A Magical Christmas Memory.

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Does anyone out there remember ever seeing Santa? The real bona fida Santa Claus I mean!

There’s this memory that has stayed with me through the years and every Christmas time I puzzle over it and think…..
did that really happen?

As a child I grew up on a farm. Weather seemed to be alot harsher and colder back then so during the winter Dad would go round the fields dropping off sheep lick blocks and barrels of treacle to suplement our livestocks diet. Yes barrels of treacle! When a new barrel was opened my sister and I were allowed a dollop each of the sweet black sticky stuff.:)

Anyway one such occasion we were out with Dad in the fields. There was hard frost on the ground and the sky was white and heavy with the promise of snow. We had nearly finished our rounds as Dad said something like “Look up now and You’ll see Father Christmas” …… and sure enough there was Santa and his sleigh pulled by reindeer rushing through the winter sky above us.

I remember telling Mum.I remember telling my school friends. I was convinced I had seen Father Christmas and Dad had too. πŸ™‚

Even looking back now its hard to feel sceptical. Perhaps I dream’t it. Perhaps there was something in that treacle! Dad is no longer with us and my younger sister can’t remember but When I happened to mention it to Mum recently she said “Well you were with your Dad so I imagine it did happen”. So I will smile and keep it as a precious magical Christmas memory. πŸ™‚

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A Thrifty Christmas Gift Swap. :)

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When Janet from the blog Words That Can Only Be Your Own posted about the annual Thrifty Christmas Gift Swap she started last year , I couldn’t wait to sign up. It sounds such a fun and festive idea. I knew I would enjoy putting a box together for my recipiant Kate ,who is a new Mum with a love of vintage and reading among her interests. Janet asks that your box should be all about hand made and thrifty finds and the suggested price be around the Β£12 mark. I couldn’t wait to get started. πŸ™‚
I’m not terribly good at the whole handmade malarky but as I frequent the odd craft and vintage fair with my Mrs Tibbs Teacups stall , I am in a good position to hunt down some pretty things. πŸ™‚ Here is what I put in Kates box.

A Christmas Spice fragranced expresso cup candle. I found a set of two mustard expresso cups at a vintage fair and thought they would make adorable candles. I think it has a cozy retro look.

A festive felt Christmas Pud brooch made by the lovely ladies at Juniper Spools . I had to purchase myself one too…..they are so cute.

A darling dove decoration, perfect for the tree. My friend Lisa has a tile company Tile Productions and makes gorgeous tags and coasters with any spare material left over.

A copy of Truman Capote’s ‘ Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ which I found in a second hand book shop.I loved the film starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. It does differ from the book though…so I would love to know how Kate finds it.

A pretty bow brooch pinned to a Bo Peep playing card. I like to sell vintage brooches atached to these nursery rhyme cards as they’re quirkiness always attracts attention.:)

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I wrapped everything up in this cute Christmas paper and sent it off in a well wrapped shoe box. The lovely Stag card is handmade by Claire at http://www.folksy.com/shops/realicoul/

My parcel has arrived too. I am very very tempted to open it but I have been very good and placed it under the tree. Can’t wait for Christmas Day.:)

I will of course do a follow up post on the contents of my present then.:)