Actually I love Christmas and want nothing more of the Twelve Days than to sit by candlelight, admire our shining tree, listen to all kinds of Christmas music from medieval to White Christmas, taking in Ryba's Czech Christmas Mass on the way, and eat delicious food. Family and a few select friends are allowed in but parties and social gatherings are out!
Whether the Small Worlds' bears share my feelings is unclear to me, but they are clearly throwing themselves into the necessary preparations with gusto.
But before we take a look behind the scenes at their activities, let's see what else is going on in Small Worlds at this season of goodwill.
Since friends kindly open the museum for me during the one day Christmas market held in the adjacent building, it is worth my setting up a few Christmas treats for visitors....
On the table near the entrance there is a town scene, complete with train, tree, Christmas creche, villagers and lights....
As every year, Christmas is happening in the Walmer Victorian dolls house and because they enjoyed last year's house concert so much, they repeated it this year, once again with the visiting harpist from the Dutch house next door....
The carol singers are also in full voice - though the group seems to have lost some members since 2015!
The hot chestnut seller is doing well......
....and the post box is probably bursting at the seams.
So what are those bears up to then? All over the house there is feverish activity preparing for the festivities, from the ground floor to the roof itself.
Come and join them....
What goes on in the kitchen is regarded by many bears as the foundation for the success of the celebrations....
|Pudding and gingerbread bears done!|
...the door wreath to be puzzled over....
...the tree to be wrestled with.....
...and the carol accompaniments to be rehearsed...
Who can blame those bears who retreat to a quieter place ...
...or decide to spend time in the comfort of the bedroom decking themselves, rather than the tree?
Oscar Wilde Bear has decided to flaunt his dressing gown on the balcony...
and Santa Claws (!) has arrived just where one would expect him to be....
Given the importance of music at this time of year, the bears and I would like to leave you with some musical wishes for a joyous festive season - see you in the New Year!
But just a minute before you go - Santa Claws naturally has to have the very last word - he has wrested the signs from Oscar (I bet he's wild(e) about that)!
Merry Christmas Cestina! Your Christmas bears look very happy and I hope you enjoy your family festivities.ReplyDelete
First to comment as usual! Thank you Helen and seasonal wishes to you too .....Delete
Deeply contented sigh - thank you.ReplyDelete
I see the Dutch harpist has been at the advocaat again. I'd be worried about those missing choristers - they'll be up to something somewhere.
The bears are glorious. How sensible of the kitchen bear to give everyone else tasks to keep them out of her nice peaceful kitchen. I love them all, but have a special place in my heart for the tree-wrestlers, with their (h)air of wild abandon.
Merry Christmas to everyone in Small Worlds!
I rather thought the harpist could do with some Alexander Technique lessons...Delete
I guess you would know about the habits of absentee singers ;-) They are probably practising Happy Birthday somewhere.
I rather like the card-writing chaos. Reminds me of days before e-cards.
PS I'm listening to the Ryba - lovely!ReplyDelete
Glad you like the Ryba. It's very much part of my real-life Christmas xxDelete
A very beary Christmas indeed... though sadly all this reminds me that there is still a lot of biscuit-baking, card-sending, wreath-puzzling and tree-wrestling to be done in full size!ReplyDelete
Let's just follow the example of the two relaxed bears and take it very gently indeed....xxDelete
Lovely scenes Gil. Thanks for all the posts and pleased to see the miner's cottage turned out so well. Happy Christmas. Pat K.ReplyDelete
How lovely to hear from you Pat...Delete
I have a wee bit of card money for you which I'd like to drop in sometime but in the meantime Happy Christmas...
Oh and the miner's cottage will have its very own blogpost in due course - I am still gsthering furnishings for it....Delete
Thank you for a jolly Christmassy post. Wishing you and Butterfly a very Happy Christmas and a good New Year!ReplyDelete
And the same to you and Peter, Ruth :-) The bears are hoping to welcome you both to Bavorov in 2019....Delete
And a Happy Beary Christmas from me too! It was lovely to meet up with you and Butterfly in Winchester xxReplyDelete
We very much enjoyed the day Nicky. A very beary Christmas to you too :-) xxDelete
Happy Christmas, Cestina and Butterfly!ReplyDelete
And to you both Annabel :-)Delete
Now how did I miss this feast of beariness? How lovely! And belated best wishes for 2019, xxxReplyDelete
And (belatedly!) the same to you :-) xxDelete