Saturday, December 4, 2010

L'avènement de Noël: № 4



A whimsical collection: Noa Noa miniature, Christmas 2010.

I love watching the sheer joy on childrens' faces when Christmastime is near. Countless stories and movies have been created around this observation—the honest happiness and excitement that fills their hearts so... so refreshing you almost want to bottle it. And while hand-in-hand with Mum, they go from store to store, collecting packages and special treats for loved ones, friends, and neighbours along the way, their anticipation never dissipates, no, it rises with each coming day... the forthcoming Christmas Eve. And while lists are made, each day coming close to the day, all over the world, addressed to Santa, St. Nick and what have you, everything from a new dollhouse to a horse, each letter is lain with care—to be certain that the large man in red will be able to understand the definitive difference between Barbie dream and Barbe magic. And no doubt, in all humour, there probably have been requests for Santa's mobile phone number, so that a text message might be sent as a reminder... a true sign of our current generation. But nevertheless, as the years have transpired, a somewhat similar anticipation occurs...










What Christmas was and meant to us as children often stays within our faint imagination and is continuous to dissolve into our present experiences. I think back to a few of my childhood traditions... Christmas baking: sneaking a finger-size scoop of mint–colored icing when I thought Grandma wasn't looking, going shopping with Mum to find the most perfect gifts, music-filled, Christmas plays at school, collecting a fragrant tree, and most especially, selecting "the" outfit—my special Christmas outfit that would be worn to church and for Christmas feasts and celebrations that year. Careful planning went into shoes, tights, socks, the dress or skirt, blouse, cardigan, and hair adornments. I didn't dare touch this special outfit until Christmas eve—peek at it? Certainly. Touch it? No—for it would ruin the suspense. And to this day, between you and I, each year when I plan what my Christmas outfit is to be, a slight smile happens within, a little childish nostalgia of snow–kissed, rosy cheeks, my little hands carefully sweeping over the pretty hem of my new dress, a freshly pressed blouse and patent shoes that tapped like music, as I walked along the tile floor... 

images: NoaNoa miniature

25 comments:

  1. what a lovely collection... and love what you wrote, so true!!! Hope you are having a great weekend fabulous Sarah!!

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  2. Oh what a magical post Sarah ... really does make one think back to childhood Christmas times. Really beautifully written and the photo's are just perfect.

    Thank you darling,
    xoxo

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  3. that is a lovely post, reminds me of the time my girls were younger ;-)

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  4. I echo your sentiments about the joy children experience at Christmas time...such a lovely post, xv.

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  5. I love these pictures, very beautiful, cute kids and nice clothes. Thanks for sharing .)

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  6. Beautiful post, Sarah! I miss my children being small at Christmastime. Gorgeous images.
    Have a nice Sunday.
    Teresa

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  7. so are we going shopping to find that perfect Christmas outfit? next week :) and do a few of our adult traditions like the coffee, take out dinner and drive looking at all the decorated homes - and next week, Dad's looking forward to tree hunting :) Christmas is especially magical even when your children have grown up ...

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  8. So sweet... the collection is very darling :)

    ♥ Marta from With Love...

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  9. They do beautiful collections. Love their dresses!

    And how beautiful isn't that child at the top!!?! Stunning!

    x Charlotta

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  10. oh Noa Noa...their editorials are always picturesque and inspiring. Welcome to December, Sarah.

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  11. If I had a little one, I would dress her like this. Such a beautiful post.

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  12. Your post made me smile :-)
    ...I remember one funny custom (or rather necessity) from my communist polish childhood. Since there were shortages of everything people would buy food in advance. One of the traditional Christmas Eve dishes is carp, which was often bought a week before...and kept alive in bathtub filled with water :-) As kids we would play with it, stroke it, give it a name. Poor parents really have to be creative to make it "disappear" without the kids noticing...;-)

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  13. Oh, Sarah, how lovely! There is truly nothing better than being around children at Christmas, their innocence, and the magic, you know, it's so real! Thank you for reminding me of my wonderful memories! I hope you have the most lovely day!

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  14. wishing I could be a kid again so that I could wear those lovely outfits! I know the blog layout probably isn't 'new' (I've been living in a hole lately) but I love it!

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  15. OMG my nieces would look so darling in all of these! So pretty!

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  16. Hello Sarah,
    What a beautiful collection,love all....so pretty,
    Have a wonderful new week,
    Hugs
    Cecilia

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  17. Aw, I just love this! What an adorable collection and the photography is great! Makes me want to put on a frilly, girly dress, lol... and some sparkly clips too!

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  18. Hi Sarah!
    What a magical post! I remember well my velvet dresses and patent shoes.
    These photos take me back to that time when everything was filled with excitement at Christmas time. I feel like I get to re-live that now through my little one.
    Have a wonderful Monday!
    Anna

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  19. Aga -- lol, that is so cute! My boyfriend recalls his brother becoming rather attached to their chickens, and one in particular, and one day, it disappeared. He didn't eat...! just could not!

    Erin -- thank you!

    Anna -- have fun, you're so so lucky :)

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  20. I am just dying over these. The sweet pink ribbon is just perfection.

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  21. oh they're just so cute! love the last pic with the pink ribbon!

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