Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Only two more REDnesdays before Christmas, after today!
As each day goes on, and each decoration is put in its place, the more excited I get! Here are some more of my decorations to show you.

My front door wreath is very simple this year - with just a red spotty bow!

I made this in 1987, as a memory of my two years in Belgium.

This is a (very simplified) German "Schwibbogen", which means Candle Arch ~The look goes back to a tradition of miners, who hung their burning pit lamps semicircularly on the pit entry hole before they started their last shift before Christmas. The Candle Arch expresses the longing of light by the miners who did not see very much daylight during their workdays.

Everyday scenes from the life of the miners were the main motif at first. Nowadays the Holy Story and other religious topics often serve as motives. In addition the forest with its animals and the homeland can be seen. In the Ore Mountains one can see the Candle Arches during the Christmas time in many windows and in over-size versions on public places. The Arch has found many lovers from all over the world during the last century.

This is my Candy Cane Fairy! She stands watch over the candy canes each year to make sure the Grinch doesn't steal them! Do you recognize the dishes? They're those popular milk glass ones with the holes in the rim. Perfect size for the small canes!


Sherri@lavenderfields said...

Oh yay! I'm first to comment! I love your wreath with the red and white bow! So fresh looking! And I really love your Candy Cane Fairy. SO beautiful! I have never seen anything like it! Hope your week is going good so far and have an awesome Rednesday! Thanks for hosting it too! Sherri : )

★Carol★ said...

Sue, I love your candy cane fairy! She looks sweet, but I would not want to mess with her! And that candle arch is so gorgeous, and I liked reading the history behind it. Only two more Rednesdays before Christmas? I can't believe how fast it's coming!
Happy REDnesday!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

I loved reading about the Christmas arch. I had never heard the history. I completely understand the longing for sunlight. I can't imagine how the minors deal with lack of sun. Thanks for hosting and Merry Christmas. And, by the way, I'll be happy to wish you a Merry Christmas again before the blessed day!

Christi @ A Southern Life

Candy said...

ONLY TWO MORE...oh my but I better get busy!
Just sweet little decorations perfect for your Cherry World!
Happy Days ;-)

claudie said...

Mr. Linky wont' let me sign in till 12:45!!!!!! but I see my other friends are there? : ( what to do?
Oh Sue I love all your reds today. The fairy is a little heart breaker though, and I LOVE candy canes.
Happy happy Rednesday Sue.
I guess I'll keep trying to link in.
Love Claudie

Mary said...

Hi Sue, My goodness, I can't believe we're two weeks from Christmas...thanks for reminding me! Love your reds today..the fairy with the candy canes in the milk glass is so sweet! I really like the candle arch and story about it, and the needlepoint you made is precious. I've never done needlepoint, but hope to some day.

Have a wonderful Rednesday...God bless!


Susie's country cottage said...

That's a really interesting story about the miners and the meaning of the candle arch. I always like to hear about why traditions come about. Gorgeous fairy.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Mr. Linky wouldn't let me sign in either although there were five already signed earler. Sue, your little fairy is adorable! I love hearing about all these traditions.
I have really enjoyed participating in REDnesday and I want to thank you for hosting. This is my last week until after the holidays because my son will be home next week. I want to personally wish you and your family a Merry Christmas. May it be your most beautiful holiday ever!


Robin Ennis Willson said...

How interesting! I love your story ...so nice to learn something new. My Greatgrandparent came over from Belgium years ago.
I love your wreath, but think I love the curtains on the window even more!

Vintage Christine said...

My best friend in grammar school was a girl named Nora whose parents were from Belgium and I always loved to listen to their accents! I love your milk glass and what a creative way to display candy canes.

Barbara Jean said...

I love the simplicity of that little wreath with bow.
And your fairy is so sweet.

I accidentally put the wrong name on my post, but the bit of red is there. =0))

I also noticed my name did not come up right away, so will check back to see if it did anything.

blessings and thanks for this cheery red day.
barbara jean

Dawn said...

Happy Rednesday Sue, I hope I'm done decorating before Christmas gets here! I seem to have gotten a slow start this year.

Love the story behind the candle arch. I think minning must be one of the hardest jobs. I've been in a few caverns here as a tourist and couldn't stand it!

I came to visit everyone and realized I forgot to link up last night. That's what I get for not finishing my post till almost midnight!

Warm hugs,

Kim, USA said...

Your wreath is simple but elegant and all your christmas decor is unique love looking at them. Thanks for sharing.

My Rednesday

Jennifer said...

Hi Sue,I just love all your christmas decor the cherry curtains with the wreath and red bow are just so cute.I wish my door had a window.I love the candy cane elf also.That milk glass is just beautiful.I want to start collecting that again.I joined this week too.Hugs,Jen

Ps your blog is so beautiful,the header is so cheerful!!!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hi Sue -- I LOVE that polka dotted bow on the front door wreath -- it is so happy looking and adorable. Love the reds, always!
Thanks for hosting one of my favorite blog parties.

Mrs. Cherry Heart said...

Ouuuu I love the polka dotted bow on the wreath in front of the cherry curtains....just need a few cherries to add to the wreath! :-)

Happy RED Nesday!
Hugz, Dolly

Anonymous said...

What festive reds!!! Love the fairy with the candy cane stockings....

Wanda Lee said...

Precious!~ I love that sweet little candy cane fairy!..,(As an aside,ironically I just finished a little dessert bowl of candy cane ice cream with Irish Cream Mint sauce drizzled over the ice cream as a "sundae" topping)!~Yum!..,

Do feel most welcome to pop over to The Plumed Pen Blog for our little Teddy Bears Tea.., Hot chocolate and cookies tommorrow!..,

Cheers from Silken Purse@ The Plumed Pen

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

I just love your reds today, from the spotty bow to the little fairy...love her stockings...thanks for the information about the Candle Arch, it sounds fascinating! Somethign to research and incorporate!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Sue...
Thanks for stopping by sweetie...
I just wanted to pop over and say hi. I also wanted to thank you for sending my Heidi Girl(she is my daughter)the Fairy. You will never know how much that meant to her. She has a lot on her plate right now, and to just know that someone besides family cares meant so much to her. She was so, so thrilled. I thank you from the bottom of my heart sweetie. Thank you for loving her like I do. She is one in a million.

Hope you have a beautiful Thursday.

Country hugs sweetie...Sherry