Saturday 4 December 2010

Let me get you in a festive mood. Every year, the church in my village holds a Christmas tree festival. Community groups in the village each have a tree to decorate on a theme. The theme this year was "Village Carols" as the village has some Christmas Carols that are unique to them. The next couple of photos are out of sync as I forgot to add them, and then couldn't move them!!!

My WI had a nice evening making the decorations for our tree which had the impossible themed carol "The Prodigal Son"!! Try decorating your tree with this theme!!!!

I thought you would like to see my efforts. I photocopied a £5 note, cut them up and then "glittered" them. Very retro and slightly "Sex Pistols"!

Right - back to the start!
The church is very pretty and really lovely inside. It is warm and is fully carpeted!

As you can see, Mary & Joseph have started their long trek to Bethlehem. This gets replaced in a couple of weeks time with a stable. Baby Jesus only appears in the manger after the Christingle service on Christmas Eve.

The children from the Infant and Junior school had decorated this one.

There are around 25 trees in total and it looks and smells spectacular when you walk through the door.

I love the way that all the decorations are "made". The tree's are sponsored by local businesses, created by the individual community groups, and dedicated in memory of loved ones that are no longer with us. You can also hang a tag on one tree in memory of your loved ones. I left one in memory of my dear Mother in Law - then blubbed around the last half of the festival.

I spent ages looking at every decoration. I was also given a cup of tea and a mince pie too.
My favourite decoration had to be this one. I can't remember what carol it was supposed to be, and I couldn't begin to make an educated guess! But this is what happens when you ask 8 year old girls to interpret a Christmas Carol into a tree dec - well done the Brownies! Bet you never thought you'd see Fergie and Will-I-am adorn a Christmas tree!


Unknown said...

Wow - I loved this post Diane. All the trees together must have looked fab.

PS - If I didn't know better I'd have said Violet made that Black Eyed Peas Bauble.


Vintage Tea Time said...

What a great post - that church must look lovely! I don't go to church, but that's the sort of church that would tempt me! I LOVE your bauble - brilliant!

Lyn said...

what a lovely idea, I can imagine how it all looked. Thank you as my Christmas is a little subdued this year!

VintageVicki said...

That all looks rather festive & lovely. Definately the sort of event that would tempt me through church doors.

Diane said...

That is beautiful, I would love to see it in really life. Diane

Living the frugal life in France said...

I think this is the thing I miss most about not being in the UK at Christmas, the carols, the kids singing and the pantomimes.
It all looks lovely

Kathy said...

What a lovely tradition ... we don't have anything like that at our church. I've always fancied being in the W.I. but our local group meets in the afternoons when I'm at work. One day!
Love Kathy xxx

**Anne** said...

What a lovely post, thank you for sharing. Your church looks beautiful, the windows, the old design, just beautiful. When was it built?
Enjoy the weekend.

Jacquie said...

Hi Diane , lovely post. We have one of these festivals at a local church, went for the first time last year and it was great. Must try and go along this year too .
Love your glittery Queen :0)
Jacquie x

menopausalmusing said...

LOVED your bauble! A brilliant idea. What a great festival too. Don't you just love what children "come up with" in the ideas department?

Lisa said...

The interior of your local church looks beautiful and carpeted, how swish!
I love our local one of these festivals, really helps get you in the Christmas spirit.
And who doesn't like playing with glitter?!
Lisa x

diane b said...

What a lovely tradition! The church and the trees look stunning. It must convey a nice feeling as you enter the church.

Lynne said...

What a lovely idea, so creative, and different.
You have been having a lot of snow. Mike has been in Northumberland for almost a week now, and I'm hoping he makes it back here on Tuesday!
I like Sophie Dahl's kitchen as well. Look forward to seeing yours.

Gilly said...

I love those trees! What a brilliant idea. And your church is warm??? Ours is (a) freezing at all times and (b) has ridiculous Victorian pews that I can't sit in because I can get no leg room, and the seat is too narrow. After 15 mins I am in agony. So I don't go on a Sunday.

Still groping around with old glasses and new eyes!

love those cupcakes said...

Oh, I don't know, every Christmas Eve I always think "I've got a feeling tonight's gonna be a good night"!!

Cybèle said...

The village near B in Norfolk has a Christmas tree festival every year too: 50 trees in a church. I've never been but might pop along this time as the ladies from the ladies road run which I did back in July, have a tree. I meant to make something but it slipped my mind till the signs went up!

Sue said...

What a lovely idea, I always enjoy looking at homemade decorations.

Ray+Joan said...

love the christmas trees & home made decorations & beautiful snowy picture from the day before

A garden just outside Venice said...

Could you please reveal me what do you eat overthere for being so clever???!