Monday, 1 December 2008

All is calm?

I love Christmas, and every year December 1st sees me overjoyed that Advent is here and I am finally allowed to admit my excitement. This year we've been inspired by stunning visions of advent crowns and wreaths, and I remember how as a child I always looked at the Blue Peter version and wished I had one (but candles and tinsel? EEEEEEK! No wonder Mum said no!) So we duly broke out the glass paints and jam jars, and made a wreath of hazel twigs from the garden, and looked forward to last night when we could light the first candle.

And was it a serene and elegant occasion? Was it a joyous family celebration? Or was it a big squabble over whose candle jar should be the first to be lit? See if you can guess ...



(It all turned out well in the end. I don't think anyone is emotionally scarred, but what do I know?)

27 comments:

  1. Don't worry. They will reveal their emotional scarring to you in about 25+ years. Just when you think you have got past it all and raised them safely and sent them out into the world.

    I console myself that I am giving my children something to overcome. You know, struggle being good for teh soul and all that....

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  2. I am so glad you think the same about the tinsel and candles. Every year I'd watch blue peter thinking 'oh no, one of these days there's going to be a terrible accident'.

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  3. I'm very impressed. A card advent calendar was as ambitious as we ever were in our family! K x

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  4. How lovely... and wonderful to know there are others who are just as excited by Christmas. I love it too! (Just wish I had more time) As for the emotional scarring... I wouldn't worry. If it's not this it will be something else!

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  5. Love the candles...I like the "less is more" approach to the holidays myself. Last night we lit out lights, and it's always a thrill that first light of more to come...Happy Days ((HUGS))

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  6. Lovely hazel wreath - beautiful twirling you've done there. A magic tradition on the go here too - they'll remember the twinkly loveliness and the excitement I expect, rather than any squabbling.

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  7. I like your advent wreath I have been looking out for a nice one and I like your idea I think we might have to do one like that - thanks for that

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  8. Well, I think perhaps that was spoken by someone who didn't have to wait until last to have her jar lit!! Only joking - I love the sound of your tradition. I loved Blue Peter and the advent candle/coat hangers thingy. My mum wouldn't let us make one either.

    x

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  9. Well I remember the excitement and anticipation of the run up to Christmas and none of the arguments so I'm sure that's what your lovely girls will remember too!

    I think we may have over-done it again chez Locket - we have 9 advent calenders!!!

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  10. i think they only remember the fun bits anyway - and it looks lovely! i love the run up to christmas - its just the actual day that freaks me out - what with all the cooking, cleaning, etc,. and trying to make it perfect for everyone!

    xxx

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  11. Speaking of jars...we've always said (only half-jokingly) that we should establish Therapy Jars for our children. We could toss a coin or two in every now and then, and by adulthood they might have enough for a counseling session or two to try and undo some of the hideous damage caused by our poor parenting. (Hooray for waiting until Advent to decorate -- there are folks here whose houses were illuminated moments after Halloween...)

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  12. eek indeed! I remember those tinsel, wire hanger and candle creations ... every year for a long time!! x

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  13. I'm giggling guiltily at Locket's comment - we have 4 calendars here, so no squabbling.

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  14. The Easter Egg fight is the stuff of family legend here and is guaranteed to raise a laugh now that we are more than ten years away from it.

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  15. I've always wanted to make a blue peter coat hanger candle wreath, but have never managed it! The glass jars look great.

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  16. I do not know the blue peter reference and somehow feel I am missing the point here. Can youtube come to my rescue?

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  17. Lovely idea! We always had advent wreaths growing up but oddly I have only done calendars with my children. I used to be put in charge of making the wreath and we used evergreen branches. I've been inspired by yours, we'll get one put together too. Perhaps we'll try a coin toss to decide who lights the first candle :)

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  18. I always wanted to make the Blue Peter advent crown but somehow wire coathangers seemed to disappear in December when I was a child!! I must be a real daredevil 'cos I never looked at their crown with brightly burning candles and thought 'Uh oh - fire hazard!!

    I like your version even better - especially as your children will remember that moment for ever ;-)

    xxx

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  19. I always wanted to make a coathanger, tinsel & candle jobbie from Blue Peter too but your candle jars are much more classy (and far less flammable!)

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  20. I've only made an advent wreath when I was living in Germany - with wee evergreen branches and candles melted onto hot wire which was twisted around the wreath.

    California seems to be a wee bit short on evergreen trees. I like your jam jar idea.

    If it makes you feel better, my kids even fight over who gets to go to school first...

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  21. Cute e-mail. We of course don't have any squabbles in our house!!

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  22. Didn't Blue Peter just make the best stuff!

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  23. We received your beautiful thoughtful package this morning. I love the little Christmas scented pillows. Mister T has gone off to hide with his bag full of the chocolate and the origami stars which he really loves. Thank you, please say thank you to the girls as well the decorations are beautiful and the ones you made they will all look stunning on our tree. Hope you got our package safely as well?

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  24. Yes I use to wonder about those Blue Peter makes too, at least there was no physical scarring in your house, tinsel and candles, what were they thinking!
    Kimx

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  25. I always wondered if the blue peter crew would go up in a puff of smoke one christmas, it looked very pretty though!

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  26. really starting to feel like Christmas now.....

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