Thank you for your comments on yesterday’s raffle post. It is now closed and Randompicker has picked two lucky winners who can enhance their Christmassy decor with the two photo frames of RA:
Andrea Numellote and Eugeal
Hurrah, hurrah – congratulations! Please let me know you address via e-mail guylty(at)photographer(dot)net or DM me on Twitter. And now let’s move on to Day 3.
Several years ago at this point, I was an active member of the tumblr community of RA fans, and we organised a number of gift swaps there. On the occasion of one of those swaps I received a fan item that I still have on display – and which I decided to reproduce for this raffle. I say, let it snow…
To clarify: This is a snowball, containing lots of glitter – and a couple of nice photos of RA. I had to take two pictures of it to show you both sides, but this raffle only contains ONE snowball. But it is great fun and somewhat meditative watching the tiny bits of glitter swirl and slowly settle in the ball. (You can, btw, replace the pictures of RA with photos of your own choosing…)
To enter the raffle for the snowball, leave a comment on this post. The raffle is open for the next 23 hours and finishes at 7am GMT tomorrow, December 16, 2017. The raffle is open to all, and the snowball will be sent anywhere in the world, at no P&P costs for you thanks to a generous contribution to the postage fund by our fellow fan CraMERRY. Winner to be announced in Day 4 post of the 12 Days of Christmas 2017, tomorrow.
Best of luck!
Now that we have the important business out of the way, I want to quickly stay on the topic of Christmas decoration. I really enjoyed reading SueBC’s post on Holiday Decorating. I always love seeing and hearing how Christmas is marked in other families, other houses, other countries. How are *you* decorating for Christmas? Have you got family heirlooms that come out every year? And are there any other traditions typical for your family or your country that you follow when it comes for prettying up your house for the festive season?
I have a few absolute “musts” that have to be brought out every year. There is, for instance, my “angel orchestra”, a collection of tiny, colourfully painted angels. After I moved out from home at the age of 19, my mother started giving me those angels every year for Christmas. She has stopped gifting them now because the orchestra is big enough to sit on a cloud that Mr Guylty created for them.
There’s also that little candle holder above the angels, sitting on the ledge of the side-table. It’s a mini “Schwibbogen” – a traditional piece of Christmas craft from the Erzgebirge mountain region in Eastern Germany. The scene is of traditional carol singers in front of the unique octagonal Lutheran church in the town of Seiffen – which is in the region where Christmas figurines and decorations were traditionally crafted.
Another “must” is the traditional “advent wreath” – unlike the anglophone world, in Germany the traditional pine wreath is not hung on the door but laid flat on the table and decorated with four candles to represent the four Sundays of Advent.
Each Sunday, another candle can be lit, until all four candles are burning by Christmas Day. In Germany, you can buy plain pine wreaths on every market for very little money, but not in Ireland. So I have to create my own wreath. Since I couldn’t get my hands on any pine, I had to come up with a different idea. I used some moss which I had collected myself on a walk, and then added some eucalyptus branches and willow catkins. I didn’t have enough material to cover the whole base wreath, so out came a few white feathers to fill the holes…
A slightly more modern version of the advent wreath sits on my mantlepiece – four candles, simply decorated with big numbers; one to be lit each Sunday. I love those candles.
To the left of the candles you can see my collection of mini creches. They are made from olive wood. The one on the left is particularly special: It comes from Palestine itself, and it features the peace wall in it, to mark the still unsolved territorial issues in Israel/Palestine. The peace wall in this nativity scene effectively blocks the way for the three wise men to reach the manger…
So my current view from my computer at the moment is this:
I’m curious to hear and see what your decorations are like!