Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Comfort and a Note to Daughters

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It dawned on me, as I began writing this post, that you have seen my Christmas things before.

That includes

those of you who read my blog

as family members,

as long time friends,

as neighbors,

as teachers and colleagues,

and of course,

as those of you who blog.

May I say-

that gives me great


Amazing comfort.

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My ‘study’, an English teacher name I christened the front room of our house,

is where everything old and pink goes at Christmas.


The study is also the room where-

at my

Annual Ladies’ Teacher Christmas Party

(that I hosted for years)

the crazy folks hid out.

Those are my people.


The day of the party they could get to school on time,

olive spread or pineapple cheese ball in tow,

red Christmas sweater jingling as they walked down the hall,

manage bus duty,

teach like their hair was on fire,

walk across the street to my house,

and mix margaritas at my kitchen island,

laughing all along the way.

That gives me poignant




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Note to Daughters:

And so, dear daughters, if you are reading this-

there is a reason why I opened our home every year at Christmas time.

I have had every kind of Christmas party you can have.

I want that for you.

What is that?

It is that opportunity to say to people you love,

“you are my friend,

and I love you, and

I may not always show it perfectly, but let me

show you that I feel that way.”

This may or may not be the year,

but you must do this.

I want you to have

crazy people

in YOUR study too.

Love, Mom

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I am linking to Susan’s wonderful party,


Jan at Bobby Pins and Boardwalk for

her Bragfest,


and at Coastal Charm with Linda.



Rebecca Nelson said...


This is just too precious. Isn't it amazing the people who come and go in and out of our lives.

We are blessed. You are blessed. Today you blessed me.

I suppose you always will.

Love to you~


Emily said...

What a sweet post. I want that for my girls someday too...

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a lovely heart felt post.

Blondie's Journal said...

Daughters~Are they more or less wise than we give them credit for being?


Theresa said...

Oh how sweet! I bet your Daughters are just like you! Sweet and wonderful! Love all of your beautiful decorations:) The pink is precious! Enjoy your evening! HUGS!

Cat@BudgetBlonde said...

New to your blog and I had to write and say I LOVE all the pink!!!

Olive said...

I love that you love crazy. Says the psych nurse.

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

What a "feel good" entry, just made me smile all over. I just love that I've connected with you.

A happy week to you!

No name said...

What an inspiring post...the decorations are inspiring but the words stand out most of all.

Have a great week Karryann.

Sue said...

Now, there is one of the "reasons for the season"!

Anonymous said...

It looks beautiful Laura. How precious your dreams are for your daughters. I am sure they will have those same wishes for their children also. It's a shame we so often put off opening our homes because things aren't just right...we miss out on alot of craziness that way and heaven knows we could all use some more crazy times. Merry Christmas, Patty

Arabella said...

What a beautiful post - so glad I found your blog through Deck the Halls Holiday party.

Happy Holidays to you!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, loving, caring post.

Anonymous said...

Laura, what an enjoyable post. It is sometimes the crazy people who help makes our memories so precious. Your decorations are beautiful and inspiring. If you would like to share them at another party, I am having the Boardwalk Bragfest today, and I know the others would also love to see your home. You have done such a meticulous job. Well done!

The Tuscan Home said...

You are such a sweet mom! I really enjoyed this post and your pictures and words are beautiful! XOXO ~Liz

trash talk said...

From one inmate to another...don't ever stop teaching. There's a lot of chapters still to cover in the Book Of Love.
I bet if I looked up "Proper, Well-behaved Party Manners"...yours would be under antonyms. Why else would anyone be "Dashing 'cross the street...laughing all the way"?
P.S. BTW...define crazy.

Pondside said...

Bring on the crazy people - the ones I love - the ones who make me weep with laughter - the ones who've really lived and taken risks and lost something and know what it is to work really hard to make their dreams reality.

NanaDiana said...

Oh I love it! Not a better lesson to teach your daughters! There's an old saying..the men in your life can come and go...but a woman's deep friendship lasts forever~ Ain't it the truth though...ain't it the truth.

I love entertaining friends! Hugs- Diana

Rebecca said...

What a sweet post Laura, a very good lesson for your daughters and all.
Loved seeing your beautiful decorations as they are new to me
Many Blessings

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a nice post! Enjoyed seeing all your pretty decorations.

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Beautiful decorations...and some wonderful advice!!!

LenoreNeverM♡re said...

This post warms my heart!
Adore that pink Christmas tree!!

etphonehome21 said...

I CAN NOT wait to be one of the crazy people in Lauren's new house!

Nancy's Notes said...

Laura, I remember one of your Winter Soltice parties...way back when, loved it and yes, it was a crazy time!

Love your Christmas decor, it's truly Merry!


Heather Foust said...

I loved this post. I have a daughter and I want that for her also. So wonderful. I love the pink and blue together. Beautiful pink mercury balls. Lovely.

Anonymous said...

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing on the Boardwalk Bragfest, Laura!

Low Tide High Style said...

What a wonderful post, both the decor and the sentiment!

Kat :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a sweet post! It's wonderful to have good memories of happy holidays...and to share them! I love the pink balls you've put together! Very pretty! ♥

KimMalk said...

What a nice tribute to the holidays and acceptance of even "crazy" people :). Your pink Christmas room is lovely. My Fav-Or-Ite is the white tray with the pink bulbs, the blue jars accent them per-fect-ly! I stopped in to check on your photos - Hugs, Kim

Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs. Harrison,
I just wanted to finally tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog and looking at the pics of your beautiful home, garden and life! It feels like a quick visit home to me :) You have raised such beautiful and talented daughters- I know they will have lots of fabulous parties with total crazies, I just hope I get invited....
Lee Ann
(Lauren's college friend)

Deb said...

I love your letters to your daughters...I bet you were the best teacher ever....

Pamela said...

Love your tree! When I was growing up my mom did our tree in those exact colors!


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