With music and chocolate : last festive preparations

While it's pouring outside, it's wonderful to be at home
and spend time on last Christmas preparations.
Yesterday evening I made a collage as a funny surprise for Monchéri
which says : You are the caviar on my toast
It's how I feel about him, well not all the time, but most of times
and I thought Christmas was the best time ever to let him know

Christmas in Andalusia is a quiet and happy time.
It is not customary yet for people to adorn their door with wreaths.
The traditional Andalusian Christmas eve dinner is a very simple meal
consisting mainly of a chestnut and sweet potato soup
I must say in spite of my liking of sophisticated food,
I quite like this simplicity at this time of year
although I love decorating the house,
placing chocolate sweets and ivy wreaths here and there
sprinkling the joy of Christmas


Il pleut des cordes et j'adore rester à la maison
à m'affairer sur les derniers préparatifs de Noël.
Hier soir j'ai fait la surprise d'un collage à Monchéri
"You are the caviar on my toast"
Parce que c'est ce qu'il m'inspire, pas toujours évidemment mais la plupart du temps
et j'ai pensé que Noël était un bon moment pour le lui dire

Noël en Andalousie, c'est calme et joyeux en même temps.
Les gens ici n'ont pas encore pour habitude de décorer leur porte avec une couronne.
Le menu traditionnel andalou du réveillon de Noël est très simple, frugal même.
Une soupe à base marrons et d'une espèce de patate douce
que l'on appelle boniato
Je dois avouer que malgré mon goût pour des plats plus sophistiqués,
j'aime assez cette simplicité à ce moment précis de l'année.
Bien sûr, j'adore décorer la maison.
Je pose des chocolats ici et là et des couronnes de lierre.
J'aime la magie et la joie de Noël.

Dear readers, my lovelies, I wish you a very merry Christmas
Peace, love and joy in your heart

Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all
Nelson Mandela


Chers lecteurs, mes chéris, je vous souhaite un très beau Noël
Paix, joie et amour dans vos coeurs

Faisons en sorte qu'il y ait du travail, du pain, de l'eau et du sel pour tous
Nelson Mandela

pics : me


renilde said…
Your house looks beautiful.
Toast can be great but with caviar it can be sublime;)
Warm christmasdays and happy holidays! Renilde
Gina said…
Dear Lala, Can't decide which of your beautiful decorations I like best...maybe it's the pomander and ivy covered chandelier...or maybe it is the beautiful message at the end of your post.
Merry Christmas to you and Moncherie,
Joyful said…
Sweet sign you made for your cheri and I think Christmas is a perfect time to let him know ;-) Your home radiates Christmas readiness. May you and your loved one bask in the peace and the spirit of the season. Hugs xx
Linda Sue said…
Beautiful as always- would be nice to have the aroma of the oranges wafting about- we have a fir tree and it is very foresty fragrant so no complaints really- Merry and Bright to you - Cheers! LOVE
Such lovely simplicity La la. It looks so warm and cosy and love your sign, you may have to frame it! Wishing you a magical holiday with your family and friends. Much love XO
maría cecilia said…
Que tengan una hermosa y alegre navidad querida Lala y "mon cherie" y que haya mucho amor en sus corazones!!!
besos y abrazos
maria cecilia
Merry Christmas to you and your caviar!!

Love the Mendela quote!
Spangle said…
The decorations look wonderful. Merry Christmas!
Sarah said…
Beautiful, Lala! Thank you for sharing your festive decorations with us. Have a cozy, delicious Christmas with Moncheri!
Susana said…
Lovely, lovely, super lovely! Feliz Navidad querida Lala!
Dearest Lala,

A Cherry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to you and yours!

Kirsten Steen said…
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you! Wishing you serentiy and simplicity!
gymhalama said…
Joyeux Noël ma petite. May all your dreams come true in 2011. Un Abrazo Gym
Yoli said…
Feliz Navidad Lalita!!! Para ti y tu amor!!! Tu casa esta preciosa con todos tus adornos. Tienes un gusto exquisito. May the new year bring you much happiness, health and success!
Unknown said…
Hi. I just discover your blog and I loved it. You become an inspiration to me.

Happy Holidays!!
ceecee said…
Your delicate touch is truly mesmerizing. I wish you and Moncheri a new year filled with your special beauty. Happy 2011, Lala.
Catherine xx

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