Thursday, 24 December 2015

Happy Christmas Eve

Hi there.
Good of you to pop in!
Mindful Wednesday blog falls appropriately today,
on Christmas Eve.
It means so many different things to so many people.
I hope with all my heart that you are in a good space 
and that you enjoy the coming festivities.

The 24th is a big day for reflection and family in our home. 
We celebrate Christmas today, the German way.
We share a simple meal, 
think about those gone ahead already, 
and enjoy the moment. 
It’s magical.


I have spent the day alone 
and thoroughly enjoyed my own company actually.
I have shopped and cleaned and hoovered and polished,
 and got all excited about this evening.

I have exactly one hour before my brother and his lads arrive,
so I had better get a wriggle on!

The table is set for 11, 
the candles are waiting to be lit,
the meal is ready to be fired up.
All that is left for me to do is put some make-up on,
change my top,
dig out the Rochester ginger which is buried in the garage,
and wait for the everybody to arrive.


Jim, Dave and I compiled a little Season’s Greeting for you.
Jim on Camera,
Dave on Guitar
Barb on Set-dressing.
Thanks to the Design Team for beautiful artwork -
not just here, but all year round ...



Much love 

140 comments:

  1. Beautiful video. Merry Christmas....xxx

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  2. That was a lovely video. I wish you all on the blog a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I have cleaned the house and prepared the table for tomorrow and I'm off out to work for 4 hours. Once I'm back I'll be flopping on the couch in front of the tv with a nice wee cheeky brandy and lemonade. Job done.

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    1. I read that as "off to work out for 4 hours" - blimey I thought!

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    2. Ha ha, might need to do that after tomorrow.

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  3. Thank you so much for your Christmas wishes & video. Have a wonderful time this evening with your Family.

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  4. Beautiful video thanks for all your inspiration over 2015 ! Hope you all have a lovely Xmas looking forward to a clarity 2016 !

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  5. OOh that was lovely Barbara. Happy Christmas to you and yours and the Clarity Team. Look forward to the New Year with great anticipation of what's to come!

    Our presents have been delivered out to family this morning, my neighbour is cooking our Christmas lunch tomorrow, she'll be in here this evening and then my family appear on Boxing Day after the football! I will be doing the feeding then. Thinking about those who have gone on ahead is a big part of my day tomorrow, all in my head but not maudling, just remembering them all how they were and what we used to do.

    Happy Christmas everyone x x x

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  6. Happy Christmas to all of you! Thank you for giving me (okay, selling me... :) ) so many wonderfully creative things this year. I've had great fun using your stamps, stencils and groovi plates, and one day soon, I'll use that gelli plate too. I hope you have a fantastic 2016. Kx

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  7. Lovely video , Merry Christmas

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  8. Wishing you a truly Happy and Peaceful Christmas and all the best for the New Year. Thank you for your inspirational blog and to everyone at Clarity for their helpfulness. Have a wonderful break and look forward to your new ideas and products in 2016 xxx

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  9. Hi Barbara and the Clarity team,
    Thanks for my happy post from Gray Friday, well done everyone for all your hard work and crafty inspiration during 2015.
    May 2016 be healthy and happy for you all, merry Christmas to all,
    Crafty hugs, Jackie x

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  10. Aw that's lovely. Fab guitar. Enjoy your family time. Xx

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  11. I wish you a very Merry Christmas with all your family.
    Thanks for starting the video with my little parcel :-)
    Looking forward to many new things in the new year and thank you for all the good work you and your design team are doing.
    Have lovely holidays.
    Greetings from Germany
    Caro

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  12. What a lovely video. I hope you have a good Christmas with the family and would like to wish everyone at Clarity a very merry Christmas and a prosperous 2016.

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  13. Lovely video. Thanks for a great year,may there be many more. Happy Christmas and new year to all the clarity team ☺

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  14. Happy Christms to you all at Clarity Barbara & Dave. I could have listened to Dave's guitar playing for much longer so calming and peceful, guess I will have to watch again.x

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  15. Happy Christmas to you and yours, and health and happiness for 2016 .
    As they say in Scotland, Lang may your lum reek.(Long may your chimney smoke)
    Love x.

