Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Sights of Christmas In Our Front Room

Honey scented pine cones dipped in golden beeswax with edges of shimmering glitter,
warming gently as they are hung over the fireplace...leaving a sweet scent mixed with cinnamon 
sprinkled on the iron fire

Pine twigs hang across the stairs tied with wool and decorated with red and gold ribbons
bring more Mother Nature into our home.
A lovely bold statement as we walk into our house.

Wispy, floaty angels made from wool watch over the children playing in the front room

Warming fiery red Poinsettia with petals like velvet

 A sweet gingerbread house made by two excited boys
decorated with treats and happiness

Enjoy your holidays


Monday, 19 December 2011

Bring Warmth To Your Morning

Breakfast by Advent Candlelight.
Such a heart-warming contrasting way to start our day today.

It really is dark at breakfast isn't it?


Saturday, 17 December 2011

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Jewel Encrusted Candle Gifts

The boys made these jewel encrusted beeswax candles as gifts for family.

Roll up a third of a green or red beeswax sheet (bought from here)
Cut up squares of modelling beeswax for them to stick on.

Even Little Seed could do this...even though his were a bit squashed.


Star Christmas Cards

Big Seed had to make lots of cards for his school friends.

I cut a star from a potato...dipped it in PVA glue ( Elmer's glue)
and then squashed it on a plate of glitter.

Simple and effect.


Sunday, 11 December 2011

Rainbow Angels

I am reposting how to make these Rainbow Angels.

We shall be making these at home this week as we are in the midst of lots of decorating and
gift making.

Instructions are here

I hope you are enjoying your preparations as much as we are.


Monday, 5 December 2011

Preparations for St Nicklaus on the 6th December

If you have never celebrated St Nicklaus before let this year be the first.
It is a lovely warm celebration upon which some of our current Christmas 
traditions are based.

and also how to make boot gnomes for the day here.

This year I will be telling this story which is easy to tell for little ones....

"One day long ago in Winter there was a town and the children there had 
nothing to eat. They were very hungry and very poor.
A bird came and saw what was happening and flew many miles to tell Bishop Nicholas who
was a very kind and very good man. He told all the people around them to gather apples, nuts and biscuits
and load them onto the boat. The boat sailed for seven days and seven nights following the bird
to the hungry children.
One night the children had placed their socks at the ends of their beds.
St Nicholas came and not wanting to wake the children quietly filled their socks
with apples, nuts and biscuits.
When the children awoke they were so happy to see these gifts and they 
were not hungry anymore as the good people had shared what they had."

There are many variations upon this story, and more traditional one involving 3 sisters for older children is commonplace.

The children should clean their boots/shoes and leave them on the windowsill
overnight. (This is where some people think the stocking idea has come from)
nuts, chocolate coins, biscuits, some nuts and a small gift
are left for them to find as a surprise in the morning.


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