|The outside deck lights add to the ambience|
Big smiles....the tree is up.
We have reduced the plastic content by 50% on the tree this year by using paper decorations made from old books. We also have brought out our non-plastic traditional ornaments that we now use every year (pics below). We are using the left over baubles from last year....and now the challenge of how to keep Toshi the cat away from the tree. She hates Christmas trees.
Hanukkah falls on the 24th this year, so that will make things 'interesting' this year. Normally there is some breathing space between each celebration, but this year Hanukkah overlaps with Christmas. It gets a little tricky with those in the family with Jewish heritage (dear wife and five daughters) and me, the good ol' fashioned British/Irish bloodline with Christian roots. Luckily we all totally enjoy both types of festivals from each heritage - it is just tricky when the dates line up. And...then there is daughter number five with her birthday two days before Christmas....who planned that?!
Anyway - enough yakking. Here are the pics.
|I have pine needles to vacuum up by|
the looks. The house smells
amazing with a real pine tree.
Carbon neutral, non plastic and
can be used in the chiminea
|Some prezzies under the tree.|
Brown paper and string wrapping.
|Porcelain bauble with nativity|
scene - by Wedgwood.
|Mamma HM reaches up |
with the star........
|....can't quite reach!|
|We placed it in front of the window|
that looks out onto the deck
so we can enjoy it from both
inside and outside.
|Papier mache bauble from|
|Three wise men looking rather lost.|
They should have asked for directions!
|Painted metal cow bell from Austria|
|Paper book baubles|
|Do you think it will reign deer?|
|Paper snowflake to counter-act|
the Aussie summer.
|Aaaaw - pretty. It is starting to|
look a lot like Christmas.
|Sleigh bell on a satin ribbon|
|Christmas doll from Austria|
|Wooden rocking horse.|
Apparently there will be some red and gold material bows to be added yet.
Take care and stay nice folks.