Happy Christmas Eve

Happy Christmas Eve

Hi there.
Good of you to pop in!
Mindful Wednesday blog falls appropriately today,
on Christmas Eve.
It means so many different things to so many people.
I hope with all my heart that you are in a good space 
and that you enjoy the coming festivities.

The 24th is a big day for reflection and family in our home. 
We celebrate Christmas today, the German way.
We share a simple meal, 
think about those gone ahead already, 
and enjoy the moment. 
It’s magical.

I have spent the day alone 
and thoroughly enjoyed my own company actually.
I have shopped and cleaned and hoovered and polished,
 and got all excited about this evening.
I have exactly one hour before my brother and his lads arrive,
so I had better get a wriggle on!
The table is set for 11, 
the candles are waiting to be lit,
the meal is ready to be fired up.
All that is left for me to do is put some make-up on,
change my top,
dig out the Rochester ginger which is buried in the garage,
and wait for the everybody to arrive.

Jim, Dave and I compiled a little Season’s Greeting for you.

Jim on Camera,
Dave on Guitar
Barb on Set-dressing.
Thanks to the Design Team for beautiful artwork –
not just here, but all year round …

Much love 

138 thoughts on “Happy Christmas Eve

  1. That was a lovely video. I wish you all on the blog a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I have cleaned the house and prepared the table for tomorrow and I'm off out to work for 4 hours. Once I'm back I'll be flopping on the couch in front of the tv with a nice wee cheeky brandy and lemonade. Job done.

  2. OOh that was lovely Barbara. Happy Christmas to you and yours and the Clarity Team. Look forward to the New Year with great anticipation of what's to come!

    Our presents have been delivered out to family this morning, my neighbour is cooking our Christmas lunch tomorrow, she'll be in here this evening and then my family appear on Boxing Day after the football! I will be doing the feeding then. Thinking about those who have gone on ahead is a big part of my day tomorrow, all in my head but not maudling, just remembering them all how they were and what we used to do.

    Happy Christmas everyone x x x

  3. Happy Christmas to all of you! Thank you for giving me (okay, selling me… 🙂 ) so many wonderfully creative things this year. I've had great fun using your stamps, stencils and groovi plates, and one day soon, I'll use that gelli plate too. I hope you have a fantastic 2016. Kx

  4. Wishing you a truly Happy and Peaceful Christmas and all the best for the New Year. Thank you for your inspirational blog and to everyone at Clarity for their helpfulness. Have a wonderful break and look forward to your new ideas and products in 2016 xxx

  5. Hi Barbara and the Clarity team,
    Thanks for my happy post from Gray Friday, well done everyone for all your hard work and crafty inspiration during 2015.
    May 2016 be healthy and happy for you all, merry Christmas to all,
    Crafty hugs, Jackie x

  6. I wish you a very Merry Christmas with all your family.
    Thanks for starting the video with my little parcel 🙂
    Looking forward to many new things in the new year and thank you for all the good work you and your design team are doing.
    Have lovely holidays.
    Greetings from Germany

  7. Beautiful video Barbara and stunning artwork. Here's to more of the same and perhaps a few new bits and bobs next year. Enjoy the festivities with your family. I'm sorry to point out that today is Thursday!! Lol xxxx

  8. How lovely to see you today and the guitar was just magic. Thank you so much a wonderful year with you, Dave and the Team.
    Have a lovely day and a wonderful 2016 to come.
    Lots of love
    Anne (Reading)

  9. Have a wonderful fun filled and happy Christmas with your loved ones Barbara.

    Many thanks to you and your Design Team for the constant inspiration and sharing your awesome cards and art with us Karen x

    1. Afternoon Donna
      Afternoon Dorothy
      Afternoon Diane
      Afternoon pam
      Afternoon Brenda
      Sending you all lots of Christmas hugs dear blog friends
      Christmas hugs to all on the clarity blog xxxx

  10. Thank you so much for your good wishes and inspirational artwork.

    Have a wonderful time with your family and a relaxing few days over the holiday period. Merry Christmas everyone!

    Karen xx

  11. What a lovely Christmas greeting, Merry Christmas to all at Clarity Stamp. My inspiration has doubled this year thanks to you and your Groovi plates. I had started to parch before you came out with the Groovi system, but it is very hard and then Groovi came out and then it became easy. Thank you so much for this. You never know you might even get your own shopping channel, I would love that. All the best for the New Year.

