A GREEN CHRISTMAS WREATH part one

 

THE BEAUTIFUL EYE

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I love this time of the year.  I love the rituals of Christmas.  Attending school Christmas concerts.  Singing carols. Viewing the Carol Ships.

 I love all the pageantry.  All the glittering lights and decorations. The bringing out of old beloved tree decorations.  The  baking you do only at Christmas.  Brandy Snaps.  Shortbread.  Panettone. Truffles.

And I love the fragrance of cedar and pine perfuming my home as I make Christmas wreaths.  This year I fastened my wreaths together using brown twine.  I decided it was greener than using wire and easier to tie.

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A ball of twine, scissors and pruning shears  – all the tools that  are required.

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 Gather your greens.   I cut mine from trees growing near my vegetable garden.  If you don’t have this option visit Christmas Tree lots.  They trim branches from trees and the boughs are there for the taking.

 Listen to Charlie Brown’s Christmas music when you are creating wreath magic.  Pour yourself a cup of tea.  Nibble on a shortbread.

This is how the spirit of Christmas begins.

A HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM BEL’OCCHIO

 

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It has been my greatest joy to be part of your lives dear friends.     The mince tarts are cooling on the kitchen table.  The tree has been decorated with treasured ornaments.  There are garlands of fresh cedar boughs  throughout the house.  I’ve made a lovely pot of Yorkshire tea.  Put a bottle of champagne on ice.  Charlie Brown’s Christmas music is tinkling in the background.  I am ready and waiting for you all to share with me this glorious time of year.  May this be the happiest of days  for you and all you love.  A very Merry Christmas to all from you friend Virginia.