It’s Beginning to Look A lot Like Christmas: A Couch Adventure
Well, Corona has come in full force to our little county and we are experiencing more restrictions than previously. For the most part, we don’t go anywhere except grocery shopping or to church. But the past few weeks have seen us homebound more than usual and we are now attending church in our living room. I am thankful that we have internet so we can attend services. It is not the same as being there in person but I am sure that will be back in no time.
Ba Hum- Bug!
I mentioned last week that I didn’t have the holiday spirit and was contemplating not decorating this year. I mentioned it to my friend and she told me that I should decorate, not for myself but for my children. She reminded me that because they have and will be stuck in the house a while longer, I should try to make it as special as possible for them. After seeing my daughter’s reaction to decorating the Christmas tree, I agree. I am glad that I finally gave in.
I keep the decorating pretty simple now. Last year, I purged all the decorations that I didn’t really like and that left me with so few that I was able to decorate several rooms in less than an hour. All the greenery is fresh from our trees. I love that I don’t have to store fake greenery and after Christmas, it gets a toss in the compost pile.
I love this belsnickle santa that my Mother-In-Love gifted me several years ago. It is one of my favorite Christmas pieces. I you are interested in reading some of the history of the belsnickle santa, here is an excerpt that I found online. You can find the entire article Here.
A few nights before Christmas, a rap would come at the door. A cross-looking man wearing furs would step through the door. He held a hickory switch in one hand and a sack laden with candy and nuts in the other.
One by one, he called the children in the house forward and asked them to recite a poem, a Bible verse or math equations. He’d warn them to behave. Then he’d toss the goodies on the floor — but woe to children who forgot their manners and greedily dove for the candy and nuts. They might feel the sting of the switch on their backs.
Call him the dark side of Santa, but der Belsnickel’s job was to remind little ones that they still had a little time left to behave before the benevolent Saint Nicholas would arrive on Christmas Eve.
A visit from the Belsnickel was just as common as a visit from Saint Nick about 125 years ago in Pennsylvania German regions of the Lehigh Valley.
This china cabinet was a gift from my grandmother and it houses my teapot collection. I love decorating it for Christmas. I have a nutcracker and a nutcracker mouse king on the top. I have a huge love for the Nutcracker Ballet at this time of year. I have already watched 3 different productions. The large paper bag star was a project that my daughter and I made together this week. We made 7 total and put them throughout the house. They were very easy to make.
My green corner cabinet was decorated with my Guatemalan nativity that was also gifted me by my MIL. My favorite time is at night when it is dark and the lights light up the nativity. It is So pretty.
I have a thing for gnomes. I like this one nestled amongst my tea tins.
Here is my Willow Tree Nativity. I only have this one piece with the shelter but I love the simplicity of it. Eventually, I am hoping to add the rest of the pieces.
Here are the littles when we went Christmas tree shopping.
I am joining the Tea Day ladies at Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is a China Oolong. I really enjoy drinking this in the evenings after my dinner. It doesn’t settle well with me in the mornings as I have a sensitive digestive system. But before or after dinner, this strong and flavorful tea is just right.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any art to share this week as this seems to be a season of busyness. Maybe next week.
Happy Tea Day,