In my usual tradition, here is the round up of featured posts for 2011. It’s been a pretty tubulent year personally for me and I haven’t blogged as much as I usually do – but my New Year resolution is to do so, so get ready for more eclectic mixes of art, design and quirkyness! I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a bright New Year!
Archive for CHRISTMAS
The first Christmas card was commissioned by Henry Cole in 1843, London. The image can be found on this video – see if you can spot it. Early Christmas cards were rarely religious, the focus was fairies, flowers and the approach of Spring. Cards could be sentimental featuring humour and children. I have started the video with some religious paintings which can be seen nowadays on Christmas cards. The cards I have chosen are an eclectic mix of sentimental, humourous, wintery ,nostalgic and Jolly – just like Christmas should be. This is an early attempt at making a YouTube video. Expect more (hopefully better:-))
Prokofiev’s Winter Fairy (from Cinderella), performed by Caela Harrison from here
The credits are many;
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Still in the swing of Christmas Eve at the moment, wrapping presents and making chestnut stuffing, except I couldn’t get any chestnuts so I thought I would be a little innovative and use hazenuts and a few chopped pecans. Other ingredients includes sausage meat, apple, garlic…..
So, just finished wrapping presents and I must say there doesn’t look much to warrent all the money spent, but that’s Christmas for you. Even managed to get the black Christmas tree up in time and I must say it doesn’t look too bad. Just having a drink and putting my feet up in a moment. Not going out. Are you kidding? not in this weather. Hope everything has defrosted by tomorrow. All that is left to say is a HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE WHO READS THIS, and THANKS for reading my blog xxxxx
Just had to venture out to do some more shopping. After being more or less snowed in yesterday, there was a lot to do. Lots of people are in hospital with broken limbs, due to the hazardous weather conditions. It’s quite frightening really, walking on sheets of ice.
When we were young we never worried about such things. We wore high heels come wind or rain. Christmas or New Years eve, dressed up to the nines off we’d trot, (well, perhaps trot is the wrong word…) out on the town to have a good time. One trick we used to do was put a pair of woollen socks over our shoes. Don’t ask me why this worked, but it just did, it gave more of a grip. Of course. as soon as you got to the venue, you whipped them off and put them in a plastic bag. You either threw em away or put the soggy things back on to go home in. Usually we threw em. Somehow, we never fell over on the ice going home without these trusty socks – I don’t know why though, probably more confidence induced by the alcohol!
The native American Indians used to wear these snowshoes, made of wood, metal and yarn. Mountaineers wear these sort of snowshoes (below) they can climb mountains in them, go anywhere there is snow without falling over. But you don’t have to use them just for snow, you can use them for all sorts of recreational activities, like golf or just keeping fit. What’s really interesting about these is that the length of the snowshoe depends on the weight of the person and what they will be carrying. Don’t know how this works if you are carrying another person though. Fancy a pair? HERE
Christmas is very nearly here and I’ve still not contributed anything towards it. I must like the last-minute panicking or something, or perhaps its just inertia. When I think of some of the great exciting (to me) Christmas’s I’ve put on (like a pantomime), now it seems just a farce. I can’t seem to get the enthusiasm for it any more.
In the past I would think of a theme, and plan for it. One year it was Medieval Christmas. We had spiced beef in wine, with cloves spiked in it. I made pomanders out of oranges with cloves and ribbon, sprinkling them with orris root, wrapping them, then unwrapping in a few weeks when the oranges and the fruit had shrunk and re tieing the ribbons. We’ve had Victorian Christmas with a massive real tree smothered with decorations. I’ve made crazy patchwork stockings with ribbons and velvet to hang near the fire. I’ve made tiny dough fruit and glazed it, wired cones and smothered a bower for the fireplace with trinkets, until it resembled Beecher’s Brook in the Grand National.
And now, well I suppose it will be the usual, a few lights on the bottom of the front windowsill, lights round the kitchen door, so we can do our ‘Tonight Mathew – I am going to be…..very drunk indeed). We’ll have an open fire and burn all the wrappings. Beyond that, I can’t really think…but I still believe in Father Christmas so anything can happen, so you never know!
I had to go to town today. Raining of course. There’s a few Christmas decorations up, but it doesn’t feel anything like Christmas. Some nice window dsiplays though. My favorite is always Selfridges , they always have something flamboyant!
Not great pics but you get the idea, lots of drama, silver women hanging from chandeliers – the usual, lol!
Another shop, called Allsaints had the most amazing window display I’ve seen in a long while. Hundreds (and I mean hundreds) of sewing machines in the window. At first I thought they must have got them from a factory, but only some had motors fitted onto them, plus they weren’t all Singer either, some were German. I wonder where they got them all? and I wonder what they will do with them all afterwards?
This one is Habitat, I think. I couldn’t resist it. looking all Christmasy and welcoming!
I never knew there were so many traditions associated with Boxing day. From giving gifts to the lower classes of people to the stoning of wrens! Apparently this to relates to the stoning of St Stephen (whose birthday it also is). There are some interesting facts about Boxing Day on these sites: –http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/boxingday.asp