Wednesday 23 December 2015

Away in a manger....

Another tradition I have at Christmas is to put up my little crib.  My dad gives me some holly from his garden and it makes me feel so full of festive spirit when I look at it. It sits on the shelf between the dining room and the hall. Some of the figures are from my Hb and I were first married, the walking camel was from my childhood and some we have bought at the German markets visited over the years.

I thought today's card should be a reflection of the real meaning of Christmas and the message of peace and goodwill towards our fellow man. Something which this year is even more important, with everything going on in this, at times, crazy world that we live in.

 My image is from the Graphic Fairy. The backing card in ancient from my stash. I have used Memory box, spellbinders and Joanne Sheen die cuts.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Pixies' crafty playground 3/3 #208 and #209
Inspiration Emporium 'tis the season
Emerald Creek Dares celebrations around the world
Crafty hazelnut Anything Christmas
 Papertake weekly favourite ever challenge it's the last one there and I will really miss it, it was one of the earliest challenges I entered 5 years ago. My favourite challenge for this entry is my all time favourite of anything goes.
Country View Challenges make a scene
Little Claire's a special Christmas card this was a very special card I made for my Aunt.
Crafty Friends 2/3 anything goes

I have a couple of lovely passages which I may have shared before here but I think they sum up Christmas for me.

There's more, much more, to Christmas Than candlelight and cheer; It's the spirit of sweet friendship That brightens all year. It's thoughtfulness and kindness, It's hope reborn again, For peace, for understanding, And for goodwill to men! (Anon)

Somehow not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart's possessing
Returns to make you glad.

(John Greenleaf Whittier)

I know that a lot of you will be off now to see family and friends and if that is you I would like to wish you a safe journey and a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for your blogging friendship and for all your kind visits and comments.

For those of you who are staying put I will be here again tomorrow for my final Jane's Journal countdown to Christmas post 2015. Yes just 2 more sleeps.....

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Gorgeous card and I love the peaceful sentiments. That camel cracks me up every year. Have a wonderful Christmas my friend.. I'm so glad we're blog friends.
    *M*E*R*R*Y* * *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. I love your little crib, your beautiful card today and those lovely verses too!
    "Goodwill to all men" should be simple, wouldn't you think!
    V x

  3. Thank you, Jane, for the joy you share via your art, blog and visits all year long. This is an exceptionally beautiful, touching Christmas message you're sharing today. Wishing you and your loved ones all the blessings of the holiday season! <3 :o)

  4. Beautiful Nativity Jane!
    The Holly does make it extra special!
    I love your card and your message!
    Thanks my Friend and Happy Christmas to you and yours!

  5. May your Christmas be joyous Jane. Wishing you all the peace and love to you and your beautiful family! xoxoRobin
    Love your card and manger.

  6. what a super creation, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you
    hugs Kate xx

  7. What a lovely crib Jane, lots of memories there. And I do so love your card - it's just perfect and quite rightly sums up the true meaning of Christmas. A beautiful image, made even more perfect by the lovely card.

    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas!


    Di xx

  8. What a lovely joyous and festive post Jane.

    Those poems are wonderful. Thank you for sharing them.

    Festive good wishes going your way. Thanks for visiting me today.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  9. Dear Jane,

    Very important to remember all this with so much going on around Christmas! Time to rest, slow down and have peace in the world - for Holidays at least. Wishing more peaceful 2016...

    Love-filled days to you&yours!


  10. Lovely manger and beautiful card. Thanks for playing at lc. Hope you have had a lovely day

  11. Beautiful Christmas card! Indeed, a very Merry Christmas to you!
    sandy xx

  12. What an absolutely gorgeous card! Love it!

  13. I a loving your style! It's so heart warming and beautiful!

  14. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Anything Goes” challenge over at Crafty Friends & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

    Happy New Year,
    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Come and Get It)

    (DT Crafty Friends)


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