Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Nine little words

I've got nine words for you, and they are "Fa la la la la la la la la". Christmas is fast approaching and I feel strangely relaxed. Normally there is that free-floating anxiety, the one that forms into "Have I remembered everything?", "Is there anyone I've forgotten to get a present for?", "Do I have to bring a plate to the end-of-year do for [enter function name here]?". But not this year. Both the kids have tallied up what they know we'd spend on them and requested just one thing that they really want, so the shopping's all done and dusted. We don't do stockings so I'm not racing around trying to find cheap stuff to fill them with. This feeling of relaxation is just ace, I tell ya. I think this is definitely one of the perks of having older children, there is less pressure to make them an amazing Christmas because they're pretty good at making it amazing by themselves.

In the weekend the kids set up the nativity set, which I found one year at the junk shop.
I just love nativity sets. And junk shops.
They also got out the tree and then decorated it by themselves. They brought out all the decorations we've made over the years and I heard them reminiscing about when we made them. That was pretty cool, I thought. Here is the Christmas seagull that Harry made from dukit, last year I think it was.
Here is a Christmas robot made a few years ago, and in the background, a crochet pavlova I bought at a craft market and one of the decorations the kids made at preschool.
A cross-stitched deer, which I made a set of the year-before-last:
And this is the one that cracks me up the most. Personally, I think it's hideous, but the kids think it's the fanciest and most special decoration of all. I am NOT responsible for making this, I hasten to add.
I also like making new decorations, if I get around to it. This year, I made some decorations "inspired by" some in Scandanavian Needlecraft. This is what the ones in the book look like, very good taste and all that.
Here are my ones, a little more rumpty, but I like them that way:
So that's our Christmas tree, what does yours look like?

10 comments:

  1. hey hey hey the posts are coming thick and fast, I can hardly keep up. Well your decorations are worth having a tree for. My Christmas shopping so far has mostly been spending my birthday money and voucher on me so it has been very relaxing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That sounds like my kind of Christmas shopping!

      Delete
  2. well MIss Smith we have a tree up and decorated which is a lot further on than I expected for this time of year. I struggle with xmas on just about every level - the lack of cultural relevance to my family making it hard to get into the spirit of things.

    I do like your decorations though - they are charming. I am glad your kids get so much of the celebration.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Well I asked my kids what the most special about Christmas was for them and both said, with no hesitation at all, "getting presents". That seems to be transferable to any cultural celebration.

      Delete
  3. How lovely remembering the making of the ornaments and how lovely the children put the tree up themselves. My son is away with his Dad this year.. so no tree for me. I'm not feeling it without him! Hope your Christmas is great.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Summer Flies, it will be different without your son around but I'm sure it can be fantastic none the less.

      Delete
  4. Love the way this is written and love the cozy ornaments!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Mys This, cozy is a great word for the ornaments. I will use it myself from now on. (PS. Mys This could be your celebrity name, like Scar Jo or Brangelina)!

      Delete
  5. As always I enjoy your sense of humor so much!
    I didn't put up a tree this year but I did help Dad decorate his.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hi ,I 've just found your bog via cozy things and have spent a very enjoyable wee while reading back over your previous posts.Your writing is really enjoyable and funny. I like that your last few posts have been fairly sporadic as that is how life seems to pass-one minute its Christmas and before you know it you're packing for your summer holiday! I hope to read more from you in the future. Dette

    ReplyDelete