Christmas Decorating: Day 2: The Gift of Friendship

Continuing on in our 12 Days of Christmas Decorating Themes,
today Mrs Glamour~Claus is pondering what could possibly
be meant by a gift of 2 Turtle Doves?
Turtle doves have symbolised the bonds of friendship
at least since the Renaissance,
possibly because they form pairs for life,
although that is not uncommon in the bird world.
{The "turtle" in fact refers not 
to the adorable 4 legged creature of slow gait,
but is from the latin "tutur", 
or a description of the low purring song
made by the doting dove.}
So Mrs Glamour~Claus has interpreted today's theme
as the gift of friendship,
with a little bit of world peace thrown in for good measure.
Which means doves, angels, hearts, love, friendship tea
& the curious Victorian tradition of Flower Language
to symbolise all of these elements.

Certainly not difficult to find decorations of doves at Christmas time.
We could start by hanging garlands of gypsophila,
{which also symbolises purity}
with little paper doves. Instructions here.
Available from Not on the High Street,
white cutout turtle doves could be used to grace the dining table,
or to hang in the window on pale blue velvet ribbons.
This beautiful graphic could be used to print cards, tags or serviettes.
It's from Graphicals on Etsy as a download.
A wreath of olive leaves, hung with doves & hearts?
Yep, that suits our theme to a "t".
That covers world peace nicely.
That lovely trilogy of Peace, Joy & Hope appear as delicate stampings
on these letterpress tags by Western Australian Fluid Ink, 6 for $5.
And again as tree ornaments, from Nest UK.
Speaking of hearts, friendship bracelets would make
wonderful gifts to suit our theme.
This beautiful one is made by my friend in Brisbane,
who also writes the hilarious "Here I am Loulou" blog,
in between making jewelery and covered buttons.
A busy gal.
It is an absolute joy to wear & people keep asking me where I got it.
The traditional Swedish paper hearts,
which we used to make as children every Christmas
{taught by my Swedish cousins}
are gorgeous hanging on the Christmas tree, suspended on garlands,
or given as gifts filled with little biscuits or chocolates.
Instructions to make these ones here.
DIY Crayon coloured hearts & heart placeholders from Martha Stewart
can be made in a suitable colour to tie in with our theme.
And if there is no time for home made decorations,
you can buy this stunning paper angel ornament from Crankbunny {$9.50}.
Or these paper angels from Donna Hay {19.95}.
Cherubs & angels were a popular motif in Victorian times,
which also brings us to Friendship Tea & the Language of Flowers.
In Victorian times, perhaps nothing symbolised friendship more than
sharing a cup of tea, which would make teacups the perfect thing
to hang on our Friendship Christmas Tree.
{Print available here.}
This gorgeous little ditty,
written by the always busy Anon,
was used on tins of Christmas tea in days of yore.
You are welcome to print out this graphic as a little gift tag,
attached to a tin of delicious tea, or to a pretty vintage teacup,
as a gift of friendship.
In the charming Victorian custom of using flowers as a means of
communication between lovers,
honeysuckle represents devoted affection + bonds of love.
So it would be a glorious addition to our Christmas decorations,
in either yellow and white (shown here from my garden)
or in pink and white.
Roses represent love.
Red ones = outright love;
yellow ones also mean friendship.
So how about making some paper roses
from red, pink & yellow paper,
to hang on the tree, pop onto presents, and dot about the house.
Instructions here.
A friendship theme means you can choose from several colours
to work into the overall scheme.
White, of course, for peace and purity, as the main colour.
Then pick one or more of these:
Pink & Red for love.
Yellow for friendship.
And pale blue, for world peace.
And for plants...white pear blossom symbolises lasting friendship,
while olive branches mean peace
& roses represent love.
So we could have an olive tree for our Christmas tree,
hung with garlands of paper pear blossom & flowers of rose.
Doesn't that sound pretty?
In case you missed the earlier decorating days, you can catch up here.
Teacup artwork: blue fruit. Turtle Dove print by John James Audubon, 1964.
Honeysuckle & rose image: blue fruit's garden.