A Christmas Memory


When I was a child, I waited with anticipation every Christmas Eve for my father to come home from work. He was a chef, and on Christmas Eve he would bring home all sorts of incredible things to eat. While this was always a delight to the palate, what I remember most wasn’t the food, but the beautiful Christmas corsages he would bring for my mother, sister and me. I loved the bright colored ribbons, the little mercury bells, beaded butterflies and the little Christmas tree that sometimes came with the corsage.

I didn’t realize how much I missed this tradition until recently, when I put this together.





This has been a fun year of blogging for me and I hope that you have enjoyed your visits here. I'm going to be taking a small blog break for the next two weeks.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

47 comments:

Ikka said...

Hi :)
I just love your blog.Each Foto i see here is so subtil,so magic...
You are my inspiration.I wish you beautiful Christmas and New Year full of love and peace :)
Ikka

LiLi M. said...

You are right to take a break now Nancy. Enjoy these days with fond memories with your loved ones. We'll see each other again in 2009. Have a good time!

As always I love your photos!

Lori said...

i am taking a little break over the holiday too Nancy...my oldest is turning 16 on Sunday and my parents are coming to celebrate and spend Christmas with us, the first time since they left Ohio that they will be here for Christmas, and i am so happy...your holiday memory is really sweet...i love the Christmas corsage that you made, it looks so pretty!!! have a blessed and Merry Christmas!!!

LW said...

Dear Nancy,

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas,
And a Happy New Year…..

Love your Christmas corsage story. My mom always made my teachers
Holiday corsages using a pretty hankies and fresh flowers.
I remember feeling such pride presenting these to my teachers.

Louise

LindaSonia said...

Have a lovely break. Wishing you and yours a Blessed Christmas!
LindaSonia

Janet said...

The corsage is beautiful and made even more perfect because of your memories of your dad. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

I haven't been around Blogland much lately but after the holidays I'll have more time. See you then.

Molly said...

What a lovely Christmas memory. Your corsage is beautiful and a wonderful way to honor the tradition your father started. May the holidays bring you peace, joy, and abundance. See you in 2009! XOXXOO

TattingChic said...

What a sweet memory you have of your father, the chef! My Great Grandfather was a chef of French Cuisine, tho' I never knew him, I've heard some tales of his fabulous "chef-ness", LOL! You corsage vignettte is lovely and I love visiting you as well as your visits to my blog!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

So many beautiful things to share...thank you. And have a wonderful Christmas holiday!

chatelaine said...

Beautiful corsage and lovely Christmas memory. Enjoy your time off and happy holidays.

shiborigirl said...

Enjoy your break, Nancy. You certainly deserve it!

Have a wonderful Holiday, enjoy your memories and make some new ones too. :-)

Kate

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Merry Christmas Sweet Nancy! Thank you for sharing such a lovely memory. May your New Year be blessed!
Big hugs, Sherry

NeereAnDear said...

Oh my goodness ... You have no idea the memory that came rushing back to me about the corsage...

My mother wore one on her coat every single year for Christmas ... especially when we went to midnight mass.... it was something that I always loved so much .... seeing her all dressed up in her Christmas finery.... I have one of hers in a drawer with some other vintage goodies.. it is cracked and broken but I must find it now... give it a place of honor... when I do I will send you a picture of it... worn out and all... thanks for a fabulous trip down memory lane

Congratulations on your win... the paintings are lovely ...whimsical .... and the felt macroons look good enough to eat

WISHING YOU AND BILL AND FAMILY AND FRIENDS A BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

LOTS OF HUGS AND LOVE

JO

December 19, 2008 10:50 PM

stacycakes said...

what a beautiful memory,and gorgeous art! Merry and Blessed Christmas!xox,stacy

Kay said...

What a wonderful memory. Your story evoked memories of my own childhood Christmas traditions. Thank you for sending me on that sweet journey.
Peace and Joy,
Kay

lorhen82 said...

That's such a sweet memory you have of your father! I love thinking back to childhood and feeling nostalgic for a simpler time.

Merry Christmas!
Lori

Charm and Grace said...

What a precious memory... I can just imagine the delight you must have had in having something so special from him. Your sparkling little rosette corsage is a lovely tribute to such a warm memory. Wishing you the merriest Christmas!

Christi

Ulla said...

