A Cheery, Chirpy Make-Believe Christmas

Sheila Newton By Sheila Newton, 24th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2v7w8zkc/
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This is the time of year when we ‘deck the halls with boughs of holly’. This is the time of year when we’re all brimming over with festive cheer. This is the time of year when I can wish all my new-found friends on Wikinut a happy fairy-tale Christmas...and a bright and beautiful New Year filled with fat goblets full of promise for the future.

Trees and Twigs, Boughs and Branches

Used to be a time in my life when I was all for getting ourselves a ‘real’ tree. We’d pop out in the snow and ice, don scarves and gloves to keep the warmth in, all set to choose a tree full of green fronds and shimmering branches.

We’d collect boughs and branches of brightly-berried holly; twigs full of mistletoe berries, gleaming white and so very ‘Christmassy’- full of ‘life’ (Pardon me? Life?) to ‘deck the halls’ and festoon the mantles in Victorian fashion, so that the inside of the house looked so much like the garden outside.

Then one bright white post-Christmas morning, I thought I could smell something ‘off’. And I realised that the wonderful bauble-littered tree and the tinsel-adorned boughs and branches were decaying in front of my very eyes. We’d brought dying plant-life into our home and decorated it all to the hilt to celebrate a time of birth (Christmas) and rebirth (the New Year). What was I doing? Me? A plant-lover! An animal lover! A bird lover! A lover of all things living! And I was glorifying the death of these beautiful trees and shrubs.

Deck the Halls with Silk and Plastic

I made sure that every branch, every bough, every twig – was taken to be recycled into good compost. I ran to the shops in a panic, restocking my Christmas goodies with soft silk and pretty plastic.

Now I know my artificial tree will never quite look like the ‘real’ thing: I know my holly boughs will never lose a plump red juicy berry onto my mantelpiece as it withers; I know I’m not going to be kissing a loved one underneath a clump of silver bow-tied dying mistletoe.

Oh, and I do know that I haven’t watched my beautifully decorated tree and boughs and twigs decay minute by minute, hour by hour and day by day, all dressed up with wild unfeeling abandon in a shroud of glitter and sparkle, surrounded by bleeding holly wreaths screaming in the throes of death,.

I know that none of my festive display is in danger of kicking the proverbial bucket.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

So nowadays, to help me celebrate the Winter Wonderland that is Christmas, I drape artificial holly boughs over the mantles. There are garlands of pretty pretend pine curled around the banister, profuse with huge snow-tipped pine cones. Pots of silk holly twigs and the ‘tat’ of my Christmas decor sit in painted pots, side by side with grand living potted houseplants; a little bit of tinsel added here and there to give them that Christmassy look!

There’s a splendid make-believe ‘real’ Christmas tree with multi-coloured lights glittering through the shiny baubles and the adorable angel dressed in red satin, spreading her glowing golden wings.

This year, my good friend gave me a bird feeder complete with two hand-made felt birds as a Christmas present to foster my love of Christmas ‘bling’.

A Bauble Tree and a Red-Berried Birdie Bush

I decorate an artificial bush I bought in the supermarket on the bargain shelf. It’s a festive laurel teeming with birdlife, strewn with myriad toy birds and shiny plastic butterflies of all sorts of colours and descriptions - although the gorgeous British owls and pretty red-breasted robins prevail. The red-berry LED lights glimmer through the shiny leaves even though I know laurels never ever sported glowing red berries in ‘real life’!

The bauble tree on the wall of the library twinkles with silver stars, golden spheres and white satin angels, many of which mean something particular or special to my memories of - and wishes for - a wonderful Christmas.

And the shelves are full of photographs to remind me of past Christmases of sheer delight.

If wishes were fishes...

You see, now we can dream up our very own Christmassy winter garden: imagine ice-blue silver sprites, Santa's elves and the Christmas fairy coming out to play when we’re all tucked up and fast asleep.

So, Wikinutters, if wishes were fishes, I would cast my bauble tree net to wish you all a magical Christmas that’s full of life: a Christmas where you can cherish Christmas memories of those you grieve for and fill your minds with happy distant snapshots of those who have left: a Christmas where you can laugh, sing Christmas songs while you pull Christmas crackers, raise your glasses to your loved ones – and look to a bright and happy New Year.

