Thursday, December 20, 2018

Merry Christmas from Mountain Breaths

The Winter Solstice begins at 5:23 PM on 12/21/18 with 9 hours of daylight. We go up from here! The light will return to us again! The word solstice comes from Latin sol "sun" and sistere "to stand still. In the Northern Hemisphere, as summer advances to winter, the points on the horizon where the Sun rises and sets advance southward each day. 

It's hard to believe that on the first day of winter that our temperatures will be the highest we have had in a long time, and may even set a record. 
My Christmas wish for you, my friends
Is not a simple one
For I wish you hope and joy and peace
Days filled with warmth and sun
I wish you love and friendship too
Throughout the coming year
Lots of laughter and happiness
To fill your world with cheer
May you count your blessings, one by one
And when totaled by the lot
May you find all you've been given
To be more than what you sought
May your journeys be short, your burdens light
May your spirit never grow old
May all your clouds have silver linings
And your rainbows pots of gold
I wish this all and so much more
May all your dreams come true
May you have a Merry Christmas and Happiest Holidays 
And a happy New Year, too .. 
I love decorating my mantel with nutcrackers, and usually do this every other year. 

If you haven't even thought of baking, here's an easy, festive cookie recipe for you. I have not been sharing any foodie photos due to the darkness in the evening.  We have been eating well however :-) 

Thank you for stopping by! Light the fire, wrap up in your favorite throw, and enjoy a cozy winter.  

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Beautiful photos of your home decor..and even more beautiful the words~♥
    The same to you and yours~

  2. Oh Deb, your home is just lovely and I love your Nutcracker collection. I started one for my DIL I have a smoker collection but it didn't make the cut this year. Such sweet Christmas Wishes here to accompany your photos. Lovely..........

  3. Merry Christmas Debbie-enjoy:@)

  4. I love this day. Happy Winter Solstice, Debbie and a very Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you Rita! Our first day of winter is warmer than half of our fall weather.

  5. Beautiful decor and you know I'm partial to all Courtly Check :) I'm so excited for our daylight to start returning gradually! A very Merry Christmas to you, Joe and family, Debbie!

  6. Debbie, this post fills my heart and senses with sheer joy. You words will replay in my thoughts for days ahead, along with the charming images of you and your home. I wish you and Joe the same. It is going to be such a fun Christmas with Xavier, and each year more so. Oh, to see Christmas through the eyes of a child. Magical! Happy Winter Solstice!

    1. Thank you Sarah! I meant every word of it for my cherished friends. xo

  7. Beautiful photos, Deb. I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year!

  8. Your mantel is so festive with your nutcrackers!! Cute poem of wishes, too!! Merry Christmas to you and Joe and your family. (I hope you brought home that cake from Magnolias!!!)

  9. Merry Merry Debbie, you home looks wonderful and I love your poem and that CAKE! Did you make it?? We are freezing in the south today, 38 degrees and raining, awful!!
    ❤️ Jenna

    1. Jenna, the cake was made by Magnolia Bakery in NYC. I meant every word of the poem for my cherished friends that read my blog. Our first day of winter is warmer than half of our fall weather. Hope you warm up soon! xo

  10. I LOVED your poem, dear Debbie! What sweet sentiments you shared with us through your words. Your decorating is so special. How I'd love a slice of that cake, while sitting by your tree. Thanks for the Christmas Day Cookies recipe, too. Merry Christmas blessings to you and Joe. xx

  11. We've had such bad weather lately I can't take a decent photo in our window of opportunity has been very slim for taking photos lately! I do love your pretty Christmas decor. CUTE photo of you and the nutcracker!

    Merry Christmas!


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