The Door in the Wall

 

This post is in response to Sue Vincent of Daily Echo‘s challenge to write a post of 100 words or less telling what lies beyond the door in the photo.

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The little door intrigued me. What or who is on the other side? I’ve been watching for weeks and no one has entered or exited the door.

With much trepidation, I eased the door open. The other side was thick with trees and undergrowth, but I shored up my courage and stealthily ventured in.  Suddenly, the undergrowth rustled and a funny looking little man pushed it away from a portal to an underground world.

“Boo!”

Trembling, I ran for the door. The coblynau chuckled until it grew to an all out belly-busting laugh.

Christmas Trees Around the World

Colleen of Silver Threading is hosting Christmas Trees Around the World and I’ve decided to join in.  Be sure to click the Christmas Trees Around the World link above to go to Colleen’s blogsite and check out other entries.

What I remember most about Christmas, even more than the gorgeous Christmas trees, were the villages my family placed under the tree.

Here is a photo from 1967 of the village under our tree. My mother used some of the houses, sleigh and fence that was part of my grandmother’s village, as well as some newer houses my parents had purchased.Christmas '67

Of course, the torch was passed and I set up a village with the help of my children under our tree.  This is from 1996

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My children are grown and have villages under their own trees.  I still do a village for my grandchildren to enjoy when they visit at Christmas.  Our village for 2015.

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Our Christmas trees have evolved over the years from short with few ornaments and lots of tinsel icicles to a beautiful tree laden with ornaments from vacations, gifts from our children, ornaments that were on my Dad’s tree when he was a child, and a few from my childhood trees.

Christmas 1969

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For our first Christmas my Dad gave us a beautiful crèche that I still put out each year. Quite a few years ago I stopped putting it beneath our tree and now put it in a place of honor where it is more noticeable.IMG_1779

One can’t talk about Christmas trees without a mention of the ornaments, so I’ve included pictures of two ornaments that were passed down to my dad and eventually to me.

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I hope you enjoyed a look at our Christmas trees through the years from top to bottom.

Thank you for stopping by.

A very Merry Christmas and a healthy
and happy New Year to each of you.