To perceive Christmas through its wrapping becomes more difficult with every year. There was a little device we noticed in one of the sporting-goods stores…… a trumpet that hunters hold to their ears so that they can hear the distant music of the hounds. Something of the sort is needed now to hear the incredibly distant sound of Christmas in these times, through the dark, material woods that surround it.
I just read the above paragraph the other day and assumed it was talking about the present times. Imagine my surprise when I learned it was actually taken from the short story, “The Second Tree from the Corner, by E. B. White, written in 1949. With the holiday time officially here, thoughts of magical moments are in my mind, despite the gaudy and shiny excess of the season from commercial excess. Those moments come from our faith, family and friends. With that in mind, the upcoming holiday is the perfect time to use vintage religious pieces in our decorating such as shabby white crosses, a beautiful old and worn French Bible, ethereal Madonnas, gorgeous old German die cut nativity calenders, charming vintage song books and chippy chalk ware statues. Place on an old decorative silver plate, add some fresh greenery and you have something so simple, exquisite and a reminder of the reason for the season. The Vintage Nest has just listed a number of these fabulous old pieces and here's a peek at a few. If you wish one of these unique pieces please enter the code "special" in the coupon box at checkout for a blogger's holiday special discount. :) I spotted this same cross in an issue of Country Living magazine and the other pieces are so Jeanne d'Arc'ish....don't you think? A little chippy, a little shabby and all with fabulous old patina. And speaking of Jeanne d'Arc, I just got my Christmas issue and have slipped it in my big black bag to enjoy on the flight to visit my son and his family. We will be celebrating a happy 1st birthday for sweet cherub Ava, celebrating an early Christmas, heading to downtown Chicago to see Santa and all the fabulous lights and decorations and a little antiquing on the side just for you and me. :) I'll see you when I get back.....and I know when I do there will be so many blogs with all their holiday finery and I can't wait to see. xoxoxo
'Faded Charm' for WHITE WEDNESDAY. Lots of beauty to see over there. Be sure and check it out.