It’s Christmas πŸŽ„

Christmas has well and truly arrived at chez Black with Fionnuala’s creative talents to the fore. She made many of these decorations herself and has worked incredibly hard infusing a festive spirit throughout the house. She’s a terrific mummy making sure the kids will have fond memories of their holidays at home. When do you put your Christmas decorations up? Comment below πŸŽ„

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

67 thoughts on “It’s Christmas πŸŽ„

  1. Wow! Your wife is one talented lady. I don’t normally put my decorations up until around the 10th December but this year I’ve done it already. I got everything out of the loft yesterday. I was in need of some fairy lights in my life πŸ˜‚

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    1. p.s. The little soldiers that you have remind me of the soldiers the Bronte children received as a gift from their father. They then started making up stories influenced by the battle of Waterloo and the Duke of Wellington (hints of Kirkwood there). I’ve also just found out that the great C.S. Lewis was born in Belfast! Oh my goodness, I always thought he was an English writer. *blush*


  2. Decoration are beautiful! And I love the candy bar tree! What a neat idea! Normally we don’t put our tree up until after Thanksgiving but this year we put it up early and I’m really enjoying it each evening.

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  3. OH MY! Those are exquisite! She is extremely talented!
    I think we’ll come to your house for Christmas πŸ˜›

    I think the children and I will decorate on the weekend… but only if they let me have a three hour Christmas music marathon πŸ˜‰

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  4. Wow, Fionnuala is so talented! And she’s a wonderful mother to take the time to create beautiful memories for your children. We’ve just put up our tree but the decorations seem to go missing bit by bit. Our toddler seems to be posting them around the house. I’ll be finding baubles in every nook and cranny well past Xmas day.

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  5. My husband and I don’t do too much for Christmas any more in the way of decorations. He is partly disabled, and I just turned 78 and am not right now physically able to get all the decorations out and set them up when we don’t tend to have others over much anymore. We do things together, but with me as his caregiver, and I have my own physical challenges, we are happy just to go out and look at the lights around the area and then fix a nice meal for Christmas and just relax and work on things we each love. I am a published writer and right now I am helping one of my physically challenged friends get her most recent book together and those things are important for my friends who are physically challenged. I guess it is about keeping life and the holidays simple. I have had years of decorating to the max and doing all sorts of things – going to every major parade, etc. but now I am glad to be home with the man I love and to just spend quiet time together. I still have the holiday spirit, but when I think of all the people and the children who won’t have a Christmas because they are homeless, or refugees, it is hard for me to be enthusiastic about going all out. I hate to see people suffering, and I don’t know about others, but I live in California, and the cities everywhere seem to have dozens of excuses why we can’t find a piece of land in each community and make at least some basic decent shelters for those who have nothing.

    As for the challenges we all have in this life, I have to say that without them, we could never learn true compassion for others, or how to take care of others when they most need help. There are so many benefits from the challenges we live through, and I know first-hand about that. I am glad when I see people helping others and giving what they can to their community. Those gifts will last forever compared to little store-bought gifts which are almost old when they are opened. Cheers and happiness to all of you. Thank you kindly.


  6. Looks like you went all out with your decorations!
    We normally do ours (or at least start them) Thanksgiving weekend. This year we were out of our home until Thanksgiving eve due to repairs (which still aren’t finished), so not much has been put out – just some of our outdoor lights and two Christmas trees inside. Hopefully we’ll be back to normal next year.
    Merry Christmas!


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