Welcome to my Christmas blog ~ Christmas Pudding

"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year." ~ Charles Dickens

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

After the Holidays and Happy New Year!

Hello my Christmas blogging friends~

"I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar every month." ~ Harlan Miller

I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas with family and friends. 

All is quiet here and the tree has been taken down and put away for another year. I always leave my tree up till after New Years but I was anxious to get the room back in order again.

I wanted to show you the darling tree my hubby gifted me with. 

I'm sorry the lighting is so poor but you can see it is pale pink and it has an allover iridescent sheen to it. I can't wait to decorate it with something special for next year, maybe even for Valentines Day!

I spotted these wee trees on sale for half price at one of our hardware stores and I know exactly what I want to do with them.

One I will decorate for my tea parties and the other I will glue into the boot. 

The boot had held a fabulous floral arrangement for my mother who is in a nursing home. It had beautiful red roses sprinkled with glitter and real pine and other evergreens as well as a glittered ornament and berries. I plan to glue the tree into the boot and decorate it for my mother for next year. So, I've got a few little projects to work on for next Christmas.

What will you be working on? Do you have any projects in mind?

This will be my last post here for a while. Should I happen to find something Christmasy I will share it with you. Meanwhile, I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Till next time, I am ....

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Little Christmas Story

Happy Christmas friends!

This will be my last posting before Christmas and I am going to share a couple more of my ornaments with you before I tell you a little story.

Like my Daddy, I have always loved trains and my youngest son knew that so when he visited Chattanooga, TN last year, he got me this little train; the Chattanooga Choo-choo train. It's my newest ornament with a sweet memory attached to it.

Someday I would like to have a train set chugging around on the floor below the Christmas tree.

In one of our homes, we had a flooded basement and that is where I had kept all the Christmas decorations. At that time, they were stored in boxes instead of totes so some of my ornaments had to be disposed of. I was most dismayed because some of those ornaments had been from my hubby's and my first Christmas. 

Thankfully, I salvaged this little snare drum. It was one of our first ornaments and unknown to us at the time, we would later have three sons who all played the drums.

Many years ago, a family member gifted me with this little rustic Nativity. 

This wooden nativity had gotten water logged in the flood and completely fell apart. You can see there are many tiny pieces to it and it is actually smaller than it is in this photo. 

So, I carefully gathered up all the pieces and dried them all out on a window sill where the sun could get at them. When the pieces were dry, I painstakingly started to glue it back together again. It was a lot of work and it took some time to get it right because the pieces were so small.
However, I finally got it back together again and after all these years, it still hangs on the Christmas tree.

It kind of reminds me of us. When we come into this world, we are brand new but as the years go by, we get our feelings hurt and begin to acquire bad habits, and dare I say it, sin in our lives. The day comes when we realize what a mess we are and we need help to be put back together again. 

That is God's job and that is one of the reasons why God sent His only Son down here. And if we allow Him to, He will work on us, a little at a time, helping to mend our many hurts and our inferior qualities. 

Just like my little nativity, once He fixes us, He makes us strong so we can be of use for many years to bring joy to Him and the world around us.

Merry Christmas everyone! May we all be a light in this world and do what we can to make the world a better place. The Lord be with you all and make you a blessing this Christmas!

"And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins." ~ Matthew 1:21

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Dollies

Hello everyone ~ Christmas is almost here. Just a few more days.

I thought I would share a couple of my dolls that I received for Christmas a number of years ago.

In the nineties, I collected porcelain dolls and my hubby gifted me with this little drummer boy one year. That was the year our youngest son was a percussionist in the school band and for the concert that year, he had played 'The Little Drummer Boy' on the snare drum. I was so proud of him!

Look at this little guy's sweet face. 

He has such a pensive expression on his face. He is a musical doll and he plays "The Little Drummer Boy" when you wind him up. While the music plays, his arms and head move. He is dressed in a shepherd's garments; very fitting for Christmas! I think he's adorable!

He was a delight to receive that Christmas!

