Tag: Christmas ornaments

The Story Behind some of our Christmas Decorations

I got this idea of buying a special Christmas tree decoration each year and allowing T to choose it from one of my oldest blogger friend Kate of Did That Just Happen Blog.  She did it with her son who is all grown up now and is in University.  Today she has a Christmas tree filled with wonderful memories!  I love that idea.

We started when T was three-years-old, I wish I had started when she was one.  But better late than never.

This was her first ever special decoration, we got it in a National Trust property where she also met her first Tudor Father Christmas, you can read all about it here.

In 2014, we spent Christmas with my in-laws at Woburn Sands.  While there we visited Frosts Garden centre to specifically choose a special Christmas tree ornament, luckily they were on sale.  T choose a vintage Father Christmas and Christmas Reindeer:

This is made of glass and is very delicate.  I used to decorate our kitchen in the old house, so of course, I also did it this year, especially since it’s the first room you’ll see once you step in our front-door.

I’ve decorated it with a garland and hang some of my glass baubles including the vintage Father Christmas.  Not clear on the photo is the vintage Christmas reindeer seen on the left side.

And of course, also decorated the mantel shelf above the kitchen fire.

Yes, I also have Christmas crockery, some of them were given to me by my lovely in-laws.  They know how much I love anything to do with Christmas.

And this was last year’s special choice:  Mr. and Mrs. Clause kissing.

And this year’s choice was a very sparkly penguin.  T said her Christmas rabbit needed a friend.  She bought that when we picked up our tree from the tree farm and that is why, when you have a small child, it’s impossible to have a “theme” going on in your Christmas tree.  I think all parents with young children have the “everything-and-anything-goes-theme”.

Now for my favourite Christmas tree ornaments:

I have a thing for glass Christmas ornaments, especially baubles.  I blame my mother for this, yes, she loves them too.  I couldn’t sleep last night, so I had the iPad in bed and was browsing through M&S’ website and was drooling over their Christmas decors which were on sale.  I told my husband about it this morning and he laughed and teased me and called it “Dean’s Christmas Porn” and then told me to just buy the blimming baubles, so I went online to purchase them and of course, they’re all gone.  Story of my life.

And I adore this little breakable Father Christmas, also vintage-looking.

I also love this angel ornament which I bought when we visited St. Michael’s mount in Penzance more than a few years ago.  I have this feeling though that it isn’t really a Christmas decoration, but is actually the Archangel Michael who supposedly appeared before local fishermen on the mount in the 5th century.  I don’t really care, I love seeing it up there on our tree.

And then there’s this tacky Christmas fire-guard my husband bought in Trelawney, a garden centre nearby.  There’s a little story attached to this one.  The Historian bought this fireguard not for this house, but for another house which had an open-fire and two wood-burning stoves.  We were supposed to move into it early this year.  We were all packed and about to exchange when the house-sale fell through.  If you’ve been following me for some time now, you  may have just read about the whole fiasco in past posts.

When we moved in our present home, my husband looked at our gas-fire and said, I’m still using that blimming Christmas fire guard  even if you all point and laugh.  To be fair, nobody is pointing and laughing, but yep it’s out and is staying there all through out the Christmas season, whether I have a say or not.

What about you?

Do you do this tradition?  Or have one of your own?

Making New Christmas Traditions & Meeting a Tudor Father Christmas

This post was inspired by my blogger friend Kate, who wrote about the special Christmas ornaments her son has chosen over the years.  I just thought that it was a lovely tradition and I told her that this year, little T and I would start our own Christmas tradition of allowing T to choose a special ornament each year.

So last Saturday, we decided to go to Trerice, an Elizabethan National Trust manor house near Newquay. We are lucky to live in an area where there are lots of National Trust and English Heritage properties just a drive away.  So it’s really handy for us to be members of both organizations, especially since some of the places costs a lot to visit.  If you have a little one, being members of either the National Trust or English Heritage (like I mentioned already in other posts) is a must because these properties are great go-to-places to spend a lovely-family-day together, not to mention they always have fun activities planned for Christmas and other occasions as well.

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Before going, we knew that they had a Tudor Father Christmas event going-on, but we weren’treally sure whether little T would want to see him again.  She’s seen him twice this year already.  But when we asked her, she seemed excited to see him once more.

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Before the event, we had a chance to look around a bit.  The grand hall was lit-up with a fire, and a large grand dining table was all set Tudor style, while a woman dressed in a Tudor outfit was playing a hammered dulcimer.

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And while waiting we also had the chance to dive into the National Trust gift shop and little T was able to choose her special Christmas ornament for this year.  I was actually saving this special chore when we go to Exeter’s Christmas market this week, but when I saw the little animal ornaments, I thought that T would actually want one and I was right.

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In the photo above, she was actually choosing between a Christmas badger and a bunny. In the end, she chose the cutest little Christmas rabbit.  Then it was time to see Father Tudor Christmas.

It took awhile for it to start and the children were feeling a little bit impatient. And then we heard a loud knock, I thought T would be scared when the curtains opened and out came Father Tudor Christmas in his green robes as he greeted the kids with a Wassail!  (which means toasting to your good health in Old English).  He was really good actually.  He regaled the children with stories on what Christmas was like during the Tudor times.  Then it was time for the children to line-up for the presents.  I was really pleasantly surprised when little T went shyly on her own and even answered Father Tudor’s questions.

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Can you see my daughter levitating?  Isn’t that photo weird?  My husband says it’s just the reflection on the floor or something?  Maybe it was Father Christmas’ magic working on my little T!  What do you think?

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And when we came home, little T was excited to hang her Christmas ornament on our tree.  Yes, our tree is up already.  I’m doing a different post on that 🙂

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Isn’t it the cutest Christmas bunny?  I wonder what next year’s ornament will be?  Thanks so much for the lovely idea Kate! 🙂

This post is linked-up with PODcast’s Whats the Story

And The Oliver’s Madhouse

Hope everyone has a lovely week ahead of them! 🙂