poinsettia and lights on the tree by quietpurplehaze

poinsettia and lights on the tree

Posting this, I am reminded of my sister and me being small and our family going to my grandparents' cottage in the sleepy village of Claydon in Suffolk for Christmas festivities.

They had the most beautiful Christmas lights which at the time seemed magical. I can remember one shaped as an orange and another was a lantern.

All the families within the family crammed together in their small 'front room' for Christmas dinner. I cannot now imagine how my grandmother produced it with her limited and tiny cooking facilities.

Those were the days when you got an orange at the bottom of your stocking, maybe a colouring book and some pencils, candy, even a sugar mouse.....

How much life can change in a generation!
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i love the bottom half image placement and the upper bokeh!!
December 13th, 2017  
Ooh I always looked forward to new colouring pencils!! We better get a blue plaque put up in Claydon :-) Love the composition of this Hazel and the colour fav
December 13th, 2017  
@Cherrill

Oh wow, Cherrill, thanks for that genius idea, never thought of it!!! It's true, I think, that those little gifts were so special then...
December 13th, 2017  
@gq

Thank you! This began as a bit of an experiment - not a bad way to begin, I guess.
December 13th, 2017  
A beautiful image :)
December 13th, 2017  
What a lovely memory you have created here Hazel. I always had an orange at the bottom of my stocking and colouring pencils. sometimes even a paint box.
December 13th, 2017  
bep
A lovely image and lovely memories too.
December 13th, 2017  
Pretty image Hazel with the lovely bokeh. Childhood memories of Christmas are always magical.
December 13th, 2017  
@onewing @gijsje

I guess these childhood memories of special times like Christmas always stay in our minds - I can see clearly the scene I have described.
December 13th, 2017  
@wendyfrost

You echo my sentiments, Wendy!
December 13th, 2017  
We never had stockings when I was a child, but I do them now. So much to make you smile remembering Christmases past, eh? This is a lovely image.
December 13th, 2017  
nice ...fav
December 13th, 2017  
Beautiful festive image& some lovely memories
December 13th, 2017  
Absolutely beautiful Christmas image! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your Christmas memories . . . caused me to pause and think back on my own holiday memories. You're right, so much does change in a generation but we'll always have those special memories. :-)
December 13th, 2017  
A lovely image Hazel, times have certainly changed :)
December 13th, 2017  
Beautiful close up shot and great bokeh.
December 13th, 2017  
Lovely shot.
December 13th, 2017  
Awesome picture.
December 13th, 2017  
So beautiful!
December 13th, 2017  
Indeed. I am from a large family and when I think back now, I have no idea how my parents managed all the daily practicalities of life. And my Christmas stocking was an orange, some nuts, chocolate and maybe a small toy. Those were the days!
December 13th, 2017  
And, nice shot. Much better than mine recently...
December 13th, 2017  
Wonderful focus of the red poinsettia leaf & that massive bokeh, how original. Such simple christmassies we had but we were happy with little. I always had some new flannelette pyjamas & the excitement of going to bed in them, I can smell rpthat warm flannelette smel stil!
December 13th, 2017  
Loved reading your memories that fit so well to this beautiful dreamy image of Christmas. Fav
December 13th, 2017  
@happypat

Oh what a lovely memory, made me smile!
December 13th, 2017  
Super focus and bokeh
December 13th, 2017  
Great shot Fav. It’s a shame how things have changed and become so commercial
December 13th, 2017  
Lovely colours and depth of field creating that wonderful bokeh background Hazel:)
December 13th, 2017  
Beautiful details!
December 13th, 2017  
Lovely bokeh. Your mention of the orange made me smile. Always one in the toe of my stocking &we did the same for our two kids!
December 14th, 2017  
very xmassy
December 14th, 2017  
@casablanca

I guess some of the magic was to do with Father Christmas coming down the chimney. Or did we ever really believe that? I think I used to go on pretending I believed - for my mother's sake!
December 14th, 2017  
@peadar

Peter, thanks - and I don't have to go to work so have time!! I think maybe in bigger families, everybody looked after every body else?!
December 14th, 2017  
@gaylewood

Yes, some things seem to stick in one's mind for ever!
December 14th, 2017  
Beautiful tones and bokeh - fav!
December 14th, 2017  
this is beautifully festive
December 20th, 2017  
how beautiful it is !!
December 20th, 2017  
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