Monday, December 3, 2012

Ornaments and Carols

What is your favorite Christmas Carol?  Far Guy’s favorite is Silent Night.  My favorite has always been Little Drummer Boy the pa rum pum pum pum song. ( Great little ear worm isn’t it?) Far Guy knows all the words to his song..I do not know all the words to the pa rum pum pum pum song..but it doesn’t matter I like it anyway.

It is time for you to share what your favorite Christmas Carol is.  If you leave a comment for me sharing what your favorite Carol is I will enter you in a drawing for one of my famous extremely collectable hand carved ornaments.

They are done.  Most have been mailed off and the rest will go in the mail today.  I still have a few to hand deliver..but they are packaged and ready to go.

What are they this year?  TREES

Christmas Ornament 2012 single

Far Guy and I always work together to make the ornaments.  This year we made 63 of them.

Christmas Ornament 2012

Far Guy cut out the blocks of basswood. He then marked them and cut guides into the wood with the band saw.  We both carved them out.  Far Guy added all the branch marks and put in the eye hooks.  I painted them and added the snow.  We made it a real team effort… we are both glad it is done!

I was seeing pans of trees in my sleep:)Pan of ornaments

** One ornament will be given away to the area voices blog and one to blogspot.  I will draw winners Sunday evening the 11th of December.

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50 comments:

  1. I love Joy to the World! You two did a great job on this year's ornament. I've been telling John about your carving.

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  2. My favorite novelty song is, Domanick the Donkey.

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  3. Beautiful trees and would love to own one for our tree! I have 2 favorite carols ... OK, I'm greedy :0) I love Gaudete and In Dulci Jubilo. When I hear them I can't help singing along - whether I get the words right is another matter but, as you say, I like them anyway.

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  4. Your trees are wonderful. And I would treasure one!!! My favorite Christmas Carol is "O Holy Night" I can still hear it sung at the little country church where I was raised. One of the gentleman in the choir would sing it solo, and with so much feeling, and vibrato!! If I listen real hard I can still hear it.

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  5. Morning, love the little trees, now that is team work, great job.......My favorite carol is The Christmas Song sung by Nat King Cole......but really love them all......Chesnuts roasting on a open fire.....Sure would love a little tree hanging on my tree, LOL!!!! Warm Christmas Blessings Francine.

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  6. I love "Dreaming of a White Christmas" by Bing Crosby. Now I'm showing my age! :-)

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  7. Away in a Manager is a beautiful Christmas song and one of my favorites. I'd love one of your trees.

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  8. My favorite carol is "Oh Holy Night".

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  9. My most favorite Christmas carol is "O Holy Night". Especially the version sung by Josh Groban.

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  10. I love just about all carols but Silent Night is the one that gives me goose bumps and I always remember being in church with my Grandparents and listening to my Grandpa singing it in his native German. Okay, still gives me goose bumps.

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  11. My favorite Christmas carol is Oh Holy Night....gives me shivers when I hear it. However, the reality is I love all the carols. I do not love hearing them in stores before Thanksgiving. Our tree (fake) is ready to be dressed. Takes me longer each year. I love to look and remember.

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  12. Most carols are my favorite! But I have two that I can't live without each season. "Do you see what I see?" is one and Neil Diamond's "Happy Christmas (War is Over)" is the best. I will listen to that one over and over and over again.

    I would love one of your trees ..... you do such great work. I would love to carve but have to save my hands for spinning and weaving!

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  13. You have a very talented family. I have always liked "Deck the Halls" because it's catchy and I can sing it for at least 11 seconds before breaking into a hum.
    Have a great day.

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  14. How neat that you do this! Silent Night is most memorable to me. When I hear it I reflect up the fact that the sound of that carol reflected across the no mans land in France as both German and Allied soldiers took a break from the slaughter of WWI...:(

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  15. I love all Christmas music, but the ones that I sing along with are the ones I learned in Sunday school for the church Christmas programs. Guess I'd have to pick Away in a Manger.

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  16. Oh, your little forest is beautiful!!!!! My favorite Christmas song is "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" that Jessica has sung at many of our Christmas Eve services at church. I cry every time. I'll stop over later today.

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  17. Awesome job! Wow! I would love to have a hand carved tree!
    I have many favorite carols. Each time I hear a carol, I think, "Oh, yes, that's my favorite!" Then... I hear the next one and think the same thing! The most iconic carol for me is "Silver Bells". The one I like for it's story is "The Friendly Beasts".

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  18. My very favorite Christmas song is Hark the Herald Angels Sing and I love Neil Diamond's version.

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  19. I would love to win your hand-carved tree. It's delightful.

    Silver Bells and It Came Upon a Midnight Clear are my favorite carols. I used to know all the words to both, but some verses are a bit vague these days.

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  20. I love all the Christmas songs, but I do enjoy "A Cradle in Bethlehem" by Nat King Cole.
    Peace,
    Muff

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  21. Your Christmas trees are fantastic! What talent. My favorite Christmas Carol is "O Come All Ye Faithful".

