Do you hear what I hear? It’s Christmas tune time

tinsel and tunes

On the weekend I cranked up the Christmas music to help us get into the festive spirit.

When only played but once a year, the familiar tunes can take you back times the rustle of wrapping paper and the smell of fruit cake.

I’m a fan of the classic Christmas tune, or a bit of jazz and soul. The pop stuff, no thanks but there is a great playlist of that here if you prefer Bieber over Bing.

I shared some of my favourite festive tunes from my collection here last year but Spotify have a great playlist of Christmas classics for the big day.

Music to unwrap presents to! Take it away:

it’s about love, generosity and devotion

it's about love, generosity and devotion

We haven’t had the talk yet. The one about Santa Claus. [Or other other one, but that's another story].

As the boys get older, people often ask me: “Do they still believe?”

Naturally, I’m starting to wonder.

There’s been the chatter coming home from the school yard, such and such said there is no Santa Claus. And the Mr did ask me while we were pounding the footpath on the weekend shopping up a storm, do you think they really still believe?

I like to believe they don’t have the level of cunning needed to pull off a believe-in-santa-and-get-more-presents rort. And I did share with the Mr an overheard conversation from the breakfast table where they spoke earnestly about what the man in the red suit might bring them and what they would like to find Christmas morning.

I think they are keeping the faith.

When I was of a certain age, around about where my eldest is now, I was still firmly holding on to the belief. I think it came from the naivety of being an only child and not having anyone to wreck it for me. And I got a lovely letter from Santa, written in a hand I did not recognise, informing me my time had come. No more Santa presents. [It wasn't that blunt, in fact it didn't shake the faith even!] I wish I still had that letter as I could use it about now!

My fallback option is the most famous Christmas letter of all, from a little girl to the New York Sun, asking if there really was a Santa Claus.

It’s a timely reminder of all that is good, of the importance of kindness, or the eternal generosity that epitomises Santa Claus. Because he will live forever.

So I share a bit of it here with you today. And ask you to take the smallest moments and show a little kindness this festive season. Especially when braving the shops, one small gesture might mean the world to someone else.

Just like the words of a hard-working writer, made all the difference to Virginia back in 1897.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy …

… No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Read the full editorial here

it’s a very zesty Christmas

christmas table

Have a very zesty Christmas! Scatter gladness ev’rywhere! 

Got that festive ear worm stuck yet?

Last-minute Christmas prep is in full swing and for those moments when you forgot a card for the neighbour or a tag for a gift, this post has you covered, link to all the zesty festive goodness from Lime Lane over the past couple of years.

Alternatively, just search Christmas in the search field or for a more visual outlook, search my flickr photostream. And for more ideas, check out my Pinterest board thinking Christmas

And have yourselves, a very zesty Christmas now!

big christmas round-ups

Christmas printables One / Two / Three and a round-up of Christmas printable past here

And a festive wrap of printables or a printable festive wraps

Crafty Christmas ideas in #74funthings One / Two

It’s a last minute Christmas ~ food dusting template and “reindeer antlers” and “snowman noses” printables

reindeer noses!

Printables for “reindeer noses” and “Christmas baubles

christmas deer gift tags in blue

And The deer tags in red and blue and some chevron cards

A bit of fun with this Christmas colour quiz

{top 5} ideas for extra fun factor at christmas

Or a bit of fun with these five ideas

And some Christmas fonts

And Christmas stock photos from Lime Lane Photography

zestychristmas

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