Monday, December 21, 2009

Solstice and ornaments


We've had snow aplenty here in Prague, and I meant to go outside and take lots of beautiful pictures of the rooftops covered in snow, Charles Bridge covered in snow, the castle covered in snow. Only thing is, I've discovered that I'm a dreadful wimp when it comes to taking pictures in ice cold, finger freezing weather. I step outside, camera in hand, walk a block and then dive into a coffee shop till my eyelashes unfreeze. Then I repeat myself, and finally I scamper home to warm up by sitting on top of a radiator.

Today though, the shortest day of the year, was a gorgeously sunny day here in Prague. Please imagine sparkly streets covered with Christmas shoppers and people running around going to their last business meetings of the year (that was me) while I show off a few of my favorite Christmas tree ornaments, all from the Czech Republic or Austria.

{1} Ferris wheel made of beads and bells, {2} beaded bike, and a strange little insect I made myself, {3} a hedgehog looking like it belongs in a creche, {4} spinning top and a mushroom for Eurolush, {5} sleeping cat, {6} beaded train, {7} embroidered shoe - the first Christmas ornament I ever bought years ago in the Viennese Christmas markets.

I hope everyone has a really Merry Christmas and happy holidays. Ya'll take care and for all of you with snow, enjoy the fun!!

12 comments:

Eleanor said...

Merry Christmas dear Julia!!

marja-leena said...

Oh, sounds wonderfully beautiful and very Christmasy. I grew up with snowy winters and miss it still. Your decorations are beautiful. On a business trip to Germany and Austria years ago, my husband was able to visit the Christmas markets and brought home lovely decorations that are our fvourites, along with the Scandinavian ones we have.

Happy Solstice and Christmas to you and yours!

Lynn said...

I might have to fight Eurolush for that mushroom; it's adorable!

Happiest of Christmases to you and yours, Julia!

Barrett Bonden said...

The shoe, deservedly, takes pride of place. A Yorkshire toast, then. "'ere's to me and my wife's husband, not forgetting mi'sen."

countrypeapie said...

I like your strange little insect. I have confined myself to the room with the wood-burning stove these days, and I doubt it's even as cold here as it is there. I somewhat miss radiators, which I always had in my apartments on Southside. Nice for rising dough.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

What lovely ornaments! Immediately I thought of Eurolush--the mushroom and shoe and little hedgehog are charming. I'm with you on taking pictures in cold weather---I'm a wimp, too.

Mary said...

Merry Christmas!

And thank you so much for sharing your Christmas - I have loved it as much as I thought I would..

Barrett Bonden said...

SEASONAL, IF SECULAR, WISH-LIST FOR MY TOLERANT BLOG-AMIS
Straight-driven woodscrews. Racondite allusions. Continuous power. Unbroken broadband. Cat-poo-less borders. Boggle-free bearnaise. Self-cleaning sables. Myth-riddled churches. Fly silent mornings. Ale from the cask and brewing adjacent. Wall-to-wall Cosi. Unending Brendel. Clarified Proust. An index for Yoolie. Masterpiece photos.Perfume from mangroves. Machine shining steel. A high-revving two-stroke. Murdoch-free broadcasts. Snowy crunch footprints. Fat taste from Meursault. Snow-covered Prague... well, you get the idea. I pray you are supported by technology in 2010

Lucy said...

All gorgeous.

Happy Christmas to you all, and a Merry New Year!

eurolush said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and the family!

PS-Love, love, love the mushroom ornament! Also, love, love, love the hedgehog!! WANT. BOTH.

All the best...

XX E

christina said...

Merry Christmas to all of you!

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