Friday, 7 January 2011

The Pixies and Tree Sprites are cross...




Blast! Just realised that it is the 7th....... I am either;

A. A Chav .....
B. In deep do do with the Tree Sprites.......
C. Both.......

.......as most of my Christmas decorations are still up! We made a start; the tree is outside, the lights packed up. Baby Jesus was eventually found and the crib is now complete and carefully wrapped. Phew. However, giant soft reindeer still skulk about, draggled from room to room by the sproglets and the forest of cards are still shedding glitter in every room!

Why is it bad luck to leave the decorations up after Twelfth Night?
Long ago it was thought that leaving the decorations up would cause a disaster. People believed that tree-spirits lived in the greenery (holy, ivy etc) they decorated their houses with. The greenery was brought into the house to provide a safe haven for the tree-spirits during the harsh midwinter days. Once this period was over it was necessary to return the greenery back outside to release the tree-spirits into the countryside once again. Failure to do this would mean that vegetation would not be able to start growing again (spring would not return), leading to an agricultural disaster.

It was also thought that, if you left the greenery in the house, the tree-spirits would cause mischief in the house until they were released.

So that's where the 8yo and the 6yo came from! Gosh! ....... Maybe it's my fault that the snow's come back. Pesky pixies!

The Archers at The Larches

Lou - Chicken whisperer....

Lou - Chicken whisperer....

Snowy and Moon

Snowy and Moon