Lucky13 wrote: We've come to appreciate that it's not about gifts, but rather time with those we love.
That's what it's all about, Lucky13!
Liz wrote:Jackslady wrote:It's very interesting reading about how everyone celebrates!
I'm a window dresser and Christmas begins for us in August, when my boss (along with input from the team) designs the scheme for our windows. There are four of us to dress 27 windows, it is incredibly hectic and suprisingly demanding! I could be working on anything from high-end fashion mannequin dressing to being presented with various kettles/toasters and vacuum cleaners and told to make them "look festive"! Sometimes if the store director dislikes a particular window for whatever reason, the whole thing will have to be taken apart and done again - this happened to me this year with two windows. However, on the plus side this year I got to do our biggest window, which is like a room set showcasing a bedroom, a dining area and a living room. I did the bedroom like a little girl's room - pink bed linen, cuddly toys and a party dress hanging on the chest of drawers, that was great fun. I was very excited to be given the opportunity!
I will be working on and off throughout Christmas as our store goes into the sale and we gradually strip out every window for the sale banners. I don't have any family so Christmas can be a bit strange but I have developed my own strategy for it. In England we have Boxing Day following Christmas Day, and that is my day for me. I will get up late, go for a walk, cook myself a big dinner, open a bottle of wine and listen to my favourite music. Then I will probably watch Johnny in something on DVD. I have bought some new books to read and have wrapped them so I have a present to open, sounds crazy but it works! Kind friends often ask me to spend time with them, but I have to say with so much Christmas in the store, any holiday I do have tends to be low-key.
Probably because I get so much glitz and glam at work, my choice of Christmas decorations at home is very traditional. My favourite item is a little white fairy made from feathers that my Mom bought many years ago. She always sits on top of my tree. My second most favourite item is a Celtic nativity set, a replica of one similar found in a Scottish church and believed to be over 900 years old. The pieces depict the Holy family, along with the Kings, the Shepherds and an ox and a lamb. I always place this on my hearth where it reminds me of what Christmas means.
Peace to all, wherever you are, all over the world and my best wishes for a wonderful 2007.
Jackslady, I always thought window dressing would be a fun occupation. And your Christmas decorations sound very interesting. I wish I could see them.
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