And if you haven't got anyone to share your Christmas with - I'm here. All your Wikinut friends are here.

So, may 2012 be a fat goblet full of promise for the future – for every one of you.

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Birds, Christmas, Christmas Fairy, Christmas Lights, Christmas Tree, Festive Cheer, Festive Season, Holly, Mistletoe, Owl, Robin, Santas Elves, Snow Sprites

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author avatar Sheila Newton
A retired nurse and teacher, with two cats, a husband and a grown up son, I write short stories, articles - and I'm an ardent blogger. Catch up with me on my blog at: http://sheilanewton.blogspot.com

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author avatar Buzz
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Magnificent Christmas article, Sheila! You have a big STAR coming from my heart.

I wish you the Merriest of Christmas, dear friend!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks Buzz. and Merry Christmas, bestest friend.

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author avatar Buzz
24th Dec 2011 (#)

Sheila, you have been deprived of a STAR PAGE, on Christmas Day. UNFAIR, UNFAIR!!!!

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author avatar M G Singh
25th Dec 2011 (#)

Christmas is such a wonderful time. I love it and your presentations are lovely

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author avatar Buzz
25th Dec 2011 (#)

The sore point is the moderators are invariably giving each other a Star Page while those below them it's where strict rules of getting a star applies. A Star seems to be the driving force or motivation for them to work hard for their article to be more than presentable.

Most writers would transfer en masse to Triond if this trend continues..And I know most would agree.. (Johnny, sorry, but that's the truth, isn't it?)

I submit give credit to writers where a STAR is due him/her. For having a star in his/her page helps to elicit views to his/her page(s), and to the whole Wikinut as a whole!

Only a consideration of my view will tell one and all if I'm right or wrong.

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author avatar Retired
26th Dec 2011 (#)

Buzz personally feel that writing shouldn't be governed by the Star although it is the aim and the achievement received towards that ability and effort put forth.
I haven't gotten star pages for many articles that I did and many others did feel deserved the Star but that doesn't deter me as I know I am good enough and let the audience speak for themselves.

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author avatar Buzz
26th Dec 2011 (#)

You're right, Aiyanna. I also know you've got some monumental work which got skipped by due stars.

Our friend, Delicia, has had luminously great work but usually got none that was deserved. Rama Devi got superb bright articles too, but missed out too.

In contrast, the moderators have always gave each other a star, though, of course, it was deserved.

The problem is, those who are truly likewise truly deserving had very little, or no star to show for their work.

Oh, well, I've had my take on this far enough. I hope Mark and Johnny, dear friends as they are, don't begrudge my wailing on behalf of all us writers who strive for excellence, not to mention prop up Wikinut who have shown so far no concern in the least for its "workers."

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author avatar Sheila Newton
4th Jan 2012 (#)

Wow - what an accolade, for you to stand up and be counted about the awarding of star pages. Thanks Buzz. I'm with you all the way. And thank you.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
25th Dec 2011 (#)

Beautiful...:0) Merry Christmas Shelia!

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author avatar Retired
26th Dec 2011 (#)

Very innovative style of decorating and Compliments of the Season to you.... Don't worry about the Star, you know you are good and the audience will prove it to you.

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
27th Dec 2011 (#)

LOL, I loved this! :-) Happy holidays and the merriest new year to you and your family.
HUGS!

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
27th Dec 2011 (#)

I am NOT looking for sympathy in any way, but I did spend Christmas alone. No, no decorations, no festive food, It was meant to be and please don't sympathize. My gift would have been a response from the moderators whom I sent messages to 5 times. Not a beep from them. Why don't they send an e-mail? . The moderators we talk to on our pages are fine but they are not the same people we try to communicate with.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
4th Jan 2012 (#)

Yes, Ivyevelyn, it would have been nice had you got a greeting from the moderators. Come on moderators, send a message to Ivy and wish her Happy New Year.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
28th Dec 2011 (#)

Wow.. real party...Happy new year.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks for bringing Christmas to my home in all its glory, Sheila. A vivid description and lovely snaps to add spice to your writing. Now I wish you a Happy New Year - siva

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author avatar Jules Castillo
29th Dec 2011 (#)

the article is beautiful

the content is informative

the author is great!

merry christmas and happy new year

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
31st Dec 2011 (#)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! :-)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
4th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks to all of you who have commented. Happy New 2012 to all of you. Love Ya Lots and' Lots.

