Sunday, December 18, 2011

Talk to me about Christmas... Elizabeth of 'Pretty Pink Tulips'

Hello darlings! Today I will cut straight to the chase and introduce you to the sweet Elizabeth. This gorgeous (in every sense) Texan girl (who now calls NY home) writes a fabulous blog called 'Pretty Pink Tulips' - an eclectic and always stylish cyber destination you won't want to miss.

What does Christmas mean to you?
Christmas to me is a beautiful holy time of the year when people seem just that little bit friendlier, jollier and hospitable. It is a time of reflection, celebration and giving.

It is simply not Christmas without?
Holiday music, greenery, the Newst holiday candle, and my collection of 'Nutcrackers'.

Your ideal Christmas?
Is snowy, joyful and full of laughter.

Fave Christmas movie?
'Love Actually' finally edged out 'It's a Wonderful Life' for me. I literally laugh and cry every time I watch it.

No 1 Christmas song/music?
I am already listening to Christmas music around the clock, and love everything from Micael Buble to Mariah Carey.. but my all time favourite song is 'Silend Night', as we sing it in church on Christmas Eve, as we light candles from one to another, and have for as long as I can remember!

What's on your Christmas table?
My Christmas table is set to the nines with greenery, my collection of Nutcrackers down the center and candles flickering in between. My place settings are Bernadaud Happy Holidays, which has a rim of little Nutcrackers around the rim. I use napkin rings of green leather with a large jingle bell and place cards that I have hand written in calligraphy. My husband usually wants a formal meal on Christmas Eve, so will have a beef tenderloin, corn pudding and a spinach salad. For dessert, I'm planning on making a black bottom pie. Yummmmmm!!

What would you love Santa to bring this year?
'Santa' has been treating me to a few lovely things already, so I feel as though Christmas has come early in the form of some gorgeous black suede boots and some sparkly holiday sandals!
Your Christmas message to the world.. 
Oh, our poor little world right now needs a giant hug. I feel like there is so much turmoil swirling all around. I would love for those who be generous. For those who can....invite someone to share Christmas with you. For those who can...lend a hand to someone who needs it. Let's reach out and love one another and reflect on all we have to be grateful for. 

A special holiday hug to Charlotta for having me as her guest today. Merry Christmas, everyone!!! Love, Elizabeth

Thank you dear Elizabeth for your wonderful Christmas post. I would love to see your 'Nutcracker' collection! It's so special to have something that grows over the years and that brings back so many memories. I bet you could tell us stories about each and single one of your beautiful 'Nutcrackers'! 
Darling, I wish you and your family a truly magical Christmas. May Santa bring you happiness, love, good health and lots of new adventures for 2012! xx

Ok lovelies, with that I wish you a relaxing remainder of the weekend! The snow is pouring down outside and we're snuggling up inside with some great holiday movies and some home made ginger biscuits. 

I'll be back in a couple of days with the last of these gorgeous Christmas posts - this final one is by my friend Natasha of 'Northern Light'.

Lots of love and hugs!

xx Charlotta


It's me said...

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Barbara@HausDesign said...

What a lovely post! I agree that the world needs a big hug right now and Elizabeth, you did a very graceful job of encouraging us all to do more of it! I am also a big fan of Love Actually - will have to find time to watch that again over the holidays! Beautiful post!

Alena: Oh, It's Just Perfect! said...

Nutcrackers + Love Actually make for a wonderful Christmas :) I now want to go buy a set of nutcracker plates - those are gorgeous!!

pretty pink tulips said...

Darling Charlotta,
Thank you SO very much for having me as your guest today! I love learning how others celebrate the holidays. So, I hope your readers enjoy this post!

Merry, merry Christmas!!!
xoxo Elizabeth

Stitchfork said...

E has that special touch to make everything merry and bright!
Merry! Merry!
xo Cathy

Acquired Objects said...

It's my first time over here and Charlotta you have a wonderful blog. Elizabeth I love your nutcrackers they do say Christmas!

I'll be back Charlotta!

The enchanted home said...

What a beautiful post. I loved every word, every picture and totally agree about what Elizabeth said about our world and helping out however we are able.
Her elegant style is evident in her GORGEOUS place settings and beautiful touches throughout! Also love watching Its a wonderful life and Love Actually, both great films and Michael Buble is a regular in this house (well his voice that is) Love it all and thank you both for this wonderful post!

pve design said...

Elizabeth is a lovely lady with elegance and grace!
I always love how she opens her door, shares her home and all her pretty collections. Each time I visit "Pretty Pink Tulips" - I feel a warm welcoming hug.
Thanks for sharing Christmas.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Wonderful idea, it's been far too long since I stopped by to say hello!

I hope Mr. A&A see all your fabulous nutcrackers, I'll never hear the end of it! I love the snowy pic of your front door!!!

Kathysue said...

I love Elizabeth and her blog, so fun to see her here. She has such a heart full of love and I think it shows beautifully in this post. Great series Charlotta. Merry Christmas to you both, Kathysue

Natasha @ Northern Light Blog said...

LOVE the Nutcrackers! Every family truly DO have their own traditons etc.
I am impressed by the matching plate settings... wondering what came first? The plates or the Nutcrackers???

Northern Light

Tina said...

Hej Rara!
Åh, har inte funnit tid/ro att läsa dina fina gästinlägg. Så mycket underbar julig inspiration, kan inte annat än att komma i julstämning:)!
Vi har legat sjuka här hemma både jag och Dan den senaste veckan. Dunder-förkylningar. Tack och lov är vi tillbaka i vanliga rutiner idag igen- även om inte någon utav oss känner oss riktigt 'fit for fight' ännu!
Och Ja! Jättekul att vi äntligen pratades vid över telefonlinjen:)! Ser fram emot att höras snart igen!!!
Sänder massor med kramar. Här i Blekinge skiner solen, hoppas den gör det på dig också:)!

A Perfect Gray said...

beautiful, elizabeth. wishing you a very merry christmas and health and happiness for you and your family! donna

quintessence said...

Love Elizabeth and her beautiful elegant style - she is lovely inside and out! We are a nutcracker family as well and of course my holiday movie love is well known!! Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday!!

Hamptontoes said...

Elizabeth is super wonderful. I adore her, her style and her traditions. I need to visit her and check out her Nutcracker collection. I just started this tradition this year! My daughter and I have gone for the past four years to see the Nutcracker, yes since was 2 1/2 years old. It our mother/daughter tradition at this time of the year. Wonderful post. So much fun to see how others celebrate this wonderful time of the year.

The Buzz Blog said...

Love Elizabeth's Xmas message and her loving touch is felt in every post she writes! So excited to have found yet another great blog to read and will definitely be back... Hope your holidays are merry and bright!
The Buzz Blog

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

Hope you're having a grand time all snuggled up! Happy Holidays!

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