Monday, 14 December 2015

Time To Join The Christmas Party

We all do the Christmas decorating thing at different times, according to our own traditions. And for us here it is usually the second to last weekend before Christmas. Now this does tend to mean that Christmas tree choice has been severely depleted. On the other had, choosing is super easy because there are only a few to look at and it is easy to eliminate the ones that you don't want in your house and pick the one that you do. Less choice can be infinitely better and lead to far less arguments.

So, this being the second to last weekend before Christmas, our house finally looks appropriately decorated. In the process of making it thus I thought I would acknowledge some of the lovely people who have added to our festive cheer with the things they have made for us over the years. There are too many to list and I apologise to anyone who I failed to get a photo of your make, but here are some of the things that are making me smile.


And more.


And still more.


And lest you think I never keep anything I make, here are three Christmas makes that do live with us.


Then there are items that came before the days of blogging and IG. Russian matryoshka Santas that I bought in Alaska when I worked on the cruise ships. A mouse choir made by a co-worker in Toronto, and a little elf family bought at a craft show by my father.


It's quite obvious that for me there is no theme to Christmas. It is all about memories and the joy they bring. It is the same for the girls. I have been giving them ornaments since birth so that one day, when they have homes of their own they will already have a box of ornaments each, replete with memories and history.

In fact, they have so many now that very few other ornaments make it to the tree. And this is okay because that's all part of the constant evolving memories that make each family unique.


I wasn't feeling very festive until this weekend. But it's all happening now. Just need some cold weather - after the school runs are finished on Friday that is.

Susan

16 comments:

  1. We were decorating this weekend too. You have many beautiful quilty decorations.

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  2. Gorgeous! I'm really going to have to pull my finger out next year and make some Christmas cushions, etc. - I only have one and I didn't even make that!

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  3. Lovely and festive decorations Susan! I think the Christmas Table runner swap was one of my first swaps back in the flickr days:)

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  4. Lovely decorations and gifts. When the girls leave home you'll have to buy all new ornaments. That's what I did with the boys too.

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  5. i too have being buying decorations in threes for years. Only problem is, I find i don't want to hand any of them over. They remind me too much of the children and all our happy holidays and Christmases

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  6. Awesome collection! (wish I'd made two of those trees!) We have the stiffies up in your honour :-) xxx

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  7. Christmas decorating really should be about what makes us happy. Handmade is such a bonus!

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  8. My tree is the same -no theme. no colour co-ordination, but a lot of memories, and treasures made by friends and family.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  9. You have beautiful Christmas things - quilts and otherwise!!

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  10. Merry Christmas! Hope you've enjoyed the celebrations surrounded by so many pretty things.

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  11. What a wonderful selection of handmade festive decorations. We have also done the same with ornaments with the children too - with 3 children and the eldest now being 16, the tree is crammed! I do stil find roo m for a few others though :-D. I can no longer remember which ornaments belong to whom though, so it does mean they have to help undecorate the tree so they can put their ornaments away in their boxes - if it was left to me it would be total chaos lol!

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  12. Hope you had a great Christmas and New Year Mrs CA.
    Please don't respond to all my blog trawling today. It was so much fun to see what you have been up to. Such lovely sewing and creativity.

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  13. Hope that everything is ok. It's been a while since you last blogged - miss your posts ..... a lot.

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