Sunday, 4 December 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

When I was a lass, my parents wouldn't let us put the Christmas tree up until at least two weeks before the big day. Now of course, I am mistress of my own domain, so it goes up when I say! I think that as long as it's December, then that's fine - don't you?

We have certain rituals with our decorating. Christmas music should be playing softly in the background - a bit of Bing always goes down well - and a glass of something warming (over ice...you know what I'm talking about... it's not hot chocolate!).

Once the scene is set, and the man of the house has been sent up the loft to retrieve the boxes, then it's time for the joyful recollection as we discover the forgotten treasures. Don't you just love those magical rediscoveries as you pull the angels and Santas from the tangled Christmas lights? (darn that Knot Fairy - she gets everywhere!)

Small boy and I get to decorate the tree, though he's not such a short legs as he was last year - this is also evident in his decoration skills. No longer does he insist on placing every item on one branch - there's still a little tidying up for Mum to do when he's not looking though! He's also still wee enough not to reach the top, so I get to place the little angel on her perch!

And now we're done. The moggies wander by for a look. They've grown out of attacking the tree; just like the little ones, they prefer the boxes - what is it with cats and cardboard?

This skinny-limbed Santa is a new purchase. He hangs from elastic and gets to bungee-jump from the top most branches. Maybe the Big Fella himself could try this - imagine the speed with which he'd be able to deliver those presents. Rudolf could keep the sleigh steady above the chimney, then down he'd go fully laden, only to pop up empty handed a few seconds later! There wouldn't even be time to get sooty whiskers! Mind you, he'd have to down those brandies pretty quickly...

Posting my Santa for Sunday Sketches and my joyful ramblings (have you guessed I'm excited) for Sunday Scribblings! You may also have spotted that the blog did not escape the seasonal glitz!

33 comments:

  1. I love your Santa sketch Lisa..and your holiday story. There is nothing like the holidays for creating are own speical family moments. Even at 20 years of age..my kids get just excited about opening the Christmas decoration boxes as they did when they were toddlers. Keeping the magic alive. it is a wonderful thing. :)

    Jeanne xx

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  2. You brought back happy memories of when my little one helped decorate the tree! There was always a big cluster of ornaments at the bottom of the tree, all ready to slip off when the cat walked by.

    Love the Santa and your festive background!

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  3. Love the 'bungee Santa' ~ great! ~ I had to wait to put the tree up as a child ~ This year put it up after Thanksgiving ~ I love the lights! ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey)

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  4. It is quite a thing to watch your child grow by way of realizing how their skills with the Christmas Tree change over the years... Loved your story and the adorable santa.:)

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  5. Your decorating rituals sound like a cozy time~
    Love your skinny-limbed Santa, he looks adorable!

    // -T.W-

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  6. You´ve been decorating your blog too! Lovely. :)
    I do remember the one branch decorations as well. :D

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  7. Love your bendy Santa! Thanks for getting me into the Christmas spirit with your warm stories.

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  8. What a cute little Santa! What a wonderful description of getting ready for Christmas, it must be so lovely at your house this time of year.

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  9. A great Santa! I love fun ornaments like that!

    I am a bit like your parents - I don't want the tree up too early but not too late wither. I have an extensive collection of nutcrackers and snowmen and so they start their exodus on Dec 1st - usually we each bring up a box and then the rest come out with the tree. Probably need to take more out every day than that though!

    You've just reminded me Lisa of what I did last year re making the blog a bit more decorated - must do that again!

    And I am thrilled you recognized who that was - I guess my drawing is not so bad after all ;)

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  10. cute sketch. happy holidays!

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  11. fun to read of your holiday rituals, you have inspired me to play some music!

    love your santa~

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  12. I'm with you. As soon as I change the calendar month it's Christmas for me. A whole month of planning and socialising.... yippee.

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  13. i love your chubby santa and your fun holiday traditions! Enjoy every minute!

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  14. now thats a great Santa, beautiful memories you're making ,

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  15. Hi Lisa!!!!! love this super cute Santa!!! and what fun to get into the Holiday Spirit!!!!

    Have a wonderful Sunday!!!

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  16. hi miss delicious,

    it's your week for the story bit.

    :)))

    xxa

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  17. This brought so many memories and gave me a lot of joy being able to sit quietly in the background watching and reliving the preparation with our own children so many years ago.

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  18. Now of course, I am mistress of my own domain, so it goes up when I say! ---- lol LOVE that. :D

    Your santa is quite adorable, too. A style we're not used to seeing from you but I SO love it. :) Hugs

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  19. Let the decorating begin...HoHoHO...love your santie ornie!

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  20. Fun drawing! And I like how you've decorated your blog for the holiday.

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  21. Your blog looks fantastic...so festive and bright!

    I love the recounting of setting up the tree....so similar to what went on here....without the booze.
    That's what I get for decorating my tree in the afternoon...haha!

    ....and that knot fairy loves light strands!!! It takes entirely too long to get those taken care of :D

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  22. great sketch and lovely writing... we are just pulling the tree out of the shed now and Phantom and I are about to attack the decoration while Sinus Man recovers from fighting off all the creepy crawlies from the shed... we have endless fun asking him if ... is that a spider on you and watching him squeal like a little girl... endless fun and part of the ritual for us... yours sounds a little more civilised... xx

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  23. Hello!
    i love your sketch of Santa!
    and this blog is BEAUTIFUL all festive for the holidays! I love your new backgrounds - it makes me happy!
    xo

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  24. Funny we were just talking about that - we always put our tree up on my Mum's birthday but this year everyone's in favour of a week earlier! Why not?! I think we have this decoration on our in our box - he is so sweet!

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  25. I love that Santa! Who said Santa should be fat? I like his legs!

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  26. Hi Lisa, you can't beat a bit of Bing and clinking of ice cubes whilst decorating the tree... love the new Father Christmas.... cheers.

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  27. Hi Lisa,
    I agree completely--I start Christmas on Thanksgiving Day here! lol And how magical that you don't have to wait to enjoy your tree and gorgeous decorations!!!
    Xo
    Cindy

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  28. We ALWAYS had BING on christmas morning!
    No peeking at the tree until the fire was started and Bing was singing!!!
    I love hearing others memories, thank you!

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  29. I can honestly say I didn't feel like it was christmas at all until my visits around blogland today and now with such festive spirit I'm ready to get the decs out and do the xmas shopping lol thanks for sharing your santa and getting this grouch in the mood :) xxx

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  30. Lovely post, I'm not as far into the Christmas spirit as you yet.... Hopefully soon!

    Good luck on the book class, it's my dream too but I rarely actually work at t either!

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