Four more days to go for Christmas and I’m really looking forward to an early morning Christmas service at a small stone village church, the singing of carols, the warmth of the glowing candles and this feeling of serenity and happiness that the Day brings to my soul. It is the time to cease and count our blessings and be grateful for what is offered to us and the people we love.
Last weekend, was Christmas tree decoration time in my little world.
My tree is an artificial one. I used to buy real ones for some time in the past, but though they are beautiful and make the house smell of forest air, they have certain disadvantages .
The decoration of the tree always takes a lot of time and effort, but it is always a joy I enjoy sharing with my family. We put on Christmas music and we open the boxes where I keep the ornaments.
The whole place becomes a colourful, messy, sparkling heaven where pairs of hands little and small, search through piles of ornaments for their favourite ones to hang first, from the tree.
The whole process takes a long, long time and some arguments about what looks best where, but the outcome is quite satisfying, especially when we turn on the fairy lights and the whole tree shines and gleams.
I like white, silver, golden baubles, flowers and feathers and very few wooden, tiny painted toys.
My sister loves real trees and always opts for the cutest, small, colourful toys and red ribbons. Here is her tree, which I helped her decorate last Sunday.
If you have a little girl, a pink or fuchsia tree might be a good choice.
Do you like this one?
A happy snowman, a robin and a crochet star make it very stylish and cute. What do you think?
Anyway, no matter how big or small your tree is, or even if you choose not to decorate a tree at all, what matters is what is in your heart and soul .Don’t forget life is what we make it. So Merry Christmas to all of you, no matter where you are in the world and may your heart be filled with the warmth of Christmas.
If you wish to dream a little bit, look at the scenes of this little village that travels you to the land of fairy tales, winter beauty and festive mood. I love this sort of decoration and I catch myself day dream, every time I look at the little houses, the shop windows and the tiny sledges. I wish I was there!!
And I will leave you here dear readers, with some pictures of the central square in my city, Athens. We are a maritime people and as such we used to decorate little boats at Christmas and as you can see, we still do. I liked the boat a lot and especially when the colourful water from the fountain appeared in front of it. That was from last night.
A very festive Athens, with people walking in the central streets, doing their shopping for the days ahead, taking pictures with ‘real’ Santa Clauses and ‘reindeer’. A happy crowd in a ‘warm’ winter night.
Warm wishes to you all!!!
Till next time,