Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

It was way past 8:00am here and not a creature was stirring, not even the proverbial mouse. Long gone are the days our boys were bursting into our bedroom well ahead of the sunrise, we still bleary-eyed from Santa antics only hours before. Pause for a moment of melancholy here.   OK. It’s over.

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By 9:30am I was on my 3rd cup of tea, had read my favourite blogs and broken into the dessert cheeses for breakfast. Hey-it’s Christmas.

When everyone was finally up and lounging around the living room opening presents at a very mature pace, I completely forgot I’d left apple cider cooking on the stove for over an hour (OK, two) in the kitchen. The house is now permeated with the scent of charred sugar. That sounds a lot better than it smells. Good-bye favourite saucepan. Though I feel lucky it brought to our attention a faulty smoke alarm. Silver Lining for sure. (BTW, have you seen that movie yet? We watched it last night and really enjoyed it)

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Hoping our roasting turkeys will soon be filling the house with a much more pleasant aroma-I’m cooking two small ones (as to have more brown meat and crispy skin!) plus a giant ham. I’m happy to say our older son is feeling quite a bit better and will be able to partake in some food & fun.

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Christmas table , slimpaley.comI’ll also take some time to be so thankful for life’s blessings, especially the good health and happiness of my family and friends. This Christmas we are all holding many families in our hearts and prayers.

890A5214Another blessing I will count-having this forum in which I get to share all manner of randomness with you lovely people. I can’t tell you how much fun it’s been to have found this creative outlet at this particular time in my life.

Well, it’s time to go flip my birds

From my home to yours;





  1. Merry Christmas Slim!! I love the purple theme this year for your table. Glad Older Son is better. 🙂 Can you send some of your leftovers our way?

  2. Love the deep purples in your beautiful home. I have decided that having college age boys home and sleeping until close to noon has a positive side, they eat less! Have a merry fun day with your family. Love all your ideas you share with us. To many many more years of blogging for you! I am also saying a prayer today for the families that have suffered such great loss this past year and also a special prayer for our great country.

  3. Merry Christmas Dear Family of Slim!
    Yes… How fortunate we are.
    Live, Love and never lose Hope.

  4. I saw that copper orb and you must have heard me squea!! I just got two of them for Christmas and luv them. Your table is fit for royalty!! The purples and greens…gorgeous! franki

  5. Your table is stunning! I love the little vignette photos of your tree and decorations. I had been trying to picture the orange slices on your tree since you mentined them…they look so special I can almost smell them :))
    I always look forward to your blog posts, they are a delight and frequently a hoot to boot!
    Very Merry Christmas to you and your whole family.

  6. Can’t tell you how much joy your blog has given me over the years—sheer delight! Current subjects, stunning images and your fabulous humor—you, of course, well realize you could be a comedy writer should you seek another profession. Thank you for all your thrilling efforts.

  7. Holiday Greetings from the Pacific Northwest … a very wet and rainy Christmas but warm and cozy inside with fires and Turkeys cooking. Thinking of you guys today. Big hugs to all . xoL

  8. Thanks, Slim. I love the purple accents on your table and with the pillar candles. I had to laugh at the later rising times of your boys. I clearly remember the pre-dawn wake up calls of little footed sleepers padding down the hall to ask if Santa had come yet? 🙂
    Enjoy this wonderful season with your family.

  9. Merry Christmas Slim to you and your beautiful family. Your home looks gorgeous. Nothing more beautiful than purple crystal. Lets pray that 2013 brings peace, good health and NO GUNS please GOD.
    Would it be too intrusive to ask you to share your favorite blogs??. Thx.

    Hugs, Leslie

    • Hi Leslie, Thank you!
      I hope you are well.
      If you scroll up to my blue banner at the top of the page and click on the tab below it that says “Slim’s Pickings” you will find many of my favourite blogs there.

  10. Loving the pretty purples and deep colors on your table. Gorgeous! So glad to hear your family is all home with you..Wishing you happy times together. Your blog has given me a wonderful year of inspiration and fascination!
    Merry Christmas dear Slim.

  11. Love your blog more than ever and loved the movie Silver Linings……………slow start but beautiful ending!

  12. Merry Christmas! What a nice post this is…….subdued for you but just the right touch of humor and gorgeous photography.Love the purple and green—wish I had thought of that–very elegant. Thank you for always putting a smile on my face at the end of a day……..that is a rare gift you have that you” gift ” to all of us followers .

  13. Happy Christmas to you and your family…isn’t Christmas the best!?! I think we all open our hearts a bit more and welcome those loving thoughts and feelings. Your musings have become one of my favorite blogs…and I am a shelter porn addict! Quite glorious photos, beautiful settings…xox

  14. Merry Christmas to you, Slim, and your loved ones. Your table settings look spectacular. I love the purple. Hold everyone close.

    • I’ve never heard of “barkeeper’s friend” Maureen, but I will look for it. Right now the pot is soaking in the baking soda and dish-soap. Fingers crossed.

  15. Your Christmas house looks just like every home should – warm, inviting and full of love and fond memories (did I mention GORGEOUS!). So pleased that you and your family have much to be thankful for. I count my blessings out loud to myself every Christmas Eve whilst sitting beside the Christmas tree, have done so since I was a child. I wait for the right moment when I am alone, turn off all the lights except those on the tree. The only person who is allowed to hear my thoughts is the dog but since their name is usually high on the list I enjoy their presence. And you know what…when I have finished, it always amazes me how many blessings I have 🙂 oxox

  16. So beautiful! I had my two grown children home for Christmas and it was such a joy. A very Merry and Blessed Christmas to you!!

