Monday, December 22, 2008

FINALLY FESTIVE.

The one disadvantage of going to England for ten days at the beginning of December is that all the jobs that need to be done in time for Christmas have to be condensed down in to a very few days, like getting our Christmas tree decorated. We decided to go out on Saturday to get it, by the time we had run all our other errands it was dark, and of course, it was snowing.


Here is my husband in the snow with our selected tree strapped onto the car. The big disadvantage of buying a tree in a snow storm is that you end up taking an awful lot of snow in to the house with you! Our tree stood and dripped in the kitchen for a few hours. After it had produced a small lake on the floor we finally moved into its 'official' spot and left it over night to settle in. In the morning we were pleasantly surprised to see we had actually managed to pick quite a nice one in spite of the the dark and the snow storm!


So yesterday was spent decorating it (one of my favorite tasks). I love rediscovering all the decorations each year and remembering where we bought them and why. Finally our belated tree is dressed and looking beautiful.


My collection of vintage Santas have taken up residence.........


My ursine nativity is in place................


And my Christmas Steiff Bears are hiding in the vegetation...........


When I came out of hospital last month I needed something to keep me occupied so I tried making some 'alternative' Christmas trees, here they are.


Then I made a little silver corner...........


And brightened up my fir cone basket.........


Now it feels like Christmas at home and I can enjoy looking out on the snow in the park and feeling festive. Just one snag, I haven't wrapped any of the Christmas presents yet! It never ends!

Photo Credits - CJT and Dominick V

7 comments:

Ana said...

I think that Polar Christmas Trees and Bear are adorable. If I manage (somehow)to have extra time, maybe, just maybe will try to make something like that. Merry Christmas to You and Your family.

Patricia said...

Very beautiful bears! you have a nice collection...
I miss snow...the choirs, and the christmas festivity durgin winter...
Thanks for visiting my blog, I have to actualize.
Have a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!!

Celeste said...

Ana, Happy Christmas to you too. The trees are easy to make, just make sure you find an adhesive that is designed for use on styrofoam.

Patricia, I know what you mean about missing the snow, I lived in Africa for nine years and I could never get used to hot, sunny Christmases. Merry Christmas.

ramblingwoods said...

Oh..I love the decorations and the beautiful tree..Thank you as I just didn't feel up to decorating this year so I an enjoy your decorations..

Celeste said...

Rambling Woods - I am so happy that you enjoyed the decorations Michelle, sorry you weren't feeling so good.

Louise said...

Love your alternative Christmas trees and silver corner!

Celeste said...

Thanks Louise, I am always so impressed with your beautiful crafting projects, mine look very amateur in comparison!