We are about as ready for Christmas as you can get here and grateful we aren't being affected by nasty winter snows or floods. We have a roof over our head, food on the table and reasonably healthy!
We had to reacquaint ourselves with our tree and its where abouts! Last year we were treeless due to the kitchen flood and impending demolition. The boxes has been taken down to the garage to be stored and never made it back to the house until recently. As I pulled out the decoration boxes with 27 years of Christmas past, I found that mice had check things out sometime this summer! Fortunately, they just nibbled on the tissue paper and then exited, so we only lost a few items.
Our tree has a star theme and we have a snowman theme for decorations around the home. You are greeted at the front door by these handsome fellows:
Then on the mantle, along with garlands and lights:
From Martha in Utah on the left and Joan in Kamloops on the right.
Now we have some other creative, personalized cards...
Alison took close-up photographs of snowflakes (no small feat!), placed them into a computer program and digitally played with them and created her one of a kind card, with small added snowflake to the front. The card stock is beautiful quality as well.
Then my two friends who live thousands of miles apart, both sent 3D type cards! (Funny how that happens..)
Guess that's why they are my friends!
Last one is by a long time family friend Joan Rowan who is watercolour artist. Every year we get a printed version of one of her recent paintings:
"Made In China" The mountains at Zhang Jai Jie, artist Joan Rowan
Joan and a group were in China earlier this year and visited the Zhang Jai Jie region with its uniquely shaped mountains, that inspired the floating mountains in the film Avatar.
This is not him, but he will be something like this:
Happy Holidays everyone!