Now that Thanksgiving is behind us (and I hope you all had a very warm and happy time remembering all that we have to be thankful for), my thoughts naturally turn to thoughts of putting up my Christmas decorations. And I LOVE decorating my house for Christmas – I have closets full of things I’ve collected over the years and many of them have special memories attached to them.
But that’s not what I wanted to talk about today. It was thoughts of Christmas decorations that reminded me of some scenes from my recent release, A Family For Christmas. The heroine of that book, Eve, had never had a proper Christmas tree or even Christmas decorations in the home she was brought up in. So the hero decides to remedy that by going all out with decorating their place. I had a scene where my characters were fashioning ornaments from ’found items’. I had fun researching and imagining what they might create.
I had one scene where the hero and heroine were doing some scavenging in the woods for greenery, seed, pine cones, twigs – anything they thought they could use. Meanwhile the young boy and grandmotherly lady who lived with them were finding items around the house like ribbon, paper, paints, toys and such.
Then, of course, there was the scene where they were actually crafting and thn hanging the decorations.
Here are some of the decorations I had them create:
- Stars fashioned from twigs
- Stars fashioned from tin
- Bows made from ribbon and lace
- Cornhusk angels
- Paper chains
- Paper doll chains
- Painted wooden discs
- Toys hung with yarn
It reminded me of when my own kids were little and they’d come home with paper angels or tinfoil stars or ribbons with bells glued on that they would eagerly hang on the tree – I still have many of those.
So what about you – did you ever make homemade ornaments to hang on your tree? If so, what materials did you use.
And in honor of the holiday season, I’d like to give one of today’s commenters a copy of my book that featured these scenes – A Family For Christmas.
An Unexpected Gift
Eve Pickering knows what it’s like to be judged for your past. So she’s not about to leave the orphaned boy she’s befriended alone in this unfamiliar Texas town. Since Chance Dawson’s offer of shelter is the only way to look after Leo, Eve is determined they’ll have a warm, welcoming home for the holidays.
Chance came from the big city to make it on his own despite a painful secret. But Eve’s strength is giving him a confidence he never expected—and a new direction for his dream. With a little Christmas blessing, he’ll dare to win her heart—and make their family one for a lifetime.