Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Christmas Questionnaire

At the Christmas Tea on Saturday, two friends inquired about a couple of ornamental candle votive covers that I had on our mantel in the parlor. I had been debating on how to display them this year so placed them there to keep safe from my inquisitive toddler's little hands.

The artwork on the votive covers is that of William Bougeureau(1825- 1905), an artist whose work I absolutely adore. With that said, it's perhaps no surprise that a few years ago when I found two of these covers with his work on them, I literally squealed (Yes,squealed) in the store and snatched up the last two. I just knew that seeing them illuminated by candlelight would be mesmerizing. The above image is his Madonna of the Roses and I didn't realize that when I placed it on my Great Grandmother's old parlor table, beside our tree, that the roses in the branches would be captured in the backdrop of the Bougeureau. I love it when unintended things like that happen.

The above is just an explanation of the photo for this post so that brings me to the title, Christmas Questionnaire. Janeen from the lovely blog, Chachaneen, posted this on her site and invited anyone interested to post their responses as well. I couldn't resist joining in and invite anyone else to do the same on their blogs.

Christmas Questionnaire:

1. Fresh Tree/Fake Tree?- I have a mixture of fresh greenery and artificial this year but to me it's no contest...Fresh! Next year, it will be ALL fresh around here and no more artificial tree.

2. Favorite Ornament- A beautiful Madonna and Child from the Vatican Library.

3. Favorite Christmas Song- Greensleeves/What Child is This?

4. Favorite Tradition- I had to add more than one..Going to Lessons and Carols and Christmas Eve Service with my family and all the wonderful baking and cooking.

5. Favorite Gift Ever Received- Shortly after Christmas on the 28th, giving birth to our daughter.

6. Favorite Christmas Meal- Baked Ham with all the trimmings and of course pecan pie and tons of tea:-)

7. Favorite Christmas Cookie- My Grandmother's Christmas Rocks and Mother's Peanut butter fudge.

8. Favorite Place to be- With my family...

9. Favorite Memory- Two Christmases ago, knowing that the birth of our daughter could happen at any time and anticipating her arrival, and always remembering how excited our son gets on Christmas morning.

10. Favorite Christmas Movie- Scrooge(1970) and It's a Wonderful Life.

Now, feel free to join in and post letting me know you've done so.


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

A perfect Christmas list, Rebecca!! I had forgotten about that version of Scrooge. Is that the movie that has the song "I Hate People"? I used to have a friend who would sing that over and over at Christmas!! It made me laugh!

Rebecca said...

Hello Pamela!

Yes, that's the version. That's funny about your friend..The song,"I like Life" with the Ghost of Christmas Present is fantastic! I always wanted to dive into that scene with that amazing feast and free-flowing wine:^)

Janeen said...

Greetings! Great questionnaire! ha ha Just kidding. Seriously though your candle cover is GORGEOUS! I lurve it! It's beautifully decorated! Are those holly berries or currants? Beautiful either way!

As usual, it's always fun to visit your blog! Have a great day!

steviewren said...

Your votive candle is beautiful. I can see why you squealed. Love your Christmas favorites list.

willow said...

Oh, I adore Bougeureau, too! The feet of his subjects are always so interesting. Love your festive list.

Jorgelina said...

Your candle is beautiful.
Love your Christmas favorites list.

Mmm said...

Beautiful votive! not heard of this artist but love that depiction of Mary. Lovely. Thanks for sharing that, Rebecca.

Kim said...

The candle votive covers are really beautiful! What a great find. Have a merry christmas.


Marie Antionette said...

Very beautiful,I would have snatch them up myself.I drop by to wish you a Very Merry Christmas I hope you have a safe and Happy New Year.May God bless you.Hugs Marie Antionette