Christmas is fast approaching and over the weekend more preparations have been completed. My nephew is getting married the weekend before Christmas so we need to be more organised this year! I spent most of my childhood Christmases in Germany and so some of their traditions have been adopted into our Christmas celebrations. Lighting the advent candles on the four Sundays before Christmas was one of these traditions - we lit our second advent candle this evening.
Christmas for us is about not spending huge amounts of money on presents, but a special family time of celebrating simply with home-made food, following old family traditions and having fun together. Our Christmas decorations have become simpler and more natural over the years, taking greenery from the garden. This year I have used the hydrangea heads to make a wreath.
Rudolph the reindeer has reappeared - he has been in our family for many years and was made by a local man. There is quite a herd of them in our locality!
I have just added a Pinterest button to the side of my blog. I don't use it very much as I don't have time, but I have found it good way of picking up quick ideas and inspirations - see my Natural Christmas board for more great Christmas ideas - you will also see where some of the ideas featured here have come from!
I also love looking at how Christmas is celebrated in other countries. Sabine from Maison Beldecor has some beautiful ideas and also makes her own scented candles and she is having a giveaway.
Welcome to my new followers Kitty from Glittering Green and Aussie Beach girl ( I can't see a link for you.)
Gardening Bren from Nova Scotia has come back to me with a link.
Wishing everyone a good week thank you as always for your lovely comments and for taking a few moments to pop by.