Archive for December, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Hope your Christmas 2009 was a healthy, safe and merry one!
Thanks for sharing this Christmas season with me – hope to see you next year…

Polish Christmas Eve: A Precious Memory

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

As remembered by Gwen Foster, my mother-in-law…
In the rural areas of Poland, festivity began when the first star (representing the Star that appeared over Bethlehem so long ago) shone in the sky and the guests tried to arrive at the home of the host at that hour. However, the progress of the 20th century (along [...]

Christmas Chaos Conquers All (Almost)

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Well, in spite of my good intentions and my great beginning with my blog, life caught up with me and I haven’t been able to squeeze a square minute into updating Christmas North this last week.  BUT – I did manage to mail half my Christmas cards (usually I don’t, blush blush) AND – I [...]

A Child’s Toy

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Submitted by Gwen Foster (source unknown)
The story is told of a young boy who traveled with the wise men on their long journey from Persia to Judea. The men were traveling on camels, and the camels needed care along the way. They needed food and water and grooming, with their feet checked nightly [...]

The Underwear Tree

Monday, December 14th, 2009

By Teresa Bell Kindred
My husband and I have been married for twenty nine years. We are the parents of four boys (including a set of identical twins) and one girl. When they were all small our Christmas was pure chaos. Because our daughter was always outnumbered by the boys and their friends she learned to [...]

Fake Christmas Tree or Real: Which Is Right For You?

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Do you prefer a fake Christmas tree… or a real one? No matter what you answer, you’ll most likely agree that, somehow, the family Christmas tree seems to be the heart of Christmas. The fairy lights add to the enchantment… and for some people, cutting down the tree is part of the ritual.
I admit, I [...]

Paper Christmas Ornaments: 3D Christmas Trees

Monday, December 7th, 2009

by Teresa of Loony Knoll
This is an easy way to make paper Christmas trees from card stock. Designs are flexible. Below, you can download a .ZIP file containing  three different pattern sizes, to be printed out on 8.5″ x 11″ paper.
There are plain patterns that can be coloured however you like, and also pre-colored [...]

The Singing Christmas Tree

Friday, December 4th, 2009

By Gwen Foster
When we were living in an urban area and David was a small boy, we purchased Christmas trees from any vendor who was selling nearby. We were careful to choose a spruce that was well shaped, symmetrical all round, and well needled; of a size to suit the space indoors that we [...]

What Is Your Best Christmas Memory?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Today was a red-letter day for me. I got taken out for a small excursion to Home Depot to buy a lightbulb, look at the Christmas plants and trees, and enjoy a hot dog for lunch.  The trade-off was sitting in the SUV waiting for my driver to run several of his own errands, since [...]

Christmas in Oz

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

by Christine Holroyd
My parents separated many years ago, so I try to juggle things there, and my brother lives in Western Australia, too far away. We don’t get to see him for Christmas any more, which saddens me somewhat. My Dad usually spends Christmas Eve with us, staying overnight; and lately, we’ve had lovely evening [...]