the work of the christmas fairies


Christmas is all about magic.
It's just such a twinkly time of year.
And there has been some impressive magic 
sprinkled in our house of late.



Christmas fairies start the magic for us.
After the children have gone to bed on November 30th,
the fairies come and put up the tree.
And advent starts with a lovely surprise for the children,
in the form of a fully decked out tree twinkling away
to greet them when they get up in the morning.


And then for the whole of December
we are a home full of fairy lights and twinkling candles.
We wear Christmas hats and reindeer antlers
and embrace the Christmas spirit.


It always makes me nostalgic
to see all the decorations again each year,
to remember the stories behind certain ones,
and to think back to the times when they were first hung on the tree.


The new additions for 2013
that our little lady loves looking at her reflection in ...


... a beautiful dove that my Granny brought me as a child
and that fits so perfectly on my tree now ...


... the beautiful boy's heart from 2012
which I can still picture him hanging last year ...


... and the beautiful girl's one too 
which was hung with a little help from Daddy because she was so small ...


... the glitter snowflake from the little man's first Christmas 
and how incredibly excited I was to be buying him his first tree ornament ...


... a beautiful blue handprint ...


... and perfect pink footprints.


We all weave our own stories around Christmas
and I can't wait to think of the stories we'll all be sharing as a family in years to come.
How we'll smile as we see these decorations again each year
and remember the magic of our earliest Christmases as a family.

I thought nothing could be more magical than the Christmases of my childhood,
until I got to experience Christmas with my own children.


32 comments

  1. Wow your tree is just beautiful - and very very you! We give the girls a bauble each each year too - I try to choose something that relates to their interest that year so they're rather eclectic but they're so much fun to unpack each year with all the memories that.go with them.

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    1. Haha, it is very me. My husband doesn't get much of a look in on decor around here, fortunately he's happy to leave it to me. I love that so many families have the tradition of getting a new decoration each year, I loved doing it as a kid and still love doing it with my own now. x

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  2. Very talented Christmas fairies, I would say... xx

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    1. They are! And they know my taste very well. ;) x

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  3. That's a beautiful tree. Ours really does look like a 6yo decorated it (which she did)

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    1. Haha. My two are too little to be any help really, which is why the fairies do it. But when they are a bit bigger, we have another slightly smaller tree that is going to be theirs for their own decorations and the things they make. x

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  4. Well said. Being a parent means you get to be a child again. What could be better? The best of all is when your tree is covered in little things that their precious hands made for you at school.Beautiful pictures, as always!

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    1. I actually cannot wait for some homemade Christmas goodies. The little man will be at preschool next year so I'm holding out hope. x

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  5. just beautiful and so neat! i love all the sparkly lights and especially love the personalised baubles of the hand and foot prints. Those fairies have good taste and an eye for creating a wonderful festive feel x x

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    1. Those hand and footprint baubles are my absolute favourites, I love them so much. x

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  6. Aww, how beautiful. I really love the magic of Christmas and enjoy seeing how other people decorate. Love the personalised baubles.

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    1. Me too, I'm so nosey, I love seeing everyone's trees. x

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  7. Wow your tree is truly stunning, love it. And everything is just perfect x

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    1. Thank-you. I do love Christmas decor, I'll miss it in January. x

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  8. Loving the personalised baubles. We have some personalised decorations too as our toddler's birthday is on Christmas Day. Your tree looks wonderful - fabulous photos :)

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    1. I think it's lovely to have personalised decorations, when we got the first one on the little man's first Christmas I joked about having hundreds of babies just so I could have a tree full of them. x

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  9. Very pretty, stunning photos.

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  10. Stunning! Incredibly beautiful.

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  11. I can't believe we haven't got our tree up yet! I'm even sure where we are going to put it as J will be trying it to pull it down on him but I might try and get it done tomorrow otherwise there won't be much point. I kind of hope it snows really as that would make it feel a lot more like Christmas. Lovely tree! x

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    1. And I can't believe you don't have your tree up yet either... you're normally so early. x

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  12. What a gorgeous post, and such beautiful pictures! We're still in the process of decorating our own tree - that reminds me, I must head downstairs to help D put up the salt dough decorations....:-)

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    1. Thank-you. I really want to make some salt dough decorations with the children next year. It's on my list!!! x

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  13. What a beautiful tree, and even more special that the decorations all have special memories for you. I can't wait to look back on ours when the girls are grown up and remember what each one meant. xx

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    1. Christmas decorations always make me so nostalgic. I love seeing all the old ones from my childhood at my mum and dad's. x

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  14. What beautiful decorations, I love the personalised ones. The lights around the mirror look so pretty too x

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    1. Thanks lovely. The lights around the mirror were a bit of an afterthought but I LOVE them now. x

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  15. What a gorgeous post, I love that Christmas fairies come, what a wonderful and magical idea. I set ours up whilst Addy was away she was overwhelmed when she came home, the 1st thing she said is "theres no star" that is cause I saved it for her, she was overjoyed.
    I love that you have decorations with meaning we do too xx

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    1. We film their reactions to seeing the Christmas fairies' work every year and its the best thing watching them back. Its so magical for them. It sounds like it was magical for Addison, seeing the tree for the first time too. x

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