Sunday, 17 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 17: Wrapping Paper

I love this 2006 photo of little Rosie knee-deep in wrapping paper.


Rosie came to live with us when our son, daughter-in-law and grandsons moved to Denmark and subsequently Australia. It was either that or put her into quarantine for six months, and as she was already an old lady, it seemed kinder to leave her with us. I’m sure she missed her ‘real’ family, just as we did, but we smothered her with love and attention, and she gradually settled into her new life. This all happened more than ten years ago, since then our grandsons now in their twenties have moved back to England. Our son and his wife divorced, Steven remarried and remains in Australia with his second wife and their two little daughters. Rosie lived out the autumn of her life with us and repaid our love ten times over. She really was the sweetest girl, and we miss her still.


Present opening done, wrapping paper cleared away.  Rosie is asleep with her new Father Christmas toy beside her. Kip is watching TV and Tris (you might be able to see him on the right of the picture) is looking something up on Google. This was a rare moment of calm, between the presents and Christmas lunch.

I'm linking with Julie over at Julie's Scrapbook More from my Advent Calendar tomorrow. 

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 16: Tree When Dressed

Today I’m turning back the clock to 2012. We were in Australia for Christmas, and it was such a privilege to decorate the tree with our two little granddaughters. Zoe took tree decorating very seriously as you will see in this series of photos.  Lilly enjoyed it too but more than anything she liked scooting around in her little car scattering tinsel and baubles as she went. It was such a lovely Christmas and one we will never forget. 

Hang on a minute wouldn’t these look better on me?

OK perhaps not!

Nearly done but I do need to straighten these baubles.

Other photos from that wonderful holiday here.

I'm linking with Julie over at Julie's Scrapbook 

Friday, 15 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 15: An Undressed Christmas Tree!

A little tree lived in a wood
As sad as he could be,
He wanted more than anything
To be a Christmas tree.


He dreamed of all the coloured lights,
the sparkling tinsel, too.
And all the joy that he could bring
to little folks like you .


One day some children came for him.
To take him home, and there


They dressed him in some pretty lights,
and shining Angel hair. 


He made the children happy,
for they loved the way he shone --
This was the NICEST Christmas time
that they had ever known!

Now hope YOU have a lot of fun when you dress up your tree,
Sure hope it makes your CHRISTMAS TIME as happy as can be!

Vintage Christmas card from my collection published by Hallmark Cards in Great Britain.   

I'm linking with Julie over at Julie's Scrapbook 

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 14: Christmas Crackers

Love them or hate them corny cracker jokes have become something of a tradition. In 2016, UKTV's Gold compiled a list of the best Christmas cracker jokes of the year, and today I'm going to share the top ten. Please feel free to groan your way through them, and if you know any better ones do share!

Image: Pixabay: public domain photo

Here are the top 10:  

1. How will Christmas dinner be different after Brexit? No Brussels.

2. What do workers at Sports Direct get for Christmas dinner? About 5 minutes.

3. How do you recognise a Christmas tree from BHS? All the branches have gone.

4. I bought my mum Mary Berry's cookbook for Christmas. I tried to get Paul Hollywood's but he'd sold out.

5. What's David Cameron's favourite Christmas song? All I Want For Christmas is EU.

6. Why has Hillary Clinton asked Santa for a 23-letter alphabet? Because she is sick of F.B and I.

7. Why didn't Roy Hodgson go to visit Santa at The North Pole? He couldn't get past Iceland.

8. Why are Jeremy Corbyn's Christmas cards on the floor? His cabinet collapsed.

9. Philip looks out of the window on Christmas Eve: 'That's some reindeer' he says. The Queen replies: "63 years. Yes, that is a lot." 

10. What's the difference between the Clementine in your Christmas stocking and Donald Trump? Nothing, they're both a little orange.

I'm linking with Julie over at Julie's Scrapbook

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 13: First Christmas Card Received in the Post

Not just a card but a card that looks like a book and pressies too...


Sent by our dear friends Nicole and Martin. You may recall me mentioning Nicole in previous posts but if not you can read about her here

Nicole is an author/illustrator. This short video features one of her delightful books, with music composed by Martin.

The first snowflakes flutter down and over a village shines a bright star. 


I'm linking with Julie over at Julie's Scrapbook.  


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 12: Angel

If you like vintage Advent Calendars, you might enjoy this one from the 1950s. 


Behind one of the doors is an angel which ties in perfectly with the prompt for today. Can you see her?


I don’t think she is all that easy to find so I’ve added an extra picture.


I'm linking with Julie over at Julie's Scrapbook.  

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