Most years we have traveled home to Cornwall from wherever we have been living (Moscow, Jakarta,London, Houston, and Dubai) except for the two years we lived in Calagary and because of this Christmas and Cornwall are totally linked in children's minds as well as ours. However this year we knew my husband wouldn't be able to steal enough time from the office to make the journey worthwhile so we accepted that Christmas would be in Dubai...
This is our second 'tour of duty' here and during our first one we purchased our first artificial tree to make the villa festive knowing that we would have a real tree in Cornwall. Our collection of ornaments in Cornwall is filled with precious memories of grandparents, children's creations, and all the places we have lived so what could I decorate the tree in Dubai with? I didn't want to go to great expense so the children and I walked the beach collecting shells (they were then 9, 7, and 2). We came home and painted them all gold to varying degrees. That year the tree glistened with sea shells and lights. Each year since then we have added silly and inexpensive ornaments to our Dubai tree.
This year because we wouldn't be in Cornwall we splashed out on a real tree here. But of course we don't have the traditional ornaments just shells, camels, bears and bits.....
Hope your Christmas was wonderful and that the coming New Year willed be filled with blessings.
But, Liz, those shells and bits and bobs hold memories too - you've just proved it (and I love that camel!)
Christmas is a state of mind. But the trimmings help.
Yes they do Jan and I suppose one day I will have to merge them onto the Cornish tree:-)
Hope you have a great New Year Liz. Love the tree! Take care. Caroline x
I love the idea of the shells etc on your tree, they look beautiful.
Caroline - hope you have a wonderful 2010.
Thanks Debs :-)
It is a very charming tree. Every happiness to you and yours in 2010.
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