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  16. Love the video and a Merry Xmas and Happy new year to you and your family,love all the creations and your stamps are the best xxxx

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  17. Thank you. Happy Christmas from North Devon. Fran x

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  18. Lovely video. Enjoyed guitar Dave. Merry Christmas to you all xx

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  19. Beautiful video Barbara and stunning artwork. Here's to more of the same and perhaps a few new bits and bobs next year. Enjoy the festivities with your family. I'm sorry to point out that today is Thursday!! Lol xxxx

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  20. How lovely to see you today and the guitar was just magic. Thank you so much a wonderful year with you, Dave and the Team.
    Have a lovely day and a wonderful 2016 to come.
    Lots of love
    Anne (Reading)

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  21. Have a wonderful fun filled and happy Christmas with your loved ones Barbara.

    Many thanks to you and your Design Team for the constant inspiration and sharing your awesome cards and art with us Karen x

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  22. A beautiful way to send your message to us have a very merry Christmas surrounded by your wonderful family .
    Lots of Christmas hugs xxx

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    1. Afternoon Donna
      Afternoon Dorothy
      Afternoon Diane
      Afternoon pam
      Afternoon Brenda
      Sending you all lots of Christmas hugs dear blog friends
      Christmas hugs to all on the clarity blog xxxx

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    2. Afternoon Sheila, sending hugs to you and I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow filled with special Christmas surprises! Xx

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    3. Hi Sheila, have a wonderful Christmas and hope you have all you're wishing for. Lots of love and hugs.xxx

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    4. Christmas hugs Sheila right back to you my friend..xx

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    5. Big Christmas hugs to you all Donna Dot and Sheila - May all your parcels be big clarity ones xxxxx

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  23. Ah Barbara that was lovely all the art work was stunning. I hope you enjoy your Christmas with your family and friends. Take care. I wonder where 2016 will take us all. Hugs Jackie

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  24. Merry Christmas to you all and may you have the Claritiest New Year! C xx

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  25. Thank you so much for your good wishes and inspirational artwork.

    Have a wonderful time with your family and a relaxing few days over the holiday period. Merry Christmas everyone!

    Karen xx

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  26. What a lovely Christmas greeting, Merry Christmas to all at Clarity Stamp. My inspiration has doubled this year thanks to you and your Groovi plates. I had started to parch before you came out with the Groovi system, but it is very hard and then Groovi came out and then it became easy. Thank you so much for this. You never know you might even get your own shopping channel, I would love that. All the best for the New Year.
    Jacqueline

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  27. Beautiful video and music Barbara. I wish you all the best at Christmas and Happy New Year from Canada.

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  28. That was so beautiful, Barbara, it brought a tear or two. I wish for you and your family a Wonderful Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2016. Thank you for all the pleasure you have provided me during the recent years. x

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  29. What a great video and thanks to all of you ... Barbara, Dave, the Clarityteam and the Designteam, you all make a good good work and you all bring a lot of joy in our life.
    Have a Merry Christmas and have a good time.
    Greetings from Germany

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  30. What a lovely way to say happy Christmas, Barbara. Beautiful artwork, kind words and calm, atmospheric music. Thanks to the design team, you and Dave. Happy Christmas to you all. Mxx

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  31. Oh that was lovely Barbara. Have a lovely evening and christmas.

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  32. Liebe Barbara,

    vielen Dank für euer wunderschönes Weihnachts-Grüße-Video!!
    Es anzuschauen und anzuhören ist eine wahre Freude.
    Ich wünsche dir, deiner Familie und dem kompletten Clarity-Team ein schönes Weihnachtsfest, ruhige Feiertage und alles Gute (vor allem ganz viel Gesundheit!) für das Jahr 2016.

    Liebe Grüße

    Monika

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  33. Video and music- lovely thank you enjoy your evening.Looking forward to more Clarity in 2016 Happy New year x

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  34. Lovely and a merry Christmas to all you, Dave, your family and friends, the Clarity team and of course not forgetting the blog crew. Hope your Christmas is a lovely one, and especially for those not able to be with or lucky enough to have close friends and family nearby. I'll raise a toast to you all tomorrow and think about you and know you are not alone, we are thinking about you too and sending lots of warm wishes and hugs and especially love. Karen xxx

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  35. Hi Barb,
    What a lovely video and lovely guitar from Dave. May I wish you, Dave, your family, the Clarity crew and all fellow bloggers a very Happy Christmas - have a lovely day. Lots of love Alison xxx
    Ps have a lovely meal & celebration tonight Barb xx

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  36. That was lovely, Barbara. A. Very, very happy Chritstmas to you all. Health, wealth and happiness for the coming year xxx

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  37. That was a really lovely sentiment Barbara, thank you for finding the time. Merry Christmas to yourself and Dave and camera man Jim and a special day tomorrow with your precious family.
    Alison xx

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  38. Thank you! And - as I scroll down all the messages on the blog and recognise many of the names - I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful, healthy and prosperous 2016.

