Thursday, December 8, 2011

Talk to me about Christmas... Louise of 'Lou Boos and Shoes'

We have snow! We have snow! I could marry the fact that WE HAVE SNOW!! :)
The first few flakes of the season fell two days ago and I am over the moon. Waking up to a blanket of white outside is such a treat, and I feel the same excitement as I felt when I was little. Dashing outside to make those very first foot prints on the drive way.. Aaaahh, I love it!! :)

Today I am honoured to introduce one of my favourite bloggettes, Ms Louise of 'Lou Boos and Shoes'. This fabulous woman hails from England, she is a mother, a wife and an amazing inspiration to me. She has a way of writing that seems to flow straight to my heart. She makes me stop and think about life, and her posts inspire me to grow and become a better person. Lou, you really do! xx

What does Christmas mean to you?
I have always been a Christmas lover. As a child of course; but even as I entered adulthood, I held onto the traditions of our family Christmases and now recreate them for my children. It's a very important time of year for me. A chance for family: for something special, something cherished, something luxury...

It is simply not Christmas without...
Danish dinner!
My Mother is Danish and every year, absolutely without fail, the family gather at her house on Christmas Eve for a Danish feast. The menu is very traditional: roast duck stuffed with prunes and apples, red cabbage, caramelised potatoes and gravy. Then we have a creamy rice pudding desert, served with cherry sauce. Hidden in the dessert is a whole almond; whomever gets the almond wins a prize. For my brother and I, it is the epitome of family life, held so dear to us both. Only my Mum knows how to cook the meal; we have yet to persuade her to relinquish the secrets of it!

Your ideal Christmas?
Despite my love of family times at Christmas, I have, in more recent years, had a yearning to get away at Christmas. I fantasise about staying in a hotel, somewhere snowy and by the ocean, and waking on Christmas morning in the knowledge that nothing is required of me, but to waft down to a beautiful meal, prepared by a chef!

Fave Christmas movie?
I know I should provide an erudite answer; but it's a tie between 'Home Alone' and 'The Polar Express'. Yes, I know...but both represent the pure childhood excitement of Christmas for me.

Number One Christmas song/music?
My husband and I were married at Christmas-time, so 'Winter Wonderland' will always be special to me. It was our first dance at our wedding :-)

What's on your Christmas table?
Now that we live in a rural place, I go out to collect Ivy and Holly from the garden and make a centre piece which is very rustic...just foliage and candles. I love the Danish Georg Jensen golden decorations so they are often a feature also. My husband does all the cooking at Christmas (thankfully!); last year he cooked a goose, I'm not sure yet what will grace our table this year...but I know it will have all the trimmings; he is not really capable of half-measures!

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What would you love Santa to bring this year?
Over the years I have been lucky to receive some fabulous Christmas gifts...this year; I'm hoping for some french lingerie, or a fine Smythson diary or maybe a diamond or two of the earring variety!

Your Christmas message to the world...
My message for everyone else, as much as for myself, is...


Enjoy it, don't stress the small stuff, 
take a moment to breath it all in.
Make memories and traditions for the children; 
it will form their Christmases for years to come.

Thank you dear Louise for this wonderful Christmas post. I love that you get to celebrate your Danish heritage, and that it has taken a special place in your heart. And how gorgeous that you married at Christmas time - it was always my dream too.. but then I managed to fall in love with an Australian didn't I.. No snow or Winter Wonderland there..! ;) (lol)
Darling I wish you a magical Christmas and end of the year. I know 2012 will bring lots of changes - may all of it be just splendid for you! xx

Next up is the vastly popular and sublime Sarah of 'Haute Design'. This stylish girl has put together the most wonderful Christmas post for us, and I can't wait to share it with you in a couple of days.

Until then you'll be finding me skipping about in the snow, making snow angels and snow lanterns with the kids! Yaaaay! :)

Big hugs to all

xx Charlotta


jeanette from everton terrace said...

Snow sounds lovely. I live in the Arizona desert so we have no snow, or hopes of it.
I am having your fantasy this year as we are going away this year for the first time. I will get to walk on the beach and someone else will be preparing our meals, heaven I hope. The only thing missing will be the snow again, California is our destination :)

It's me said...

Nice post !!...and yes !! snow !!....i am jealous a from

Mary said...

Beautiful post. Hooray for Christmas! I love the traditions and sparkly beauty of this time of year.

We're still looking for snow here, and it's funny how much I anticipate it and get excited about it early in the season, and then in April I just want it to GO AWAY!

Karena said...

Charlotta we are getting snow today!! This is one of your loveliest posts ever! Happy Anniversary also!

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Vanessa@Luxuria said...

Gorgeous post Charlotta and the most beautiful images. Snow!! I am so envious. There is no chance here in Spain :-(

Amanda Hill said...

Great post...she is really sweet! Love the traditions!

Dustjacket Attic said...

Gorgeous post Lou, really beautiful. I love the sound of your Mother's cooking...yes please!
xxx DJ

Glamour Drops said...

It all sounds so very charming and cosy!

Very exciting about the snow - and such fun making angels in it too. Virginia xx

Anonymous said...

Love this series! A Christmas wedding just sounds so romantic. I love that she found a hubby who cooks!! Home Alone is just one of those classics that I too can watch again and again and always enjoy. xo

LouBoo said...

Charlotta - thank you so much for asking me to do this post; I did enjoy it. And what lovely comments from your readers. Big smiles! Lou x

Sarah Klassen said...

Beautiful post and so inspiring—from one of my most favorite bloggers, too! The traditions and love is so beautiful :)


Madhuban Realtech said...

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