Monday, 27 November 2017
Christmas Time Coming Ready or Not
First decorations for Christmas 2017 have apeared on the island. Some of the street lights have been turned on. A few houses high above the harbour have their Christmas lights twinkling too, wrapped unevenly around balconies. So annoying when you see dips and bulges in the line of fairy lights. I just want to clamber up there and push them into a straight line. Lights out of sync are not just mightily un-aesthetically pleasing but darn right irritating.
One of the family houses has been decorated with the Christmas tree up and glowing. Lots of hand painted pine cones, Nana-knitted mini xmas stockings and a Santa hat instead of a star or angel at the top of the tree. Yes, for innovative change.
The Xmas tree did have an aging gilded star. It went into the fire and burnt like a Super Nova. I plant a poinsettia flower at the top of our tree, which shall not go up at least until it is December.
It is actually traditional to decorate a boat here in Greece. Our Local Council will have a small boat in the main square covered in twinkling lights along with its usual decorated tree.
This is the boat in my daughter's house. The lights weren't working but you can imagine what it looks like lit up at night. The tree is in another corner. On the left of the boat (schooner?) are the family icons, some of them rather old, vintage/antique and with a silver surround.
This year they start a new tradition, a snow man on the toilet seat.
Not a Christmas painting but a wonderful wall hanging, dolphins surrounded with a frame of driftwood, made by son-in-law.