I am really excited about this venture, although I never expected that so many bloggers would want to join in. As there are so many of us we are going to do posts each week in December and then we might change the format in January. So if you would like to join in, please drop me an e-mail and I will get back to you.
Before I start my post today I also wanted to say thank you so much for your lovely comments about all that I have been up to lately. You are all so kind and supportive in all that you have to say and I hope that I do tell you that, but I wanted to make a special mention! You are all so much appreciated and I find it hard to put my appreciation into words because I find it a bit overwhelming, but the appreciation really is there. Thank you a thousand times!
Welcome also to new visitors and readers and commenters, you are all so very welcome and it is lovely to hear from you and to know that you are there. Thank you for stopping by!
On Wednesday I posted about a trip to Bruges that we had some years ago. I hope that no one thinks that it was meant badly or that it has put anyone off visiting Bruges. It really is a beautiful and wonderful place that I loved visiting - it was the snowy journey that was the tricky part!! That said other journeys on the train have been really good, so don't let that put you off either.
When I was thinking about my posts in December it seemed like a good idea to have a theme, and what better at this time of year than Christmas of course!
Anyone who knows me, knows that I love Christmas. I have been collecting Christmas decorations for nearly 25 years now. Many are treasured gifts, there are others that we have bought as souvenirs from our various travels, or from the travels of family members bought back as gifts. There are so many memories attached to them in different ways.
This week I would like to share with you five new Christmas decorations that I treated myself to with some present money from earlier in the year. These will become treasured in coming years just as my other decorations are. I chose them because they had a vintage feel and also because they are (mostly) glass which means that they are more precious to me than something plastic or throwaway. There is nothing wrong with plastic decorations and indeed I have some that are treasured, such as the Santa I showed in the posts for the Christmas Card Swap which is my oldest decoration. I wanted these new decorations to be special though and I think that these are.
There seems to be a wonderful selection of blown glass ornaments in the department stores this year, and these two really spoke to me. I like the glitteryness and the shapes as well as the mercury glass effect.
These two are very special! The one above is from Liberty and I really love it. It is all glass and the back is glittered too so it is lovely from all sides. I like the unusual shape too, having a mix of shapes adds more texture and dimension to the tree I think.
The mistletoe is made of pewter and was bought at a craft fair. It is the most expensive decoration that I have ever bought, but it will be with me forever I am sure. I don't think that I will hang it on the tree, I think that perhaps it needs to go somewhere suitable for kissing under! Perhaps from the light in the hallway - what do you think!!
This decoration is hubbys choice. He loves cars of all sorts and this was just too cute to pass up. We actually have several car and vehicle ornaments now, definitely more than your average tree I reckon, but I don't mind they are all pretty and sparkly and have special memories for one reason or another and that is the most important thing isn't it!
Five lovely new ornaments to be added to the tree in the coming weeks. We usually wait until the two weekends before Christmas to put up the tree, but the weather has been so very grey that we might just sneak things up a bit earlier this year... we will have to see what happens. Watch this space!
I am joining in Five on Friday, taking five minutes from our day to enjoy five things. Please go and visit the other people who are also blogging about Five on Friday this week. Although I have included Leanne on the list, she hasn't posted today as she has got other things going on in her life right now, but please do stop by her blog and leave her a comment with your best wishes, and hopefully she will be able to rejoin us again next year.