For the past thirty plus years…the first weekend in December…
has been set aside…
by MGW and boys
(when they were old enough)…
to erect our Christmas tree.
Last year, 2016…
while travelling in Europe…
MGW noticed some Christmas shops,
open in September…
and our tree took on…
an international flavour…
with baubles from…
most of the cities we visited.
my quick trip to Arras, France….
had an important part to it.
Buy some Arras Christmas baubles please,
was the directive.
I soon discovered that not all European towns/cities
had a year round Christmas shop.
But Dubai did last year.
However, I did manage to find two
at one of the Arras shops.
This was a leftover from 2016 Christmas…
on the back was an image which I will always
associate with Arras’ two main squares…namely
Place des Heros and La Grand Place
Both have added to the
international flavour of our Christmas tree.
This has also commenced another tradition
in our household and that is to purchase
a Christmas decoration from each town,
city or country we visit.
As usual we don’t have an Australian decoration…yet! 🙂
My contribution for this week’s challenge…
It’s Not This Time of Year Without…
Usually this weekend, or next Christmas
starts to happen in our household.
In 2005 I did not have a camera which would
capture all of our tree in one shot without tilting.
When straightened in Picasa I lost
the star…hence both shots.
It’s our turn for the family Christmas again this year,
so this is also on our mind about now.
Well maybe MGW’s mind more than mine. 🙂
We may need to expand the 2013 table as
our family has grown a bit since then.
For reasons unknown, in 2015 fifteen we decided
that a little Christmas tree was in order.
Only immediate family for Christmas.
MGW just told me that this tree went in the bin/trash
soon after Christmas due to complaints from boys
about not having the big Christmas tree
which they never helped erect anyway!
They said it wasn’t Christmas without our green tree.
So, in 2016 we will be erecting our green tree again.
Complete with Christmas decorations from
nearly every city we visited in Europe,
as well as a Dubai bauble,
because this year it is again our turn to
host the family Christmas.
I must confess to preferring the green tree.
Definitely more Australian.
And, of course, it’s time for me to begin