Christmas tree memories

PODcast IMG_1416The sight of our Christmas tree always evokes memories from December 2010 – POD was born on Christmas Day. It’s impossible to look at the tree without smiling. It looks wonderful in the evening when it’s all lit up but it holds sentimental value too.

The decorations purchased just before her arrival are especially poignant – an array of red baubles, red beads and fir cones tied with red and green ribbon.

Over the past three years new decorations have been added to the tree, each creating their own memory. PODcast IMG_2016These include Beatrix Potter characters – POD’s favourites being “Mrs Tinkywink” and “Jemma Puddyduck”. There are several hand-made decorations and a dove too.

With POD’s birthday on Christmas Day, it’s hard not to be a little emotional at this time of year. Her first birthday saw her mesmerised by a Christmas tree despite not knowing what was going on around her. The most memorable photograph is one of her poking a decoration with a curious look on her face.

On her second birthday she developed a fondness for pulling the decorations off the tree in-between PODcast IMG_2072having fun with cardboard boxes!

This year we will no doubt see POD really appreciate her birthday and Christmas. The tree even went up early December so POD can enjoy it for longer.

The fir cones tied with red and green ribbon remain my favourite decoration. Not only are they beautiful, they’re a perfect reminder of what was a truly unforgettable Christmas.

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  1. So pretty! Merry Christmas to you all and Happy Birthday to POD!

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    • Thank you so much Lou – have a wonderful Christmas too :)

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  2. Gorgeous Charly, and I love that you have such wonderful memories around your tree xx Love the pine cones, so pretty xx

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    • Thank you Sara – really kind of you. I’m sure I shouldn’t be so attached to fir cones!

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  3. What a beautiful post and beautiful photos. Hope POD’s 3rd birthday is just as magical!!

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    • Thank you so much Sarah – it’s going to be a memorable year I’m sure :)

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  4. Love your tree! I especially love red on a Christmas tree… so Christmassy! :) I keep saying someday I’ll have a grown-up’s tree where I can hang lovely glass baubles without the fear of it breaking. For now I’m loving our Christmas tree too with toy-like ornaments :)

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    • Thank you Dean – so kind of you. Your tree looks wonderful though! I love the idea of glass baubles – maybe you could have a few higher up so they can’t be reached?

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  5. I love red decorations on a Christmas tree. Looks like a beautiful tree.

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    • Thank you Laura – I do too although I do love the colour red :)

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  6. Beautiful tree and what a fabulous tale too. I always thought it would be magical to have a birthday on Christmas Day.

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    • Thank you very much. We always aim to make POD’s birthday as special as possible :)

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  7. One of my good friends has a birthday on Christmas Day. He said the moment he had kids, his birthday went RIgHT out the window! So enjoy them and make sure she has kids really really late in life! x

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    • Can imagine your friend doesn’t get much of a birthday on the 25th December! Great to see the kids opening their presents though. He should have a Summer party – we’re hoping to do one for POD from next year so she has a full day of fun :)

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  8. Stunning images and what great memories

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    • Thank you Kizzy, hard to believe it’s all happening again in less than a week!

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  9. aah, it’s all just beautiful. nadolig llawen to you all and a penblwydd hapus to POD! x

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    • Thank you very much and to you too :)

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  10. Ahhh! So lovely to have an extra special connection with Christmas as you do, it’s already a special family time of the year but the memories of having a child born on Christmas Day must amplify the joy so much.

    Charming decorations, I too am a fan of red at Christmas. Wishing you and yours a lovely, happy and jolly Christmas and POD a very Happy Birthday.

    Two lots of thank you’s from me:
    Thanks for joining in each week, I’ve loved watching your exploring with POD at NT places with great interest.
    Thank you for my little tree! I’m just about to instagram you a photo of it! xxx

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    • It really is such a special time of year for us – I can’t wait to see POD’s face when she opens her presents! Hopefully she’ll appreciate it all this year. Thank you so much Annie – love the Linky and glad you like the diddy tree! Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year xxx

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  11. That must make Christmas Day really very special for you all indeed. Happy Christmas to you and your family :(

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    • Thank you Iona – it really does! Happy Christmas to you all too have a wonderful one. Take it you meant to put in a smiley face at the end LOL :)

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  12. oh, i would be crying daily! looks lovely. Merry Christmas and happy birthday to her!! xx

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    • Give it time Claudia – I’m sure POD’s birthday will be an emotional one! Thank you and Merry Christmas to you all too :)

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  13. You have the same little red Christmas tree berries as us. It’s nice that Christmas Day is extra special for you and I bet POD will be happy to have Christmas and birthday presents all in one day! I use to like Jemima Puddle-Duck when I was little :) Hope you have a fantastic Christmas!

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    • Thank you very much Gemma – you too! Loving the red on the tree, always looks fabulous. POD is thoroughly enjoying Jemima Puddle-Duck :)

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  14. What a great Christmas present, and I am sure your Christmas is more special because of her! I enjoyed the photos too – Have a wonderful Christmas!

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    • Thank you Kathleen. Have a wonderful Christmas too :)

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  15. how lovely to have an additional reason to celebrate at Christmas! merry Christmas! x

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    • It really is – Merry Christmas to you to Charmaine :)

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  16. Lovely photos, will think of you all as we open presents on Christmas Day. Hope POD has a wonderful birthday x

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    • Thanks Mary, that’s really kind of you. Can’t wait to see POD’s face on her birthday/Christmas Day :)

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  17. Oh how wonderful! Happy birthday to POD and have a fabulous Christmas x

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    • Thank you very much. Have a wonderful Christmas too :)

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  18. Beautiful! It sounds like peaceful and lovely memories on what I imagine is a busy time of year. I know another special little lady who will be turning three this Christmas day! Happy, Happy Birthday to Pod and Merry Christmas!

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    • Thank you Katie and how lovely there is someone else turning three on Christmas Day. One of POD’s nursery chums is three that day too! So looking forward to seeing her little face. Have a wonderful Christmas :)

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  19. The images of the tree look beautiful. I love the pine cones and ribbons.

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