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  39. Oh Barbara, that was just beautiful, Dave's guitar playing is amazing too and Jim on camera. I've spent all year making cards but haven't made or sent even one, I'm sorry to say, Christmas memories catch up with you in the end... but I'm wishing you and Dave, Claritystamp peeps, Design Teamies and all the lovely blog readers a very merry Christmas, will be thinking of you xxxx

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  40. Thank you! What a lovely video, Christmas wishes to everyone, enjoy! X X X X

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  41. What a very beautiful video Barb...enjoy your family Christmas.....the tree looks wonderful ;0) xx

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  42. What a very beautiful video Barb...enjoy your family Christmas.....the tree looks wonderful ;0) xx

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  43. Awww that was beautiful, thank you so much. You really do have s stunning team behind you, those cards were stunning as was Dave's playing and Jim's filming. Can't wait to see what you have in store for all of us next year. I hope everyone involved with Clarity and my fellow blog followers here but especially you Barbara have a wonderful Christmas and prosperous New Year. My best wishes to you all.

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  44. I hope you have a great Christmas meal and celebration today on Christmas Eve, even if you have lost a day somewhere. Enjoy all that lovely family time. xx Maggie

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  45. I wish you, your family & all the bloggers a wonderful Christmas with health & happiness in 2016 xx

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  46. Love the video and I wish all of you a very happy Christmas and a Happy New Year. xxxx

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  47. A beautiful video and a beautiful Christmas message too. Wishing you, your family and everyone at Clarity a wonderful Christmas. xxx

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  48. Wonderful to reminded of all the stunning artwork. Wishing all at Clarity a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year, best wishes xx

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  49. Thank you Barbara for this beautiful Christmas Message. Have a lovely evening . Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all the Team.
    X Chris

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  50. Merry Christmas to you Barbara and all your family. Thanks for all the inspiration and new projects this year and look forward what is in store for 2016. Enjoy xxxx

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  51. And a very Happy and peaceful Christmas to you Barb, Dave and all the family and the Clarity team.

    Lovely message and beautiful art work too.

    Crafty hugs Pen x

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  52. Hers to a peaceful and joyous new year. With plenty of time for crafting M F Mxx

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  53. Merry Christmas to you and Dave, the family and the team. Loved the message and the guitar music was lovely. All the best for 2016 xx

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  54. Thank you, Barbara, Dave and all the team. It has been a delight to follow you and Clarity this past year. Happy Christmas to you all. xxx

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  55. Merry Christmas to you and Dave, the family and the team. Loved the message and the guitar music was lovely. All the best for 2016 xx

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  56. Thank you once again Barbara - you put so much effort into everything that you do - this beautiful video is proof of that! Wishing you and your family - not to mention all of the Clarity Team and fellow Blog Members, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year! Looking forward to all of what you have planned for 2016 - Love Gilly xxx

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  57. A Happy Christmas to one and all and a happy, healthy New Year too. xxx

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  58. Just right for today! Happy Christmas.

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  59. And a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to all at Clarity too. Frohe Weihnachten!

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  60. My wish is that everyone reading here has a super Christmas and a warm happy healthy new year full of exciting times. That everyone gets the support they need to have a successful year. That everyone finds comfort while surrounded by the Clarity family and blog friends.

    Merry Christmas everyone. Xx

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  61. That was lovely, Barbara. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family. X

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  62. Afternoon Brenda, you are in my thoughts. Xx
    Afternoon Diane, soon be unwrapping all those Clarity parcels. Xx
    Afternoon Pam, have fun with your family. Xx
    Afternoon Dot, thinking of you, I'm sure our Dads are with us. Xx

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    1. Hi Donna, thank you, wishing you a wonderful Christmas although it will be hard for you, try not to be sad. Thinking of you and sending you lots of love and hugs to see you through.xxx

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    2. Hi Donna a little bit of heaven in our homes thank you my friend...xx

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    3. Donna and Dot sending you special hugs and Pam hugs to you too. Hugs to Brenda and Daisy happy Christmas to you all xxxx

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  63. Beautiful video, lovely guitar playing and brilliant camera work from Jim showing all the fantastic cards. Thank you Barbara for all your inspiration and all the time you have spent keeping up with your blog for our benefit for this last year. I wish you Dave and all your family a peaceful and Happy Christmas, also to all your fantastic team and to every one on your blog. Love and hugs to you all.xxx

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  64. Hello Barbara

    What a lovely video. Thank you. And thank you for your time and energy over the past 12 months. Much appreciated by everyone I'm sure. I wish you, your family and all the Clarity team health and happiness for 2016.

