Christmas Eve

As the hour draws near to the big celebration of births, rebirths and light against the darkness, the best of wishes are sent out to everyone from the Fairegarden. Frenetic preparations are happening here so we wish to offer for your reading pleasure the Christmas post from 2008. Perhaps you have read it before, but it remains one of my personal favorites.

    Angel Cloud Of Dreams

december-21-2008-003-2The big day is almost upon us. We are dreaming of angels.december-21-2008-012-2This tree topper was a gift from the Financier to his mother when he was a small child in Pennsylvania. It is unlike any other decoration for this or any holiday. When it was first seen proudly placed at the top of my mother in law’s tree the first Christmas after we were married, it’s beauty was not immediately apparent to a young mother far from her own home in Oklahoma. It was named the brain angel, for what was later explained patiently to be a cloud looked like a blue plastic brain to these cynical eyes.december-21-2008-010-2We have it now as a treasured memento with meaning beyond measure. There is no tree here this year. Weekend trips and just general lack of excitement about getting a tree and decorating it have found us out of time.december-21-2008-005-2A small vignette on the shelf in the addition that is lined in lights and beads holds santas, snowmen and a stuffed manger scene that I made from unbleached muslin copied from a picture in a book about Christmas crafts in the mid 1970’s. A fine pointed sharpie and child’s watercolors have lasted well all these many years. We have bought and given away more decorations than anyone should ever think about owning. Continual downsizing has left us with only those things most precious to us.april-20-2008-007-3We will be spending time with our family, exchanging just a few gifts, eating good food with an emphasis on cookies and and thinking of past Christmases. Furtive glances into the future of next year’s garden will sneak into the mind’s eye. The decidious azaleas that bloom in April and May might be in our dreams.june-5-2008-110-4Or the butterflies of June, with warm flower scented breezes and colors to tantalize human and insect alike.
May your Christmas 2008 (and 2010) be a treasured future memory.

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31 Responses to Christmas Eve

  1. Phillip Brown says:

    Have a great holiday.

    Thanks Phillip, and the same to you.

  2. gittan says:

    Good morning Frances, I’m just dropping by to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!
    Dubbelkram gittan

    Good morning, dear Gittan. May I wish the very best Christmas to you and yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. shirl says:

    Hello again Frances, on a quick round of Christmas wishes this morning and know itโ€™s been a while since Iโ€™ve popped by your blog. I think I missed this Christmas posting first time round so have enjoyed it now :-D.

    Just wanted to wish you and your family Merry Christmas my best wishes for 2011.Enjoy the family and friends time you spend together, it is precious ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hi Shirl, so nice to see you and thanks for visiting. May you and yours have the very best of Christmas cheer! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Carol says:

    Merry Christmas, Faire Frances!

    Thank you dear Carol. May your own Christmas be filled with love and family. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. gail says:

    Dear Frances, Have a wonderful Christmas filled with love and laughter and a few garden dreams! xxoogail

    Dear Gail, thanks my friend. You too have a Christmas that is shiny, bright and full of love! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Merry Christmas Frances, Have a wonderful time with your family, holding tight the true meaning of Christmas. I look forward to reading about your garden adventures in 2011 and to, hopefully, share some of those with you as well ;~\

    Hi Helen, thanks so much. May your own Christmas be filled with happiness and love. Thinking about the garden should be able to re-enter my thoughts soon, weather willing! I hope to share with you too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Charlotte says:

    Happy, happy Christmas Frances and looking forward to many more wonderful posts in 2011! Lol x

    Thank you so much Charlotte and the same best wishes back to you and yours. 2011 is neigh!!

  8. Layanee says:

    A peaceful and love filled Christmas to you and yours, Frances.

