As we look forward to Christmas and all the excitement of the festivities to come, I want to take a peep into the sort of Christmas countdown I experienced as a little girl.
As in most homes today, when I was little, the Christmas countdown always started with the appearance of the advent calendars on December 1st.
Simple paper calendars; no chocolate; no treats; just pretty, festive themed little pictures behind every door. All 24 doors, by the way, not 25! Advent is the lead up to the big day.
The excitement of opening the doors never ceased, even though I knew exactly what was behind each door. It was the anticipation and the tradition that I loved.
I had three much loved advent calendars; a pretty angel with silver glitter; a really old Nativity scene that had been handed down from my older brother and sister, that always stood on top of the television; and a very modern one (at the time!) that had Father Christmas stuck up the chimney with a paper lever that moved his legs. I know what you’re thinking…very cutting edge indeed!
The same decorations were brought out year after year, each one with a special memory. Even untangling the fairy lights and testing all of the bulbs had a certain magic about it.
This Nativity scene is one of my oldest and most precious Christmas decorations. It was a present from my Nanna when I was about 5, and I treasure it.
Once upon a time it played Silent Night as the shepherds and the three wise men travelled around Baby Jesus…the mechanism broke a long time ago but it still holds a special place in my heart.
It makes an appearance every Christmas along with a host of other very old and very special trinkets.
The gold bauble below is older than I am and looking at it brings back so many happy memories. It fits perfectly on my tree and I hope I have it for many years to come.
The wicker Father Christmas above was made by my late sister-in-law. She was a very talented sewer and a huge inspiration to me. She made many things for me over the years and the decorations that come out at Christmas time are some of my favourites.
To some people these treasured family heirlooms are simply considered vintage decorations. To me they are very much a part of my family history and are much loved reminders of many happy Christmases from my childhood.
Do you have any special decorations that you bring out year after year?
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Until next time…