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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas

Well I have finally worked out what I want for Christmas,  a waist like Elizabeth Taylor's.

Do you have room on your mantelpiece for one more card?
This is from me to all of you, a very heartfelt Merry Christmas and thank you for your wit, warmth, friendship and encouragement over the past 12 months.

B&P - I've been at the collages again.

I'm off to steam my Claridge's pudding, oh I so wish it had silver  charms but I'm sure the Health & Safety elves now frown on random shrapnel being scattered throughout  edible puddings.
A group "ahhh' please, for the last ingredient.



When the clock strikes 4pm on Christmas Eve, I shall be heading out for a Christmas cocktail and raising my glass to my late father, departed friends, family and  all of you.
My best Yuletide wishes to one and all.
As Tiny Tim said: God bless us everyone!

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  1. Have a wonderful one, Tabitha! And as for Elizabeth's waist, that's pretty impressive considering it was way before photoshop arrived on the scene!

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    1. Sue, so true! I could do with you in the kitchen right now, I'm swithering over whether or not my red velvet cake is baked all the way through, I'm having a stare off with it.

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  2. Cheers to you, Tabitha. Merry Christmas!

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  3. Hope your Christmas is Merry and Bright! And save me a bit of that pudding...

    Love that picture of Liz!

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  4. Enjoy your holiday feast, that pudding must be ever so delicious if it's from Claridges.
    Liz looks so svelte in that picture.

    Merry Christmas Tabitha.

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  5. Merry Christmas Tabitha!!! :)

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  6. Merry Christmas Tabs - and THANK YOU for entertaining us so royally for another year! Beautiful Liz and her teeny waist - and to think she could drink any man under the table! Where have I been going wrong? Not using a big enough table, probably. Cheers! x

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  7. Merry Christmas from warm, sunny Miami! Hope yours is amazing.

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  8. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Tabitha!

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  9. Ooh you and me both - breathe in!! HAve a very good one xx

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  10. Ahhh, Love IS the magic ingredient.
    Merry Christmas to you Tabitha and thank you for YOUR wit, humour and support.
    Liz's waist is amazing, but I'd rather have her jewelry:))
    Cheers,
    Jennifer

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  11. Lovely Tabs. Well wishing for a waist like Elizabeth Taylor's is never going to happen for me. So I'd rather indulge in the pudding ;-)
    Have a wonderful Christmas Tabs and wishing you all you desire for 2013 xx

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  12. Bonnie Lass Tabs,
    Enjoy your Daft Days and puds. I send via the ethernet a life raft full of merriment and tinsel bedecked wishes for a Guid New Year. If you're jealous of Liz's waist, she'd want your outstanding legs and taste in shoes. Now go plant a Santa on your front lawn and make some merriment tonight.
    Bookers, Bakers, perhaps a little Mark of the Maker's . . .,
    Queen of the Clean Up Parade

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  13. awww how sweet. merry christmas to you too tabitha. thank you for all the posts you'e written and for all the laughs. you are amazing! xo janet

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  14. Merry Christmas Tabitha!

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  15. Hello Tabitha

    Thank you for that beautiful wish and I shall raise my glass at 4.00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and include you in my good wishes.
    Thank you for your friendship, entertainment and joy this past year
    Helen xx

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    1. The merriest of Christmases to you, the hubs, and your wonderful mum!
      I'll raise my glass to a New Year full of glamour, wit and pearls of wisdom direct from the B&P salon.

      Liz did have the benefit of good corsetry.
      Rigby and Peller will sort you out with a waist like Liz, if you don't mind being prodded about by one of their matronly fitters. R&P fitting rooms are very 'Carry-On'esque, and I always half expect to see Fenella Fielding and Harry H Corbet behind a velvet curtain.

      Slange!

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    2. oops...too much festive cheer...wrong reply button...sorry

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    3. C: I meant to go in there last week but time escaped me, I am marching through Edinburgh with my torch next week. Have a wonderful christmas.

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  16. Merry Christmas and thanks for all of your wit and wisdom this past year!

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  17. Merry Christmas and thank you for all the joy you give! xoxo

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  18. Merry Christmas to you Tabitha. I am so glad I found your blog this year and perhaps a kindred spirit, if I may be so bold!

    Loving the photo of Liz - are you going to watch the documentary about her on BBC4 later tonight (10.55 I think)? I won't manage to stay awake til then but it's all lined up in my Sky+ for recording and a happy hour's viewing sometime over the xmas hols.

    Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas...

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  19. Merry Christmas Tabs! I will be with you in spirit Oh heck, your four o'clock is my noon, so what they hey! I may join you, as I will be cooking a storm as we are having our big feast tomorrow night! Long story!

    Thanks for the grand card! If you are taking La Liz's waist, might I please put up my paw for Miss Vivian Leigh's?

    I have got to go to Claridge's! It is simply a must for me!!!

    Habe a great one tomorrow! When I toast my dad and mum I will include your dad as well. I will mention him to my dad as well. When he was dying, I mentioned all sort of folks for him to look up when he got there! God - he was probably relieved to get away!

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  20. Merry Christmas, Tabitha. Here's hoping when you wake up on Xmas morning that waist is yours!

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  21. The thing with Liz and her waist is that she was not skinny but had that tiny little midsection. She wasn't dieting you can tell from her beautiful face. Curator says it's all in the corset, if so I'm in too.
    Merry Christmas Tabs. You spread joy and beauty across to us masses and it's so appreciated. Cheers to you, your Dad, your Mum and the Hubs!

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  22. Merry Christmas to you and your family... and here’s to absent friends and family! Thank you for all the enjoyable posts this year.

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  23. happy christmas see you in 2013. xxx

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  24. Merry Christmas, enjoy your Christmas with your Mom!

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  25. Have a wonderful Christmas Tabitha! I've been reading your blog for a while now and thought it was high time I commented and told you how much I enjoy your wit, writing and style. Enjoy your Christmas cocktail - I shall be drinking a Christmas toast in champagne! :)

    Melusine

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  26. Merry Christmas to you too Tabitha. It seems a million years ago since I first saw then commented on your blog ..about black handbags.

    It's Christmas Eve here and yes Im off to the shops!

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  27. We all want what we don't have. I'd give a lot for long, lanky legs. Thank you Tabitha for yet another fantastic year of posts. You give all of us the present of your lovely wit, and wonderful writing, (among other things.) I wish you the happiest of Christmases. xo

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  28. Thank you for the Christmas wishes Tabitha and Merry Christmas to you and yours. Thanks for the lovely posts - much appreciated!

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  29. Happy, happy Christmas Tabitha! I too envy Liz' waistline, as well as nearly everyone in the films of the 1940s and 50s, which are apparently my deep down fantasy fashion eras. I admire the elegance and tiny waistlines, but would not go for the corsetage.

    I also envy your pudding, which is not a thing we Americans indulge in, usually. But I do recall my English granny explaining to me how to steam a pudding (you wrap it in a rag, and can't let ANY water get in it!). I am happy to report we've been invited to the Boxing Day festivities at my Auntie's (her 2nd husband is an Englishman).

    ---Jill Ann

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    1. Jill Ann, Christmas pud is my absolute favourite, I could wolf the whole thing down, I'll be in a choke chain tomorrow.

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  30. Dear Tabitha, wishing you a very Happy and Merry Christmas, and thank you for all the fantastic, funny, witty and wise blogs you have written for us through the year. I love them all!
    Waving my magic wand, you will receive Liz's tiny waist on Christmas morn :)

    xxx

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  31. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family.
    Hugs to your Mum.

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  32. Merry Christmas Tabitha! I watched Roman Holiday the other night and if no one has claimed it, I will take Audrey Hepburn's tiny waist. Cheers to the dear and departed (raising my glass).

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  33. I read somewhere yesterday about someone who 'triple Spanx'. Sounds kinky to me (not to mention v. uncomfortable). I suspect Liz had a bit of elasticated or laced up assistance there in addition to the super-strong belt.

    Merry Christmas, Tabitha, and thanks for all the great posts over this past year!

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  34. The boys came home from University and in two seconds flat I was watching "Inside Claridge's". I can't believe that they would allow the cameras inside but on the other hand it seemed that everything was perfect .Imagine the conversations the lift operator has heard. Really enjoyed it. Will watch another episode tonight and the pudding must be over the moon.
    I will also join you in a toast Christmas Eve and give thanks to you . Every post make the world a little brighter.
    Merry Christmas to your family !

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    1. Marsha - you know me so well - you know why - thank you - it's perfect!

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  35. Wishing all the best to you and yours!

