Every year, we set up the crib under our Christmas tree. It was a present from my Mum many, many years ago, and I love rediscovering these wooden figurines, carefully taking them out of the cardboard box and unwrapping the paper protecting them.

This year, although the tree has now gone, the crib still has a place of choice in our lounge. Why? Because it received a delightful addition. You see, Sexy Hubby and I went on numerous Christmas market expeditions in December, and while having a browse in one of them, I came to a sudden halt. The stall was selling a blast from my past. Little mock fires, complete with cauldrons, to add to your display. When I was a child, we had one of those, and I was absolutely fascinated with it. I would set myself in front of the crib and stare at it, telling myself stories. I also called the shepherds – apparently – “little Indians with rucksacks”, and I am still being reminded of this today. Anyway, I was ridiculously excited when I spotted the fake fires and proceeded to tell Sexy Hubby all about it in great many details (he is used to it). I pondered whether or not to buy one, but left undecided, thinking I would come back.

Come Christmas and there I am opening all my lovely gifts. And yes, one of them was the wood fire, the luxury version that also has smoke coming out of the cauldron! This present made me very, very happy, and I used it so much during the holidays that we will have to buy more “smoke liquid” next year…


30 thoughts on “Phone Photo – Fire & Smoke”

  1. I love unwrapping the Christmas crib. Every year it’s like greeting old friends. ‘little Indians with rucksacks’?!

    1. Exactly, I always feel a bit emotional while doing it. As for the little Indians with rucksacks, I distinctly remember one of the shepherds carrying a backpack but no idea what prompted me to call them “Indians”. In fact, I do not even remember making that comment, but obviously it made a big impression!

  2. Your nativity scene reminds me of the Italian ones and they have markets and shops selling everything under the sun for an impressive scene – you should go there you’ll LOVE it! Love your fire story – really made me smile

    1. That is something I have never done, to go to an Italian Christmas market! Maybe this year?! Glad the story made you smile. 🙂

    1. Thank you! 🙂 Yes, I am very big on traditions, always thought it was important to pass on what makes us a family.

    1. LOL! Well, I have to say that over the years emergency repairs had to be performed for a lost foot or head!! Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Thanks so much! 🙂 Yes, I could not believe my eyes when I saw these fires, or believe how excited I felt for that matter!!

    1. I have Italian blood too (through my Grandmother) and it would not cross my mind not to have a crib under the Christmas tree… 😉 Very pleased you love my picture! 🙂

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