Hello everyone

This is a short post as I expect you’re still busy!!!  I know I am! I’ve got to collect the turkey and get some last minute bits and bobs from the supermarket, which will be crowded. Not to worry, there’s so much to look forward to with family around the table on the day. Actually, as well as the pleasure of this, there’s always that slight heartache at absent parents and I shall raise a  glass to them and think of all the Christmases we had in the past – my mother always did a good Christmas!

Here’s our small Christmas tree that fits nicely into a corner of our flat

The pink bell on the right at the bottom was made by my 40-year-old son when he was in primary school.  I’ll point it out to him and tell him how much I treasure it. I have a habit of keeping old baubles for the tree and, I might have shown you this before, but look at that golden bauble.

It was bought for my parent’s first Christmas in England after their return from India. I would have been 18 months, so that makes this Christmas decoration over 70 years old!

So here’s wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy and interesting (!) 2019. I shall see you in a week’s time and in the meantime I shall go for a long walk on Boxing Day wearing a hat bought last year that needs its first outing.

And also a very big thank you for all your support through this year – I appreciate every one of you, so much!

That’s all for now – take it easy over the next few days!


With love


Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper


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35 thoughts on “Here’s wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and an interesting 2019!

  • 24th December 2018 at 9:32 am

    Have a wonderful Christmas Penny, and godd health throughout the new year and the years to come!
    I love getting your news and love your attitude to life. Thank you!

  • 24th December 2018 at 9:32 am

    A very Happy Christmas to you
    Thank you for all your updates throughout the year
    A good 2019 to you and your family.Love Marie

  • 24th December 2018 at 9:54 am

    A Merry Christmas to you and yours too. I love reading your blog every week and look forward to more in 2019! Maggie

  • 24th December 2018 at 9:57 am

    Have a joyous Christmas with the family Penny.
    You have been a wonderful ‘travelling’ companion in 2018 and I look forward to more of the same in 2019.
    We too will raise glasses tomorrow to the empty places and just as importantly, to the joy of ‘friends’ who touch our lives in all sorts of ways.

  • 24th December 2018 at 11:41 am

    Joyeux Noël, Penny!
    I love the history behind the baubles. You’re right, there is a touch of sadness when I think about our ‘shrinking’ table on Christmas Day. I miss my mum especially. However, I have fourteen extended family and friends coming later in the week so I have so much to be grateful for. 😘

  • 24th December 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family Penny,look forward to more lovely blogging news from you,take care.

  • 24th December 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Happy Christmas Penny. I have three decoration on my tree that belonged to my mother, they must be at least 60 years old!

  • 24th December 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Have a wonderful joyful Christmas Penny, thank you for entertaining us throughout the year, I look forward so much to you popping up in my ‘inbox’, This is the first Christmas in Canada that I can remember, that we don’t have any snow, it feels a little weird, almost like England! We decided as a family that we would no longer give Christmas gifts, other than to the grandchildren, and make a bigger fuss over birthdays instead, which has completely taken the stress out of Christmas for me. I haven’t had to go anywhere near a mall, everything bought on line, and delivered to the door.
    It’s felt wonderful just to calmly shop for food and enjoy the decorations, without the stress. Highly recommend it!
    All the Very Best to you and your family from Toronto.

  • 24th December 2018 at 1:47 pm

    You are my cyber friend Penny.
    Have a happy Christmas,full of joy.

  • 24th December 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Happy Christmas and New Year. Thanks for both your blogs – which I enjoy equally. We have a robin and an angel, made by our son at nursery thirty years ago. They are hung up every year, just to see him cringe with embarrassment – haha! All the best for 2019.

  • 24th December 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Happy Christmas to you and your family Penny. Thanks for your blogs throughout the year. You are a little beam of common sense in a world gone mad!

  • 24th December 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Have a wonderful Christmas and many thanks for all your blogs; love reading them all.

    I also have all the bibs and bobs that are brought out each year some going back to 1939 when my parents married at Christmas and my dad made wonder tree ornaments made out of newspaper. They’re looking a bit tattered now but I love them and the wonderful memories they bring back.

  • 24th December 2018 at 5:03 pm

    What a lovely tree! Have a fab Christmas and New Year, Penny.


  • 24th December 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Penny. And thank-you for your blogs, both of them, they are always good to read and long may that continue xx

  • 24th December 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Merry Christmas Penny. I shall look forward to reading more of your blogs in 2019 and wish you a happy and healthy year ahead.

  • 24th December 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Hi Penny,
    Have enjoyed all your posts of 2018,and look forward to many more in 2019!
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
    Kind Regards,
    Karen .xx

  • 24th December 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Happy Christmas to you and your family

  • 24th December 2018 at 9:10 pm

    A very Merry Christmas to you and everyone dear to you, Penny. Thank you for presenting such a great blog and good luck with your new venture. Roll on 2019 – probably with even more interesting times to come!
    Love, Zepherine x

  • 24th December 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. I love your blog and your upbeat attitude. Here’s to a great 2019!! Carole

  • 25th December 2018 at 5:28 am

    Merry Christmas 🎄 Penny. All good wishes for 2019. I love your blog and your attitude to life. Carole.