    Love
    Roz.x

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  65. What a lovely video. Wishing you,Dave and all the family a lovely, harmonious and peaceful Christmas and a great 2016 xxx

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  66. What a lovely video. Wishing you,Dave and all the family a lovely, harmonious and peaceful Christmas and a great 2016 xxx

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  67. Hi Diane, Sheila, Brenda and Dot, wishing you a wonderful Christmas and my thoughts are with you all, sending lots of love and hugs you way.xxx

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  68. Really enjoyed your video. Hope the meal went well and enjoy your evening. Our daughter is a nurse so is working tomorrow. Family will all travel here for Christmas on Boxing Day and a few days stay. Santa leaves some presents here for the 3 and 4 year old grandsons so we're just getting excited now, including my 91 year old father who lives with us.

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  69. Wonderful video, full of lovely artwork and good wishes - thank you! Have a lovely evening celebrating a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year! That goes to you, your lovely family and the fabulous Clarity team! Thank you all of you, for everything you share with us all year round! Not just the teaching, artwork and products but your time and lives too! Thank you! xxx

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  70. Thank you Barbara and all at Clarity . Joy now. Jan

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  71. Very well done! So very lovely with each one of you doing great work to make such a beautiful video. It was very moving. Thank you and may you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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  72. Great video, a very merry Christmas to you all. Our lot gave just been to panto land which the adults enjoyed as much as the kids. We all had home made soup afterwards and now the kids have all gone home all excited . A truly magical time and a pleasure to watch them all . X

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  73. Such beautiful music, artwork and heartfelt greetings - thank you. Sending all the blog followers very best wishes at Christmas-time, thinking especially those who have lost someone special, or for whom 2015 has been a challenging year. Enjoy your meal with your family tonight - God Bless, Susan x

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  75. What a lovely video...a merry Christmas to you all.xx

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  76. Ich wünsche euch ALLEN ein besinnliches und friedvolles Weihnachtsfest.

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  77. Ich wünsche euch ALLEN ein besinnliches und friedvolles Weihnachtsfest.

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  78. What a lovely way to send us season's greetings! Merry Christmas to you and everyone at Clarity. Thanks for all your hard work and inspiration.

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  79. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Have a wonderful evening together. A huge thank you to you and the Clarity design team for all your hard work, fantastic artwork, blogs, tutorials and inspiration. You have all changed my life for the better since I discovered Clarity. Merry Christmas everyone and I look forward to seeing you all here next year. Jeanette xxx

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  80. Merry Christmas, what talented team ;-)

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  81. Merry Christmas to you,Dave and all your team. Beautiful video. Enjoy your Christmas meal with your family. xx

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  82. Thank you Barb, lovely video and artwork. Hope You have a happy festive season.
    B xx

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  83. Lovely video. Happy Christmas to you, Barbara and Dave & Family. Also Happy Christmas to all the Claritystamps Teams.
    Have a wonderful Happy New Year 2016.
    Love from Vivienne xxxxxxxxx

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  84. Wonderful as usual Barbara, I would like to wish you, your family and all at Clarity a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.........enjoy your time with your family as I will mine over the next few days xxx

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  85. How lovely Barbara - merry christmas to you and yours

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  86. To you, your family, your team and all your blog followers,
    'We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!'
    Shelagh. Xx ;~}

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  87. Peace and goodwill to everyone this Christmas and the coming year X

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  88. Beautiful video thanks for all your inspiration over 2015! Merry Christmas!

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  89. Super video,lovely guitar, an unexpected pleasure. Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas.x

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  90. Really lovely,Barbara. Thank you. You and the team make a big difference to our lives with your inspiration, creativity and love. You're a real blessing. Much love. Maggie Marsland xxx

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  91. Really lovely,Barbara. Thank you. You and the team make a big difference to our lives with your inspiration, creativity and love. You're a real blessing. Much love. Maggie Marsland xxx

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  92. Merry Christmas to everyone here! I've just finished my wrapping, we've been to the children's service with little one, hubby is just making a yummy dinner, and we're settling in as a family for the next day or so. Blissfully happy in my life and wishing peace and joy for you all now and in the year to come.

