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09 December 2011

Give Away Competition - Baby Georgie

Baby Georgie sat here waiting for someone to give him a home and a cuddle, and that’s where you come in, this in my new ‘Give Away.’ Georgie is handmade by me in 1/12th scale porcelain, he is wearing a little nappy with a blue silk ribbon, and has a cute little curl on the top of his head.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning him is leave comments on this blog and become a follower, I haven’t decided how long I will keep the competition open yet, approximately a month or a little bit longer.  The winner will be announced and I will then make arrangements to send him to his new home.
Georgie getting ready for a nap.
                                                    Happy Blogging and Happy Christmas.

Surroundings not included.

08 December 2011

Father Christmas

Father Christmas is the name used in many English-speaking countries for a figure associated with Christmas. A similar figure with the same name (in other languages) exists in several other countries, including France  Pere Noel ,Spain  Papá Noel, Pare Noel), Portugal Pai Natal), Italy(Babbo Natale), Amenia (Kaghand Papik), Andorra(Lord Quinto).

In past centuries, the English Father Christmas was also known as Old Father Christmas, and is said to wear in Victorian and Tudor times a bright green suit a sign of the returning spring. Father Christmas was originally part of an old English  midwinter festival.

In medieval England and for centuries afterwards, the figure of Father Christmas represented the spirit of benevolence and good cheer. In the 19th century, his role changed to something more like that of the European Saint Nicholas. At about the same time, Dutch emigrants took the story of a legendary gift-bringer called 'Sinterklaas' to America, where he eventually became known as Santa Claus.
The names may be different, but there were enough similarities between all these symbolic personages to allow, by the early 20th century, Father Christmas, Santa, St Nick and others to merge.

And the resulting 'right jolly old elf' is now the universally recognised symbol of Christmas and the bringer of above gifts via reindeers and sleigh .