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Ready for the off

December 23, 2014

Looking at my ‘To Do’ list a couple of days ago, I had to chuckle. Along with the usual sort of jobs to remember – ‘make soup’, ‘phone plumber’ – were the following:

– wrap presents

– ice cake

– deck halls [really]

– press angel’s overskirt

That’ll be Christmas, as they say. When else would you be doing the ironing for an angel?

And now the list is all ticked off. Boughs of holly, which this year are thickly covered with scarlet berries, have been spread over windowsills and tucked into antlers: the halls are thoroughly decked (fa la la la la, la la la la!).

Piles of holly ready at the door (and pheasants for the pot).

Piles of holly ready at the door (and pheasants for the pot).

My project to re-upholster the Christmas tree angel, which began in January, has at last been finished. Having laid aside the pink velour in which she arrived, she is now resplendent in an outfit which I have made from fabrics I found in cupboards in the castle: lengths of antique lace and the off-cuts of the ivory satin wedding dress of my husband’s grandmother, who married in 1936.

Even the wings are vintage lace.

Even her wings are now vintage lace.

Advent, such a blessed time, has drawn to its culmination. The reindeer are harnessed and ready for the off.

Reindeer from the Cairngorm herd helping  Father Christmas in Dunkeld.

Reindeer from the Cairngorm herd helping Father Christmas to visit Perthshire.

Thank you for visiting and reading Dancing Beastie this year. May you have a blessed, peaceful and very Merry Christmas!

You might enjoy: The days are accomplished! or Never mind the washing up: the point of Christmas.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Sybil permalink
    December 24, 2014 12:01 am

    Merry Christmas to you and the family. I enjoy your blog.

  2. December 24, 2014 12:50 am

    Merry Christmas!

  3. December 24, 2014 2:38 am

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  4. December 24, 2014 7:37 am

    Haha, your angel looks divine! She will be the envy of the heavens in that gorgeous vintage dress. My own list still has a few essential things on it like ‘make mince pies’ which is today’s happy job. Wishing you a peaceful Christmas and a very happy New Year!

  5. Toffeeapple permalink
    December 24, 2014 11:18 am

    A very Merry Christmas to you and yours DB. Your angel is perfect, very elegant.

  6. December 24, 2014 2:36 pm

    The angel is beautiful. They way you used the heritage/antique fabrics make it a real family treasure. Wishes of all the joys of the season to you and yours

  7. cath permalink
    December 24, 2014 5:00 pm

    Before me peaceful
    Behind me peaceful
    Under me peaceful
    Over me peaceful
    Around me peaceful

    (Navajo Prayer)

    Wishing you a Blessed Christmas!

  8. December 24, 2014 5:18 pm

    I still get very excited on Christmas Eve! It is a magical time. Wishing you and your family lovely holidays, and all good things in 2015. I enjoy the honesty and variety of your blog.

  9. December 24, 2014 10:48 pm

    Your angel looks truly scrumptious and as for the reindeer….. just pure magic!! And I love the snow falling across your page, how did you do that?!
    Wishing you a very happy Christmas Kate 😀

  10. hmunro permalink
    December 25, 2014 2:24 am

    Fa la la la la, la la la la! I wish you and yours a magical Christmas, Kate — and may 2015 bring abundant happiness and good health. Merry Christmas! xx

  11. December 28, 2014 10:22 pm

    I hope you and your family have had a joyful time.
    The holly has been very good this year, hasn’t it?

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