Riverside Lodge

Riverside Lodge

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

A Ghostly-White Christmas



I made the bird pictures in this photo myself by painting two miniature
frames with nail polish and cutting out birds from an old greeting card. 

Welcome to the Ghostly-Whites' haunted Mansion!

What? It doesn't look haunted from the inside? Well, I guess you are right. It also doesn't look as dark as it does from the outside. As you can see, there is sunshine streaming in through the windows today. 

It is the afternoon of the 24th of december and today the Ghostly-Whites celebrate Christmas. Silvester has turned on the gramophone with some Christmas music.


This lovely Christmas tree wall hanging is a gift from
Maria from http://prettythingsireland.blogspot.com
.

Friederike is on the telephone with aunt Ludmilla. Talking to aunt Ludmilla comprises a lot of nodding and saying "Oh really??", "You poor thing!" and "You don't say."



Stella and Anne-Marie are ecstatic that their father has turned on his beloved gramophone, because now it is time to dance.


Animal lovers do not fret, the beautiful stuffed reindeer head is actually
a Hershey's kiss (made from chocolate). The reindeer and blanket are
gifts from Emily in New Zealand and her critters of Dandelion Creek
.

The girls have watched enough Downton Abbey in their lives to know how one dances like an aristocat at the beginning of the twentieth century.



After a while they try out some other dance moves too and soon their parents join them on the dance floor. 


I made the shelf myself using a wooden box and several ice cream sticks.
I then painted it in the same dark red colour I used for one of the frames. 

They waltz around the living room like crazy and almost stumble over their vintage bordeaux carpet. 

The Ghostly-Whites living room is filled with items the parents collected during their trips abroad. There is a mahogany shelf from China, a German gramophone and the floor is made of Portuguese tiles.



The Ghostly-Whites receive another telephone call. This time it is the twins' grandmother. They talk to her until it gets dark. Stella does most of the talking, while Anne-Marie reminds her of things to say.


The exotic ornaments on the top shelf, such as the buddha figurine and the plant
inside a tea cup, are gifts from Birgit and her little biwubears
at 
https://biwubaer.blogspot.com.

It has gotten dark outside, but the girls' parents are still dancing. So who turned on the artificial lighting? Oh, it was probably Silvester with a spell! Silvester is acting so non-magical today, I almost forgot about his talent.



Now it's time to decorate the Christmas tree. 

I guess Silvester just did some more magic, because I didn't notice anyone dragging the tree up the stairs and into the living room!



"Stella! Anne-Marie!" says Friederike, "time to do your magic," and with that she means that the girls are allowed to decorate the tree by themselves.



"Isn't it a marvelous tree?" Friederike sighs contentedly.



While the kittens take care of the tree and Friederike prepares some drinks in the kitchen, Silvester makes himself comfortable in his armchair. During the holidays, he likes to snuggle into his blanket with a mug of hot spiced punch and just relax. The wizarding world can be loud and chaotic, so he relishes the peace and quiet at home with his family.



Stella and Anne-Marie have already finished decorating the Christmas tree. Wow, that was quick!



This year, they have decided to keep it rather simple and go with a golden chain and several wooden deer.


These gorgeous snowmen are another gift from Birgit.

"But what about the snowmen? I love them so much with their friendly smiles and tiny carrot noses," says Stella to her sister. 
"I know! I adore them too. Let's take them to our bedroom later and place them on our night stands," suggests Anne-Marie and Stella agrees.



"Here is some hot cocoa and whipped cream for my kitty-cats!" sings Friederike.



Silvester is still relaxing in his chair. 



Friederike goes to the telephone to place the handset slightly askew. She doesn't want any more callers interrupting the families' celebration.



Finally everybody has a seat at the dining room table for the Ghostly-Whites' special three course menu. 



The first course consists of chocolate and vanilla muffins. Delicious!



Second course is a huge assortment of Christmas cookies and Silvester's personal favourite: heart-shaped gingerbread cookies topped with almonds and maraschino cherries.



He will have the entire platter if they let him...



And last, but certainly not least, they have mother's astonishingly beautiful and scrumptious gingerbread house in the snow (with snowman).

"Somebody light the candles! This is cause for celebration!" cheer Stella and Anne-Marie.


I made these candles following a super easy tutorial on Drora's blog.
I am so pleased with how they turned out!

And as the kittens are purring and licking their mouths in anticipation, Silvester lights the wicks by snapping the fingers of his right paw.



After the cats have finished their last course, Silvester turns on some relaxing music.


This wonderful tea set is part of a much larger set of kitchenware given to us by
Sarah from Magic Mayhem!

As is tradition, Friederike has prepared herbal tea for everybody, to help with the digestion of all the sugary delights. 

The kittens are purring into their mother's ears, "Thank you, Mommy! It was delicious."

Finally, it is time to leave the room for a while, so that Santa can bring the gifts.



As the family re-enters the living room, all eyes are on the beautiful tree and the presents sitting underneath it. There is a mint coloured sleigh for the girls and three more beautifully wrapped packages. And for Mommy and Daddy there is a little baby kitten with a piano.



A what?? 

Oh yes, there he is, a little baby brother for Stella and Anne-Marie.



Everbody hears a loud "thump!" as Mrs Ghostly-White falls to the ground. 

It's not that she hasn't fallen in love with the little baby immediately, it was just a bit of a shock to see him there so unexpectedly.