    Thanks Layanee. A very merry and happy Christmas to you as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Barbara H. says:

    Thank you for sharing this post, again, Frances. I see I will have to go back and read you from the beginning – when I have time (Hah!). I send my very best Christmas wishes to you and all your family,

    Thanks Barbara. The posts will always be there, so says wordpress! I reread them myself sometimes. May you have the best Christmas ever! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. lynn'sgarden says:

    a time of year to reflect and be thankful for all life’s blessing…You are on my list! Wishing you and yours a loved-filled Christmas and New Year’s celebration.
    Love, Lynn

    Dear Lynn, thank you so much for those kind words. May your own Christmas be filled with happiness and joy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Laurrie says:

    The blue plastic brain thing behind the angel is strange, but once you explained it, I can see clearly what it is! And the cherished memories and stories it carries are beautiful. A merry Christmas to you, your angel, your family and your garden!

    Thanks Laurrie. It is part of the family history now, cherished beyond measure. May you have the most wonderful of Christmases. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Diana says:

    Frances, we wish you and your family a joyous and blessed Christmas.

    Thanks Diana, and the same good wishes back to you and yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Randy Emmitt says:


    Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and a fruitful New Year! The tree topper is very unusual never seen anything like it.

    We put up a tree last night and it is covered in so many heirloom ornaments, many were left in the many boxes Meg has.

    Hi Randy, thanks and the same best wishes to you and yours. The heirloom ornaments full of memories are the best, priceless! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Magical post… Merry Christmas!

    Thanks Meredehuit. May your Christmas be full of family and love! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Anna says:

    Merry Christmas Frances ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. gagarden says:

    The sentiments from your post really hit home. The downsizing to the real meaning of Christmas and family, the handmade and painted treasured ornaments displayed in the vignette, the angle taking on new meaning, all what I have been feeling for quite sometime but have failed to do completely. I have been inspired to do this next year. My tree will be the little table top I wanted, but did not get this year. Thank you. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family. Wishing you the best in the New Year too. Thanks for all your wonderful posts this year and resurrecting a good one from Christmas past.

  17. Tatyana says:

    Good morning Frances! Love your decorations. Simple and warm. Merry Christmas to you and yours and a healthy and happy New Year!

  18. Dear Frances, a very Merry Christmas and the bestest of New Years to you and yours.

    Yolanda XXX

  19. Hi Frances, I think your seasonal images are lovely. Your angel says a lot about your Christmases and meaning with your family over the years. Have a great holiday and enjoy time with your family. Sorry about the duplicate comment. Donna

  20. Marguerite says:

    Frances, may you have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends.

  21. Autumn Belle says:

    Frances, I come here to wish you a Merry & Joyful Christmas! May the good Lord bless you and your family always.

  22. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    This is a lovely tale about the angel. There are just some things a person can’t understand until they have children of their own. Merry Christams Frances.

  23. cheryl says:

    My angel is now 60 years old though I am not :). It was on my parents first Christmas tree together. They have passed but their memory remains and I think of the wonderful scenes that angel has seen over the years.

    Have a wonderful Christmas Frances making memories.

    That is so cool, Cheryl, that you have this same tree topper with similar priceless memories associated with it. Merry Christmas to you and your. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Jenny B says:

    Funny, I never would had thought those were blue brains until you said it! Hope your Christmas is wonderful and cozy and your New Year full of promise.

  25. Cindy, MCOK says:

    Merry Christmas to you & yours, Frances! May it be a day of love, laughter and joy.

  26. Ellada says:

    Merry Christmas to you and to your family.

  27. Lona says:

    Have a Wonderful and Blessed Christmas Frances with family and friends.

  28. Lola says:

    I so hope you & yours have had a wonderful Christmas. Blue brain? Nice
    It is a good time for dreams.

  29. Lovely images. Happy new year !!!

  30. chen says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  31. commonweeder says:

    You had all the makings of a glorious Christmas – so similar to ours. We have spent today recovering by the fire with the Sunday paper and our Christmas books. Mine is The Wild Garden, by Rick Darke and William Robinson. Just wonderful! We are on blizzard watch, but so far no excitement.

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