Welcome to my Christmas blog ~ Christmas Pudding

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

Friday, November 27, 2015

Crafting with Timothy the Teddy Bear

Good morning everyone and Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!

I have been doing a little crafting. Last year at the after-Christmas sales, I found these little trees which are about twelve inches tall. 

I removed the stand from one and glued it into a ceramic Santa boot which was part of my mother's Christmas bouquet last year. 

I tucked cotton around the base of the tree and decorated the tree with tiny white satin balls and sugared cranberries. 

Timothy the teddy bear is propped up on the boot with his sparkly ball ready to spruce up a little area on the kitchen counter. 

I think it turned out pretty cute. What do you think?

Have you been crafting? 

Now, I'm going to enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of my crustless pumpkin pie. Would you like to join me? 

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday weekend and till next time, I'm....

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Trip Down Memory Lane with Christmas Trees

Hello everyone. I have been going through some family pictures and I ran across some pictures of our Christmas trees over the years. I thought I would share some with you today.

You guessed it; it's the seventies! This was our second Christmas and our first Christmas in our new mini home. This was a 6 foot faux pine tree. Notice the wood paneling and the orange drapes? Yup, there was orange shag carpet too. It was the latest decor at the time.

This one is the early eighties with my little guys and me. Lots of red, green, gold and blue. 

Still the eighties. Lots of gold, red and blue.

This is 1989 when pastels were all the rage. Pastels and white lights in a bay window; very pretty. My kids didn't like this tree so I decorated another tree just for them in the family room. It was more traditional with red and green and coloured lights. 

I just realized I don't have any pictures from the nineties although I looked at them. The trees were much like the pastel tree only with a mixture of white and coloured lights and traditional colours mixed with the pastel ornaments.

Early 2000's we got a new six and a half foot blue spruce tree from my mom.

About 2003. I set the tree in front of the door that year. We never used the door anyway.

Christmas '08 when I started to use pink ribbon instead of garland. I put it on horizontally.

Christmas 2010 I started to cascade the ribbon vertically. I decided I liked this way better.

And last year's tree, decorated with sheer white ribbon. This is my favourite. I have to admit I am struck on pastels.

I look at all these trees through the years and I can recall so many wonderful memories of my children growing up. A Christmas tree can be beautiful all on its own but it's the family gathered around it that makes it special. 

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace. ~ Ahnes M. Pharo 

Did you have a favourite tree or theme? I'd love to see it!

I hope you enjoyed seeing how my trees have evolved over the years. Thank you for your visit and God bless you!

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Special Ornament

Hello friends~ Are you excited about this new season which is on its way? After November 11, Remembrance Day, we here in Canada really start to get into the Christmas spirit. 

A week ago I received this adorable snowflake ornament in the mail from my middle son and his family. I'm glad their new puppy is in the picture too.

This picture was taken just recently and on the back is 2015.

I am looking forward to hanging it on the Christmas tree this year. My son and his family live on the west coast so we won't be spending Christmas together. But I am thankful for Skype and a lovely ornament which enables me to see their sweet faces.

Have you gotten a new ornament recently? Please share it with us.

Till next time, I'm....

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi