Tuesday, December 17, 2019


This blog has become a job for me. 
 Not a job that I get paid for 
unless you count the numerous friends
 I have made over the years. 
 Not a job that I have to have,
 but one I want to have.

 It is important to me that
 I have crossed all the T's and 
dotted all the I's and 
even that I have 
spelled most words correctly.

 The photos that tell my story, and 
the stories themselves,
 have to come from my heart 
in order to be 
share worthy.

I know this time of year
 things can get sentimental and 
since I fall into the category of
 being a romantic,
 I am guilty of that. 
 I am so proud
 that the blogging community 
has taken me into 
the family and has shared 
their stories as well.

 Kind comments and sweet friendships 
mean more than I can say. 
 I know that there are many 
that I will never hear from. 
 I don't know 
who you are or where you are,
 but I do know that
 you are there and 
that you are reading, and 
I appreciate and thank everyone 
all the same.

My chosen Christmas song 
for the finale is 
one that has special meaning to me,
 especially this year.  
 For the thirty years
 we have lived in our 
beautiful little Cottage,
 we have almost always 
gone down to 
our kid's home for Christmas. 
 It has just simply been
 easier for us to get away. 
 This year, however,
 will be different. 
 They are coming to be with us and 
celebrate Christmas at the Cottage and 
we will be home for Christmas.


By Kim Gannon and Walter Kent, 1943
Recorded by Bing Crosby in 1943
It was written from a soldier's perspective serving over seas during World War Two.

In all parts of the Christmas tour,
 I have mostly shown vignettes
 in each room 
so in the finale, 
I will show how each of the 
rooms look all together.  
There is no
 rhyme or reason to it all and 
most things will not be commented on, 
only the words to the song 
will accompany the photos.  
You have seen them all before and 
you know what you are looking at.

"I'm dreaming tonight
 of a place I love

Even more than
 I usually do

And although I know 
it's a long road back

I promise you

I'll be home for Christmas

You can count on me

Please have snow and mistletoe

And presents on the tree

Christmas Eve will find me

Where the love light gleams

I'll be home for Christmas

If only in my dreams."


This is what started the idea
 for this particular song...

I saw the picture 
in the Country Door catalog and
 knew it was meant to be.  
This is what home 
looks and feels like 
to me.

Christmas has
 different meanings to different people.
  Whether you believe 
it started in a stable 
with the light of a great star
 shining over it, 
or that being surrounded by
 loving family and friends 
is what makes it possible, 
or by living your life 
through kindness and good deeds
 for your fellow man, 
it all has a place rooted in
 the magic of Christmas and 
we are very lucky 
if all those feelings stay with us 
all the year through.

For all 
who will be home for Christmas...
we wish you peace, joy and love...

...for all 
who can't be home for Christmas 
you are...
forever in our hearts,
 tied up with shining ribbons of memories. 
 You will always be 
the greatest 
of gifts.

Gold Country Cottage
 wishes Merry Christmas to all and 
to all a 
very good night.

See you next year!!


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  1. Wow Judy, you have been decorating up a storm. You house looks so charming. Love the words. Beautiful blessings to you and your hubby. Merry Christmas.

    1. Thank you so much, Linda. I have been and even though it has been a whole lot of fun, I'm glad I am through! The way I feel right now I don't think I will take anything down until June! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family..xxoJudy

  2. Your Christmas home is so darn beautiful Judy. I thoroughly enjoyed every post you created for us this Christmas. So glad I found your blog and hope to see more of your home in future posts for all of the seasons in 2020. Janice

  3. Thank you so much, Janice. I'm so glad you have enjoyed it all and I'm thankful for your friendship and my visits to your blog also even though I get a little envious seeing your wonderful prims..Have a wonderful Christmas. xxoJudy

  4. Judy, I loved seeing your beautiful home all dolled up for Christmas. Your Santa painting look wonderful hanging on the red wall. Blessings and Merry Christmas to you and yours, xoxo, Susie .