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  22. Love your trees. My favorite Christmas Carol is "Joy To The World"

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  23. The trees are lovely. My favorite Christmas carol is "Joy to the World" but I love singing "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" because I can sing the first verse in Latin. A friend taught me the Latin words when we were in 3rd grade.

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  24. Please enter me in the ornament giveaway. I love all the carols but my favorite carol is "Silent Night". I love to hear it, especially on Christmas Eve. It gives me goose bumps and makes me cry. The trees are beautiful. What talent you two have!

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  25. OH gosh - what delightful ornaments. I do love Joy to the World!

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  26. My favorite the Huron Carol ( Twas the Night Before Winter Time)
    Amazing ornaments you made!

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  27. Love your little trees:) I'm not sure that I have a favourite Christmas Carol, a lot depends on how it is performed. As I was reading through the other comments, the words of 'Oh Holy Night' popped into my head, so I'm going to say that one!

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  28. I love your beautiful little trees - I have always been a tree lover! My favorite Christmas Carol is "I am so glad each Christmas Eve" because of my Norwegian heritage. And I love singing it in Norwegian "Jeg er saa glad hver Julekveld."
    Myrtlesgirl

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  29. Away in the Manger because when I was a kid, I could imagine that scene and loved the idea of the baby Jesus in the straw!

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  30. It's a toss-up between "O Holy Night" and "Do You Hear What I Hear". Love those trees!

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  31. It's a Holly Jolly Christmas and Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer ! Beautiful ornaments !

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  32. It's Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Great work. Ann

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  33. These are truly AMAZING! I've always loved playing ) Holy Night on the piano because I'd memorized it and didn't have to read the music when I was a kid. Silver Bells has been floating through my mind a lot lately too for some reason.

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  34. I would have to say Oh Holy Night. Especially if it is sung by a choir.

    Your ornaments are wonderful. You have a real knack for carving!

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  35. Dorthy's answer reminded me of the time I started out Joy to The World with the words Jeremiah was a bullfrog (that song was also called Joy to the World). Farside kicked me cause we were in church.

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  36. Carol of the bells, ring ding a ling . . . I love Christmas & times past.

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  37. I hope I am a lucky winner of one of your delightful hand carved Christmas Trees!

    I think you and Far Guy make quite the WoodCarvers of Minnesota!!

    My favorite Christmas Carol: OH HOLY NIGHT

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  38. My favorite holiday song is The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...) but my favorite Carol is It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.

    Your trees are lovely, but if I win, please give it to someone who does a Tree with ornament.

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  39. I do not like" Jingle Bell Rock"!!! But I like all the rest of them. I will pick "Mary did you know?"which might not be a Christmas song so I will cover my bases by saying "Away in the Manger."

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  40. I love all Christmas carols, I really don't have a favorite. But one I love singing to the grandkids is GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER! We all laugh and have a great time with it!

    Linda
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  41. O Holy Night. You have been back at it the trees are real nice. Gweaver.

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  42. Mine is Little Drummer Boy, too. That song can make me tear up every time. Speaks to the child in me.
    You and Far Guy were very busy. I do assembly line cardmaking and such. Works really efficiently. These are really cute! :)

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  43. Oh, and I don't need to be in the drawing because I haven't put up a tree in years. ;)

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  44. What a fun project, and what a lot of work! I hve done plenty of arts/crafts on my day, and even an efficient assembly line can become tedious. These are simply -- festive.

    My favorite Christmas Song is not a carol though I like many of those, it is Stop the Cavalry by Jona Lewie and made famous in the U.S. by the Cory Band.

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  45. My favorite is Happy Christmas by John Lennon. I don't know why but every time I hear it it makes me smile.

    Deanna M.

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  46. Ugh, I love so many. My ultimate favorite is probably O Holy Night.

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  47. Farside: Please enter me into your drawing for one of your famous extremely collectable hand carved awesome beautiful and lovely ornaments!!!! My favorite Christmas Carol is "O Holy Night" especially when sung my Martina McBride! Boy, can she hold that last note!! LD

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  48. I love hearing Silent Night played on the violin at Christmas. My daughter went to school with a girl who could play the violin(she should have been internationally known! She is great!). This brings tears to my eyes every Christmas.

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  49. Well, I missed the whole dang thing but that's okay. I love the trees though! Do you have a pattern, do you come up with the idea all by yourself or from a magazine? How did you learn, start? I think I might want to do this....it would be the perfect gift for anyone and everyone!!!! They're just beautiful! I have paints but no basswood and I have a Dremel so I think I could do what Far Guy did with the band saw? Was it a non-motorized band saw? I need carving tools.... which ones? I think I'd better go Google a bunch! Not this year but next! I love being self sufficient and making hand carved ornaments would be very good! How did you learn how to do this? Are you self-taught? I'm big into tackling things myself without a class.
    I am in awe of both of you and your gorgeous Christmas trees!

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