Saturday, December 23, 2017

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly

Deck the hall with boughs of holly,
'Tis the season to be jolly,
Fill the meadcup, drain the barrel,
 Troul the ancient Christmas carol,
See the flowing bowl before us,
Strike the harp and join the chorus.
Follow me in merry measure,
While I sing of beauty's treasure,
Fast away the old year passes,
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses!
Laughing, quaffing all together,
Heedless of the wind and weather,
~Thomas Oliphant

It's that time to deck our halls with boughs of holly, ivy, mistletoe and this year I've added some old mans beard too because it's so pretty and is worthy of a place at Christmas time. My little dining room counts as the hall and it's again turned into a bit of a woodland winter grotto. A place to take my cup of tea in the morning when the low winter sun casts it's rainbows on the old walls and doors. My place to sit in the quiet and dream up ideas for the coming new year. 
Old tree beard suits the old mans beard I think.
We are almost ready here for the celebrations to begin. 
Gifts are wrapped.
And candles burn as the hours tick away towards the end of another year. 
I still have my Christmas cards to deliver and mince pies to bake, but that will wait until tomorrow now.  
After being in a busy supermarket earlier, it's quiet now. Outside the window, in the space of 10 minutes I have heard a tawny owl screech and a fox bark and it's reminded me of the importance of simplicity and regardless of all the madness us humans create for ourselves buying things that we don't need, the most beautiful gifts are often free.

Thank you to all that have bought from my little Etsy shop this year. You have been truly awesome and at times blown me away with the support that you have given my tiny place on the web. I am so truly grateful and honoured that people all over the world will be waking up on Christmas morning and maybe opening a small something from Moonlight And Hares. :-)

Wishing you a most peaceful Christmas and wonderful magical winter time!



  1. A Happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year you also.
    Maura xx
    PS: Love "The Sleigh Ride" so relaxing

    1. Thanks Maura, I hope you had a wonderful time xx

  2. A Happy Season and all the best to a wonderful and creative New Year, Karen !
    Warm greetings from Holland

  3. Your decorations look absolutely beautiful. A happy Christmas to you and yours, and all the best for the New Year. Eilidh x


  4. Thank you for your very special, magical vision. You have helped me in ways you will never know through a very difficult time.
    A Very Happy Christmas to you and your family. And many blessings for 2018.

    1. Ah thank you Eirwen! I'm so glad that my little place here has helped you. I hope 2018 brings you much joy and happiness x

  5. What a beautiful blog you have, I am looking forward to reading from the beginning.

  6. Thank you Karen for sharing your beautiful pictures with us. Belated New Year wishes to you :-)

    1. You are most welcome! Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment Vicky. Happy New year :-)

  7. Hope you have an happy new year! I love your blogue.

  8. can I ask where you got that wonderful robin wrapping paper please ? xx

  9. This shows how far behind I am with reading blogs!
    I do hope you had a lovely Christmas, your house looked beautifully dressed. I wish you a very happy, healthy and peaceful new year xxx

    1. Thank You Lyn! Yes I had a lovely time. It did go rather fast though, always does I suppose. Happy new year to you too x


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