  5. Thanks so much, Susie. Hope all is going well with you. I'm glad you are enjoying everything and I love it when you visit..Happy Christmas to you and your family too..xxoJudy

  6. I have so enjoyed seeing your beautiful home. Your blog is a favorite. Merry Christmas.

    1. Thank you so much, Renate. I love writing this blog and enjoying all the visits from everyone which are treasures. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year..xxoJudy

  7. Oh dear! I got tears of joy after reading your blog. You wrote your inner feelings such a beautiful way. Love it dear..
    Loads of hugs and love

    Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you so much, Krishna. I really feel honored that I can do it. Christmas has always held a special place in my heart..Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, dear friend..xxoJudy

  8. Everything looks so lovely and the warmth of love in your home comes out in every room!

    1. Thank you so much Bernideen. This is a joyous time of year and I love thanking everyone for their kind words to me throughout the year. Hope you enjoy a wonderful Christmas my friend..xxoJudy

  9. Wow! Your home is all decked out and gorgeous. You've put so much work into making everything perfect. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas. thank you so much for sharing your home with us.

  10. Thank you, Connie. I do love this time of year and even though it takes me awhile to finish up I love doing it. My daughter is a wonderful gift picker and giver, she certainly didn't inherit that from her mother! so this is my way of giving. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas..xxoJudy

  11. Home decorated for Christmas is the best ♥

    1. Thank you so much, Kinga. I hope you have the merriest of Christmas and a Happy New Year..xxoJudy

  12. Hi Judy all the decor is just fabulous. Loved each of these posts. Perfect song and one of my faves too. So happy your family will come home to you for Christmas. It will be so much fun. Enjoy every minute. Wishing you the best for the next week and for the big day.
    Merry Christmas sweet friend.

    1. Thanks so much dear Kris. This will be a special Christmas and I hope all the good things for you and your family also. This year went by so fast, I just wish time would slow down a bit..Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year..xxoJudy

  13. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!Thank you for sharing your wonderful posts!

    1. Thanks so much, Maristella. I'm glad you enjoyed them all and it was my pleasure..Have a wonderful Christmas, my friend..xxoJudy

  14. This song has always been a favorite of mine, Judy. My father served in World War II and the song played in our house while I was growing up during the holiday season. Then when he passed away my mother used to play it often. Now that she's gone as well, I think of them both whenever I hear this song. Your decorations are gorgeous as usual. I have really enjoyed peeking at them over the last few weeks. I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for the new year! Happy, happy and Merry, Merry!! Enjoy your family this season! xo

    1. Thanks so much, Kim. I have always loved this song before I knew what the composer wrote it for. I understand the meaning it has for you. It is funny how music can always hold the most important of memories for us. I'm glad you enjoyed my posts and I appreciate your kind words always. Have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones and Happy New Year, my friend..xxoJudy

  15. A perfect song! I know what you mean about the blog being a job but one you choose and that is fun. I feel exactly the same way. You certainly aced it with this post showing your lovely home and reminding us of one very important part of Christmas. Home with those we love. And I especially loved seeing your beautiful art on display. You have such a gift!

    1. Oh, Jeanie, you are way too kind! I appreciate your words and feelings and hope that you have the merriest of Christmas and the joy of a good new year, my good friend..xxoJudy

  16. Merry Christmas to YOU Judy! I thoroughly enjoyed this post (and all the others too!).. and each room just made me feel so nostalgic for Christmases in the past, when I was growing up. I don't think I've ever managed to "do up my house" the way my mom did! I just love love love your pink bedroom.. and your wonderful white kitchen all decked out so proudly. You have done an amazing job.. with love and dedication to how you feel about what Christmas means. That song has always been one of my favorites too.. always brings tears to my eyes (as it did this time).. and reminds me of those who can't be with their loved ones, which makes me very sad. I hope you have some relaxing days ahead of you and that you enjoy your own little family coming "home" for Christmas. Hugs.. Marilyn

