Festive

Christmas is a festive season – no matter how humble the decoration.

(Here are some creative ones I found at the Botanical Gardens in Stockholm recently.)

A pile of fir branches decorated with merry red apples that match cheeks rosy from the cold is a wonderful sight.

Imagination can weave peppercorns into a bauble for the tree…

… While spicy oranges spread fragrance and joy.

But perhaps the most festive decorations of all are the ones created by nature herself:

A lovely snowflake, the tinkling laugh of a child, an icy tree lit up by the sun so that it glitters

To remind us of the fleeting magic of the moment.

Christmas Eve is the big day for those of us living in Sweden. I wish you all much love and wonder.

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas;
Star and angels gave the sign.
~Christina Rossetti

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47 responses

  1. wow…the snow is adding to magic..Merry Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

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    December 21, 2010 at 05:44

  2. All such lovely ornaments.

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    December 21, 2010 at 05:46

  3. Oh all three make such beautiful decorations.

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    December 21, 2010 at 05:49

  4. Beautiful photos as always. Especially love the first one.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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    December 21, 2010 at 05:50

  5. Gorgeous photos, delightful, beautiful words! And what a lovely way to end my day! Your posts are always delightful and beautiful! Thank you! Hope your week is off to a great start and may you have a very Merry, Joyous Christmas, my very dear friend, Ladyfi!

    Sylvia

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    December 21, 2010 at 05:54

  6. Merry Christmas to you too.

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    December 21, 2010 at 05:57

  7. yeah nature is a pretty good decorator herself…do like that peppercorn ball though…

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    December 21, 2010 at 05:58

  8. I especially love the peppercorn ball!!! Beautiful!!!

    Merry Christmas to you too!!!

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    December 21, 2010 at 06:09

  9. Such beauty! Much love and wonder to you as well. XX

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    December 21, 2010 at 06:46

  10. all so pretty!!!!

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    December 21, 2010 at 07:14

  11. Lovely post. I really like you photography. I shall return for inspiration! Happy Christmas!

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    December 21, 2010 at 07:20

  12. Beautiful My World Tuesday posting

    Merry Christmas and have a nice week,
    Greetings, Bram

    Link to My Word Tuesday post!

    Seen on My World Tuesday

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    December 21, 2010 at 08:05

  13. your tree in the snow is enchanting.

    wishing you the warmest Christmas!

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    December 21, 2010 at 09:25

  14. Riet

    Beautiful photo’s of those decorations. Love them.

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    December 21, 2010 at 09:47

  15. Beautiful natural decorations and as always, gorgeous imagery.;) If I do not get a chance later on, i would love to wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.;))
    xoxo

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    December 21, 2010 at 10:18

  16. Wow! I’m impressed that the peppercorns stayed put!

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    December 21, 2010 at 10:23

  17. I love the peppercorn decoration! You’re right, though, Nature is the best decorator ๐Ÿ™‚

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    December 21, 2010 at 11:32

  18. I love these natural ornaments! They are the best!! All your photos are stunning. The peppercorn ball is really very creative. It must be difficult to make it.
    Have a merry Christmas!

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    December 21, 2010 at 12:33

  19. Sunlit snow on branches is always magical..

    Happy Christmas and New Year to you and yours!

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    December 21, 2010 at 13:41

  20. The image of the branches with the apples is exquisite, Fi. That one will stay with me today. All are beautiful.

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    December 21, 2010 at 14:29

  21. Year, decoration of trees made by mother nature is the most beautiful one, and it’s FREE!!!
    Great photos and thanks for sharing.

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    December 21, 2010 at 14:32

  22. your world is truly captivating. hope you’ve a wonderful Christmas.

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    December 21, 2010 at 14:40

  23. Love the “appletree” ๐Ÿ™‚ Good for the birds as well. The pepper, I donยดt know, but it looks good.

    Merry Christmas!

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    December 21, 2010 at 16:35

  24. LOvely! The spicy orange ornament brough back memories of making them with our kids.
    You are, of course, exactly right about what really makes this time of year special.

    Merry Christmas to you and everyone at your house~~

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    December 21, 2010 at 16:56

  25. Ohhh, very nice images for Christmas this week! I really like the 1st image w/ the fir tree branches & apples, what a nice idea for decorating! =)

    Merry Merry Christmas & Happy Happy New Year!!! =)

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    December 21, 2010 at 20:39

  26. A true Christmas tree, not the overprocessed purchased crap like you see here.

    Happy Winter solstice!

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    December 21, 2010 at 21:08

  27. Oh my goodness glory, the decorations, nature and your photography makes for a perfect combination. Honey, these are just magnificent photos.

    You and yours have a very blessed holiday season.

    Ya’ll have an awesome day!!!! :o)

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    December 21, 2010 at 22:40

  28. Al

    Beautiful photos. A very merry Christmas to you and your family.

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    December 21, 2010 at 23:32

  29. Lovely festive photos! Merry Christmas!

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    December 22, 2010 at 00:01

  30. So lovely!

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    December 22, 2010 at 01:47

  31. Lovely as always! The simplicity of your photos is quietly majestic…

    Merry Christmas!

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    December 22, 2010 at 04:49

  32. Wonderful shots. Last shot is awesome.

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    December 22, 2010 at 05:57

  33. Have a merry Christmas!

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    December 22, 2010 at 12:21

  34. Sending our love this Christmas to you and your family.

    Best Regards,
    Dave, Eng and Ysabelle

    Merry Christmas and Sorry
    .

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    December 22, 2010 at 20:09

  35. Beautiful!

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    December 22, 2010 at 20:34

  36. Maggie May

    What a lovely way to decorate.
    Merry Christmas.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    December 22, 2010 at 22:10

  37. You have found much beauty in these photos!

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    December 23, 2010 at 00:22

  38. Your images and your thoughts are divine. Inspired! Thank you.

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    December 23, 2010 at 02:10

  39. Thanks for sharing these … I love the natural look of all of these!

    And I want to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday!

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    December 23, 2010 at 02:46

  40. What beautiful decorations. You are right about mother Nature making the best decorations of all.

    Merry Christmas, Fiona.

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    December 23, 2010 at 06:43

  41. I love that first pic and think I may need to make one of those for the back terrace next season!!!

    Thanks for sharing! And Merry Christmas to you 4!

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    December 23, 2010 at 10:51

  42. Beautiful photos of some very creative decorations.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    December 23, 2010 at 15:54

  43. Ash

    Gorgeous – all of them!
    Happy Christmas to you and your loved ones!

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    December 23, 2010 at 16:48

  44. Beyond beautiful once again.

    And it should be a big deal I think.

    Sending the warmest wishes to you for this holiday season.
    May joy and hope fill your cup to running over always.

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    December 24, 2010 at 00:28

  45. Merry Christmas! I wish you all the best..thanks for the visual feast..those apples are so simple but elegant looking:)

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    December 24, 2010 at 06:23

  46. Clive

    Merry Christmas!

    Those photos are beautiful! We love the fir tree with the apples especially!

    We hope your Christmas Eve was very special.

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    December 25, 2010 at 22:02

  47. Dear LadyFi, I’m working for a company interested in one of your images. Is there a way to get in touch with you by email? Please let me know at janine.bekker@mpg.today. Hope to hear from you soon! Best Janine

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    November 11, 2015 at 17:10

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