Free E-Zine for Christmas and an Announcement!

Hello my dear friends! Thanks so much for stopping by for 5 minutes! I've just got a very quick post today. First, I must apologise for not visiting you all very much these last few weeks. Since the school year is winding down I seem to be spending much of my free time helping with end of year school projects, attending school concerts, helping the kids stay motivated until 2 December (that's when school finishes for the year!), and so on.  I have also done a few days of relief teaching and....

 I have also been decorating our house for Christmas!

This is such a crazy time of year but I just LOVE it all the same!

I have found a couple of great things to share with you though, so I hope this makes up for my absence! The first is a great free e-zine that is perfect for the Holidays. Last week on my Christmas blog I shared a link to The Holiday Guide, a great free e-zine put together by Emily Henderson, known for her time on Design Star.

I have also found another couple of amazing free e-zines to share. If you haven't already seen them yet then I really think you will love browsing through Bird's Party Magazine for Winter 2011 and Sweet Paul's Holiday issue! They are so full of Christmas Inspiration it is mind-boggling!

Source: issuu.com via Natasha on Pinterest

I've included a mini-mag here but if you click on the link it will take you to the main site where you can check it out in gorgeous full screen!

Just click the link to be taken to the site.

Look inside >
Winter 2011

Finally, I just wanted to let you know that this year, over at my Christmas blog starting December 1st, I will be posting a 12 Day series that will explore Christmas Traditions from around the world and how we can incorporate these traditions into our Holiday planning, cooking and decorating.

Each day I will be sharing some ideas about the different traditions that we uphold and value at Christmastime. I'm so happy that a couple of my dear Christmas blogger friends are going to be guest posting during this 12 Days series so I hope you will be able to come and visit!

On the last day I will be holding a festive linky party and you are all invited to join in with my

I'll Be Home for Christmas Linky Party!

I hope you will be able to link up any of your Christmas posts. You can link up craft ideas, pictures of your home all dressed up for the holidays, tablescapes, recipes...anything to do with Christmas! You can tell us about any traditions that you always uphold, if you have any special ornaments on your tree that are special to you, you could share a special family holiday recipe....you can share anything that relates to how you and your loved one will be celebrating Christmas in 2011!

I've even made a special button for the party and I would be so honoured if you would take one and help me spread the word!

Well, I'd better go and help Big Al rehearse for a big Christmas event at his school. His choir will be leading the Nine Lessons and Carols evening at his school next week and he has to learn a few carols that he isn't overly familiar with. I will leave you with one of my favourites as a #TuesdayTune.

I particularly love this version of the 16th century carol, The Coventry Carol. The "Coventry Carol" was performed in Coventry in England as part of a mystery play called The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors. The play depicts the Christmas story from the Gospel of Matthew and refers to when Herod orders all male infants under the age of two in Bethlehem to be killed. The lyrics from The Coventry Carol represent a mother's lament for her doomed child. This version is performed by Sting and was performed live at Durham Cathedral in 2009. I hope you enjoy this version too!

Best Christmas wishes,
Natasha In Oz 


  1. What a lovely tree you have...

    I just marked your party on my calendar and I'll be there, with bells on. :))
    I am taking your button to my bar...side bar, that is. :))
    xo bj

  2. Hi Natasha! Oh, you're getting ready for Christmas and your tree is so beautiful! It seems so funny to hear December is the last of school for your children! ;)
    Now that's a wonderful endeavor that you'll be posting about different Christmas traditions.
    I'm excited about your Christmas linky party too and will put your button on my blog.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Loved this version of The Coventry Carol! Your tree is beautiful! I'm decorating mine within the next couple of days. I'll definitely put your button on my blog. Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Such a pretty Christmas tree! We'll start decorating next Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Although, since we buy a real tree, that won't go up until the second week of December. :)

  5. Beautiful tree, Natasha! We are a bit behind over here in the USA, still have to get through Thanksgiving before the Christmas decor goes up. Your lovely posts are getting me in the mood though! Happy Christmas!

  6. This is such a serious prodding!!! Love your Christmas tree and of course I am in :)

    O and btw, can I stay in your kitchen cupboard. That blue and white is possibly all I need. Gorgeous.

  7. Hi Natasha. You've been waiting for this all year, haven't you?! Your Christmas Tree looks wonderful. I'm going to put our decorations up much earlier than I normally do this year, but not until the beginning of December. All the family will be here for Christmas, so I'm very excited, and want it to all look very festive!

  8. Your tree looks wonderful! I'm waiting a few more weeks to put mine up. It's been a hectic few weeks here too! I haven't linked up for a while... hope to have the time to do so again soon :)

  9. You are one busy lady! I love everything you do and the fun you have one your blogs! I look forward to your Christmas posts! ♥


    Awe inspiring your works...

    Thank you for your love and sincerity.
    Have a good day.

    The traditional celebration, with kimono infants.

    Japanese colored leaves, in heartwarming space.

    The prayer for all peace.

    From Japan, ruma ❀

  11. I love the designs you created! great work. i am very impressed with Xmas tree.

    Christmas Announcement

  12. I finally got back here to listen to this version of "Coventry Carol" and, while I'm not a huge Sting fan, I loved this. The beautiful boys choir and the violins all playing pizzicato lent such a wonderful air to the song. Just beautiful.




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