    1. Thank you so much, Marilyn. You always leave the most special notes and I appreciate them always. I love that song also and always cry when I hear it too. Music is so special in our lives and means so much to so many people. My cottage smells today like a Sherry Wine Cake and tomorrow, hopefully, it will smell like cookies, so I am moving along to the big day. Have a wonderful Christmas, my sweet friend, and Happy New Year..xxoJudy

  17. Beautiful post and a fitting song, one that I listen to at Christmas. How warm and inviting your home is. Looks like you are all ready.

    1. Thank you, Betsy. I am so glad you enjoyed it. I am still in the process of getting ready for the big day and have a few things left to do. My kids won't get here until late Christmas Eve night as Tami has to work until 4:00 and then they have a 4 hour drive so I'm making a big pot of that Christmas Stew I have been talking about and the party will go on way into the night..Have a wonderful Christmas time with your family and a Happy New Year too my good friend..xxoJudy

  18. Judy!!
    What a wonderful post!! It brought tears to my eyes... Your home is lovely!! And simply enchanting at Christmas...How wonderful that your family will be home for Christmas...You mentioned that you do not know everyone who is reading your blog...I received an email the other day that I thought I would share with you as we do have no idea who reads our blogs but we also do not know what our blogs mean to them....."Hi Im 84 YEARS OLD and I cant thank u enough for your XMAS BLOG Sincerely JANE" This brought tears to my eyes....I am sure that you also have many readers that feel this way....
    I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!
    Hugs to you , my friend!!

  19. Oh, Deb, you are right. That is truly special. I hope that I have readers who feel that way. It is the reason for what we do. I love your visits and the return ones I make to you. This year went by so quickly but I guess that is what we get for getting older. I am just so thankful that my kids are spending Christmas with us this year. We are always together but there is something a little extra special about having it here at the Cottage. Have a wonderful Christmas with your wonderful family and a Happy New Year too..I will talk to you in the new year, my good friend..xxoJudy

  20. Fabulous post Judy :)

    Merry Christmas Wishes to you and your family.

    All the best Jan

    1. Thank you so much, Jan. Hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas..Happy New Year..xxoJudy

  21. Querida Judy, ha sido un placer encontrarte este año, se nota el cariño y dedicación que pones en cada publicación, transmites ternura y optimismo, me encantará acompañarte en el nuevo año y seguir disfrutando de los rincones tan especiales de tu hogar!
    Toda la decoración es preciosa, se respira paz y amor, seguro que pasaréis todos juntos unos momentos muy bonitos!
    Te deseo muy Feliz Navidad en compañía de tu familia, que en el 2020 se cumplan tus deseos e ilusiones!
    Un abrazo muy fuerte!

    1. Thank you so much, Christina. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a Happy New Year..xxoJudy

  22. Oh, so enchanting, Judy! What wonderful memories you will be creating for your very lucky family! Thank you for gifting us with your delightful and heartwarming blog and I hope you keep blogging forever. Wishing you and your loved ones blessings at Christmas and in the New Year. Hugs xo Karen

    1. Thank you so much, Karen. I am late writing this as it is after Christmas now. We had a wonderful Christmas with our kids and hope that you did the same. I am so glad that you enjoy what I do, as I certainly do yours. Hope that we will be able to visit with each other for years to come. Have a Happy New Year, my friend..xxoJudy

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    1. Merry Christmas, Amy, and hope your New Year is filled with all good things..xxoJudy

  24. Judy,
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family!!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!

    1. Thanks again, Deb. We did have a wonderful Christmas and hope you did as well. Have a Happy New Year, my friend..xxoJudy

  25. I'm glad to read about Christmas time, have a perfect 2020 ♥

    1. Thanks so much, Kinga. I wish the same for you as well..xxoJudy

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