My next doll is one that my middle son and his wife gifted me with for Christmas. 
This little lady is out walking her puppy and she carries a lantern to light her way. She wears a tartan dress under her beautiful fur-trimmed forest green velvet coat. 

Her puppy dog is made by Boyd's Bears. 

Her face is so innocent with bright brown eyes and long eye lashes. 

She has a mass of long brown curls and wears a fur hat on her head. Isn't she beautiful?

Do you collect dolls or perhaps something else that brings you joy? I would love to see them.

Till next time, I'm keeping....

Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Little Christmas Around My Home

Snowflakes in the air
Carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share.

Sleigh bells in the air
Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there.

Christmas time is here
We'll be drawing near
Oh, that we could always see,
Such spirit through the year. - from A Charlie Brown Christmas

Hello friends and welcome to Christmas Pudding! 

The little tykes above build a snowman every Christmas on my window sill above the kitchen sink and this little china deer gifted to me by my mother many years ago also spends time on the window sill this time of year.

Special touches around my home this year also include this poinsettia accompanied by an old-fashioned horse and sleigh in the center of the dining room table.

I am in the middle of baking some treats for the holidays. My dark fruit cake is made and put away and has been aging for a couple of weeks. Tomorrow Hubby will help me make donuts and my light fruit cake will get made on Friday. I am making only one kind of cookies this year and those will get made the first of next week. Of course there will be mincemeat tarts and pumpkin pie too but those will come for Christmas Day.

When my children were growing up, I used to make fifteen kinds of sweets for Christmas. Of course we had a lot of company in those days too so it didn't take long for the treats to disappear. 

What kind of treats are you making this year?

Before I close this post, I will give you a peek at this year's Christmas tree. It is decorated in white, gold, and pink with a touch of teal, much the same as last year's only there is no green, red, or blue. 

I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season and are taking some much needed time to put your feet up and relax with a hot beverage.

I have posted my Old-fashioned Christmas Tea on my other blog if you wish to check it out. Just click on the link above.

Have a lovely week everyone!

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dreaming of Gingerbread

Hello Christmas buddies~ Like me, most of you probably have your tree up and decorated by now.

What are some of the things that come to mind when you think about Christmastime?

Sleigh bells and fresh fallen snow? Evergreen boughs trimmed with tinsel? Frosted window panes. Laughter and sipping mugs of hot chocolate with loved ones in front of a lovely fire?

How about Plum pudding and mincemeat pies?

Gingerbread houses...

...and gingerbread boys always bring a smile to your face and how about a lovely gingerbread cake?

When I made my gingerbread cake this last time I decided to serve it a little differently. Why not saute some apple slices with a little butter and brown sugar just until tender crisp, then serve with some good vanilla ice cream and warm caramel sauce drizzled over it all?

Take it from me, it's delicious and just a little out of the ordinary. Simple and elegant too. Your guests will love it!

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Happy December!

There's more, much more, to Christmas

Than candlelight and cheer;

It's the spirit of sweet friendship

That brightens all year. ~ Author unknown

Hello friends! I have been away from Christmas Pudding for quite some time and I apologize for that. 

There is a reason for my absence but I won't go into it here. I will just tell you that it has been a difficult year involving getting my mother settled into her new Home and some health issues I have been having. I simply found keeping up with both of my blogs a bit overwhelming what with all I had on my plate. Things are getting better.

I will try to share from time to time here so we can keep in touch.

As you can see I have started to decorate and I have also changed my header with my own picture. Hope you like it.

I changed up my mantel a bit this year adding candles instead of the usual flowers and ribbon.

I am still using a mix of coloured and white lights on the tree because Hubby prefers them. However, next year, it will be all white lights. 

I love the coloured lights outside but inside, I like the white better. What is your preference?

My angel tree topper.

The main tree in the living room in gold, white, pink, and a wee bit of teal. I love the sheer wired ribbon!

Today I will be cutting up fruit to make my fruit cakes.

What are your plans this week? Have you started your decorating yet?

Till next time, enjoy your preparations and be sure to put your feet up and enjoy a hot beverage.

I'm keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi