I’ve made most of the ornaments myself, some a long time ago, but most I’ve made this – sorry, it’s New Years Day now, last year – makes me wonder what we had in the tree before…. The year before last I tied lots of bows from strips of fabric I had in my stash. I didn’t hem them or anything, and just lay them on the branches. Simple as can be, but adds a lot of character.
These button spruces are new. I was a bit unsure of them at first, but it turns out I like how they look on the tree.
The little jingle bell ornaments are really cute, and not at all too small for our petite tree.
These little sacks were originally a bunting I got from my mum, but never quite knew how to decorate with. A year or two ago I cut the string of the bunting into pieces, and the now individual sacks make charming ornaments.
I had attached braided linen cord loops to some spruce cones for ornaments. Pine cones are prettier and sturdier to work with, but the spruce cones were easier to find as a big spruce grows by the playground, and anyway, these looked more natural on our imitation spruce tree.
The crocheted hemp twine stars looked nice.
As the tree is such a central part of the Christmas decorations, the one all eyes are drawn to, I make some of the ornaments remind us about Christ. Not that good food and presents aren’t nice (I love food and presents!), but they are not the most important part of the celebration for us. Almost ten years ago, I made tags (all the rage in the scrapbooking world back then) with snippets of English and Swedish Christmas songs or scriptures about Christ written on them. Every tag had a unique décor on it, and some I’ll confess I’m no longer too happy with. I might retire them eventually, or use them differently, but for now, they have a place on our Christmas tree.
The boys had received a countdown candle, that helped them visualize how many days were left until Christmas.
Above the window I used more of the vines from our wedding (same as I used round the windows in the kitchen), trimmed with red bows, made from strips cut from a piece of fabric in my stash.
Home made sweets is tradition. This year we kept it simple and only made chocolate fudge and chocolate balls. The boys helped with the latter, much to their amusement.
Mum always used to make nicely decorated bread for Christmas, and that is a tradition I like to continue. I love holly, so a holly sprig seemed fitting. (On a side note – as I do like holly so much, I was very pleased when the Pottermore sorting announced that my wand was made from holly and unicorn tail hair.) Here is one of them, pre proofing. Mmmm, bread….
We had a very quiet, comfortable Christmas – the kind I like best. How was your holidays?
A bit silly to have a look at the Christmas decorations in January, but there you are 🙂 I wish you all a Happy New Year, filled with love, peace and creativity.