Tuesday, December 14, 2010

SHARING THE JOY...DOUBLE DOSE: A CRAFT AND A CAROL

Mitten Clips

These mittens won't warm chilled hands, but they will generate good cheer when clipped to gift tags. Cut a mitten shape from cardboard, and trace it onto a piece of felt. Cut along the lines, and glue the felt to the cardboard with clear-drying white craft glue. Adorn the felt side of the mitten with bits of felt in complementary colors -- dots made with a hole punch, a monogram, felt trim edged with decorative shears, or a Christmas tree cut out with a decorative craft punch. Glue a standard wooden clothespin to cardboard, then glue a magnet to the back of the clothespin. After the gifts have been opened, use your mittens to display greeting cards on the refrigerator.

From Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1998/1999-- Read more at Marthastewart.com: Mitten Clips - Martha Stewart Holidays





Ding Dong! Merrily on High

This Christmas carol matches a 16th-century tune with more modern lyrics.  The French folk melody was printed first by Thoinot Arbeau, the nom de plume of French priest Jehan Tabourot (1520-95), in his Orchesographie, a treatise on dancing in 1588, where it was called "Branle de l'officiel" ("Dance of the Official").  George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848-1934), an English carol writer and collector, added verses early in the 20th century.

Ding! dong! merrily on high
In heav'n the bells are ringing
Ding! dong! verily the sky
Is riv'n with angel singing.

Gloria! Hosanna in excelsis!

E'en so here below, below,
Let steeple bells be swungen,
And "Io, io, io!"
By priest and people sungen.

Refrain

Pray you, dutifully prime
Your matin chime, ye ringers!
May you beautifully rime
Your evetime song, ye singers!

Refrain

--from The World Encyclopedia of Christmas by Gerry Bowler

Celtic Woman singing Ding Dong! Merrily on High



Merry Christmas!

3 comments:

  1. Gosh I wish I was a handy crafty person. I just suck at them, but they are so cute!

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  2. I love the mitten clips...they look fantastic.

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