24 December 2019

Christmas Eve 2019

My front door wreath.
A knitted snowman and crocheted red wreath cover.

Only two blog entries for this month of December. It was difficult to choose what to
include and what to leave out!

Well I have been taking a great many photographs
and also been crocheting a lot too.

At the beginning of the month, we went to stay in the city of Zürich
where they had very pretty Christmas lights and a lovely Christmas Market.

Many of the stalls had beautiful handmade items.

There were beautiful decorated braziers dotted around the big square.
Perfect to warm our frozen hands!
We drank mulled wine which we put into thermos mugs to keep warm!

I got my Christmas mail off early and chose my prettiest stamps
and reviewed my Christmas card list.

I hung up some Christmas baubles.
This one was bought in Zürich.
I liked the snowy scene with trees.

A collage of this year's Swarovski star.
They come out with a new one every year.

The first Amaryllis plant gave four beautiful blooms

The details are so beautiful when I use my macro lens.

A while back, I started a giant granny square couch throw. I used chunky yarn to make it snug.
I was using up some balls that I had lurking in my huge stock!
I still needed two new balls to get the size I desired.
Teddy is wearing his new orange jacket too.

Here is the finished throw.
It measures 136 cm square. I could make it a bit bigger, but it is very manageable this size.
Teddy also got a new blanket to match his jacket!

The different crocheted elements I made for the garland above.

The Christmas cookies have been made and stored in a tin.
They are melt-in-the-mouth Viennese Crescents, made with ground almonds and vanilla.
The angel was made a few years' ago.
She usually tops the small Christmas Tree!

Here she is in her place of honour,
bathed in golden light

My tiny tree, just perfect for the space I have available!
This year, the decorations are mostly white with a discreet touch of red here and there.
There are butterflies and birds and tiny angels.
Everything with wings this year!

Luckily, there were some beautiful sunny days with pure blue skies
 and fresh snow on the mountain peaks.
This was taken from the upper part of my neighbourhood with my biggest zoom lens.

Christmas stars waiting for the Christmas tree!

Candlelight, a crocheted Christmas doily and tiny elf set the seasonal atmosphere!

A crystal Gingerbread House
lit by candlelight.

A Christmas collage which includes the tiny Gingerbread House,
A Christmas Carol, the classic by Charles Dickens
which I shall be reading over this Christmas period.
The cookie tin with an English snow scene
and a Christmas card.

There was a beautiful projected Sound and Light show in the centre of town
on the facade of the lovely old Town Hall.

This was my favourite projection

This was the last scene of the continuous scenes we saw during the fifteen minutes of the show.

The bauble I chose as my blog header for the month of December.
I also found this one in the Christmas Market in Zürich.

As a last photo, I include this one taken of the Lausanne Cathedral
tower and spire in the early evening.

All my very best wishes to all the friends and family who come here to visit
highlights of my life in photography.
Your visits and kind comments are so heart warming.
Thank you!


  1. FABULOUS shots as always! Warm greetings - may your festive season be one of joy!

    1. Many thanks, Fi. Thank you for your warm greetings!

  2. You have captured your Christmas memories beautifully with your photography! I always love to see what you've crocheted for the season. You do such lovely work. It's also wonderful to see Christmas in Switzerland. I especially love the light show! Wishing you a happy New Year!

    1. Thanks so much, Cathy, for your kind comments! As you know, I love to have some sort of crochet on the go and there are new projects getting ready for next year too! Visiting the Christmas lights and projected light shows was especially enjoyable this year!

  3. You have chosen some beautiful photo's to show here Sandra.

    I hope your Christmas has been joyful.

    Best wishes to you for the coming year.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  4. Thank you, Sarn. Yes, a joyful Christmas! I hope you're having a lovely Christmas break too. Thank you for your kind wishes for the New Year!

  5. Oh dear, Sandra! I really don't know where to start, because your December post is especially exquisite and, as always, very elegant. Each photographic capture of details contains so much implicit beauty that it is truly heart warming, to such an extent that I wished that the post would never end while I was scrolling down. Every Christmas detail (delicate baubles, sparkying Swarovski star, delicate candlelights, ...) has been gathered here with great intelligence and good taste, and narrated in the most endearing way (I would like to be able to express in English better than I do to transmit you the deep and comforting pleasure that makes me feel the reading of your post). Of course, I have to make a small stop along the way to talk about your precious crochet projects for obvious reasons. First of all, I have to tell you that I've pinned your little Christmas crochet details for the garland on one of my Pinterest boards ("Christmas Crochet" board). They are absolutely brilliant and a wonderful idea that I keep for me to make for next Christmas. Your Teddy Bear is very lucky with his new vest and his little blanket to spend the cold winter. Your Gigant Granny Square throw looks so soft and comfortable and also looks gorgeous in that range of blue hues. It has been a real pleasure for me to read your last post of December, an even greater pleasure to have been able to enjoy your wonderful photographs and your expertise telling us the story behind each of them throughout 2019. I wish you and your family a wonderful seasonal holidays 🌟 🌲🌟 and my best wishes for the New Year 2020. ✨ 💕✨ 💕

    1. Such kind and lovely words after your visit to my Christmas posting! I am so glad that you liked it! There is a wide range of subjects for this Christmas period and quite a lot of crochet too! I always have something on the go with my hook and yarn. I know that you do too!
      Your English is very good and you have expressed yourself so nicely. Thank you so much!

  6. What a beautiful month you've had, Sandra! I love the feelings that your photos convey--light and warmth abound. Your crocheted items--both big and small--are so lovely and I enjoyed seeing the Swarovski star for this year. My parents used to collect them for a while so that brought back nice memories.

    I hope 2020 brings only happy things your way--I look forward to seeing more of your lovely work in this coming year. Happy New Year ♥

    1. So glad you enjoyed the Christmas atmosphere in this blog posting! There are certainly a great deal of photos and I was wondering if I had overdone it! Crochet is always a big part of my life, but I don't always talk about it here! This year's Swarovski star is really pretty. My daughter got her first one this year as she loved seeing them at my place.
      Thank you for your kind wishes, Carol.

  7. I really like the snowy scene baubles - it's beautiful. You have such a great skill with crocheting - that blanket is lovely.

    I hope you have a lovely new year.

    1. Many thanks for your kind words and wishes for the New Year, lissa. I like to crochet very much! It has become a passion, like photography!

  8. Very pretty photos and Christmas ornaments. I love your blue sofa throw; you do such lovely work.
    Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you, Connie for your kind wishes. The new couch throw is snug and the Christmas tree and ornaments will be staying up until next Sunday. I shall miss them when they're gone!

  9. Love seeing all your beautiful photos of Christmas and especially your crochet ornaments and blankets. You are so talented! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Sandra!Looking forward to seeing more beautiful posts in 2020.

    1. Thank you! So glad you enjoyed coming here to see the Christmastime atmosphere! Christmas was good!

  10. Your blanket is lovely Sandra, love the blue shade of Marble Chunky. All your Christmas decorations are really beautiful too.

    1. So kind of you to come in a visit this older post with the crocheted items. That Marble Chunky blanket is so warm and snug and the colours blend well with my grey couch. I loved making the Christmas decorations for the garland. Now I'm making one with hearts for the month of February!