Friday, December 21, 2012

The Best Way To Spread Christmas Cheer

 It's the last day of school for the year! Or it would be if the kids weren't having a snowday thanks to ALL THIS SNOW. The younger two went outside and frolicked in the snow and the oldest kid stayed inside and worked on her Christmas presents, bless her industrious little heart. And it is SO close to Christmas, which means that I will now show you my favorite Christmas decorations.

This is what our tree looks like this year. As you can see by our coloured Christmas lights, we are not Communists:
 I spent all of Christmas tree set-up day last weekend feeling PRETTY hard done by because our tree is a bit.. spartan. Charlie-Brown-esque. But throw on a zillion decorations and three miles of lights and you can barely tell!

And now for the close-up tour:
SANTA! I KNOW HIM!
He's REALLY old - from about 1900 and super-fragile blown glass. He used to have an elf buddy with a mushroom hat but I broke him because I suck.

COOL DOWN, DUTCH KIDS, THIS IS A FAMILY TREE:
Also note the leering snowmen who like where this is headed. Anyhow, someone brought ups back the kissing kouple from a trip to Holland.

The kids had Monday off, too - geez, what a short week - and we made cinnamon-applesauce dough and cut out hearts for the tree and our house smelled OVERPOWERINGLY of cinnamon for a few days.

SO CRAFTY. We made tons of these hearts.

St. Nicholas sometimes brings Christmas ornament kits, which is wise of him and one year we made zillions of these pretty little angels:
 Isn't she sweet? Less sweet is the memory of the tense day we made them, when one kid was in trouble in her room ALL DAY LONG. But the angels are pretty! Begone, actual memories!

SNIFF HERE IS A PICTURE OF MY OLDEST KID AT 6
 CATS IN THE CRADLE AND THE SILLLVERR SPOOOOON.

I don't love these dumb lumpy bears but the kids do. They have magnets in their noses, so no matter where they are, they swing together like a lovestruck new couple:
GET A ROOM, PERVERT BEARS.

This is my favorite thing - it's a winged girl holding a white fox, riding on a deer and Bill put her in my stocking the Christmas we were expecting The Girl:
I see the ornament and I briefly feel again that wild fear and that wild hope.
 
This is a very fragile old tree topper - too small to go on top of our tree, so it just hangs hugely off to the side:
It used to be on my grandma's tree and now it is on mine.

These are my favorite - wee little birthday candle-holding angels, long broken. I think they're from the 30s:
 
They have the sweetest wistful little faces. Also seen in this picture: OUR MAGNIFICENT GINGERBREAD PALACE. The Girl made it this year and she is obviously going Big Gingerbread Places.

She also made this gorgeous tree at school out of a magazine, spraypaint and glitter:
"You must be really artistic too," some well-meaning soul said to me the other day and I laughed and laughed. My friend C gave me the stern bookish angel behind the tree.

And here you can see the box the angels get stored in and that I set out because it's so pretty, the Christmas card my Uncle Ron and Aunt Lori sent (made with one of his photographs), and a jar full of antique glass balls - too fragile to hang up anymore:
 
 They look dusty in the picture but they're actually covered in tiny fine cracks!

I love this time of year. And now I am off to bake some cookies. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to you and your family.

12 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tour! We also have pervert bears, courtesy of Hallmark. Yep, the kids love them. I love your deer-riding, fox-carrying girl! And what a lovely memory!

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  2. Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without some Dutch children acting all slutty. Also bears!

    I love this post! I think your tree is gorgeous! It also seems enormous to me. This makes me all kind of happy. xoxo

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  3. That picture your Uncle Ron took is beautiful! Love the vase of antique ornaments. Such a pretty way to display them.

    The magazine tree brought back memories. I remember making something like that in about grade 6 but it had an extra fold somehow and then we spray painted them red and stuck some kind of santa head on the top.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Beck!

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  4. Merry Christmas to you too Beck and family. What a lovely, lovely tree and I had to laugh about the "in her room all day part" I can totally relate! Sometimes the finished product does not reflect the memory which makes the memory all the more memorable...

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  5. "That wild fear and wild hope." Yes. Yes yes.

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  6. my parents have those "noel" candle holding angels, but if I'm left alone with them for very long they end up spelling "leon"

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  7. This is my favorite kind of tree...one with lots of memories hanging from it.

    Merry Christmas, Beck!

    =)

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  8. Lovely decorations! Such special treasures!

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  9. I love those candles x have a magical Christmas xx

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