A hippyshake kind of a Christmas

23 December, 2012

It is…

Christmas plantSunday 23rd December and here are a couple of glimpses of Christmas at our house.

I haven’t done quite as much Christmas crafting as I’d hoped – most things I have done have been little quick jobs. This Christmas tree was whipped up out of a hessian sack and some of those star Ikea lights we have had for donkeys years. It was inspired by another Lucy’s canvas fairy light tree and takes up a huge chunk of wall, which is marvelous.

Alternative Christmas Tree Although the pocket advent calendar was a pretty epic undertaking. Ramona has LOVED doing it each morning, it is the thing to make her jump out of bed, making the crafty slog well worth it. Even if it has mostly been sweets rather than my original lofty ambitions of filling it with poetry (*laughs at self thinking I was ever the kind of person to actually do this*  Maybe next year I could attain that kind of depth.)

Alternative advent calanderI had a wonderful time cutting up some vintage books *gasp* to make this weird 3D collage nativity scene, with some wires and a jar. I put glitter in the jar, in an attempt to make a snow globe. But obviously the paper isn’t waterproof so there is no liquid inside… the glitter kind of just thumps in a clump from top to bottom. Gah, so much for the magic of Christmas eh, making my glitter float. Nativity snow globe collageWe did buy a tree, rather than hustling one out of a school skip as we normally do. But we bought a tiny potted one in the hope we can keep it. (Although since getting it most people have told us that they die alot.) It is mostly decorated with my decoupage birdsLittle potted treeEven our war mongering vintage soldier is getting festive with some sheet-music paper chains…Festive SoldierOne of the things that massively adds to our festive cheers is listening to music- or “merkin” as Ramona calls it. (It is fortunate that only a few people know what a merkin is, because we will often  be out and about with her shouting “MERKIN!” whenever a little melody reaches our ears from a passing car or teenagers phone.)

As well as the traditional bumper album from Sufjan Stevens my favourite albums this year are:

  • A Very She and Him Christmas
  • This Warm December by Jack Johnson and Friends
  • The Boy Least Likely to – Christmas Special

Oh, how we jive to these joyous refrains.

Hope these next couple of days aren’t too frantic for you and that you get lots of time to make merry too!

What does Christmas look and sound like in your home?

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  • Patch 23 December, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    ROFL!! At Ramona’s shouts of “Merkin”!!!
    If you search about the web you can find lists of festive activities you could do with Ramona to put in your pockets next year…. Iheartorganising has a free “Holiday Countdown” printable. You could adapt it to suit your family. Could be doable before progressing to the lofty heights of poetry later?? I keep meaning to do it but haven’t managed it yet!!

    • Lucy 23 December, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      Oh, looks fabulous, thank you! Will definitely try and get a bit more organised next year!

  • Sarah Carritt 23 December, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Everything looks so lovely, have a really good Christmas.
    Re the tree, don’t put it outside straight away after Christmas, we kept ours in the garage till spring last year, then planted it out, and its growing great guns.

    • Lucy 23 December, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Ah, awesome, thanks, maybe it is too much of a shock for it going straight out in the cold… will follow your advice MUCHO GRACIAS! xx

  • Fiona 23 December, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Ha, I know what a merkin is! Merry Christmas to you all! x

    • Lucy 25 December, 2012 at 7:16 am

      Heehee hooo hooo, i only found out a couple of years ago! Have a wonderful Christmas xx

  • Katie 23 December, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I LOVE that hessian-and-star-lights tree; it’s absolutely beautiful!! And your Christmas collage snowglobe- fantastic choice of characters 🙂
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas! xx

    • Lucy 25 December, 2012 at 7:17 am

      Hehe, thank you Katie! Snow globe was fun to make, and that is what counts eh. Hope you have a lovely Christmas too xx

  • Capture by Lucy 23 December, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Wow I love the hessian tree! My boys have hessian sacks for Father Christmas! Merry Christmas have a wonderful family time xx

    • Lucy 25 December, 2012 at 7:19 am

      Ah Ramona has Hessian Santa sack too, i did intend to prettify it but ran out of time! xxx