Sunday, 17 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 17


Christmas Wrapping Paper

This years wrapping paper for our Christmas presents

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 16


Undressed. 
Its a Bottle-brush tree


Hundred lights
In Victorian times, the tree would have been decorated with candles


Tree after dressed

The "Bottle-brush" Christmas tree is finally up and we listened to Christmas songs whilst my husband dressed the tree, getting into the Christmas spirit! He seems to like doing the tree so I let him and I think he makes quite a good job of it. All the baubles are vintage inherited from my parents including the blue baubles from Advent Calendar - Door 9  But since taking the photo of the box of blue baubles we are now down to nine of them.

There is the history behind the Christmas Tree on yesterdays post


Friday, 15 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 15


Christmas Tree before dressed

The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (pagan and Christian) for thousands of years. Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come. The Romans used Fir Trees to decorate their temples at the festival of Saturnalia. Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God.

The first person thought  to have brought a Christmas Tree into a house, in the way we know it today, may have been the 16th century German preacher Martin Luther. A story is told that, one night before Christmas, he was walking through the forest and looked up to see the stars shining through the tree branches. It was so beautiful, that he went home and told his children that it reminded him of Jesus, who left the stars of heaven to come to earth at Christmas. 

The first Christmas Trees came to Britain sometime in the 1830s. They became very popular in 1841, when Prince Albert (Queen Victoria's German husband) had a Christmas Tree set up in Windsor Castle. 

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 14


Christmas Crackers

We had these crackers  a few years ago,  I thought they were so traditional and pretty.

Read about Christmas Crackers here

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 13


First Christmas card received in the post


The first Christmas cards were invented by
 Sir Henry Cole and illustrated by John Callcott Horsley 

You can read about it here

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 12


This little angel has been with me for over sixty years.  She was purchased from Woolworths in the 1950's by my mother.  In all that time the only damage is to the corner of her harp.



Monday, 11 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 11



We didn't have snow in our part of the country just very heavy rain and gale force winds




The Snowman ornament, well that what it is in our our house.  
Its actually an Egg Cup and Drinking Cup given to our eldest in 1981