Merry Christmas and Farewell 2016

Merry ChristmasIt’s a funny old time of year really isn’t it?

On the one hand there’s all the razzmatazz of the festive season and the lead up to Christmas Day and on the other there’s a feeling of, ‘Oh crikey, another year is drawing to a close – how did that go by so fast?’

Merry Christmas

Some of you social butterflies might be busy with Christmas parties and all sorts of sparkly gatherings. I wish you laughter and energy.

Others of you might be missing loved ones and friends and feeling lonesome at a time when we’re all supposedly meant to be having the greatest time ever. I wish you solace and strength.

Sometimes I feel there’s far too much emphasis placed on this time of year, and it’s become far too commercial.

When possible, for me, Christmas is best spent with family. It’s rare for us all to be together. This Christmas will be spent with these two legends below along with extended family and friends 🙂 Ah, Bellissimo!

Merry Christmas

At heart, for me, Christmas is a time of coming together and giving: Giving emotionally, giving our time, and yes gift giving too. If we can balance those three things, have some fun, remember what Christmas is really about, not fall out with one another, and still prepare Christmas lunch, then we’re doing okay, I think!

Wherever you are, whoever you’re with, for my last post of 2016 I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a New Year brimming with possibilities.

Thank you! Thank you!

I’d like to thank you for your great friendship and for reading Lifestyle Fifty during 2016 – you don’t know how much you mean to me. Thank you for being there. Thank you for your emails, for your thoughts and good wishes when things have been going well, and for your support when I’ve felt like giving up. Thank you for reading my stories from the cruise and for sailing the seven seas with me, and thanks for helping me to keep Lifestyle Fifty going by purchasing gifts, books and merchandise via the various links I put up.


It’s been a great year for Lifestyle Fifty. Being invited on a Round-The-World 104 day cruise with Princess Cruises was the highlight. Then there was a short break in Bali at the beginning of the year,  a day on The Sun Princess and a weekend in Melbourne in February, the Problogger Conference on the Gold Coast in September, a day on Emerald Princess in October and finally Christmas in England. What a year!

Merry Christmas wherever you are!

Wherever you are in the world, here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas One and All! And here’s hoping to see you here on Lifestyle Fifty in 2017 🙂

Here’s a little of what Christmas in Perth is looking like this year. Thank you Dave 🙂

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Perth

And in England, it’s a little like this …

Merry Christmas Bideford Devon

This is Bideford, in North Devon, above and below.

Merry Christmas Bideford Devon

Merry Christmas Bideford Devon

Merry Christmas Bideford Devon

Merry Christmas Bideford Devon

We sang carols beside this gorgeous the log fire in the Great Hall of a country house dating back to the time of Henry VII, where apparently the privy council used to meet.

Merry Christmas Devon Uk

Some of the images below were taken at RHS Rosemoor – beautiful gardens in a wooded valley near Torrington in Devon, UK – where the Winter Gardens are illuminated for the Christmas period.

Merry Christmas Devon UK

Merry Christmas Devon UK

Merry Christmas Devon UK

Christmas stag UK

Merry Christmas Devon UK

This is my last post for 2016.

And there’s nothing else to say except Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas


  1. Love the lights!!
    Happy 2017!

  2. Diane Buchanan says:

    Merry Christmas Jo, it is always lovely reading your thoughts, advice and fantastic adventures. Have a wonderful christmas in England with family and friends and look forward to 2017 and reading your blog…..keep up the fabulous work xo

    • Thanks Diane! It’s been lovely having you along for the ride on Lifestyle Fifty this year, and thank you for your compliments and well wishes. I hope that 2017 is a wonderful year for you too and that you had a fabulous Christmas and New Year xo

  3. Have a wonderful, frosty northern hemisphere Christmas Jo! Your photos of Devon are just beautiful. Enjoy this special time with your parents, family and friends. Looking forward to more great reading on your blog in 2017!

  4. You have had an amazing year Jo, and it has been wonderful travelling along with you. Wishing you and yours a very happy Christmas spent with those you love. And lots more good times and adventures over on Lifestyle Fifty for all of us in 2017 xx

  5. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and thanks you for your great blogs during 2016

  6. Great post Jo and great photos Dave … a Merry Christmas to you and yours and a prosperous new year

  7. Have a wonderful Christmas and an even more joyous new year Jo! 😀

    • Hi Linda, thanks so much. Wishing you the same and more – and let’s hope we can catch up n 2017 x

    • Christin Svard says:

      Lovely words and special photos and meaning behind Christmas.
      Wishing you and your famliy loads of love ,lots of fun and special moments Jo.
      Have a safe and happy holiday season.
      And soon all the best for an inspiring NEW 2017 .
      A big Christmas hug to you X Christin X

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