This year I added something new to my Christmas decorating. I made a Mummer Tree. And I think I’ll be leaving it out long after the season is over. I love it.
I’ve collected mummers for a few years. Some mummers I bought from friends who make them from clay or wool and a few Todd bought me as gifts.
Mummers are a part of Christmas where I live. And while the practice of dressing up and going door to door doesn’t happen it like it did years ago there is a revival of sorts. We have an annual parade that is now a big thing. There are loads of mummers to be bought, be it ornaments, art work or sculptures. We write and a sing about them. And no Christmas would be complete if you didn’t watch the Land and Sea special called “Any Mummers lowed in” featuring the famous song of the same title by Simani.
Making my mummer tree was easy. With mummers in hand I went to the yard and got a few branches. Easy right. Next I dug out my grandmothers red oil can. My Moms mom was a character. Although she took religion to the extreme she was a kind and funny woman. She painted the engine of her car red! So I guess the red oil can was just part of the deal. I actually got the can from my father last year who had it for years in his garage and seeing how my parents have been divorced since I was in junior high he had it awhile. I’m so glad he kept it and gave it to me. It’s the only thing of hers I have. So the can makes a perfect container for my mummer tree.
Right now the branches are natural but after christmas I might try spray painting either red, black or white, just to see if it works better.
So that’s it. It’s awesome I love it.
This year Christmas will be extra good. There is nothing like a child’s wonder of Christmas. Our grandson just turned three and this year he knows about Santa, reindeer, and Christmas trees. I am so excited. Maybe even more than our grandson.
There are some activities around town that are great for kids and this past weekend we attended one in our community. It was a Santa breakfast. Boy was he excited when he saw Santa. This year he wasn’t side eyeing him. He got up in his arms and gave him a hug and a kiss. Several times in fact. So sweet.
The breakfast was great also. Lots of food and kid breakfast stuff. Benjamin had waffles of course. It’s his favourite right now.
The weekend before last we had a good dump of snow. When I picked him up on Friday the snow was just starting and he was totally amazed. Huge snowflakes fell and we caught them on our tongues.
Saturday morning he woke up and saw lots of snow. He nearly lost his mind. And so did I. Getting kids ready to go outside is not for the faint of heart. But despite falling off mittens we had a great time. We did try to build a snowman but Molly kept jumping on our snow piles. So we explored the woods, threw snow at Molly, sled down the driveway and made snow angels.
Now the snow is gone but it’ll be back soon I’m sure. More fun to be had. God I love being a grandmother.
I finally got the curtains up. And I can’t believe how much I love them. So much so I tell Todd every day. They make the space so much nicer.
When we first moved here I was sure these windows would stay bare. I didn’t want anything in the way of the views. But once I figured out the plan for the room I knew I wanted something on the windows besides the white roll blinds. So I decided to go white. Yes more white. White drapes against white walls. Just subtle enough to be seen but not overpowering. They are there but they don’t take away from the views.
The drapes are HILLMARI from Ikea that I picked up last summer. They are simple bright white cotton with a white pattern. White on white. They are almost sheer like but not quite.
The curtain rods were left here from the previous owners. Brand new still in the boxes. I had them squirreled away until I had a plan. They were a brassy colour so I sprayed them all with matt black. Perfect!
Definitely better. And for less than $100.00. Now you can’t beat that.
Have a great weekend.