Saturday, December 17, 2011
my grandmother would always set up a Holiday scene on the top of her buffet in the dining room. (almost 7 decades ago) It was a minimalist scene with a few small cottages, a pond (mirror), and a ceramic lighted Christmas tree. My grandmother had taken a ceramics class and this scene was the result of her efforts. It would be good that you know that she was from Belgium originally before immigrating to America. The "pond" in the scene always reminded her of the frozen canals they used to skate on in the wintertime in her village. After my grandmother died, I received the ceramic Christmas tree that she had made. I'm not sure what happened to the other pieces, but I treasured the tree.
Later on in my life, I discovered a company (Department 56) that made ceramic vignettes of different scenes and stories. I feel in love with the Dickens Village Christmas Carol and related accessories. So, ever since, I have been creating my own scenes to celebrate the Holiday winter season. I love the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation. Anything is possible! Dream big. I love my grandmother's tree. It's the highlight. In an auxiliary scene in another room, in another tribute to my grandmother, I've made a "pond" for skating.
I took a few pictures to share with you.
All good tidings to you and yours. My wish for you and me and all the world is a 2012 filled with love, joy, simple pleasures and, most of all, peace.