What is the collective noun for a group of Snowmen? I have no idea, but they certainly look really jolly all dressed up in their winter finery.
The wooden snowmen, will of course not melt. They have been created by Bodrighy.
I'm really enjoying featuring the craft skills of others and some wonderful inspiration and of course my favourite music etc. I have decided to have the first of several giveaways in the run up to Christmas.
For this giveaway the prize will be a jewelled Christmas spider and story card. To be in with a chance of entering, simply do one or more of the items below and leave a comment to tell me what you have done.
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The winner will be randomly selected on Saturday 30th at noon GMT
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.
His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"
This stocking has been made from an assortment of vintage look fabrics and lace. It's been fillled with organic lavender to add a beautiful aroma to your Christmas Celebrations. It's been created by Pants and Paper.
As a child, I remember being shocked to see the word Xmas representing Christmas. I don't ever remember being told, but always felt like the use of the X was crossing out Jesus. It is only in later years that I have been informed as to the reason for this:
The X is representative of the Greek first letter of the name Christ.
The first letter of the Greek word Christos is transliterated into our alphabet as an X. That X has come through church history to be a shorthand symbol for the name of Christ.
I always associate these stunning plants with an elderly neighbour who had a wonderful gift to grow these wonderful christmas plants.
Although during the summer, the plants can be cared for outside, they should be brough inside during early October, so now is the ideal time. The plant will flower more prolifically at Christmas if it is kept in a cool inside environment and subjected to legnthy times in the dark. It should be watered reguallly, but the soil should be allowed to dry before you water it again.
The Christmas Cactus comes in a variety of pinks and reds which makes it perfect for yur Christmas display.