Oh, Christmas tree!

Oh, Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches!

Oh, Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches!

I tend to be an early riser, even on these dark days before Christmas.  I love to watch the morning sky flush with colour at daybreak.  But sometimes I pull the cover up and think I’ll just snuggle a little while longer.

Until my Christmas tree goes up!  Then it doesn’t matter if I’m still half asleep. The second I plug my tree lights in, the magic of Christmas is there.  The warm scent of pine needles tickles my nose.  I make my morning coffee, and settle down beside the Christmas tree, to start my day.

Beneath the tree, the Nativity Scene; above, the angel smiles fondly down.

Unto us a child is born, king of all creation.

Unto us a child is born, king of all creation.

More of Lisa's handicrafts.

More of Lisa’s handiwork!

I had no intention to write this post today, but when an old friend comes calling, what can you do but respond?  As if by magic, Jake’s Sunday Post appeared in my Reader, bearing a beautiful Christmas Tree.  I’ll supply the carols.  Coming round for mince pies, anybody?



  1. Superb photos! I love the sparkly lights and shiny baubles on Christmas trees. We have long days over summer, so the trees only really come into their own late in the evenings.

  2. Gorgeous! I have a salvaged White tree with pearls and icicle roping kind of plain compaired to natures trees dusted with cold sparkles of frost now to try to capture them with cameras I have. 🙂

  3. Merry Christmas, Jo. Nothing like the scent of a Christmas tree and special ornaments to create magic. I have just come home from my second outdoor house concert this week that promotes songwriters and musicians who want an appreciative audience. Listening to the lyrics under the palm trees hardly reminds us that Christmas is here, but our sense of community brings us together for these special occasions. 🙂

  4. Your Christmas tree and ornaments are really stunning, Jo. I’m looking forward to seeing our son’s tree when we arrive in NJ on Friday evening. 🙂 Thanks for the link to Jake’s post. I might have lost him, otherwise. 🙂 xx

    1. Lovely to have Jake back, however briefly, isn’t it 🙂 I read NZ first go and thought “good grief, she’s off again!” Hope the weather’s ok for travelling, Ad. Have a lovely Christmas!

    1. Thanks, Marianne. I often think it must be strange to have Christmas away from the UK. It’s something I’ve never done, but you’ve had lots of practise 🙂 You can still be cosy with your log fire.

  5. Your tree decorations look lovely Jo. Lots of memories I expect. I passed on my old family decoration to my daughter, so it is her tree which holds all the memories now. I’m definitely up for the mince pies along with a glass of mulled wine maybe? I make a good mulled wine 😀
    Jude xx

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