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Christmas Tree

December 21, 2017

Our Christmas tree is all decorated!  I can’t believe it is already the end of the year.  In the 

 same fashion it approaches faster every year. 

However November sneaked up way too fast on me this year.  And the run up to Christmas is usually a busy time of year, but also I find myself under a fair bit of stress. 

Without a doubt it’s that time of year again.  Besides every blogger takes time out of their busy schedules. In addition they put together a post about Christmas and how they will celebrate this family celebration.  Next, deck the halls and blend in the Christmas spirit!  Likewise, at home Christmas is a family tradition passing down from one generation to another.  And without a traditional family festivity, it wouldn’t be Christmas.

401However many years ago, we would go and cut our tree ourselves.  But within decades lost in the voyage of time, the world has changed.  Eventually forests are being protected from manhunt since it has become illegal to cut down trees.  And in this 21st century modern world most of us has busy lifestyle.   As a result we go down to the village markets to buy the trees.   And the sooner the tree arrives home Christmas starts right here.  In common it is a time of year rich in traditions.   In my opinion it is as old as the family itself. 

Although Christmas is a family tradition it has provided me with answers to questions I have searched for many years.  And it is a time that I re-examine myself through things that I may have been overlooking.  As a result should there be a time to embrace some good old family tradition, it is definitely at Christmas.  However this is a tradition that brings a sense of comfort between families and friends!

As well as decorating our tree,  it is the art of opening our old trunk filled with memories of time gone by.  Together we open old cards and read wishes that have faded.  Eventually we gather the vintage decorations that we have collected over the years.  And together we hang them on the tree.  But this year I made some hearts out of fabrics and I hung them in our tree. 

After all this year our vintage brass kettle is holding our tree. In the end it’s a fantastic time where I set the mood with lively Christmas music and mulled wine.  Finally with laughter and memories we cherish every minute of this special moment together.                                  DSC_0017Altogether Christmas is a special time to give, to serve, and to love.   Therefore it isn’t just about ourselves, but others that we can think of.  And inn today’s world we are inundated with images of Christmas from the media.  Without doubt it is all about buying expensive gifts for those we love.  As well a in today’s challenging economic times it is a tragedy.   Not only that, but parents spend way more than they can afford to try and please their children.  And the sad truth is “money can’t buy you love.” 

From my points of views Christmas holiday is about gifts that come from the heart.  Last but not least it is a thousands of years of tradition that marks the holiday season.                    DSC_0024

And every year at this time there is one special memory that floods my mind.  When my daughter was just twelve years old, she had practiced in time the Christmas carol “Once in Royal David’s City.”  On that Christmas Eve, the service was started by her singing this carol alone before the Choristers,  herself and the priest paraded down the isle of the church.  How amazingly her “little sweet voice” filled the St Augustine’s church that night. I became emotional that I cried some joyful tears listening to my little girl open the midnight service.  It was one of the greatest moments of my life, and that evening has always remained within me and will do so for as long as I live. 

And finally I prefer the old traditional say “Merry Christmas.”

And let me take this moment to wish some families, friends, and followers a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!DSC_0014Words and pictures are my properties


  • J

    French Shabby Chic Cabane

    January 4, 2018 at 5:43 am

    Thank you Ann. Yes we spent a lovely Christmas, in the most imperfect way, and with lots of laughter. Many years ago I did same as you, I spent way too much in store. It was after I took up my course for interior decorating that I learned to keep money safe and I came to know that decorating a home has many aspects of using things that we don’t even have to buy. There are lots of things in the house around us that we can still re-purpose. I can tell you when my daughter was only 7 years old, we went down to the coast, and she loved playing with pebbles. She collected lots of pebbles different sizes and loaded the car with them. And still today I use them for decorations around the house. Sometimes I just dumped them in something and put in the middle of my table, oh it is ok, I don’t worry more than that!

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    Ann Fields

    January 4, 2018 at 5:14 am

    I, too, love the traditional approach to Christmas. But in recent years, time has not been on my side and I’ve found myself embracing more of the contemporary, shortcut approaches like store bought wreaths. I hope this year to be one step ahead of the holidays so I can incorporate more of the old. I hope your holidays were great!

  • J

    French Shabby Chic Cabane

    December 30, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Nice BLOG!!! Happy New Year!!!

    1. J

      French Shabby Chic Cabane

      December 30, 2017 at 10:42 pm

      And a Wonderous 2018 to you too Nilda. Have all the fun!

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    December 27, 2017 at 1:12 am

    I save the Christmas cards I received and reread many from people who have passed on, too.
    I liked the brass kettle and the pretty homemade ornaments. This was a cheery post! Merry Christmas season, arriving in the middle of Christmas and New Year’s Eve. 🌟🎉🌌

    1. J

      French Shabby Chic Cabane

      December 27, 2017 at 2:30 am

      Thank you for the sweet wishes. And I wish you too a Wonderful 2018! I wish you luck that everything you are wanting to happen will be possible for you. Good Luck!

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    D. Wallace Peach

    December 22, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Beautiful post, Juli. Thanks so much for sharing your memories and traditions and the love and care you feel around the holiday. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year. <3

    1. J

      French Shabby Chic Cabane

      December 23, 2017 at 12:25 am

      Thank you very much Diana. And my wish to you too. Merry Christmas to you and your families. Enjoy your holidays!

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    December 22, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    What a beautiful post! I loved hearing of your Christmas memories and seeing your tree. Have a very Merry Christmas, and a Blessed New Year!

    1. J

      French Shabby Chic Cabane

      December 23, 2017 at 12:23 am

      Thank you Deborah for visiting me today. A I wish you too a Very Merry Christmas with lots of blessings!

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