't get them. Lol!

  8. Your home looks beautiful and so festive the bright colours and the beautiful plants absolutely stunning.