"B-b-b-b-but we told the Stork to bring the baby next autumn! Why did the baby arrive now and why did Santa bring him? We're not prepared!" Friederike stammers. 
"I guess there's been a bit of a mix-up..." sighs Silvester. 

He is very aware that in the wizarding world (or even at the North Pole) mistakes happen, so I am pretty sure that he will not submit a complaint.



"We'll keep him anyway, won't we?" Silvester and the twins plead with Friederike. 


This little baby is a gift from Cutata in Sweet Berry Valley.

"Of course we are keeping him," she replies beaming and gives him her first kiss.



Friederike tucks her husband and the baby in together under the warm blanket. Now Silvester has someone to relax with in his armchair.



"We got a baby brother and a sleigh?! Isn't Christmas just the best day of the year?!" exclaims Anne-Marie and her sister Stella agrees.



And with that I wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

For some of you Christmas is already over after the 24th or 25th 
and others will celebrate on the 6th of January. 

Whatever your tradition, I wish you a wonderful time of year and 

A VERY HAPPY 
AND HEALTHY 
2020!






14 comments:

  1. Aw, what a charming story--I bet the Ghostly-White's had a lovely Christmas. It was a bit of a shock to see the baby there--suddenly appearing amongst the presents, but it turns out he was the best gift of all! I'm curious to see what they (I mean you--hehe) will name him! Thank for the 2020 wishes! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, too, and that your new Year is always happy, healthy, fun and full of Sylvanians!

    -- Emilie :D

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    1. Dear Emilie,

      Thank you for your friendly comment and good wishes! I hope you have a great year, too!

      The Ghostly-Whites enjoyed their Christmas celebration very much and the baby is adjusting well to its new home and siblings. :O)

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  2. A very sweet Christmas story, Nina! It was lovely to meet the Ghostly-Whites properly. Their array of desserts looks marvellous - now I want a cookie...

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    1. Hello GreyRabbit,

      Sorry, no cookies left! :D
      I believe the only leftover from the Ghostly-Whites' Christmas dinner is the snowman's black top hat made from marzipan!

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  3. Such a lovely Christmas story! I enjoyed spending a while with the Ghostly-Whites and loved the gifts they received, especially the cute little baby and all the magic going on.
    I wish you a wonderful creative 2020, health and happiness.
    Hugs,
    Drora

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    1. Thank you for your wonderful comment and good wishes, Drora!

      The Ghostly-Whites are happy you read their story and send you their warm regards.

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  4. Was für eine schöne, gemütliche Weihnachtsfeier - vielen Dank an die Ghostly-Whites, das wir dabei sein durften. Und dann das tollste Weihnachtsgeschenk von allen... wir sind ja baff, wie das in Riverside so geht mit den Babies… tja, man lernt nie aus... Bleibt nur zu hoffen, dass in einem der Geschenkpakete auch eine Babyerstausstattung war.

    Wir wünschen Dir, liebe Nina, und allen Riversidern ein frohes Neues Jahr und alles Liebe für 2020. Und ein Extragruß geht natürlich an Fudge, Pickles und Hippolina.

    Birgit und die BiWuBärchen

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    1. Danke Dir, liebe Birgit, dass Du den Ghostly-Whites beim Feiern zugeschaut hast. :D Und für Deine guten Wünsche an uns alle. :)

      Fudge, Pickles und Hippolina grüssen Dich besonders lieb zurück. Und die kleine Jemima fragt an, ob ihr gut gerutscht seid. =:o)

      LG, Nina

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  5. What a delightful story! It was lovely to see the Ghostly-Whites enjoy Christmas with their dancing, tree decorating and eating their fill. The food on the table was a beautiful spread indeed.

    And what a surprise present! I wonder if Santa mad the delivery after drinking too much egg nog? Maybe it wasn't just Rudolph the reindeer with a red nose!

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    1. Hahaha! I am pretty sure that Santa had a little too much egg nog last year... ;O) What a mix up! But the Ghostly-Whites are very happy about their new family member now and wouldn't change a thing.

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  6. Hi Nina!
    Happy New Year!
    I love the Ghostly-Whites! Such a warm Christmas story, with unexpected baby and everything, haha! :D Love the inside of their elegant house and all the wonderful miniatures you made for them. It was so cute to see them dancing, hehe!
    Lovely tree, and their dining table was so beautiful and full of delicious treats!

    Have a great week-end!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words and for appreciating the interior design of the Ghostly-Whites' home! :O)

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  7. Hi Nina!
    Happy New Year!
    What a lovely Christmas story!
    I love the Ghostly-Whites´ living room and all the details you gave about its decoration.
    Their christmas menu is a truly delight for someone with a sweet tooth like me! It´s a very good idea to drink herbal tea after such a sweet dinner to aid digestion. Lovely crockery and candles , by the way.
    I love all the miniatures in this story. There are so many lovely things to look at ... everything looks amazing.
    I understand´s Friederike´s reaction when she found a baby next to the Christmas tree.What a shock! I laughed when she said they told the Stork to bring the baby next autumn,haha, how funny! Hope she can forgive Santa for his mistake. I´m sure they Ghostly-Whites are already delighted to have a new family member.
    It makes me really happy to know the little kitten I sent you has already got a wonderful family.

    Thank you for such a sweet and charming story!

    A big hug!

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    1. Hello Cutata, many thanks for your wonderful comment. It makes me glad I made the effort to create this story. I tried to include details that would match the Ghostly-Whites' sense of style. They are very elegant and have a refined taste. Their favourite wood is mahogany and they enjoy vintage household items and antiques from all over the world.

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