Share A Little Bit Of Christmas Spirit

I’ve mentioned previously how hard it is for me to get into the Christmas groove ever since we’ve moved to Australia. This year feels slightly better for me although with our move (only house not continent) just ahead of us there are many other things on my mind. I think it’s thanks to making Christmas cookies and seeing the tree looking better and better.

Now I decided to create a little Blog Challenge and you can all help me and my husband getting into the Christmas groove. I’ll get to the rules in a sec.

Have I mentioned our tradition? I think I did. For those of you who have missed it: We usually put up our tree end of November and from then onward the kids put one ornament each up every day. I agree, the tree looks pretty weird in the beginning but it’s nice to see how it slowly changes and sparkles more and more. And the excitement of the kids is just fantastic. It’s hard for them to brace themselves and not put up more than just one ornament. I think you know what I mean.

Hugh, as much as I’d like to participate in your amazing photo challenge this week, I simply can’t. There’s nothing on the top of our tree just yet. It will be put up on the 23rd. But if you don’t mind I’m cheating slightly and post a pic of one of my favorite ornaments. Not sure who put it up but it’s finally up. If you have your tree already decorated fully how about you head over to Hugh’s Photo Challenge and participate? It’s a fun challenge.

So here is my picture, which I also would like to make a part of Colleen’s fun Christmas Tree Around The World feature.

For those of you who’d like to know how our tree looked last year, here’s a picture of it:


And now I have a little favor to ask from all of you: As I said, our Christmas groove is slower than it used to be back in Switzerland. Mainly because there are not a lot of decorations around us. People just don’t seem to decorate their houses as much as they do back in the motherland. But it’s also the council that doesn’t make an equal effort.

So back to my Blog Challenge.

Let’s call it Momma’s Christmas Decoration Challenge.

The rules are as follows:

  • Head outside and snap a picture of your most favorite Christmas decorations in the neighborhood
  • Write a short post about why you this specific decoration is your favorite and how Christmas decorations make you feel
  • Post a picture of the decoration
  • Link back to this post (pingback)
  • Last entry on December 26th (Midnight AEDT)
  • I will reblog your post in return and will decide on a winner of this challenge by letting my readers vote in the last week of December.

Did I forget anything? Oh yes! Please feel free to share this with your readers. I’d love to see as many pics as possible!

Funny… and just like that I feel so much more Christmas-y than I did before…


47 thoughts on “Share A Little Bit Of Christmas Spirit

  1. I love how you put the tree up at the end of November and get the kids to put one decoration a day onto it. What a great idea. I think I’ll adopt that idea next year and take pictures of the transformation.

    Thank you so much for linking this back to my challenge. My challenge is open until 5th January, so if you do get a chance to snap a picture of the tree topper then please do show it off to all of us. In the meantime, I love that decoration you have shown off to us and it and your post have certainly helped us get nearer that charity donation target. Thank you so much.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Best wishes,
    Hugh πŸŽ…

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  2. Not sure why, but folks here have cut back quite a bit on the outdoor decorations over the years. There is a home decorating contest in the community, and a few homes with those amazing light shows set to music, but the “house next door”…not always so much. πŸŽ„

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  3. Absolutely, love your tradition.. Isnt that how life is.. We start with nothing and towards the end, it looks like we have built each and every moment day by day.. Decorated youth and glorious past fills our memories. I am not there yet but that’s how I plan to spend my old age- by looking back at the days I have lived (and probably to the fullest)..

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  4. Momma, what a great idea to have the kids decorate the tree one decoration at a time! I love that idea. Your challenge is just what you need to get in the mood of Christmas. Hugh has spread his Christmas joy to us! ❀

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  6. This sounds like a fun challenge. I will have to see what I can find for you. I don’t decoreate for Christmas and the weather has been so wierd most of the neighblors havent either but somewhere in town there must be something I can take a picture of for you. I am on a mission! Insert…Mission Impossible Music…

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  7. I need a grown-up looking tree, like yours. So beautiful! Every year I say that I’m going to go buy new and better ornaments and then never get around to it. This year – this year I will stock up. As for the picture challenge, I do hope that many people participate and that you get a lot of wonderful photos. Unfortunately around here, it seems as though very few people decorate anymore. It’s sad. Christmas just doesn’t seem the same anymore. BUT, if I do see something nice I’ll be sure to write about it.

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  8. I love your tradition. It’s so sweet, and teaches the virtue of patience. I’m hoping to take a tour of the Christmas lights in my area, this Sunday, and I’ll be sure to join in if I get any good shots.

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  9. We sort of did the same thing with our tree. DW and I did no decorating on it. Well, we did hang the fragile ornaments. But the hundred others were put on by Crash and Bang over the period of about a week. Whenever they’d get the notion, when the mood struck, they’d pick a few ornaments out of the bag and stick them on. It was neat watch the tree slowly evolve πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks. Yes, it really works well. They are so excited! Yesterday they forgot so they will get to put up 2 today, well I might give them an additional one… so make it 3… tree needs to get full finally πŸ˜‰

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  12. Well, I am old and slothful on the holiday traditions again this year. If I ever get round to completing a post I started over a year ago on our holiday traditions, you will have a better idea why. Suffice to say that this year we had the family together for only 3 days so Spouse and I basically decided that it was not worth the time and effort required to put up and take down the tree to enjoy for just that short period.

    As empty nesters with widely scattered family the gifts would have had at most a few hours to linger under the tree anyway. The kids, I think, counted themselves lucky that I even filled their stockings which I had to present them the day before Xmas eve. One of them had to leave for a long drive and overnight Xmas eve stay before catching their plane back home on Xmas day.

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