What the Dickens! It’s the Holiday House Tour 2012

Oh hello there, I thought you were the choir come to sing A Christmas Carol. You look a little surprised to have arrived in Hong Kong.

No, no, you are not lost if you are here for the holiday house tour. I was expecting you. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo come on in.

I hope your voyage wasn’t too treacherous and the seas too rough, you are looking a little pasty.

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Well, never mind we’ll soon have you full of Christmas goodwill again, you don’t want to end up like old Mr Marley do you in bauble and paper chains. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Have a mint humbug it is sure to sweeten you up.

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Let me introduce you to Deerdre, dressed in her holiday best.

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Don’t  worry I have plenty of top hats and tails to share.Take your pick.

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The cat tail is taken but there is still a bunny tail, a fake furry tail or how about a lizard tail?

Splendid choice. Have a look in the mirror.

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Now do come and sit by the tree.

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See the little bird eating winter berries

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Mind the ghost chair, you can hardly see that it’s there.

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I was just writing a letter

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Perhaps you’d like a cup of tea.

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Good gracious is that the dinner bell already, let me escort you through to the dining room.

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Yes that is a pretty bouquet. And such a lonesome lovebird.

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I hope you don’t have any Great Expectations as on week nights only 4 courses are served.

Ah, there’s the figgy pudding for dessert and I’m afraid you’ll have to make do without the Christmas cake, the fruit is still soaking in sherry, there it is  on the pedestal. Goodness it’s dusty in here.

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Do take a seat, but be careful, someones left their wedding slippers about.

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Oh dear, the napkin rings are empty. Why can the napkins  never be found when one needs them.

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Is that a mouse!!!

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What leaving so soon! Come and get warm by the roaring fire before you go.

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Our stockings are hung on the fantel (fake mantel) with care.

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Berry and twig garland on fantel place, you know because I couldn’t find the holly.

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Christmas Crackers

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 The tree all aglow.

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Yes, yes I understand you must go now so many other houses to visit. And such a long journey. But there is a quicker way.

Go past the wreaths.

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And up the stairs.

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Past the dried foliage garland made by me.

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Through the gingerbread village.

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And the bottle brush forest.

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Oh is that Father Christmas there?

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Post Script: I tried so hard to not be all “themey” with the decorations this year!  I’d planned on using lime green and white as I have an over abundance of decorations in those colors and Ebeneezer dear husband has banned me from buying anymore. I didn’t feel lime greeny though, or even the slightest bit festive for that matter, thus the scrooge bah humbug display in the entryway. So I used my favorite slate grey ribbon on the tree and with some pearl garland I didn’t need to put many other decorations on there. In the dining area I knew I wanted to add dried foilage to the fake garland as I’d seen something similar in a magazine last year and it reminded me of poor Miss Haversham, so  the Dickensian theme just happened.

Next year no theme, honest.

I hope you enjoyed your visit, I can’t wait to get started visiting all the other houses on the tours and making notes for next years theme. Such fun. A big thank you to the Nester for hosting the tour.

Warmest winter wishes to you and yours, and to quote tiny Tim “God bless us, every one”

Lilyxxxx

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