  17. Omg… I did the same thing reducing apple cider for a salad dressing recipe in my good all- clad pan. The hallway filled with smoke, fire alarm going off, dog freaking out thinking I need to find the fire extinguisher. Left with a room filled with smoke and a crusty black burnt sugar mess, my pan was a goner. Oh NO it wasn’t, go get yours out of the garbage. Take baking soda, I put in a lot, a few drops of dish soap and fill with water. Bring to boil and then let it sit for quite sometime. I was amazed, my pan was good as new.
    Love your decorations, purple is my favorite color! Always enjoy your blogs and beautiful pictures. Thanks for that gift!
    Happy New Year Slim! Barbie

  18. Merry Christmas Slim! I hope you had a fabulous day, and wish you much joy and happiness! Really pretty, thank you! Xox, Pam

  19. Sorry about the burny cider…and pan!!! I have favorite pans too. We also had turkey and ham for dinner yesterday. So glad oldest son is feeling better too. Your table is exquisite, what is the pattern of your dishes?? Hope you had a beautiful and blessed day with your family. XO, Pinky

    • Thank you Pinky! My china is Wedgwood and the pattern is “Bianca”. Wishing you and your family all good things for 2013!

  20. Thanks for the lovely photos, Slim, and I’m glad that your family had a fabulous Christmas! Enjoy the rest of your sons’ vacations. Happy New Year, too! Kate

  21. Thank you Slim, for the gorgeous photos of your decorations. Its just amazing, my house looks exactly like yours….in my mind. Merry Christmas!

  22. Love your blog. An artist for you to check out: Daniel Phill, San Francisco. Whimsical art – mostly primary colors. Happy New Year, and please keep posting! It’s a beautiful, sunny day in The Old Pueblo (Tucson.)

  23. Hi Slim…Love your blog and give us a lot of best Xmas memories…Still can feel the warm lovely smell cooking turkey in the kitchen…Miss you all…Have the most wonderful 2013 with your family in paradise Montecito….XXX

  24. Lovely table and tree, Slim!
    You got me at the cheese tray though…please share what breakfast cheeses there were?
    Always on lookout for new.

  25. Slim, I NEVER comment on blogs but I am so inspired by your posts – particularly the way you articulate them! Always so excited to see a Slim Paley post drop into my mailbox. My 3 boys are about the same ages as yours and I was just thinking on Christmas morning how things have changed….now we are the ones waiting impatiently for them to rise! But still just as much excitement and fun when they do….possibly even more as I watch them banter and laugh. Also, was beside myself when I noticed that you had started following me on Pinterest….. Anyway, a very joyous Christmas to you and your family. Louise (from Australia)

  26. oh, your home looks just lovely! I agree that the amethyst is perfect. I, too, enjoyed the company of our grown son, but secretly wished we could have been with the other grown son and his two very young boys—the wonderment, joy and element of surprise just can not be topped.

  27. Love the John Currin picture. Such a plump turkey. It’s all so beautiful and so fabulously holiday. Dallas had a white Christmas, only my 2 boys and 2 grand kids are in Austin, as am I for Christmas. So I miss a rare white Christmas! I think there have only been 2 since I was born. Oh well. It was 70 and sunny in Austin while snowing in Dallas. Have a prosperous New Year to all !!

  28. Oh you were fortunate that there was not a fire…
    I did that once with a Copco kettle, boiled it dry and the metal bottom stuck to the element!
    Your Christmas decor is so very lovely. You have such a wonderful eye for design and elegance.
    I love popping in and looking at your snippets of life.
    Thank you for sharing, and Happy Holidays.

  29. “Flipping your birds!”…am i the ony one left with this irony???!!…must be the wine…… nonetheless, i am assuming based on your posts, the dinner, and time spent with your loved ones, you had one lovely Christmas!…now that my daughter received an amazing camera this Christmas, our newest saying is …”take a picture and put it on a blog”…….thank you for the inspiration and expression! May God bless you and your family for a healthy New Year!

  30. Gorgeous Slim… Your table and tree look beautiful and I am sure the turkey was delish.. Enjoy these days of peace and calm… The best ones of the year, I always think… xv

  31. Counting my blessings and thankful for another happy Christmas with dear friends and family and trying not to think about the gorgeous teal blue / jewel tone deep dark turquoise organdy top with a wide black satin belt just received from a favorite designer that was placed in its shipping box on a counter in the room off the laundry room to keep it out of harms way only to have it thrown out with all the other Christmas wrapping paper and boxes by my overly tidy husband. We are so lucky to have each other and your dear shared thoughts to remind us of how blessed we are. We don’t need things, only each other. Wishing you and your family all the best in the new year.

  32. Slim, many blessings to you and your loved ones at this special time of year. The best presents are the presence of family and friends. Your table is resplendant with the regal tones of gold and purple. Simply elegant! Are those magnolia leaves inbetween the baubles? Thanks for an awesome blog, very privileged to be a follower.

  33. GORGEOUS! So warm, inviting and elegant. Isn’t it the best having the family together during this magical time. Love it! Wish it would last a lot longer. The purple pop looks stunning on your table….Merry Christmas and all the best in 2013!

  34. Place the turkey in the roasting tin, rub with butter or olive oil, season with salt and pepper and cover loosely with a tent of foil. This still allows it to go brown but helps prevent the breast from drying out. Also, you don’t want the foil wrapped too tight because you’ll need to baste the breast regularly. Make sure your oven is at full temperature when you first put the turkey in. For larger birds, it’s best to start the roasting at a moderately high temperature, then turn it down for the remainder of the time.

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