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decorating for Christmas #5

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I have quite a few nativity scenes. My favorite is my set of figures by ™Avon. I collected them more than 30 years ago and it was this set we used when my son was little. We used it to tell the story of the Nativity, starting with an empty manger, putting the angels with the shepherds to announce Jesus’ birth, moving the wise men ever closer to the stable.

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I actually have three ‘little drummer boys’ for the set; two of these belonged to my mom. I bought one drummer boy each for my mom and my mother-in-law, and gave one to Mom in 1992. Then I forgot I had given her the first, so she got another from me in 1993. I know the years because Mom labelled her belongings with the giver and year. My mother-in-law never did get a drummer boy figure!

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the three drummer boys: one of mine and two of Mom’s 1992 and 1993 (left to right)

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boxes for the drummer boys, carefully labelled by Mom

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One of my favorite parts of the Nativity scene is the white satin cloth with golden stars that make a backdrop to the figurines, reminiscent of the star-studded sky in Bethlehem.

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Merry Christmas from the drummer boys …

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017  

Written by jane tims

December 22, 2017 at 7:47 am

Elf on the Shelf

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My Elf on the Shelf has been with me since the 1960s.  For many years, she stayed in a back corner in a bag with the other stuffed folk.  Then, last year, I learned about the new popularity of the Elf on the Shelf.

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Now, she has a place of honour among my Christmas decorations .. or should I say places?  Each day, she pops up in a new place, to make her own commentary on the Christmas season!

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Elf on the Shelf reading her Christmas books …

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Elf on the Shelf is shy but she tries to sing with the other carolers …

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Elf on the Shelf dreams of a white Christmas …

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Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

December 15, 2014 at 9:16 am

getting ready for Christmas #2 – a Christmas village

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I’m in a crafty mood today.  My inspiration came from Pinterest.

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First I made some paper houses.  I copied a charming design from Pinterest and did a quick rendition with Paint.  Then I printed the house parts on cardstock, cut them out and glued them together.  The original design is shown at www.behance.net/gallery/Christmas-House/6431227 .

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Then, using wire and rope, I made three ‘bottle-brush’ trees to go with the houses.  The method of making various versions of these trees is found at http://www.fynesdesigns.com/handmade-bottle-brush-trees-yarn-twine-garland-rope/ .  Mine are rather rustic-looking.

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Then I added some Epsom salts for snow and I have my little Christmas village.

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work station – I made a terrible mess and had to vacuum afterward

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Christmas village

Christmas village – two of the houses and three trees – I’d like to add a little church and some sparkles on the trees

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If you have never gone on Pinterest before, have a look at some of the Christmas decorations I have found in my explorations www.pinterest.com/jane4757/noel-2013/

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Jane Tims  2013

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December 4, 2013 at 6:33 am

getting ready for Christmas #1

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For me, November began with a hurried Halloween and a week-long trip to California.  Once I returned, I promised myself full attention to getting ready for Christmas.  At the risk of behaving like the stores who run Christmas music in November, I am going to share some of my Christmas projects.

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This activity is fueled somewhat by Pinterest.  I discovered it quite recently and find so many creative ideas there!

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My first project was a paper garland for our entry.  Cardinals and white ribbon.

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November 18, 2013 at 7:41 am

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