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  36. Merry Christmas Tabitha. I miss the sixpences in the pudding, just not the same! x

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  37. Merry Christmas Tabitha. Thank you for both entertaining and inspiring me throughout the last year. Your blog remains the best one out there x

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  38. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas, Tabitha!

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  39. Thank you for the company Tabs, and looking forward to the further virtual companionship (or whatever it is called) in the years to come. My cyberland wouldn't be the same without you. Big electronic hug (even if it's probably not an 'upper' thing to do- we Salvs have to be excused since manners and manierisms havent mellowed neither our heartiness nor clumsiness, we're still the proverbial elephants in china shop) and a very merry one to you too.

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    1. Y: You Slavs have the best cheekbones, who needs manners when you can look haughty with a turn of the head. What are you having for Christmas dinner ?

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    2. Christmas dinner is supposed to be respectfully modest, so I'm making sea bass baked in salt crust and a heap of veggies. We also do a thingie called 'potica' in my part of the world, (Brutally made mundane by wikipedia by calling it a 'nut roll’.Beh. It's an art, I tell you, of which my mother is THE Master).Calories and gluttony galore.)
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut_roll

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    3. I wouldn't frown at christmas pudding either, mind you. Especially with cream. (ahh i can already feel the cold winds of january dieting...)

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    4. Who would think there was a Wikipedia entry for "nut roll"? My late mother-in-law, who was Slovak, used to make nut roll, also poppy seed and apricot filled. She called them kolaches. Her husband was Slovenian, so now I'm wondering if it was from her family or from his! In any case, I keep thinking I need to get my sister-in-law to teach me how to make them.

      ---Jill Ann

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    5. Yemamaya - oh sea bass is very healthy, you must be the only ones not wearing elasticated pyjama bottoms today. I looked up the nut roast, I love things like that.

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  40. Have a wonderful Christmas and every best wish to you and your family for a happy n healthy 2013. Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog.

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  41. Merry Christmas! I'm sure there were many stages in her life when Liz Taylor wished for Liz Taylor's waist! God ole Broad that she was!

    See you next year! x

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    1. Sally, I've tried to email you and I know that a 'manor" is involved but can't get the damned thing to come up - email me! Yes to next year and you have that waist - humph.

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  42. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year...which I hope is filled with more of your wonderful wit and glamourous eye!

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  43. Merry Christmas to you Tabitha, let it be the best ever!!!

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  44. Dear Tabs, trust it was a glorious glass to your Dad. Will think of you when I raise a rummy Christmas cocktail with mine tonight (his Jamaican thing in glasses I got with him back in 1974)! Otherwise Liz and a CLARIDGE'S pudding *swoon*. Perfection! All things happy, cosy and bright to you, Preacher Husband and Darling Mum. En-JOY!

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    1. Get Fresh - I LOVE Christmas pud, have bought Preacher a bottle of non alcoholic wine, he is in pretendy heaven.

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  45. Well I want your hips......Happy Christmas to you and your lovely mother.Ida

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    1. Ida - bottoms up for the festive season.

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  46. Merry Christmas Tabitha!!

    Esther

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  47. Merry Christmas dear, sweet, stunning, friend!!!!! This post brought tears to my eyes, because of the beauty of it. Merry Christmas Beautiful!

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  48. Fröhliche Weihnachten, Tabitha!

    Maja

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  49. Tabitha wishing you a lovely Christmas. It's been great finding your blog this year! Thanks for all your comments too.

    xo
    Kim

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  50. Merry Christmas, Tabitha, and cheers to you too. Gigi just sent an alert about a Kate Spade sale and guess what I spotted ... your coat half off and with another 25% off with code 25SALE!

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  51. Merry Christmas, Dear Tabitha! That photo of La Liz is priceless! Wouldn't you also like one or two of her jewels? Waists are fleeting, but a 20 carat square cut diamond isn't!!

    We're having an Olde Fashioned, Olde English Christmas Dinner of roast beef and yorkie pud, a Christmas tradition in the Darlington households since I was a wee lad, and likely well before.

    Fa-la-la-la! Reggie

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    1. Reggie - I think that not buying something from her state will be my one big regret in life!
      Oh your dinner sounds delicious, we're having roast goose, bread sauce and all the trimmings, dinner is served just after the Queen's speech at ours.

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  52. Merry Christmas! It keeps snowing over here, we keep shovelling but every morning we are almost snowed in again. It is very cosy though.

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  53. Cheers to you and a wonderful New Year Tabitha! Bisous de Le Petit Village xxx

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