Archive for December 2011

Advent Calendar: Santa Keyring

Category: Sharing Memories

When our son was small we used to do the dutiful thing and take him to visit Father Christmas in one of the big stores in town. On one such occasion, they produced a photograph in a keyring which we have kept to this day (see photo below).

Santa Keyring
Our son with Santa, aged about 3 or 4 (our son that is, Santa's a bit older!)

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Advent Calendar: Outdoor Decorations

Category: Sharing Memories

Today's Advent Calendar post is about outdoor Christmas decorations. Over the last 20 years or so, these seem to have taken off in a big way but when I was growing up I wasn't conscious of outdoor decorations except for the ones you saw in the city centre.

A few years ago we lived in a cul-de-sac where the custom was to decorate the front of your home and get together for the big swtich-on. Of the 30 or so houses, only one or two didn't take part. I have to confess, our offering was a simple string of lights over the garage to give the illusion that we weren't completely bah, humbug! Having moved again since, thankfully there's no pressure to keep the tradition up! Perhaps we really are bah, humbug, after all. lol

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Advent Calendar: Christmas Tree Ornaments

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Although I took 'A' Level art, I'm not much into crafts but I do remember making paper lanterns in primary school. I just decided to have a quick go to see if I could still make one and this is my feeble attempt for old times' sake.

Paper Lantern
Paper Lantern

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Advent Calendar: The Christmas Tree

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For many years my grandparents had an artificial Christmas tree which I don't remember in great detail. However, there was always one thing that fascinated me about it and that was the sheet of cotton wool which was placed around the base in an attempt to mimic snow. I think my gran used to decorate the tree and there was a foot-or-so high statue of Father Christmas which used to adorn their front room too.

It's always been my job to decorate the tree in our house but I have to admit that after more than 20 years, I finally got fed up and so we bought a miniature tree, complete with decorations, which I just have to whip out of the box and plonk on the hearth. Simples!

This is our original Christmas Tree
This is our orginal Christmas Tree

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