Christmas Eve


Little cyclamen on my balcony under the snow!

A walk in the higher part of my neighbourhood to enjoy the delicate colours
in the sky with a hint of pink in the mist.
You can just see the lake below.

Some pale green leaves still hanging on with a little drop of ice on their tips.

Orange and pink spindle berries brightening up the leafless trees.

Now we go downtown to see the barrel organist playing cheerful music
and singing along!

I met a friend here to do some shopping.
As I was waiting, I saw this lady set up her stall with wreaths
and candle arrangements and mistletoe hanging on her striped parasol.

I went to the craft market here full of beautiful handmade objects.
I really liked the coloured crocheted blankets on the chairs outside.

A florist was selling seasonal plants displayed in the street.

I went to the hairdresser's and he greeted me in this amusing
Christmas outfit! Look at his sweet little dog called Jack
who is looking at us with a surprised expression! I liked his Christmas kerchief!

The church, called St. Laurent, with part of some Christmas lights zigzagging across.

I crossed one of the big bridges in the town and took a photo of Lausanne Cathedral
through the spokes of a big wheel put up over the Christmas period.

You can see the words 'Bô Noël'
Bô being the phonetic form of 'beau' meaning beautiful
Noël is Christmas!

Back home again and my velvety red Amaryllis plant has eight blooms
flowering at the same time!
There is one more stalk still growing and that will certainly give me another four flowers.
I can already see the red buds bursting out of their layer of green.
Such beautiful plants.

Little Miss Mistletoe
hanging against one of my snowflakes.

My tiny Christmas tree with fairy lights and smiling angels.

I have been crocheting tiny red bells with a silver edging.
They're so gratifying to make!

I had all my Christmas cards sent off by December 16th - and it would seem
that they have all arrived safely. 
I love the pretty Christmas stamps.
I put a sparkling snowflake into certain envelopes for a little surprise!

I baked some traditional Viennese Crescent Christmas cookies.
They seem to be everyone's favourite.
Here is half a batch cooling and some of them will go into the little robin tin.

In this Christmas season where many people spend lots of money on buying gifts
and luxurious foodstuffs, there are many who cannot do this.

I had the idea of making little cellophane packets containing some pre-wrapped chocolate
and a crocheted snowflake or star.
I made eleven of them with a little message inside saying:
'Celui qui trouve ce paquet,
C'est pour toi!
Joyeux Noël!'

This simply says: 
The person who finds this packet.
It's for you!
Happy Christmas!

I went out into my neighbourhood discreetly placing the little packets in 
easy to find places!
I really had fun doing this.
Some I placed near potted plants in local shops, in the post office,
pharmacy, even one yellow star next to yellow packets of coffee!
I think I giggled a little as I went around until my bag was empty!
I really hope that people will pick up these little gifts and that they will give them a smile!

To finish this pre-Christmas blog post, I give you lots of happy baubles
which I photographed in the shops when I went downtown.
I hope you like my festive antlers and big green bow!

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas!


  1. Merry Christmas Sandra.
    Wonderful pictures again which are full of genuine feeling.
    Have a wonderful time and all the best for the coming nrw year.
    Best wushes,

    1. Thanks so much for your kind wishes, Gabi. I hope that your Christmas Day has been a lovely one!

  2. Ah Sandra . .. thank you for all your beautiful photo's and calming words throughout the year. Bless you.


    I absolutely LOVE your Random Acts of Kindness dotted about for people to find. A truly wonderful idea. I have a feeling you are definitely on the GOOD list!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

    1. Thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful comments throughout the year too!
      I had such fun making up those little packets and spreading them discreetly all over my neighbourhood!

  3. What a lovely post! Happy Christmas to you and yours. Jane

    1. How lovely to leave a comment, Jane. Thank you very much for your visit - I hope you will be back!

  4. Ciao Sandra, your pictures and your nice tales and description, but above all thank you for the pictures of the cathedral and of the church. They typical Switzerland's architecture remind me wonderful childhood memories. Thank you.

    P.S.: I don't know why but I understood that you lived in Genève, instead in this post I read that you live in Lausanne. Anyway, have a nice week Sandra with festive Christmas mood.

  5. Hello Miriam, I'm glad you enjoyed seeing some architecture here that brought back childhood memories for you! I've never lived in Geneva, but I have lived in Lausanne for many years now. I like this city. I live above the town, so it is relatively quiet too which is really nice.

  6. Thank you for your answer and explaination and sorry about my previous comment: it is full of mistakes.

    1. Don't worry about mistakes or typing errors, Miriam. They are so easy to make - sometimes I make them too and when it's on my blog I can go back and correct them, but when I visit someone else, I cannot! :)

  7. All lovely views. I like those star crochets. It's too bad I'm not around to find those little Christmas packets of yours - it's a great idea and people can use some cheers.

    Have a lovely holiday.

    1. Thank you, Lissa. Glad you like the crochet pieces. I hope some people did take my little Christmas packets home with them!