What a gorgeous invitation! So looking forward to visiting Anna and the team at the Black & Spiro Christmas Flea tomorrow and seeing the Christmas window as it is always beautiful. If you’re in Brisbane, you are in luck to share in the excitement!
to celebrate the eve of Christmas Day,
I wanted to share this really beautiful advent claendar countdown by les fifole
Anne at les fifole created a beautiful advent calendar.
This year, instead of personal dedications, a tribute to blogs that inspire me daily.
I wish you a warm holiday, a house that resonates with laughter and songs, beautiful emotions.
So beautiful, thank you Anne.
Gorgeous light, abundance, simplicity, serenity…
Enjoy the beautiful portfolio of Danish photographer, Anders Schonnemann.
The Nutcracker :: Sugar Plum Fairy :: marching toy gingerbread soldiers ::
mischievous mice :: crystalline waltzing snowflakes :: Land of Sweets ::
beautiful, beautiful christmas ballet
At the Stahlbaum family’s Christmas celebrations, Drosselmeyer weaves his magic and conjures a cast of imaginative characters, including a Prince, a Snow Fairy, and festive dancers from all corners of the globe. Young Clara is swept into a fantasy dream world where toy soldiers come to life and snowflakes dance.
Inspired by the original story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, François Klaus’s traditional Nutcracker is a delight, with lavish sets, beautiful costumes and spectacular dancing. With the much-loved music of Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker opens the door to an enchanting world of dance and theatre.
Share the magic with your family at Christmas time! The Queensland Ballet is performing this traditional treat at QPAC until 18 December. The beautiful music of Tchaikovsky is performed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
I say chaps,
we’ve run out of twiglets, have you any spare?
Yesterday was our work Christmas lunch, as guests of our Chairman at the Queensland Club.
In the spirit of this rather British tradition of clubs, the posts today are Union Jack inspired. Christmas is Britain’s most popular holiday and is characterized by traditions which date back hundreds of years.
What happens under the mistletoe,
stays under the mistletoe.
MISTLETOE, considered sacred by the British Druids, was believed to have many miraculous powers. Among the Romans, it was symbol of peace, and, it was said that when enemies met under it, they discarded their arms and declared a truce. From this comes our custom of kissing under the mistletoe. England was the first country to use it during the Christmas season.
The tradition of kissing underneath the mistletoe has been around for millennia. However, our modern day version has its roots in the more puritanical Victorian era, where we all had to be prim and proper. The one time a year that you could expect a kiss from a suitor was at this time under the mistletoe. And as tradition goes, the two are obliged to kiss and having kissed the gentleman takes a berry from the twig. Once all the berries are gone, all the opportunity has left with it. No berries, no kisses.
The Christmas tree was popularised by Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, who introduced one to the Royal Household in 1840. Since 1947, the country of Norway has presented Britain annually with a large Christmas tree which stands in Trafalgar Square in commemoration of Anglo-Norwegian cooperation during the Second World War.
Christmas dinner consists traditionally of a roast turkey, goose or chicken with stuffing and roast potatoes. This is followed by mince pies and Christmas pudding flaming with brandy, which might contain coins or lucky charms for children. The pudding is prepared weeks beforehand and is customarily stirred by each member of the family as a wish is made.
The pulling of Christmas crackers often accompanies food on Christmas Day. Invented by a London baker in 1846, a cracker is a brightly coloured paper tube, twisted at both ends, which contains a party hat, riddle and toy or other trinket. When it is pulled by two people it gives out a crack as its contents are dispersed.
Carols are often sung on Christmas Eve by groups of singers to their neighbours, and children hang a stocking on the fireplace or at the foot of their bed for Santa Claus (also named Father Christmas) to fill. Presents for the family are placed beneath the Christmas tree.
Another traditional feature of Christmas afternoon is the
Queen’s Christmas Message to the Commonwealth, broadcast on radio and television.
The day after Christmas is known in Britain as Boxing Day, which takes its name from a former custom of giving a Christmas Box – a gift of money or food inside a box – to the deliverymen and tradespeople who called regularly during the year. This tradition survives in the custom of tipping the milkman, postman, dustmen and other callers of good service at Christmas time.
Must dash. Tickety-boo.
summertime celebrations outdoors
in a place where the sun shines brightly and warmly.
…one of the biggest hurdles we faced, aside from torrential rain, was finding the right pony. One who wouldn’t shy at the sound of a camera or flatly refuse to stand next to a Christmas tree. Luckily, our Melbourne editor Virginia Imhoff found the beautifully behaved Dalgangle Folly, who actually found the Christmas tree worth trying to eat rather than something to fear. Thank you to her owner, Justine Wake, who braved the rain to bring her to our shoot, and to photographer Mikkel Vang and stylist Glen Proebstel, who never gave up under very difficult circumstances to create this beautiful [editorial].
Editor, Australian Country Style