Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Jo's Advent Calendar - 5th December

Woohoo - it's my day today!!!


I spent ages looking at all my Christmas designs before settling on this one.  It is only a small Mouseloft kit which I made into an ornie.  There is something about this though that always makes me smile. I don't know if it's the precariously leaning tree or just the funky look about it but it is probably one of my favourite ever finishes.

In our house Father Christmas stuffs the stockings that hang at the end of each child's bed.  The latest he has ever stuffed them is 3.30am but usually he can stuff them around 1am!!!  He also visits the lounge where he can get his mince pie and glass of milk and put the carrot we leave for Rudolph in his pocket for later.  He then leaves Rachael and Luke's main present near the tree for them.  Both children know that Father Christmas only leaves the stockings and the one big present. As we don't have a chimney, we have a special key that we hang on the outside of the front door.  He lets himself in and on the way out, locks up and put the key back through the letter box for us!!!

The stockings can be opened when the children wake up.  This usually wakes us too so they bring them onto our bed to open.  When everyone is dressed they can go down and open their Father Christmas present.  This is all they get then until breakfast is eaten and teeth are done.  We then take it in turns to select a present from under the tree for each person and watch each other unwrap these before moving on to the next person.

Colin always puts a couple of little presents away which he brings out after Christmas dinner.  We don't go to church on Christmas Day we go Christmas Eve - to Midnight Mass at 7pm!!

20 comments:

CalamityJr said...

I have to agree - that slightly wonky tree makes me smile, too! Maybe it's because it shows we don't have to be perfect to make someone happy (and by "we" I meant me, not you of course, and it includes my rarely-perfect stitching). :o)

gracie said...

Such a cute tree. Love the stocking idea...foot of the bed! I too have a special key...still hang out on Christmas Eve!

Shirlee said...

I really enjoyed this post ... you have lovely Christmas traditions : ) I grew up finding my stocking hanging at the foot of the bed on Christmas morning. The key idea is great!

Wendy said...

your ornie is so cute, I really need to stitch some for my tree!

Mii Stitch said...

Cute little tree, great ornament!

Carolyn said...

Hello!

I love your ornament it is so cute. It is perfect in it own special way.

What a great idea for the Stockings to be hung on the end of the bed. Sounds like you have a great family tradition for Christmas.

Thank you for sharing with us.
I am a new follower to your blog!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Kerryp77 said...

very sweet ornie, love how you've finished it!

Bev said...

i love it, its very cute i have never stitched myself and ornament before, well done

Vickie said...

Great post. Great traditions.

geeky Heather said...

I really enjoyed this post, and I love that funky little tree.

I hope "Midnight" Mass at 7pm doesn't actually last 'til midnight!!! =O

Linda said...

Such a sweet tree decoration - love the trim around it.

Katy said...

Adorable!

Linda said...

What a cute tree Sharon. I have seen so many of the Mouseloft designs on blogs. Wish we could get them here. Great Christmas traditiion.

Linda

Melinda said...

THank you for sharing -- this was a beautiful post

Anne said...

Very adorable ornie Sharon! I love the wonky tree :D What a sweet tradition you have for your children. I love the "key" you leave for Santa!! Merry Christmas!!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Your Christmas morning sounds alot like our's!
Thanks for posting your cute wonky tree. Hope the real thing is a little more upright!

SoCal Debbie said...

That's a really cute ornament! Thanks for sharing your Christmas traditions!

Yvon (jioya) said...

That's a lovely ornament.
Thanks for sharing your tradition with us.

Hugs Yvon.

Dani - tkdchick said...

That is an adorable/fun ornament!

Topcho said...

Lol, "funky" was def the first word that came to my mind when I saw your picture! Love your ornament!