December 5, 2008

Sapin de Noel (Christmas tree)

I finally finished my tree yesterday. I need to find the right topper. I've been searching for a few years but nothing has caught my fancy. Yes I'm that picky. lol

I also started on my village. If you have never met a Portuguese person before, let me introduce you to my culture. I have notice by living in the US, that some Americans do a nativity scene or small villages on top of tables. In Portuguese culture, we do a village under the tree. It can be small like mine or a huge one that fills a room! I remember my Grandma's, Aunts and my parent's friends having their village under the tree. Sometimes us kids would play with them while our mothers would scold at us. lol Good times! I'm not too big in doing them but I want to teach and show my children a part of their culture. Whether they chose to do that is their decision.

I need to buy a few more things for my village since some got broken during the unpleasantness. No, not me hitting my hubby on the head with them. Our whole garage shelving system fell along with my Christmas decoration this year. Yeah, not too happy when that happened!

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View from the dining room/hallway to family room.

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These are my 3 favorite ornaments. The snowpeople that represent my children. I bought them from Lenox when I pregnant with my daughter and when my son was born a few months before Christmas.

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I bought these at a Christmas Fair that Jesuit High School was having a few years ago. I am not a very religious person but I loved this piece.


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What the heck? See I told you kids love playing with them. lol

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Now I can finally kick back and bake to my heart's content! And I know my parents look at my blog and are proud that I am carrying the tradition of a Christmas village. Any traditions that are very American when it comes to Christmas? Care to share? Thanks for stopping by!

A Bientot!

4 comments:

Kristen said...

Hi! I am "i heart 2 girls" secret ornament swap partner. I got the "fabulous girl" (as I call her) at Hobby Lobby! I fell in love with her as soon as I saw her!

I participated in your giveaway from bath and body works (i didn't win :-( it's ok i bought some...) I actually found your page through Barbie's!

Have a very merry Christmas!!!

Lara Gisela said...

I was very happy to find your blog!!! It's always nice to find someone who speaks Portuguese in different countries. I love your Christmas decorations. We also have the tradition of the village but it wasn't ready yet when I posted the first pictures of our Christmas decorations. I'll post them later.
FELIZ NATAL TAMBÉM PARA TI E PARA TODA A TUA FAMÍLIA!

Carla said...

I love your 'blocks?' what do you use? I wouldn't be able to keep my hands off of them either (or the cats out:). What a neat tradition! I'm sure, all lit up, under the glow of a twinkling tree, it is breath-taking! Thank you for sharing:)

Pamela Plumley said...

Wow! Your tree and village are beautiful to see! Must really give you the Christmas spirit around your place, huh?

 

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