Saturday, December 8, 2012

Theme Post: Gothidays Day Seven

Today is the final day of Franny's Gothidays 2012. The insomniac  has so enjoyed reading about all the participant's holiday traditions around the world, which also provided a welcome respite this past week from the cleaning, baking and decorating preparations for the Annual Christmas Potluck last night. It's always wonderful to see all our neighbours, old and new, and catch up with everyone - our little tradition that has been happening for roughly ten years now and one we hope to continue for many years to come. 

Gothidays also inspired a closer look at one's own holiday rituals: a few of the less satisfying to be eliminated or given diminished importance next year, to allow time for the more meaningful ones. One ritual that will remain unchanged is the vast quantities of food, which proved to be enough enticement to lure not one but both offspring to the Potluck last night. And thanks to the European participants in Gothidays, a brand new addition to the insomniac's  holiday celebrations - Glögg. Cheers, everyone!

Last minute centerpiece ...

The new hot mats looked nice ...

Woodland Forest Display ...

A bit of the Reindeer Collection ...

We believe, Rudolph.
We believe.

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. As for the insomniac ... pretty much ate herself into a stupor last night and will now be retiring to the couch. Goodnight, my pretties.

IA

29 comments:

  1. Wow you have so much pretty stuff! I love the Woodland forest!

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    1. Thank you, Lesthis! You could make the large version with your white tree! ;o)

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    2. I actually intend to do that :D Maybe next year.

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  2. Your decor is always so amazing! I hope to become that good one day, although you clearly have natural talent!

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    1. You're too kind, Laura! If the insomniac  can offer one tip, it's to snatch up pieces of silver at your local thrift shop. Then you'll always have pieces to combine in different ways, and move around your house depending on where you want to put a display, and stack on top of one another, and put things on top of, and put underneath things, and ... well, you get the picture! Everything looks nicer on top of an old piece of silver - especially when it only cost $1.99!! ;D

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  3. Sigh ... so true, so true! I've been taking a closer look at some things that I do/have done over the years that are really not so satisfying. I've narrowed my Holiday card list down to closest family and friends (and the Inkwell gals). And I've said no to certain members of my family who are trying to hijack our Yule for their Christmas visit. It's been liberating. Thank you for sharing your decorations and traditions with us! SO many pretty, pretty things.

    HUGS!

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    1. Oh no - almost forgot about those Christmas cards for the Inkwell gals! Gulp!!

      Franny, your Yule celebration was actually the inspiration for what one would like to see more of in our holiday celebrations ... quiet contemplation and appreciation of the more peaceful aspects of the season, as compared to the craziness and commercialization that is being depicted as what we should all be aspiring towards. Don't let anybody hijack your lovely Yule celebration!!

      Thanks again for hosting this theme, Franny - it's been delightful. Hugs to you and Ed this Yule, as well (in case the insomniac  forgets about those cards again!) ;o)

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    2. More great displays here. Also, I have to agree with a conversation farther up in the comments here. I much prefer the quiet contemplation of the Yule season over the hectic commercialism of Christmas. Just let me enjoy the season in my own way; that's all I ask.

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    3. That's not too much to ask, Nightwind. Not too much at all! :o)

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  4. Aah, glögg! I'm glad we Scandinavians could impart such an excellent tradition on you ;) Whatever you scale down for Christmas, NEVER on food and drink, right? But I have had the same experience with this blog countdown. Showing off my house through my blog, I took a second look at all the stuff I just pull out without a thought every year. And this year I put all (actually very few) the ugly Santa's back in the box. The same happened to some old Christmas tabletops and tablecloths. It feels good!
    Love your forest display and centerpiece!

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    1. An excellent tradition indeed, and one for which the insomniac  will be forever indebted to the Scandinavian participants! ;o)

      The older one gets, the more one finds the simpler ornaments with a natural theme and the handmade ornaments (but only the successes - not the failures!) are the ones that are pulled out year after year. It does feel good to have only the things you really love out during the holidays, doesn't it?

      A God Jul to you, Ms. Misantropia! :D

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  5. I love love love the woodland forest display. Also the glittery reindeers!

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    1. Thank you, Caitlin! Although one uses the phrase Woodland Forest Display rather loosely ... truth be told, it's just the regular display with a Christmas tree and reindeer added to it! ;o)

      Glittery reindeers are a favourite - especially the black one. That was a lucky Boxing Day Sale find a few years ago. Apparently not a popular item, as there were quite a few left!!

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  6. Yay, glögg :D it's awesome with gingerbreads!
    I love the decorating as always and Rudolph is very cute with his Believe-sign! :)

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    1. Gingerbread is definitely on the agenda this week, then!

      “Rudolph” says thanks! ;o)

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    1. Thanks, Tante F. It's going to be hard to leave it ...

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  8. What gorgeous displays! The deer go so perfectly with your other decor! And do you have a tutorial for those hot mats? My mom would love those!

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    1. Thank you, Clementine Dahling! The insomniac  really loves her reindeer!

      If you click on the words “hot mat” underneath the picture, it will take you to the tutorial. You probably have just enough time to order the fabric and get them done for her by Christmas!! :o)

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  9. I do not have the words to describe my deep love of your dead animal collection! Your house is astounding, in the very best meaning of the word.

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    1. The dead animal collection could quadruple in size and it still would not be big enough, Morgaine!

      And thank you! :o)

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  10. Those glittery reindeer are exactly what I had hoped to find (but didn't) this year! :) So pretty!

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    1. These guys are probably 5 years old - but jeez, you wouldn't think they'd go out of style, would ya? And thanks!

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    1. Thank you, ar†ificial! And thanks so much for commenting, as well! :o)

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    2. hey lovely! no, the martens are absolutely not heavy to wear. they fit perfect from the first moment! i am so in love with them - just amazing. you should def give them a try:-)

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    3. That settles it then! The old imitation Docs will be sent to the thrift store and replaced with a new pair of real Docs! The only difficulty will be making a choice, because there are soooo many nice ones to choose from ... ;o)

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  12. You've got a truly unique style, my dear. Love it! Certainly beats the Christmas kitsch I have in my house. Happy Gothidays to you!

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for commenting! Truthfully, there are a few pieces of Christmas kitsch packed in boxes in the basement that one cannot bear to part with - yet. There is room for a little kitsch in everyone's Christmas decor! Happy Gothidays to you, as well! :o)

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