  12. That was so beautiful, Barbara, it brought a tear or two. I wish for you and your family a Wonderful Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2016. Thank you for all the pleasure you have provided me during the recent years. x

  13. What a great video and thanks to all of you … Barbara, Dave, the Clarityteam and the Designteam, you all make a good good work and you all bring a lot of joy in our life.
    Have a Merry Christmas and have a good time.
    Greetings from Germany

  14. What a lovely way to say happy Christmas, Barbara. Beautiful artwork, kind words and calm, atmospheric music. Thanks to the design team, you and Dave. Happy Christmas to you all. Mxx

  15. Liebe Barbara,

    vielen Dank für euer wunderschönes Weihnachts-Grüße-Video!!
    Es anzuschauen und anzuhören ist eine wahre Freude.
    Ich wünsche dir, deiner Familie und dem kompletten Clarity-Team ein schönes Weihnachtsfest, ruhige Feiertage und alles Gute (vor allem ganz viel Gesundheit!) für das Jahr 2016.

    Liebe Grüße


  16. Lovely and a merry Christmas to all you, Dave, your family and friends, the Clarity team and of course not forgetting the blog crew. Hope your Christmas is a lovely one, and especially for those not able to be with or lucky enough to have close friends and family nearby. I'll raise a toast to you all tomorrow and think about you and know you are not alone, we are thinking about you too and sending lots of warm wishes and hugs and especially love. Karen xxx

  17. Hi Barb,
    What a lovely video and lovely guitar from Dave. May I wish you, Dave, your family, the Clarity crew and all fellow bloggers a very Happy Christmas – have a lovely day. Lots of love Alison xxx
    Ps have a lovely meal & celebration tonight Barb xx

  18. That was a really lovely sentiment Barbara, thank you for finding the time. Merry Christmas to yourself and Dave and camera man Jim and a special day tomorrow with your precious family.
    Alison xx

  19. Oh Barbara, that was just beautiful, Dave's guitar playing is amazing too and Jim on camera. I've spent all year making cards but haven't made or sent even one, I'm sorry to say, Christmas memories catch up with you in the end… but I'm wishing you and Dave, Claritystamp peeps, Design Teamies and all the lovely blog readers a very merry Christmas, will be thinking of you xxxx

  20. Awww that was beautiful, thank you so much. You really do have s stunning team behind you, those cards were stunning as was Dave's playing and Jim's filming. Can't wait to see what you have in store for all of us next year. I hope everyone involved with Clarity and my fellow blog followers here but especially you Barbara have a wonderful Christmas and prosperous New Year. My best wishes to you all.

  21. Merry Christmas to you Barbara and all your family. Thanks for all the inspiration and new projects this year and look forward what is in store for 2016. Enjoy xxxx

  22. Thank you once again Barbara – you put so much effort into everything that you do – this beautiful video is proof of that! Wishing you and your family – not to mention all of the Clarity Team and fellow Blog Members, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year! Looking forward to all of what you have planned for 2016 – Love Gilly xxx

  23. My wish is that everyone reading here has a super Christmas and a warm happy healthy new year full of exciting times. That everyone gets the support they need to have a successful year. That everyone finds comfort while surrounded by the Clarity family and blog friends.

    Merry Christmas everyone. Xx

  24. Afternoon Brenda, you are in my thoughts. Xx
    Afternoon Diane, soon be unwrapping all those Clarity parcels. Xx
    Afternoon Pam, have fun with your family. Xx
    Afternoon Dot, thinking of you, I'm sure our Dads are with us. Xx

    1. Hi Donna, thank you, wishing you a wonderful Christmas although it will be hard for you, try not to be sad. Thinking of you and sending you lots of love and hugs to see you through.xxx

  25. Beautiful video, lovely guitar playing and brilliant camera work from Jim showing all the fantastic cards. Thank you Barbara for all your inspiration and all the time you have spent keeping up with your blog for our benefit for this last year. I wish you Dave and all your family a peaceful and Happy Christmas, also to all your fantastic team and to every one on your blog. Love and hugs to you all.xxx

  26. Hello Barbara

    What a lovely video. Thank you. And thank you for your time and energy over the past 12 months. Much appreciated by everyone I'm sure. I wish you, your family and all the Clarity team health and happiness for 2016.


