Christmas tree memories

December 18, 2013

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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  • Reply Lou's Lake Views December 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm

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

    • Reply Charly Dove December 18, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you so much Lou – have a wonderful Christmas too πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sara (@mumturnedmom) December 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm

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

    • Reply Charly Dove December 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm

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

  • Reply Sarah MumofThree World December 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm

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

    • Reply Charly Dove December 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Thank you so much Sarah – it’s going to be a memorable year I’m sure πŸ™‚

  • Reply Dean December 18, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Love your tree! I especially love red on a Christmas tree… so Christmassy! πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

    • Reply Charly Dove December 18, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      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?

  • Reply LauraCYMFT December 18, 2013 at 7:47 pm

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

    • Reply Charly Dove December 18, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Thank you Laura – I do too although I do love the colour red πŸ™‚

  • Reply HelpfulMum December 18, 2013 at 9:30 pm

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

    • Reply Charly Dove December 18, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      Thank you very much. We always aim to make POD’s birthday as special as possible πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tara @ Sticky Fingers December 18, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    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

    • Reply Charly Dove December 19, 2013 at 8:37 am

      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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kizzy December 19, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Stunning images and what great memories

    • Reply Charly Dove December 19, 2013 at 8:38 am

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

  • Reply mascara and mud December 19, 2013 at 10:34 am

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

    • Reply Charly Dove December 19, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you very much and to you too πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mammasaurus December 19, 2013 at 10:56 am

    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

    • Reply Charly Dove December 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      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

  • Reply Iona@redpeffer December 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

    That must make Christmas Day really very special for you all indeed. Happy Christmas to you and your family πŸ™

    • Reply Charly Dove December 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply Claudia December 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm

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

    • Reply Charly Dove December 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm

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

  • Reply Gemma Garner December 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    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 πŸ™‚ Hope you have a fantastic Christmas!

    • Reply Charly Dove December 21, 2013 at 10:33 am

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

  • Reply Kathleen December 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    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!

    • Reply Charly Dove December 21, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Thank you Kathleen. Have a wonderful Christmas too πŸ™‚

  • Reply charmaine December 19, 2013 at 6:25 pm

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

    • Reply Charly Dove December 21, 2013 at 11:11 am

      It really is – Merry Christmas to you to Charmaine πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mary @over40andamumtoone December 20, 2013 at 6:51 pm

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

    • Reply Charly Dove December 21, 2013 at 11:16 am

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

  • Reply An Exeter Mum December 21, 2013 at 12:26 am

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

    • Reply Charly Dove December 21, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Thank you very much. Have a wonderful Christmas too πŸ™‚

  • Reply Katie December 21, 2013 at 11:13 am

    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!

    • Reply Charly Dove December 21, 2013 at 11:27 am

      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 πŸ™‚

  • Reply AlwaysARedhead December 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm

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

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