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decorating for Christmas #7

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Written by jane tims

December 24, 2017 at 10:32 pm

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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Written by jane tims

December 22, 2017 at 7:47 am

decorating for Christmas #4

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Decorating in our house involves some cleaning and maintenance since I do not keep up with housework through the year. One of the things I do for Christmas is shine our basket of glass floats.

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Glass floats were once used to keep the edges of fishing nets buoyant and you can buy new floats as well as antiques. They are beautiful and come in many festive colours. I consider them a Christmas decoration because of their beauty, because they remind me of stained glass and because my Mom and Dad gave me at least one of the green glass floats in my collection. I used to keep them on top of the piano, but I have copied my niece who keeps hers in a basket by her wood stove. When I visited my niece a few years ago, I drew her collection of floats and wrote a poem about them.

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glass floats

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the fog’s still glow

penetrates glass

and air incorporated

an age ago

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weightless, flamboyant

on salt water

swell

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glass inflation

tethered by hemp

on an ocean

whipped to froth

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

December 21, 2017 at 2:43 pm

It’s snowing!

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… on our tree! Lots of snowflakes added. Next come the snowmen!

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Through the years we have collected so many ornaments. One year I decorated seven trees! Now we only have one tree and most years I decorate with snowflakes, snowmen and snow-covered houses. A few birds and other  items sneak in as well!

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Copyright Jane Tims 2015

Written by jane tims

December 23, 2015 at 4:43 pm

small green world

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As I gradually put away my Christmas decorations, I am a little sad about disassembling the vignettes I created –  a group of carolers skating on a mirror pond, a serene stable scene, a lighted Christmas village.

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To see me through the rest of winter I have created another small world in a glass cloche, a moss and lichen garden under glass.  I picked the moss before the first December snow and it has done well for a month.  The moss leaves are bright and there is new growth on some of the lichen tips.  The terrarium even has its own little climate and ‘weather’ – days when the glass is clear and dry, and days when the glass is foggy and you can see a faint mist among the mosses.

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I love the ‘green-ness’ of this miniature world.  Green mosses, sheltered by the green leaves of my Lipstick Vine (Aeschynanthus lobbianus) and guarded by my green, four-clawed Chinese dragon.  Green candles.

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While the world outside is cold and white, I have this tiny green world to remind me – spring is only weeks away.

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Copyright 2015  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

January 5, 2015 at 7:14 am

goodbye to the snow

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We have had a thick layer of snow for the last few days.  But today, Christmas Eve, the rain is coming.  The snow will disappear.

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No matter.  Green or white, Christmas is Christmas.  I can hardly wait.

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays.

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Copyright  2014  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

December 24, 2014 at 6:59 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

going for a walk

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Among my prized possessions is a set of old fashioned walking toys.  Made in Hong Kong of hard, painted plastic, these three charmers walk without the benefit of batteries or electricity. Put them on an inclined surface and just watch! Their little legs swing in synchrony and carry them along.
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As they walk, they make a tiny clicking noise. Sometimes they fall over before they reach the end of their path, but usually they forge on to the end.
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The Mother Goose and Three Little Pigs were a gift from Santa about fifty years ago. The clever black cat with his red ball was added to my collection later.
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This year I am going to include these fellows among my Christmas decorations, a small celebration of Christmas Past!
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Do you have any of the toys from your childhood Christmases?

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Copyright 2014 Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

November 28, 2014 at 7:00 am

a moment of beautiful – blooming plants for Christmas

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the space – the east-facing window in our dining room

the beautiful – brilliant red flowers of the Lipstick Plant

A couple of my houseplants have given me an early Christmas gift.  I had a hearty blooming of my Christmas Cactus early in December, and then, last week, my Lipstick Plant (Basketvine) (Aeschynanthus pulcher) burst into brilliant red blooms.  Aeschynanthus is a subtropical genus from the same family as African Violets.  This is the second time it has bloomed for me in the last two years.

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I am sure this plant is wishing me, and you, a Merry Christmas !!!

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Lipstick plant in bloom

Lipstick plant in bloom

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Copyright  2013   Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

December 23, 2013 at 7:12 am

getting ready for Christmas #4 – vintage postcards

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For a few years, I have hung examples from my collection of postcards on a string above the fireplace.  I have postcards for all the major holidays – New Years, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving, Halloween and, of course, Christmas.

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This year, when I hung my Christmas postcards, I could only find six.  I need more, I decided, and went on eBay to find just three more.

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By the time I finished my bidding and winning, I had 14 postcards to add to my collection.

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After I had hung some of the postcards over my fireplace, I discovered 7 other postcards from a collection that belonged to my grandmother.  So now I have 27 vintage Christmas postcards.  The eBay extravaganza was not necessary at all, but, oh, it was fun!

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three of my new postcards – notice, I now have two of a set of ‘robin’ postcards – will I go out to find three more I know are in the set????

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Vintage postcards, mailed in 1922 (left) and 1926 (right)

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Copyright  2013  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

December 18, 2013 at 6:27 am

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