December First.

The beginning of my slow Christmas.

Taking the time to enjoy the magic of this season.


Handel’s Messiah  fills the air.

Every surface in my “atelier” is covered with papers and ribbons.  I had found a Victorian Christmas book in the discard pile at our local library.  Then a dollar book of Victorian children’s photographs .  Inspiration for a series of Christmas cards.  First day of slow Christmas preparations began with home made cards.

IMG_0774Let is snow let is snow let is snow.

IMG_0775Visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.

IMG_0777I Asked for a doll Santa!

IMG_0780Where’s our dinner?

I’ve finished this first series of cards.  The beautiful Hallelujah chorus fades away.  Time to pour a glass of wine, relax and enjoy a slow December First.



  1. Virginia, I love the idea of a slow Christmas! You have inspired me as I do not want the usual Christmas this year. I may not be able to create the beautiful cards as you do but I may strive for something out of the norm as this year has been different for me. I may even just write a holiday note. Thank you for the inspiration you provide all year long. Hugs!

    • Ah, there you are Dear Girl. I’ve missed you. The slow Christmas is my revolt against the commercial pressures put on us all. It starts with Black Friday. The name says it all. I feel sad when I hear people complain about Christmas. This is a magical time of the year. It doesn’t – and shouldn’t be about spending outrageous amounts of money. It creates such stress and unrealistic expectations. I grew up during the end of the depression, and then the war years. Nobody had any money. Many gifts were hand made. We loved making paper chains to decorate the tree. Definitely a version of slow Christmas. XX Virginia

    • I enjoy playing with paper Tinny. I believe it all started with paper dolls Tinny. When I was growing up Christmas was always about making things. Making presents. Helping mix the Christmas cakes. Pulling toffee. Making paper chains for the tree. Old fashion ideas and old fashioned values. Best of all I can create cards that are personal. XXOO V.

  2. Beautiful! I used to make Japanese cards, the kind that fold in all sorts of interesting way and are made with lovely paper. I’m hoping to start that again soon. Today I put up lots of Christmas decorations so now we’re surrounded by the beauty of Christmas. I plan to enjoy doing something every day towards the time when both our girls and a few others will be here to celebrate with us.


    • This is such a lovely way to celebrate Christmas, Janet. Bits and pieces every day. So much commercialism has taken the magic sparkle and the fun out of Christmas. I look forward to seeing your beautiful Japanese cards. One of my favorite stores in Toronto is a Japanese paper store on Queen Street. Whenever I visit my Toronto family I come back with lots of exquisite Japanese papers. I love just looking at them. I was in Japan several years ago and went absolutely gaga over the papers I found there. Virginia

      • Virginia, although I haven’t been making cards for some years now, I have a lot of paper and much of it came from a Japanese paper store in Toronto! I’d think the odds are good that it’s the same place. I don’t recall the name now, but oh, the paper is beautiful. I can imagine that in Japan the choices are even more astounding, but there are even quite a few places in the States that now carry handmade or other beautiful papers.


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