Thursday, February 25, 2010

Rudolph Day...February 25, 2010

Happy Rudolph Day everyone! Today I am posting a poem about the Christmas tree since I talked about trees in my award post.  After the poem, I am posting a Christmas craft for you to do anytime...now, on the next Rudolph Day or bookmark it for this Christmas.  Enjoy!

The Christmas Tree in the Nursery

With wild surprise
Four great eyes
In two small heads,
From neighboring beds
Looked out--and winked--
And glittered and blinked
At a very queer sight
In the dim starlight.
As plain as can be

A fairy tree
Flashes and glimmers
And shakes and shimmers,
Red, green and blue
Meet their view;
Silver and gold
Their sharp eyes behold;
Small moon, big stars;
And jams in jars,
And cakes and honey
And thimbles, and money,
Pink dogs, blue cats,
Little squeaking rats,
And candles, and dolls,
And crackers, and polls,
A real bird that sings,
And tokens and favors,
And all sorts of things
For the little shavers.

Four black eyes
Grow big with surprise;
And then grow bigger
When a tiny figure,
Jaunty and airy,
(Is it a fairy?)
From the tree-top cries,
"Open wide! Black eyes!
Come, children, wake now!
Your joys you may take now!"

Quick as you can think
  Twenty small toes
  In four pretty rows,
Like little piggies pink,
  All kick in the air--
And before you can wink
  The tree stands bare!

~Richard Watson Gilder

From The Home Book of Christmas: A Treasury of Songs, Stories, History, Tradition and Much More--May Lamberton Becker

Here's the craft...I'm definitely going to be doing this one myself!

Christmas Globes Centerpiece

What you'll need:


-6 or more 1.5" wooden balls

-Red and green spray paint

-White and gold painter pens

-Acrylic sealer spray or glaze

How to make it:

1.  In a well ventilated area, place wooden balls on a large piece of cardboard, or prop them in an upside down egg carton. A garage with the door open also works very well.

2.  Spray half of the balls green and the other half red and let the paint dry. When dry, turn the balls over and do the other side, let dry. Repeat for a minimum of 2 coats, 3 if needed (see image).

3.  When balls are dry, use paint pens to write holidays words such as: HO HO HO, SANTA, NOEL, JOY, HOPE, PEACE (see image).

4.  Spray balls with sealer as you did the paint, alternating sides after they dry.

Display in a clear bowl, glass or jar.

Tips:

-Make a pretty container from a pickle jar! Wrap a piece of tulle around the rim and tie a piece of holiday ribbon around the tulle.

-Display in a clear vase. Find them for less than a dollar at your local thrift store.

-Try other colors such as ice blue and white or gold and silver.

from Kaboose


May the Christmas Spirit be with you all year long!

Awards...long overdue

The first order of business on this Rudolph Day is to accept some awards that are long overdue.

The first award came from Ryan at Wordsmithonia.  Thank you Ryan.  I'm glad that you think this Christmas blog is beautiful.  It means a lot! If you haven't been to Ryan's blog, I highly recommend you do.

The guidelines of this award are to tell everyone 7 things about yourself and pass it on to 7 bloggers.  I have a new rule when it comes to awards.  To eliminate the chance of anyone feeling obligated to do a post to accept an award, I'm just going to pass this on to all my awesome followers and if you would like to participate on the 7 things without doing a post, feel free to leave them in the comments.

Now, my 7 things (hope it's nothing I've already said before!):

1.  I was in Drama throughout high school and starred in most of our school plays.  I planned on going to college for performing arts--I was actually accepted at a couple of Michigan colleges--and then moving to New York to pursue an acting career.  Circumstances changed those plans.
2.  I moved to Nashville in 1991 to be a singer.  Not country...rock.  I was in a band briefly and I had a couple of auditions.  I guess it was not meant to be, as I gave it up.  The music business is hard to break in to and there was no American Idol back then.  I still sing, but just karaoke occasionally.  I still enjoy it immensely and I am content with that.
3.  One dream I haven't given up is being a writer.  Some of you probably already know that I'm working on my first novel.  Who isn't, right?! LOL!
4.  You know those cheese balls that you can buy that have the nut coating all over them?  Well, I'm addicted to them...and cream cheese.

The last three will be Christmasy:
5.  I have always wanted to start a Christmas Carolers group to go around local neighborhoods caroling, but I can't get anyone in my family to do it with me.  =O(
6.  I have such a large Christmas village collection of houses, etc. that I have to set them up in three spots during Christmas.
7.  I usually put up two Christmas trees every year.  I put up a 7 to 8 foot real tree in the Living Room and then I have a 4 foot pre-lit artificial that I put up in the library.

The second award comes to me from Carol at Carol's Notebook.  Thanks Carol! I'm glad you think The Christmas Spirti has a great look! Be sure to stop by Carol's awesome blog.

Again, I'm passing this on to all my followers.  I hope no one gets offended.  It's just that many bloggers do not like to accept awards and I'm sure we can all agree that getting around to posting about them is time consuming so this is just to make things easier on everyone.


Thank you to all my wonderful followers...you all deserve awards daily!

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