Frilly and Funkie Most Memorable Gift Challenge: White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag
Hello, Friends! It’s time for another great challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Suzz is our hostess, and the theme is Most Memorable Gift. I’ve created a frosty White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag to share with you today, but before we get into the details on that, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this challenge.
Challenge Theme: Most Memorable Gift
December for many of us is a time where we give and receive. That had me thinking about the most memorable gifts I have received over the years. These including a signed book from one of my favorite authors, handwritten notes from my children, a singing hot dog condiment stand and the first gift my husband gave me when we were dating. Since this is the season of giving I want you to be inspired by a memorable gift and use that to create a vintage or shabby chic project that captures the inspiration from that gift. You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to mention the memorable gift and how it inspired your creation.
White Christmas Etcetera Tag
I have been pondering this challenge for a long time. When I finally settled upon my most memorable Christmas, the gift became clear. This White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag sets the stage for the story, so I’ll share it first, then tell you the tale of my Most Memorable Gift.
The year was 1969. The weather in Central Vermont was unseasonably warm and there was not a single flake of snow to be seen. Our sleds stood idle on our porches, and even though Main Street in our small New England town was dressed up in holiday lights, it just didn’t feel like Christmas. Where, oh where was the snow?
This strangely warm weather pattern continued all the way up to Christmas Eve, which fell on a Wednesday that year. How well I remember trudging in to the Christmas Eve candlelight service with green grass all around. Dad remarked on the way through the doors, “Looks like it’s going to be a green Christmas this year.” My 13 year old heart sank at the thought of a Christmas without snow.
There was no time to worry about the situation, however. I had to don my white Junior Choir robe, tie the black bow tie and get in line for the processional down the aisle. Warm, soft candlelight filled the sanctuary as choirs and congregation sang the sweet familiar Christmas hymns. We wriggled impatiently in our pews as the pastor shared a short Christmas sermon. Then we all traipsed downstairs to the fellowship hall for Christmas cookies, coffee and a visit from Santa.
A Christmas Miracle
What I failed to realize was that while we were singing carols and munching sugar cookies, a Christmas miracle was taking place outside. Snow was falling…and not just a little! Huge fluffy white flakes of snow filled the now crisp wintry night. The snow came up over the tops of my shoes and coated the top of my head.
It snowed all the way home.
It snowed the whole time we opened our presents.
Snow fell all night long while we slept.
And when we woke in the morning, over 3 feet of snow had fallen…and it continued to snow.
A White Christmas to Remember
This was an epic snowfall. No one could make it to the top of the steep hill where our home lay blanketed with snow. I still remember the serenity and the silence of that wonderful scene. Not a car engine to be heard anywhere. Everyone on the hill and in the town below was tucked up inside where it was warm and cozy.
Since my dad and mom served as the manager/treasurer for our small community credit union, our home was always filled with local people coming to deposit, withdraw or make payment on a loan. We almost never had a day when we had our parents all to ourselves.
But this Christmas, the snow was so thick that we had 3 whole days where not a single soul braved the icy roads. Three whole days to play games with Dad, eat Mom’s good cooking, and enjoy being a family. That snow storm was the most memorable gift I’ve ever received.
The Best Gifts Don’t Come in a Package
Little did we know at the time, this would be Dad’s last Christmas with us. He died suddenly the following spring. When I think of Christmas past, this is the one that comes to mind. The memory of those precious hours spent as a family are worth more to me than any gift I’ve ever received. The laughter, the love, the fun and games of that Christmas held me through the darker, less joyous ones to come.
The timing of that snowfall could not have been more perfect or more miraculous. It was a gift from Heaven, and like most of life’s best gifts, it didn’t come in a package.
I haven’t shared any tips, tricks or techniques for this project in this post. That’s because I’ll be doing a Step x Step tutorial on the Frilly and Funkie Blog on Saturday, December 9th. You will learn how I prepared the base for this White Christmas Etcetera Tag. You’ll also learn how to create the shaker window element. I hope you will join me on Saturday.
Now it’s YOUR Turn
We’d love to see your Most Memorable Gift project, and invite you to share it with us over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic style project following the challenge theme. Then link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, December 20th.
The Frilly and Funkie team will choose our top four picks. Our favorite pick will be invited with to join us as a Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie. The next three favorites will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
This is our last challenge for 2017, so we hope you will find time to play along. We’re all going to enjoy a nice Christmas break and be back for the first challenge of 2018 in January.
Thanks so much for letting me share this White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag with you, and for taking the time to read the story of my Most Memorable Gift.
Wishing you all a Christmas to remember!
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