  27. Really enjoyed your video. Hope the meal went well and enjoy your evening. Our daughter is a nurse so is working tomorrow. Family will all travel here for Christmas on Boxing Day and a few days stay. Santa leaves some presents here for the 3 and 4 year old grandsons so we're just getting excited now, including my 91 year old father who lives with us.

  28. Wonderful video, full of lovely artwork and good wishes – thank you! Have a lovely evening celebrating a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year! That goes to you, your lovely family and the fabulous Clarity team! Thank you all of you, for everything you share with us all year round! Not just the teaching, artwork and products but your time and lives too! Thank you! xxx

  29. Very well done! So very lovely with each one of you doing great work to make such a beautiful video. It was very moving. Thank you and may you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  30. Great video, a very merry Christmas to you all. Our lot gave just been to panto land which the adults enjoyed as much as the kids. We all had home made soup afterwards and now the kids have all gone home all excited . A truly magical time and a pleasure to watch them all . X

  31. Such beautiful music, artwork and heartfelt greetings – thank you. Sending all the blog followers very best wishes at Christmas-time, thinking especially those who have lost someone special, or for whom 2015 has been a challenging year. Enjoy your meal with your family tonight – God Bless, Susan x

  32. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Have a wonderful evening together. A huge thank you to you and the Clarity design team for all your hard work, fantastic artwork, blogs, tutorials and inspiration. You have all changed my life for the better since I discovered Clarity. Merry Christmas everyone and I look forward to seeing you all here next year. Jeanette xxx

  33. Lovely video. Happy Christmas to you, Barbara and Dave & Family. Also Happy Christmas to all the Claritystamps Teams.
    Have a wonderful Happy New Year 2016.
    Love from Vivienne xxxxxxxxx

  34. Wonderful as usual Barbara, I would like to wish you, your family and all at Clarity a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year………enjoy your time with your family as I will mine over the next few days xxx

  35. Really lovely,Barbara. Thank you. You and the team make a big difference to our lives with your inspiration, creativity and love. You're a real blessing. Much love. Maggie Marsland xxx

  36. Really lovely,Barbara. Thank you. You and the team make a big difference to our lives with your inspiration, creativity and love. You're a real blessing. Much love. Maggie Marsland xxx

  37. Merry Christmas to everyone here! I've just finished my wrapping, we've been to the children's service with little one, hubby is just making a yummy dinner, and we're settling in as a family for the next day or so. Blissfully happy in my life and wishing peace and joy for you all now and in the year to come.

  38. Happy Christmas Barbara, I send you joy, love, happiness and good health for 2016. You are an inspiration to me every day.Just returned from Church and 2 glasses of (very strong) mulled wine. everything is good with the world tonight x

  39. Lovely video. Thank you for all the inspiration you have given me this year.

    I wish you and your family plays the team a very happy Christmas and hope you all have a healthy and peaceful new year.

    Hazel c uk

  40. Hi Barbara,
    beautiful video!!!
    As you we celebrated christmas today. I had a fabulous dinner at my mother´s house with my sister and family.
    So MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of you
    Rolf xxx

  41. Hello Barbara. What a beautiful Christmas video. It made me smile and also brought a tear to my eyes. So thoughtful and kind of you all. Wishing you and Dave and everyone in the Clarity Family a joyous Christmas. Thinking of you all. Hugs xxx

  42. What as beautiful video Barb and I love Dave's guitar playing and Jim's wonderful photography, and hope that you have had a wonderful family Christmas dinner and have a restful day tomorrow! x

  43. Thank you so much for doing this wee video a a lot of thought and care to make us all smile
    hope your wee family celebration was enjoyed by all.
    If Dave ever goes on Britain's got talent I'd vote for him.
    God bless you all and a very Merry Xmas….xx Dot..xx

  44. Hi Barbara
    Wishing you, Dave Grace and Mark and all your family a very happy Christmas and a very Happy new year. Have a wonderful time filled with fun and laughter and lots of happy memories. Darling hubby has let me link to his phone so I could leave a message for you, but haven't watched the video as I don't want to drain his phone battery – he's on call tonight so I hope it's a quiet one. Lots of love and hugs all round.
    Love Diane xxxxx

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