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author avatar D in The Darling
5th Jan 2012 (#)

Simply beautiful. You really brought Christmas home. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar CLH
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Love your article.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
7th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks CLH. Lovely to hear from you. Happy New 2012.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
8th Jan 2012 (#)

OOOoooh! well worth the wait. Loved it so much Sheila. Made me a bit melancholy as well. Thank you for sharing dear friend :-)) X

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author avatar Sheila Newton
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Hope you had a lovely Chjristmas Tranquilpen. Nice to hear from you.

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author avatar Melinda Bocook
9th Jan 2012 (#)

I loved it, you know reading this and looking at this makes me want to have holiday fun all the time. Good job on posting this. I am following you now. I have been so busy with people which I love but I will from now on look at your writings. I truly Enjoyed this writing.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Aw, thanks, Melinda. So glad we're Wikinut friends now.

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author avatar Retired
10th Jan 2012 (#)

wow lovely lovely decorates..colors and shine meld perfectly with relifious fervor.........so soothing sheila yeah

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author avatar Sheila Newton
10th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks for your lovely comments

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author avatar Randy Duckworth
10th Jan 2012 (#)

What a wonderful holiday page, Sheila. I used to be the same way! I used to absolutely insist on a real Christmas tree, but somewhere along the line, I received the same revelation that ypu describe here! I made the switch to artificial substitutes as well. They have many that are so well made that they really do LOOK real!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
10th Jan 2012 (#)

So glad we're on the same page, Randy. And lovely to hear from you. Keep the comments coming!!!

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author avatar Staibshine
11th Jan 2012 (#)

And now I know what I am going to do next year! Love the birdies!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
11th Jan 2012 (#)

What a super comment, staibshine. Must look you up.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
11th Jan 2012 (#)

I DID look you up. And of course, I'm following you! Write some more for Wikinut. You're a talented lady.

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author avatar richardpeeej
12th Jan 2012 (#)

Beautiful pictures Sheila and thank you for telling us all what you have been doing over the Christmas holiday...

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author avatar Sheila Newton
12th Jan 2012 (#)

I seemed to lose touch with you somehow Richard. Glad we're back on course, my friend.

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author avatar ppruel
12th Jan 2012 (#)

Fantastic arts. Love them. Very creative.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
12th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you, kind sir.

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author avatar Songbird B
13th Jan 2012 (#)

Have to agree with Buzz, Sheila, this would have been made complete with a Star merit because it certainly deserved it! Your articles are always such a great pleasure to read..I gave up buying real Christmas trees when one year I found myself trying to stick on the odd branch with sellotape to try and balance up the tree! hahahaha..It was then I decided to either buy a fake tree or seek psychiatric help..(The fake tree was cheaper!) LOL! Loved this page and your wonderful writing style my dear friend, and hope that your Christmas and New Year were as special as you are..XXX

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author avatar Sheila Newton
13th Jan 2012 (#)

Sellotape??? hahaha! You're the best, girl.

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author avatar Songbird B
14th Jan 2012 (#)

Well, glue didn't work...hahahahahahaha..

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author avatar Tony Barnes
14th Jan 2012 (#)

Decorating decaying matter...classic. :-)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
14th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks Tony. 'Classic' eh? I love that you said that.

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author avatar NancyG in TN
24th Feb 2012 (#)

Very good, I enjoyed it!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
24th Feb 2012 (#)

This one caused a right furore about star pages. Have you read the comments section? haha!
Thanks for taking the time to read this Nancy.

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author avatar Nitul anand
16th Aug 2012 (#)

Love pays risk !
Life pays sorrow !!
I Will pay for love ...!!!
Will You pray for me ...
The God ...The Most wanted...
please Share emotions ...with me

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author avatar Sheila Newton
9th Sep 2012 (#)

Beautiful poetry - so heartfelt.

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