Merry Christmas to All!

This year’s tree…extra candy canes to last me through January!

Merry Christmas to all! I hope your holiday is special in some way. Right now we’re having a thunderstorm! There’s a creek running through our back yard because it’s been pouring since midnight. Interestingly, my mother who lives a little over an hour away has sunshine and has had no rain. I’m filling my day with Christmas music and cooking a special dinner. Of course, we miss having family or friends over, but whenever I need a lift, I look at these smiling faces!

Love my nutcrackers!

Well, okay, not all of them are smiling, but whenever I look at them it makes me smile! I’ve collected nutcrackers over the decades, but I only brought in a few for the mantle this year. I have also been enjoying my German smokers, with “cinnamon” being my favorite incense to burn in them this year. And here’s something to make you smile…

The ugliest parsnip crop I’ve ever grown!

A couple of beautiful parsnips were dug a few weeks ago to have with roast chicken, so I expected the entire crop to be lovely. Imagine my surprise when each parsnip dug yesterday for our Christmas dinner today was a short, stubby, twisted root that hardly resembles a parsnip at all. Go ahead, laugh! I give you permission, because I certainly did! Hopefully they will taste better than they look, but I certainly wouldn’t be winning any prizes this year.

Holiday blessings to each one of you. May you find things to make you smile. Hugs!


About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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11 Responses to Merry Christmas to All!

  1. bcparkison says:

    LOL…I have never grown parsnips but these look like they would be hard to clean..
    Blessings to you on this Christmas Day


  2. Merry Christmas, Carolee! Your tree is lovely and I do love your nutcracker collection…they would make me smile too. And to think that that’s not ALL of them. Blessings, Cindie


    • carolee says:

      I hope you holidays were filled with happy memories. Yes, I love my nutcrackers, but since very few people were coming for the holidays, I decided carrying all 82 up and unpacking them all just to repack and carry down a few days later just wasn’t worth the effort! Maybe next year!?!

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  3. swesely says:

    Your parsnips made me smile – they are so intertwined! Merry Christmas. Su

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  4. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I laughed at your parsnips – they give me hope because even you get imperfect results from time to time!


    • carolee says:

      Oh, I have good times and bad just like everyone else…but for the most part I’ve just learned to make lemonade, or even better, lemon curd out of lemons! A lot of the larger sections of those twisted sisters will be roasted, but all the small stuff will just get mashed with potatoes!!!

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  5. sidegategarden says:

    A bit late with my Christmas wishes but I hope you had a good one! Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2022 🙂


    • carolee says:

      Good wishes are always welcome, no matter when they arrive! Isn’t it interesting and a sign of the times that in the past it was “Happy New Year!” and now nearly everyone expresses as you did, “A Happy and Healthy New Year!” If nothing else, this pandemic has made us all more aware about our health and health issues. Hope your coming year is filled with blessings!

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