EVERYTHING looks so breathtakingly beautiful, just as I imagined it would! Hope you and yours are well and healthy! Miss you,
Ulla

Miss Sandy said...

Glorious creation Nancy! Have a wonderful holiday and enjoy your break. I'll doing the same this next week, just one more Advent post for tomorrow and then I will concentrate on family. Many Christmas blessings blowing you way!

Couture de Papier said...

Lovely memory and creations.

Jorgelina said...

Very original the ornament with the candles. Beautiful.
Merry Christmas.

Lola Enchanted said...

Merry Christmas beautiful angel!!!

KimberlyRyanDesigns said...

Beautiful post....where did you find those sweet little roses....that is a beautiful idea, I also love the framed sconce, beautiful! Blessings :) Kimberly

Marie Antionette said...

Hi Nancy,How gorgeous.Those dusty rose beads are so bright and pretty.dusty rose is my fav color.I have not been able to blog much ,because my blog has been messed up.My surprise post was just posted today.I showed the shoes I bought from you but the picture is kind of dark.I posted it anyway because its in a vidieo.I will take a still so it can be seen better next time I post.Your Father sounds like a wonderful man.I also had a wonderful Father.I miss him so much. I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and May God bless you. Hugs and Christmas kisses Marie Antionette

Bethany said...

Very sweet and touching to read your rememberance of the corsages!!! Oh the simple thoughtful things in life are so many times the most precious to our hearts....LOVE the assemblages you put together in the frames...wow!!!!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

What a beautiful memory and as always, I love your photos, Nancy.

Have a Merry Christmas!
xo~Tracie

Shabbyfufu said...

Merry Christmas Nancy to you and your family~XO~Janet

The Muse said...

I found your blog...and I feel as if I have found a part of HOME !

merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

And to you, Nancy. It has been wonderful crossing paths with you (and it has been too long!!)
Donna

Meredith Teagarden said...

Nancy,

i love your elegant style, creations and blog. The corsage is lovely! I may have to do this for my Jane!

Meredith Teagarden said...

Merry Christmas!!

Natasha Burns said...

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Nancy! Your corsage memory is so special and the one you made is divine!
Natasha ; )

Sunflower said...

your blog touches my heart every day! your life must be filled with such beauty and gentleness; i am so inspired with every visit. i hope your Christmas is truely beautiful and sweet!

i posted some of my new pieces on my blog; thought you'd like to see them. i finally changed my blog, too, which was fun!

thank you for always sharing such incredible beauty!
debbie

bluemuf said...

Nancy, what a beautiful memory and the corsage is lovely.

Wishing you and Bill a wonderful Christmas full of happiness and love.

Hugs Karen

Rosemary said...

Hi Nancy,
I remember those too!! So pretty!
Have a wonderful blog break.
Merry Christmas!
Rosemary

Betzie said...

Enjoy your Christmas Nancy!
Hope you have a great holiday. Your pics are so lovely as always.xo

Lori said...

Happy Holidays! What beautiful pieces to adorn your lovely home!
Lori

The Rose Room said...

What a special and precious memory to have Nancy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. Rachaelxo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hi Nancy! Beautiful photos. We send our love and wishes for a great New Year! Anita

Ottilias Veranda said...

What a beautiful post! I love the decor!
I wish You and Your family a Happy New Creative Year!

Liisa

Recycled Rita said...

What a sweet story Nancy! I love your little collage and your blog is just as dreamy as always!
Happy New Year!
karen...

rochambeau said...

Dear Nancy,
Dropping by to wish you a Happy 2009! May all your dreams come true this year!

Xox
Constance

shiborigirl said...

Happy New Year, Nancy! I'll be thinking about all my wonderful blogging friends tonight...

Hugs,

Kate

Sabii Wabii said...

Hoping you ahd a great Christmas and New Year. The photos are all beautiful as usual. The one that I caught my eye is your blog banner. How cool to have a reflection on your ceiling and NO COBWEBS!!!
Terisa ~ off and running with scissors...

Pinkie Denise said...

Oh what a beautiful holiday vignette, so pretty Happy New Years Pinkie

Lori Garbarino said...

What an awesome memory! I felt like I was sitting there waiting for one too! Very Lovely indeed dear friend!

Hugs and blessings

Lori

Barb said...

Hi. I'm new here and enjoying your creations.
That oval frame with Merry Christmas, the flowers and bird, is very unique and beautiful.
Off to see more.
Barbara Jean