Monday, 23 December 2013

Christmas greetings...




Christmas greetings to all my readers, friends, family, new visitors to my blog!

Some of you will remember my little vintage tree, brought to Australia from Vienna by my mother in 1931. Now threadbare, I think it would have been binned long ago if it hadn't been in the possession of such a sentimental family as mine. Many of the glass decorations came with the tree in 1931 but there have been additions every decade since then, and for most of them I remember when my Nana, or my mother, or I collected them. (Not, I hasten to add those in the 1930s!)

Each year I'm very tempted to leave the tree up forever... I don't have any customary beliefs about when the tree should go up or come down, and as I get older I tend to wish to surround myself with the objects I particularly love. Books, family treasures, my Christmas tree...

To you all, my very best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and holiday season, and may 2014 bring us all what we most need, may be it peace, love, joy, and especially good health. Goodwill and compassion to all can only be a good thing.


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26 comments:

  1. And to you and your friends, all the best, and yummy things.

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    1. Thanks, Meg, I'm already onto the yummy things! All the best to you and Ben - good weaving, good photographing, good everything!

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  2. Carol, I love your Christmas tree, its history and how you honor it year after year.
    Merry Christmas to you and all your loved ones.
    May 2014 be a good year for all.
    xoxox

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    1. Anna, I've enjoyed your photos of your Christmas in the cold. Yes, I love my little tree, and I hope it will pass on to Suzy eventually.erry Christmas to you and yours and here's to creativity in 2014!

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    2. Anna, that was meant to say Merry Christmas! of course. xox

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  3. Hear, hear, to surrounding oneself with things of sentimental appeal and/or beauty. Love your agapanthus too. Ours are yet to flower though there are some in bud.
    All the very best to you and yours for the season and the year(s) to come.

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    1. EC, ah yes, nothing better than being surrounded by favourite "stuff". I do love mine. And my garden, as you do yours. This year the agapanthus are few and far between but those that are blooming are enormous. Not sure what the rest think they are doing... Christmas wishes to you both and let's have some good health in 2014 for all of us.

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  4. Yes, Carol, it is a sweet story.A continuing story.My very good wishes to you and the family for the coming year.

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    1. Di, I hope it is a story that goes on after my life time. Probably will. And thanks for your good wishes. Mine back to you and The Man, Geiger and Sporran. xox

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    1. Thanks, Mo, I love every brittle twig of it, and of course all the ornaments which each have a story for me. Best wishes to you and Rod, and of course, Ariel!

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  6. Carol, I don't know anyone with a Christmas tree with such a history, so no wonder you'd like to keep it up all year.
    May your own Christmas be replenishing and the year ahead a source of satisfaction!

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    1. Faisal, thank you for the good wishes and of course I wish the same for you in this coming year. I do have a very old Easter setting so maybe I'll take down the tree to set that up.

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  7. What a lovely tree and story, may it go on.
    Have a lovey Christmas, here on Kangaroo Island I bring a few treasured Island ornaments with me for the week we are here.

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    1. Dear Penny, I hope you had a restoring and restful week on Kangaroo and that this year will bring you much happiness and creativity.

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  8. I love tales of family traditions and your tree is treeeeemendous! hope you have a spectacular christmas and new year -- lots of lurrrve from the creek xxx

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    1. Thanks, Ronnie,it was all good and now I'm ready for the new year and all it may bring. Love to puppies and all at the creek.

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  9. Hi Carol,
    Merry Christmas to you and yours. What a treasure that tree and its ornaments are. Family traditions are what make Christmas-times so special. xxx

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    1. Hi Amanda, yes, it is a lovely time and I enjoy the traditions so much. All the very best for 2014, especially lots of good health and energy.xxx

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  10. Hi C - hoping you hae a joy and peace filled Christmas with that tree and the family. Peace. B

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    1. Hi B, welcome back to the mountain. Wishing you and F all the best for another new year in the shed and studio. C

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    2. Hi C - yes we are already settling into the block and art at home again. Go well. B

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  11. It's a wonderful tree, a treasure to cherish. I do remember it from last year and keeping it all year long is a great idea. Why not? We can do with some Christmas spirit anytime. Happy Holidays, Carol!

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    1. Happy holidays to you, too, Ersi, though I guess you're right into the new year now. I hope things look up for your country and that you are able to fill your life with your beautiful art. xxx

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  12. Happy New Year, Carol! What an excellent tree, it's so nice to have things like that in one's life, isn't it? I have a nearly bald tinsel star that's been in the family forever, and I feel the same way about it.

    May the new year bring you peace, love and happiness.
    Barbara

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    1. Hi Barbara, may I wish you all the same and more. Good to hear someone else has sentimental feelings for time worn and loved objects.

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