  • 26th December 2018 at 4:32 am

    Merry Christmas Penny !
    I really enjoy your blog and always read with interest about your charity (in NZ we call them Op -for Opportunity – Shops ) fashion finds.
    Although I’m nearly 20 years younger I have that missing the parents heartache at Christmas also -I have actually used Op shops to help it heal -here’s how !
    My parents always made Christmas very special and glass baubles ,amongst other things ,were always on their tree.I loved the glowing colours of the worn glass and always felt I wanted to have them
    when my parents passed away but along with many other things, (Mum’s button box especially )they were thrown out by my lovely but overzealous Sister in law.So sad !
    When I went op shopping around Christmas I found some 60s/70s era decorations and decided to look out for glass baubles too and I have found so many over the last 5 years that I can’t now fit them all on our tree-it could be an addiction ! Some are very old ,some are quite new but all glass and very cheap .The nostalgic feeling I get from looking at and using them is actually the same as if they were the real ones from home.So there you go .
    Just this year I found (in an op shop too ) the identical old Cadbury’s Wedgewood pattern tin that Mum used for her buttons-I did pause & think, “Am I just trying to rebuy everything and clutter my home up ?”
    But I felt OK to go ahead because as a sewer I do have lots of buttons, so it serves its purpose and it did heal up that feeling of loss that came from having no say .
    All the best for 2019 to you and yours .

    • 30th December 2018 at 10:26 am

      My other half (Mr F) went through exactly the same experience. His father’s partner gave away or threw out most of his father’s things. Like you he just wanted to look at his father’s possessions and decide for himself. So glad to hear you’ve replaced some of the baubles and yes, buttons. I have my mother’s button box and do I need it, no! But I love it all the same!

      All the very best for 2019

  • 27th December 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Hope you have had a very merry Christmas and all good wishes for 2019. I have some very old decorations too, although many of the glass baubles have been broken through the years. I bought a new hand-made glass bauble in a German Christmas market this year – it is very beautiful. My tree , bought as couple of years ago revolves which seems to be a novelty her but I think they are quite common in the US. You can get a revolving base for a real tree as well. I hope mine will last many years – the last one did 24 years service!
    Very much enjoy reading your blogs and seeing your charity shop finds. I’m doing well on my no clothing purchases decision but still buying costume jewellery!

    • 30th December 2018 at 10:20 am

      Thank you Lynda – just recently bought some jewellery – will show you at some point. Very best for 2019 x

  • 27th December 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Merry Christmas, hope it’s been a good one.
    I lost my darling mother-in-law this year, and have missed her terribly this year, I know the pain doesn’t leave us, we only learn to deal with it. Wishing you love and happiness in the new year. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • 30th December 2018 at 10:19 am

      So poignant to read this Jacqui – I always think of my mother at Christmas as she always did a really good Christmas for us when we were children and continued it for her grandchildren as long as she could – we never forget do we!

      Wishing you all the very best for 2019 x

  • 29th December 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Happy New Years Eve Penny!

  • 29th December 2018 at 6:33 pm

    I am not getting up on a soap box, Penny, but would like to mention to my sister followers of your blog, that a trend towards a minimalist Christmas is perfectly acceptable. We can gracefully let our friends and families know we have given up sending cards, exchanging gifts, reducing decorations, rethinking traditions. Its a lovely time to put up some lights especially with LED bulbs, and a dinner out or a pre-stuffed turkey toast can relieve the strain of all the cooking falling on mainly one person.

    I say this because in North America (I live in Canada), 2018 has surpassed every other year ever for the size of Christmas spending and debt.

    We are at a certain age…and can be a role model in showing another way to celebrate. Just a suggestion to think on. My family without exception have embraced it…our second year trying it. Of course, children would still be treated with a gift or two.

    Penny, thank you for the treat of your posts!


    • 30th December 2018 at 10:14 am

      I love the idea of a minimalist Christmas – but like you I love my lights and also I get thrilled every time I decorate the Christmas tree with my mother’s decorations as there are about 10 on that tree of hers and as she died over 20 years ago they are much treasured. I can tell you one thing though, if I do the hosting again I’m going to cook beef! Also it’s good to know you’re enjoying the blog – thank you, Margaret and here’s wishing you a Happy New Year!

  • 29th December 2018 at 7:25 pm

    I don’t want to give up sending cards because for me it’s such an essential part of Christmas. I do not go into debt at Christmas, never have, but I am also concerned that many people do. I’ve noticed how much the cost of Christmas presents has escalated over the years but I still don’t spend more than about £30 per person.
    I tried to start a £10 ceiling on adult presents but it did not seem to stick. We no longer exchange substantial gifts with our adult son and daughter-in- law, at her request, but I still send something small to open. This year we sent money to the grandchildren that we would not be seeing.

    • 30th December 2018 at 10:10 am

      I think a £30 ceiling is good, and I keep to that for my immediate family. I think a Secret Santa is a good idea but not everyone likes that. This is what gets me about Christmas – the relentless over-buying of food and everything else. Actually I found this Christmas very tiring and am rethinking how I do it in future. I’ve decided that if I do the cooking again it’ll be beef – turkey, never again!

  • 30th December 2018 at 8:28 am

    I love baubles with history! Christmas gets more bitter sweet as we get older, I no longer get so much joy from the run up to it as I lost a close relative at Christmas four years ago. But I always remember how much he loved Christmas – particularly the Dickensian aspects like the Fezziwigs and Scrooge – and try not to brood too much. Wishing you a Happy New Year Penny!

    • 30th December 2018 at 10:01 am

      Thank you Gail – Happy New Year to you! Yes, I so appreciate that Christmas is not always as ‘happy’ as it’s meant to be. And also this Christmas was a very tiring one and I’m rethinking how I might do it in future. One thing I have definitely decided on is that if I host again I’m cooking a beef casserole!!!!

  • 30th December 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Penny, a lovely and prosperous year, to you, too. I always kept special baubles, too. And that really does matter to children when they are still at home.

  • 31st December 2018 at 4:29 pm

    The holidays are often bittersweet, but it’s objects like your golden bauble that remind us of the people who are no longer here. Thank you for sharing!

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