We are nearly there. All the shopping is done, the tree is up and decorated. There is the church service in the afternoon, then the traditional sausage and sauerkraut for dinner – and then it is unwrapping time.
At the beginning of December I wondered whether I was going to be able to go through with my “natural Christmas” theme that had been established with my door wreath. It all worked out, and so we have a somewhat “sustainable” Christmas tree this year: Less bling and more upcycling. I collected the fir cones in a nearby park, and gave them a little frosting of white paint. The jute bows came from an old bag that I cut into strips. Admittedly, the delicate paper decorations were new – but inexpensive, at about 30 Cents each. The silver baubles are over 100 years old – they are an heirloom from my grandmother for whom they were bought when she was born. They are the bling that cannot be omitted. The silver candle holders come out every year, and the candles were left-overs from last year. After Christmas, the tree will be chopped and warm us via the fireplace. I’m chuffed with the less ornate look on a tree that has plenty of space for unwrapping the gifts underneath.
Talking of unwrapping, time to update you on the advent calendRA, in case you didn’t open the daily door yourself.
I hope this has kept you warm. I have a little bonus for you – there is a late addition to the calendar. I have extended it to the 25th, as suggested by Kate. Check the advent calendRA HERE tomorrow morning, or whenever you have a minute on your big day.
I’ve been lurking on Twitter these past few days, waiting for the traditional Christmas message from Mr. A. No word yet. So in his stead, here is my message to you.
I’d like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas. If it doesn’t necessarily have strict religious meaning to you, this time may be the always recurring opportunity to spend some time with our loved ones, to watch our children/grandchildren/nephews and nieces enjoy the windfall of presents, or to simply have the space to breathe, reflect and enjoy the quiet. I hope you’ll have some nice food in your belly, exchange some pretty presents or good wishes, be happy and content with a roof over your head and a warm room to keep you safe. Despite all the personal trials and tribulations, the unstable politics and the divisive leadership this year, maybe we can have just a few days where we are just human – never mind our differences in opinion, religion, circumstances. That is the hope I always turn to when I feel discouraged by world news – or even by skirmishes in our little fandom. I have much to be thankful for, with so many old and new friends in this fandom, who have accompanied me through the occasional down-period, who have boosted by crafty confidence, who have read and commented and laughed with me, and who have been a true light whenever I felt dark. Thank you! Here’s a toast to all of you! 🍞