Posted by: Debra Kolkka | December 22, 2014

It’s Christmas time

The years roll on too quickly. I can’t believe Christmas is with us again. This time last year we were in Finnish Lapland enjoying a snowy Christmas.

We visited Santa’s Village in Rovaniemi on the edge of the Arctic Circle and then headed up into Lapland for some dog sledding, cross country skiing, reindeer sledding and skidoo riding. It was an amazing way to spend Christmas.

Inside our cosy cottage we enjoyed gingerbread biscuits made by Jodie and Allan.

Gingerbread  biscuits



Gingerbread biscuits

They also treated us to Baileys on snow…the perfect Christmas drink. It is easy to make if you have some fresh snow.

Baileys on snow

Baileys on snow

Baileys on snow

 This year we will be eating prawns and mangoes…that’s good too.

MERRY CHRISTMAS  to everyone.

Thank you for following Bagni di Lucca and Beyond in 2014. Next year promises to be full of new adventures. I hope you will stop by occasionally and say hello.


  1. Buon Natale Debbie and Jim from our small island with no snow this year in Maine to your BIG ISLAND enjoying summer

    • It was fun to have a cold Christmas last year, quite a change for us. I look forward to catching up in the spring.

  2. How lovely to read your post this morning with the snow effect down the page while the humidity builds here. Yes I remember all your lovely photos from when you and Jim went to visit Santa’s village last Christmas
    . Anyway Merry Christmas to you both and enjoy the prawns and mango. x

    • A hot Christmas is OK too. Have a great day.

  3. Merry Christmas dear Debra 🙂 Thanks and Love, nia

    • The same to you Nia. I hope you have a lovely time with your family.

  4. Merry Christmas to you too Debra. I like the sound of Bailey’s on snow although I don’t think I will be making it this Christmas as there is very little prospect of snow here for the holiday.

    • I hope your Christmas is wonderful despite the lack of snow.

  5. Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2015! See you in Bagni in a few months.

    • I look forward to a coffee at Il Monaco.

  6. Buone Natale a voi. 🙂

    • Grazie! I hope you have a lovely Christmas too.

  7. And I would love to be there drinking snaps with you as well Debra —- have a marvelous festive season — greetings from Jill , me and “kids”

    • We can share a drink frm opposite sides of the continent. Have a great Christmad.

  8. I love that gnome!

    • That’s good, I brought him home and you will meet him.

  9. Aahhh the memories. What a fab Xmas it was. But yes mangoes and prawns are good also. Best of all we get to share that with you.

    • It is funny how food features a lot in Christmas celebrations. Merry Christmas.

  10. Merry Chistmas. Drinks look pretty good!

    • Grab some snow and try it…or maybe crushed ice.

  11. Merry Christmas to you Debra and thank you for all the wonderful postings this year. No snow here in Ohio.

    • Merry Christmas and have a great New Year.

  12. Wonderful memories and more to come – Merry Christmas Debra!

    • Travelling is a great way to spend time. I look forward to lots of discoveries next year.

  13. Buon Natale Debra e grazie di tutto quello che scrivi sul tuo ‘Blog’. Felice Anno Nuovo.

    • Grazie. I look foreward to finding more fun things to write about on my travels next year.

  14. I recall your Lapland visit, which I imagine is very fond memories for you. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    • It was a great way to spend Christmas. I would love to do it again one day and see the northern lights.

  15. Baileys on snow sounds fantastic,,, (never seen snow) but I do like Baileys 😊 love your blog. Merry Christmas

    • It would work with crushed ice, but it wouldn’t be quiet the same. Thank you for following the blog and for taking the time to comment.

  16. Hi Debra. Enjoy your prawns & mango. I’m not sure what I’ll be eating here in Bargara Qld. as I’m a guest – woohoo! Thanks for all your posts this year. I read & enjoy every one. No chance of me travelling overseas anymore I’m afraid but I live vicariously through others and think longingly of Tuscany. Wishing you a Merry Christmas & a great 2015.

    • How nice to be a guest at Christmas time . I hope you have a lovely day and thanks for following the blog.

  17. Merry Christmas! Now we have cold and snow nearly everywhere in Finland.

    • I am glad you have snow. It is a bit dark and gloomy without it. I will be back in February for some cold weather.

  18. Have a great Christmas yourself!

    • We have no children in our family, so Christmas is a bit quiet. I hope you have a fun day.

  19. Merry Christmas! I do hope our paths cross in BDL one of these days. . Thank you for all that you share in your travels and especially for all the special little nooks and crannies you discover around Bagni di Lucca. Tanti auguri and best wishes for a healthy and happy 2015!

    • I’m sure we will one day share an aperitivo at Bar Italia. Thank you for following and I look forward to finding more treasures in Bagni di Lucca.

  20. Merry Christmas to you and Jim from North Carolina, where we are enjoying a house full of grandkids and delicious Mexican food- esp tamales. No snow here either! The Bailey´s drink sounds good. Beatum Annum Novum! Long Live Latin! This from our granddaughter who loves the language.
    Love, Sondra

    • Children and Mexican food sounds like a good combination. Have fun.

  21. Merry Christmas to you all. The Baileys and Christmas cookies look delicious. Prawns and mangoes sounds very hard to beat. 🙂

    • We have some great food here in Australia. I love the stone fruit and tropical delights we have at Christmas time. Have a wonderful time with your family.

  22. Merry christmas! We have again / still snow and a cold weather. Heli, Mikko and Ilpo

    • I hope you had a lovely snowy Christmas and that your New Year is great.

  23. The prawns and mangoes sound fabulous, but I now HAVE to try Baileys on fresh snow 🙂 Merry Christmas Debra! All the very best to you and Jim!

    • …a quick trip to the Arctic is in order. We are planning to return one day to try again for the northern lights.

  24. Oh to back home for the holidays – prawns and mangoes – yum! I remember it only too well. Have a wonderful Christmas Deb. All good wishes to you and Jim. We have no snow but rain. I will be drinking Baileys without the snow – I imagine tis special with snow though. Looking forward to more posts in the New Year

    • Christmas Day went well. It wasn’t too hot and we all ate well. Bring on 2015.

  25. It’s all good wherever you are if you make it so 🎅🎄🎁

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