Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas traditions

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro' the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse....
I love those words, because they mark a family tradition that is 20 years old.  Every year on Christmas Eve I would read The Night Before Christmas to my boy, who is almost 21.  Now I read the exact same copy to my girl, nearly 5.
Traditions that are super special and something we look forward to.  Ones I hope my children continue in years to come.
This one remembers those who have passed, we have an angel on the tree for everyone of our special people who are no longer with us.
Each year we buy a new decoration for the tree, this is last year's from Bali.  Where I can, I add the year and where I got the decoration from.

A few more traditions, leaving out the Santa Key, a snack and drink for Santa and his Reindeer and watching Santa's message to Matilda via the Portable North Pole.

and my final tradition is wrapping the presents on Christmas Eve.  I've done this for years and I love it.  A nice snack, some good TV and I'm set. 
Ok, I'm off to finish this job right now.
Thanks again to Larissa from LMR Photography for photographing my tree. 
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A handmade Christmas

We love a handmade Christmas.  I enjoy the feeling of giving and especially knowing I've made the gift.  I also love surrounding myself with handmade goodies for our home.
This year we made Christmas bark, rocky road and rosemary salt as gifts. 
For Miss Matilda's teachers I made ring bowls and personalised tree decorations.

A few clay decorations

A thumbprint Reindeer
I decided to make a wreath rather than buy one, using more of my clay decorations
and Santa hats

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Christmas around our home

I love Christmas. I love decorating, baking, gift giving and of course spending time with friends and family.   Here's a little decorating around our home.  No room goes undecorated including the bathroom.   This year I decided to gather all of my glittery decorations and I love how the light makes them sparkle at night. 

Miss Matilda's room, and this year she had a great time decorating her tree.  Our Christmas book basket is getting a little full.

and our tree
Thanks so much to Larissa from LMR Photography for photographing our tree and buffet so beautifully.

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Our "Elf" on the shelf ~ Twinkle

Our 'Elf" Twinkle has found her way from the North Pole and joins us nice and close to the big day.  Last Christmas she made her appearance a lot earlier but I just didn't have the time nor energy to plan and do anything with her sooner.
Yes, she's not the official Elf on the Shelf.  She is a 'Barbie' style doll who is a friend of Tinkerbell, she came complete with the boots and I just made a little Elf hat.  Last year I gave a few people a good laugh because she's not the official Elf, but that's ok. Matilda loved her and every morning would seek her out to see what Twinkle had been up to.  I think she's pretty cute.
Now to check out Pinterest and find some ideas of what to do with her over the next few days.
If you have an Elf Pinterest board please feel free to leave a link.
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