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  93. Have a fantastic time - Merry Christmas! xxx

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  94. Happy Christmas Barbara, I send you joy, love, happiness and good health for 2016. You are an inspiration to me every day.Just returned from Church and 2 glasses of (very strong) mulled wine. everything is good with the world tonight x

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  95. Beautiful. Merry Christmas to you all X x

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  96. Thank you Barbara, and a happy Christmas to you and Dave and all the family x

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  97. That was lovely! Thank you to you and your wonderful team. Wishing everyone a very peaceful Christmas and mindful New Year!
    With love
    Fx

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  98. Lovely video. Thank you for all the inspiration you have given me this year.

    I wish you and your family plays the team a very happy Christmas and hope you all have a healthy and peaceful new year.

    Love
    Hazel c uk

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  99. Merry christmas and best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year .Keep the inspiration coming x

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  100. A beautiful video - the design team, along with yourself are so inspirational.

    I hope you have a fabulous evening. Merry Christmas to one and all xxx

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  101. Lovely video Barb. Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas xxx

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  102. Lovely video - thank you, Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy Prosperous New Year

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    1. Lovely Barbara. A very Happy Christmas to you and your family and not forgetting your lovely design team.. Good health and blessings to you all.Much love.xxxxxx

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  103. Hi Barbara,
    beautiful video!!!
    As you we celebrated christmas today. I had a fabulous dinner at my mother´s house with my sister and family.
    So MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of you
    Rolf xxx

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  104. Hello Barbara. What a beautiful Christmas video. It made me smile and also brought a tear to my eyes. So thoughtful and kind of you all. Wishing you and Dave and everyone in the Clarity Family a joyous Christmas. Thinking of you all. Hugs xxx

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  105. How lovely, wishing you and yours all the magic of the season. Happy Christmas to all involved with Clarity. Xx

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  106. Gorgeous! Is there ne end to your talents - love the guitar, very chilled out now. Happy Christmas to you all and a very happy new year. Xx

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  107. That was really lovely, thank you, and a very happy, Christmas and a happy , healthy new year,,xxxx

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  108. What as beautiful video Barb and I love Dave's guitar playing and Jim's wonderful photography, and hope that you have had a wonderful family Christmas dinner and have a restful day tomorrow! x

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  109. Thank you so much for doing this wee video a a lot of thought and care to make us all smile
    hope your wee family celebration was enjoyed by all.
    If Dave ever goes on Britain's got talent I'd vote for him.
    God bless you all and a very Merry Xmas....xx Dot..xx

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    1. Brenda Merry Christmas my friend thinking of you and here's yir special Xmas cuddle God bless and take care of you.....X

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  110. Hi Barbara
    I would just like to wish you and your family a Happy Christmas,enjoy your time with the family.

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  111. Hi Barbara
    Wishing you, Dave Grace and Mark and all your family a very happy Christmas and a very Happy new year. Have a wonderful time filled with fun and laughter and lots of happy memories. Darling hubby has let me link to his phone so I could leave a message for you, but haven't watched the video as I don't want to drain his phone battery - he's on call tonight so I hope it's a quiet one. Lots of love and hugs all round.
    Love Diane xxxxx

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  113. Beautiful. Merry Christmas to all Clarity team and followers. Hope it is a good one for you all xx

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  114. Merry Christmas to you and your family. X

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  115. wishing you a blessed christmas to you and yours. i think the way you celebrate christmas is more the true meaning of it so long live traditions, hugs xx
    il-milied it-tajjeb

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  116. Merry Christmas and happy new year to you and Dave, your family and all at Clarity. Best wishes, Diane (Cards2Di4). X

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  117. I waited until now to play this - beautiful xx love Daves music

    Happy Christmas to you all xx

    Much much love

    Kim xx

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  118. A Merry Christmas to you, your family and everyone from Clarity. I hope you're all having a lovely day x

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  119. Hope you had a lovely Christmas Eve evening with your family and that the rest of your Christmas weekend is wonderful too

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  120. How lovely, brought a tear to my eyes. Merry Christmas to all of you. Bx

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x