Monday, 3 December 2007

A new tradition


We always had advent calendars when we were little, and it's a tradition I've kept up with our two. We have the picture based ones, and we have the one the elf fills (going well so far, hurrah!), and we also have another one that has slips of paper in with activities for each day. I've seen other people doing this too, and it isn't that I object to the sweeties or gifts that frequently come in these, it's just that we don't need quite that much sugar-and-sparkle fuelled excitement before breakfast. Believe me, they're not lacking in chocolate.




So, one of the activities for last weekend was to visit the Christmas tree festival being held at the church in a nearby village. We arrived as it was getting dark on Sunday afternoon and the effect of the candles lit for the advent service, and the 28 (!) sparkling trees decorated by village groups was absolutely magical.


We will definitely be marking this in our calendar for next year.


In case you have been wondering what I look like, this is a portrait of me, apparently.


No, I'm not crying, those are my ears.

22 comments:

  1. The Christmas Tree festival sounds wonderful and your advent ideas are a great alternative to chocolate, love the little fellow at the bottom.
    cd&m
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  2. http://vintagepretty.org/5 December 2007 at 20:48

    That picture had did make me wonder if you were crying - ahh, ears, of course!

    The tree festival looked amazing - there is something very magical about churches lit by candles and filled with the scent of pine. Lovely.

    Tash

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  3. Perfect outing! Have you considered surgery for your earcheeks?!!

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  4. Love the portrait and love the new tradition! We all need to build our own traditions each year - not sure what mine are going to be yet......!

    Lucy x

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  5. Choccy advent calendars were invented to torture mothers. Mine are hard enough to engineer out of the door on time each morning, without adding sugar to the mix.

    And the nose in your portrait is mine. The ears? Not so much.

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  6. I'm sure it looks just like you!! I have on several occasions caused great offence by not recognising myself in portraits done by the girls. The tree festival sounds lovely.
    Cathy X

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  7. Fab portrait. Do your legs really come out of your neck?

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  8. These are EXACTLY the sort of things I love to read about - how beautiful - a Christmas Tree Festival.

    And love the portrait! Done with whole hearted love too I would say.

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  9. The Christmas Tree festival sounds great. I love your hair too, in your portrait!

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  10. I think your portrait is lovely! Tree festival looked fabulous too.

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  11. Your eyes are a lot more 'googly' than I had anticipated, and that's an unusual place to keep your ears, but each to their own.

    The Christmas tree festival sounds beautiful.

    Take care :-) x

    PS I have weird kids - they prefer to eat their Advent chocolates when they get home from school???

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  12. Fab portrait Mrs Dottycookie!! Of course they are ears. We have a Picasso in the making there :)

    My kids forgot to have their chocolates yesterday. Maybe because they'd already downed a pack of fruit pastilles.

    The tree festival is a lovely idea. One of our traditions is to take the children for a drive round certain streets that go all out on the outdoor lights. We even use our legs and walk through one of the nicer areas ;)

    We also started what may be a new one last year. Visiting Father Christmas in the very spooky cellarium at Mottisfont Abbey which is a lovely National Trust property. They decorate parts of the house in traditional fashion too. Lovely.

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  13. love the sound of the christmas tree festival.
    fantastic portrait!

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  14. Oh, that portrait is adorable...I've been wondering what you look like. Now I know you have small ears, and a crew cut too! ;o) hehehe...That is so sweet...And so is all this advent fun. Where I come from in the USA advent calendars were not very common, and the commerically produced types not so easy to get hold of. I didn't experience an advent calendar until I loved here to Norway. It cheers the season even more with extra treats. Happy Days ((HUGS))

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  15. The Christmas tree festival sounds grand! Your portrait...but oh what beautiful eyes you have! :o) Continue to enjoy the holidays!

    Smiles...

    Beverly

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  16. I have advent calenders for my children too, I sewed them years ago and throughout the year buy small gifts for them. My oldest is 16 and still goes nuts for hers. I love the ears... too cute :)

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  17. You're a wee bit freaky looking, what with ears on the front of your face ...

    Love those candles in jars - did you make those ?

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  18. Looking good there, Val! Remember that children see you as you are (ears and all!) The bright side is that if you had any wrinkles she would have included them. You obviously have beautiful skin.

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  19. Christmas tree festival is such a lovely idea - havnt even put up my pathetic little tree yet but m determined to get into the christmas mood this weekend starting with making enough ginger bread and coconut ice to feed an army.

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  20. Love the portrait! I have a similar one of me... no googly eyes though! The festival sounds lovely!

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  21. Your portrait is lovely! And the 28 sparkly trees sound gorgeous

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  22. NOW we know what you look like! It must be handy to have eyes that can move independently of one another. The tree festival sounds exciting too :) Now that the Salvation Army brass band doesn't come round anymore our Christmas tradition is to drive along to the tackily decorated over-the-top houses in one particular street and have a bit of a giggle. Tree festival would definitely be better though.

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