Friday, December 5, 2014

Family tradition, all lit up and Bonne Nuit

- I loved the ingenuity behind putting this old wooden ladder over that beautifully decorated tree at my favorite antiques shop.  The sign behind it "Twas the night before Christmas" makes me think of my older sister's family tradition on Christmas Eve:  her husband lines the kids up on the sofa and reads that book to them.  They all cheerfully shout out the last four words of each line along with him.  "Not a creature was stirring, NOT EVEN A MOUSE!"  They're all in their 30s now, but still maintain that tradition.  Last year, when niece Carla stayed home in Turkey for the Christmas holidays, she arranged to be there so she and great niece Mina could be with them via Skype for the annual reading and shouting out. 

- Mina, almost five years old, loves to dress up in fairy costumes (much to her mother's chagrin.)  I'll bet she would love this lighted dress.

- I like the thought of this "Bonne Nuit" tree for the corner of a bedroom.  It would be lovely for this to be the last thing to see at night before slumber.  I have the day off today, so will be pulling out all of my Christmas decorations.  Can't wait!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

17 comments:

Snaggle Tooth said...

Skype does come in handy for alot of visiting- Funny shout fest described! Fairies do have a wonderful dense of elegant fashion, don't they?
Never heard of the Bonne Nuit in the bedroom thing, just thought you were saying "Good Night."
Have fun with the decorating n brightening up your evenings for the season.

I got up early n am heading for more sleep before work tonight.
Have a pleasant week-end!

Elephant's Child said...

What a WONDERFUL tradition.
Happy decorating, and happy weekend.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lynne .. fun tradition of all the kids lining up - love it.

Beautifully decorated shop ... amazing - a lit-up dress!?? but stunning to see ... and your Christmas tree protected by the steps - clever ..

Cheers Hilary

Filip Demuinck said...

A skinny christmas tree.

Greetings,
Filip

Lee said...

A heartwarming post, Lynn. I love the tradition created by your older sister's family...that's just wonderful. :)

sage said...

I like your sister's family's tradition. It is the season!

Granny Annie said...

Now I can't wait to have great grandchildren so I can start the reading and shouting tradition with them. LOL

The glitter costume reminds me of something we saw at my grandson's graduation. There was an adult female with her two young daughters who ALL wore purple and pink tutus to the affair.

Fireblossom said...

That lit dress is something!

Sparkling Red said...

Ooh, I like the pretty dress. Does it come with built-in lights? :-) I would like it either way.

TALON said...

Gorgeous shots, Lynn! Love the ladder and the lit-up dress. All so festive and fun. Best part of the holidays for me is the decorations...lets us adults play dress-up for a change. :)

Riot Kitty said...

That is so cute that they still have the tradition, even though they are all grown up.

I bought a Dr. Seuss book last night - lost stories that are just now in one collection. Who says we have to grow up?

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lynn - sorry to put this here .. but I can't see your email.

When you commented just now - did you have to fill in a WV box?

I had to even when posting a reply comment on my own blog ...

... and I didn't put it up!

Thanks - take this comment out .. but it'd be kind if you could let me know - thanks so much .. cheers Hilary

Ileana said...

That is a beautiful goodnight tree and would look perfect in a bedroom. That tradition of the reading is so sweet...it's what warm memories are made of. Enjoy your Christmas decor!

M. J. Joachim said...

Putting up Christmas decorations is such a delightful part of the season! I always look forward to it, and usually go overboard once I start.

ladyfi said...

WHat fun shots - that lighted dress is cool!

Sara said...

I agree with others about that dress. It does look so cool. I hope you had fun putting up the decorations. Take pictures to show us:~)

LL Cool Joe said...

That book reading tradition made me smile, especially when you said all the kids are in their 30's now. I had this picture in my head of young kids not adults, but how cool to keep something like that going for so many years. On Christmas day morning we always have hot sausage rolls, before opening all the goodies in the santa sacks.