On the eighth day of Christmas Kate Walker adds an angel to the RNA Christmas tree...
A long time ago, before I was published, and so I had time to do things like crafts and such, I found a pattern to make some lovely felt decorations for the Christmas tree. In a rush of enthusiasm and wanting to make Christmas very special for my son who was just two at the time, I decided to have a go at making them. Here is my little felt angel that I made all those years ago.
There were a couple of other little decorations I made as well that year - Father Christmas with a wonderful beard, and the Snowman with his jaunty hat and scarf, a very red nose.
I have very special memories of the evenings I spent cutting out felt, stitching it, stuffing the little bodies, and gluing on decorations. I had to do it in secret so that my son had no idea about the decorations until he first saw them on Christmas morning on the tree. My Mother in Law was staying with us at the time and she decided to help me so we did the job together. We had a glass (or two) of sherry while we were working so we were lucky that the decorations turned out so well – we got fits of giggles several times and when bits like the angel’s red cheeks or the snowman’s conical ‘carrot’ nose just wouldn’t stick in the right place.
Sadly my Mother in Law died last year and so Christmas 2011 was the first time that we put the decorations on the tree without her seeing them. The little angel is a bit battered and worn – she’s see a lot of Christmases – but when they are hanging on the tree together that always makes me feel it's really Christmas.
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