Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy new Year all!!

Hmm , hi and happy New year to all. I can't believe it is 2007 already.

This year DP and I have been trying to keep the "spirit" of Xmas alive a little longer. Everything is so geared to commericalism these days. Xmas starts even before Halloween, decorations up and all the ads "pushing" buy, buy, buy. Once the 25th arrives Xmas is just forgotten when really it should be the 12 days from the 25th. Soooo we have been trying to stretch it out. Everyday we have been doing small things. Such as on boxing day for the past two years we have taken plates of homemade shortbread and chocolates to the Police station, Fire station and Ambulance station. This year we took hot muffins and shortbread and chocolates to work on the 27th for afternoon tea break and so on.

We have ideas for next year already, Xmas cakes and shortbread to the old peoples home down the road and we are going to find out who has no visitors and send cards and cake to them.

Family Xmas's can be stressful this year a case in point. DS2 is still not talking to me when I had to "rescue" the situation over access with the grandkids who are back home with him now. [He'll get over it. Hopefully sooner rather than later.]

Anyway New years resolutions.... well I have made mine just have to see if I can stick with it all year. And no it is not "not buying any stash".!! I am realistic as to what I have a hope to stick too. One is to refuse to be the "piggy" in the middle!!!! They are just going to have to grow up and talk to one another.

Anyway my "Xmas " thing to share today is a small "tour" of some cheer at home.

First up when you have walked up the front steps past the garlands with fairy lights and candle lit lanterns to the front door.......................

The green door pull plays up to 4 Xmas tunes in rotation. This was DP birthday gift as he was really taken with it. We have more garlands and wreath with of course the special key for Santa to get in as our chimney is on the small side.

Welcome in.... past the small gold Santa and two small trees and candles and tinsel, oh and the bells on the back of the door more fairy lights with garland tinsel and "merry christmas".

Next into the ktchen and dinette past the advent house complete with a door for every day of December to the small display on top of the TV.

See the small bear, well he has Washington DC on his tummy. He lives there to remind me of DS1 in Maryland. There are elves and and more candles etc on the table.

Next up the dinning room cum library. Here we have a large Xmas arrangement and more candles Santa ones this time with wooden folk art trees and a handwoven santa mat.

Oh a half eaten Xmas cake , want some tea and cake??? Perhaps shortbread... or a chocolate or two?

The dining room also has our fibre optic tree and rocking chairs complete with matching Santa hats etc. We have been sitting here at night listening to Harry Potter and the Half blood prince while doing the Xmas wasjig.

Now the lounge coffee table has a very large arrangement of pine and candle. We have a small collection of Xmas books collected over a a few years so please few free to stop for a read. The most popular one has been the old second hand one which tells you how to have a sucessful house party complete to presents, menus and games.

We have had 2 small gatherings this year around this table. One the week before and one on boxing day.

Now meet the boys...They are been added to yearly and welcome a cuddle or two. The grandkids love these, especially baby as he "talks".

Now our lounge TV. A small wooden tree and in the background a wind up one that snows while playing Jingle bells, this to go with the small Xmas candle lights that were my DP families and all the hanging balls etc from the beams.

This lot has been nearly moved today as it has been so cold...brrr. But we did add to the village this year with some that light up at night. There is a star hanging above the houses not visable in this pic.

Well that shows a small portion of our Xmas decorations all of which will have to go away until next year come 12th night. Such a pity as the house looks merry and bright. Oh should have mentioned the soft music as well , we have several CDs to play.

Of course we have our main tree as well some of which shows in my last post. Sorry blogger only lets me post 10 pics at a time.

Just in case you are wondering if this is still a knitting post, lol I have been slowly working on my entry for the Creative fibre fashion parade this year. I really must get on with it as it has to be finished by mid Feb. I promise a pic of this next. Oh and I have nearly finished the toe in the ex Jaywalker sock.

Hope all is well with you and yours. All the best for a happy and properous 2007.


Anonymous Juliet said...

I love your house - it looks really friendly. And as a knitting librarian it is good to see a house with books! Funny how Christmas has such a lead up and then bof! gone. We are now in the middle of january sales - how many adverts can a gal stand trying to flog a mattress - how many people are there out in T.V land that need a new mattress? Iiii.eeeee! Your Chrismtas giving idea and New Years resolutions sound great - hope it the resolution works and people learn to work some of lifes issues out for themselves. Have a fabby 2007.

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