Monday 22 December 2008

The Secret life of Christmas Decorations.

Each year Christmas arrives more quickly than it did the year before.

Is it really 12 months since I got the decorations out?

Each one is laden with memory.
(I'm sorry the pictures are so dark but it didn't seem appropriate to use flash.)

This is one of two paper lanterns from my childhood tree, at least 57 years old and the inspiration for these.

Next is one of a batch we made in 1977, our first Christmas together when we had no money to buy many Christmas decorations. We used a cardboard tube cut into rings and cooking foil.

These are from a trip to Copenhagen in 1984 when I was pregnant with my second son.

And here are my two lovely peg dolls new this year from Sesga, and they will become part of the history of my tree decorations..

This is what happens to your poinsettia when an old blind dog has a good wag a bit too near it.

This is my first blog Christmas and I must say how much I have enjoyed my first 8 months.
The pleasure I have had from reading your blogs has been matched by the friendship support and encouragement you have given me.

I've celebrated, agonised, moaned, complained, puzzled, rejoiced..and you have been ready for me with your comments ..most of which have made me smile and feel grateful to have discovered this amazing world.

I wish all of you my dear friends, readers, contacts, wherever you are, a very peaceful and Happy Christmas.

(Sorry..that sounds so corny..but I really mean it)


Dot said...

Hi Jackie

I really enjoyed this post and reading about the history of your decorations. They have quite a history :) I am lucky to have two of Sesga's peg dolls too so will have the same tradition as you!

So glad you have enjoyed your first 8 months blogging. I enjoy visiting your blog ; seeing your art and hearing about your life.

Love the snow effect on your blog too!

Sending you much love over the festive season.

Dot xx

Lesley's Creations said...

Hi, I love the secret life of your Christmas decorations. Isn't it strange how we remember where we purchased or how we made each one, yet I can't remember to get the things on my shopping list. Well if I'm honest I forget to take the list itself. We remember the things we treasure that give us such happy memories! Have a fabulous Christmas. See you in blog land in the New Year! xx

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Merry Christmas Jackie - glad I found your blog!

Anonymous said...

A thoroughly charming trip through memories of Christmas past - Merry Christmas to you and yours! And I love the "snow" on your website!

beadbabe49 said...

and the very same to you,'s been such a pleasure to see your beautiful creations this year.

Paula Hewitt said...

Merry Christmas to you too Jackie!

hens teeth said...

Happy Christmas dear friend x

Jude said...

Gosh, can't believe you've only been blogging for less than a year, you're everywhere I look!! I meant that in a good way...
I have decorations that are family treasures, even one my mother gave to me that she bought when I was born (many moons ago)!
A pity I can't find them yet, soul mate says we will manage some decorations up before daughter arrives at week-end but I'm not holding my breath.
Peace and happiness

Gina said...

Wishing you a peaceful and happy Christmas too Jackie. It has been lovely getting to know you over the past few months.
Gina x

Annica said...

Merry Christmas Jackie!
I have very much enjoyed reading your blog this year. Look forward to seeing what you will do in 2009.

Anonymous said...

How lovely that my little dolls will be a part of your Christmas tradition I'm so honored .

Thank you for all your very supportive comments ,I'm glad our paths have crossed .

Happy Christmas to you and all your family .
And I hope all your dreams come true in 2009 .

Love and hugs from sesga xxx

Kate said...

Love your snow!
Happy Christmas to you and yours, too! xx

Victoria said...

The best decorations are those filled with loving memories such as yours. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas! xo

Ann Christy said...

Merry Christmas Jackie.
I have really enjoyed your blog this year and hope that next years is as much fun if not more! You always manage to bring a smile to face.
Keep it up! Ann

Daisie said...

A very happy christmas to you too!!

Each of our tree ornaments has a story too, wonder if they'll all still be around in 57 years!?

My Mum's friend from uni would send a handmade tree decoration to each of us children (there are five of us) each year. Mum gave me 'mine' in a little bag soon after I moved out. It was one of the nicest things she's ever done!!

And here's to more blogging in 2009!


Chris Daly said...

Happy Christmas Jackie!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Your blog is one of my favorite places to visit! Both Edward and I wish you a most Happy Christmas!

Julia said...

It's so lovely to see your tree,so laden with history.Hope you have a great Christmas and a very prosperous new year! Love,Juliax

Nikki said...

Merry Christmas from snowy Washington State.

Michala Gyetvai (Kayla coo) said...

Much love and joy to you for Christmas Jackie.
I also want to say thank you for such a lovely embroidery, entertaining,interesting blog.x

rivergardenstudio said...

Lovely memories and thoughts... and a Merry Christmas to you too... Roxanne

Lorie McCown said...

love your falling snow! Merry Christmas!

Kitty said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours Jackie. Hope you're all having a wonderful time. x

Wabbit said...

I think it sounds lovely, Jackie. I'm so glad that I discovered blogging and you too. Oh and yes, I forgot to mention on my last comment how much I like your snow effect. I had it on my old Snow Update page from when I lived in Colorado. (It pre-dates blogs or it would have been one!)

I'm glad that you had a lovely Christmas. We did too. And my mind is still boggled by all of that ironing! WOW!

Much love and big HUGS, Marilyn

ArtPropelled said...

I have enjoyed every moment of this blogging adventure too despite a few days when I've felt that I've opened my big mouth and shared too much. As you say there are always warm comments to make one feel comfortable with what one shares. I'm gratefull for your many warm comments Jackie and have so enjoyed popping over here to experience the creative buzz and then go "home" feeling inspired. Hope your festive season is everything you want it to be. Enjoy! Replenish! I look forward to another year of your humorous, yet inspiring posts.

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