Hello crafters. We have the last challenge this year for Seven Hills Crafts going, and the theme is to create something that is inspired by your favorite christmas movie, carol, or song. I think this is my most favorite of all challenge themes, ever.
So, obviously I selected “Silent Night” and used stamps and dies by Concord & 9th to realize my theme. I can’t tell you why exactly, but “Silent Night” slays me. Every. Single. Year. Now, I am not a religious person (very happy atheist, though), but I celebrate Christmas as a time of reflection and consciously enjoying the ones I love the most.
As an international family, I have always struggled with most of my family too far away to celebrate with. My mom is originally from Russia, and married my dad back in the days of the GDR (he’s German), and they settled here in the former GDR where I was born and raised (footnote – see end of post). My grandma and aunts and uncles (from my mom’s side) are all Russian and live about 1900 miles away (that’s a little less than the width of the USA at its narrowest point from East to West coast). Traveling has always been difficult, requiring visa, invitations, and it takes 3 days 2 nights by train or several connecting flights. I think, in my entire 35 years of life, I only ever got to spend one single christmas with my grandma, and then she fell ill while visiting us and had to spend Christmas in the hospital. I don’t know why, but whenever I hear “Silent Night” (there is not even an equivalent in Russian) I have to think of my grandma and magical Russian winters.
So, if you ever want to make me cry within 10 seconds, play that song for me. Or the ending of “Sleeping in Light” from the tv show Babylon 5. Just have several dozen boxes of Kleenex ready. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
But of course, Christmas isn’t just a mopey affair for me. My favorite christmas movie of all times is “The Miracle on 34th Street” (the version from 1994) and I think my parents dread christmas because of it, but I make them watch it every year. EVERY year. It’s just the perfect feel good and happy movie. I mean, considering that most tv channels put on some violent action flicks at christmas where you want to see something with the entire family, I think “Miracle on 34th street” is pretty much the only contender 😉
And last but not least, do you know that my happiest christmas song is? You will not see that coming, me being an atheist and all, but it’s “Go Tell It On The Mountain” – but the specific rendition by The Ratpack (Sinatra, Crosby, etc.). Not so much for the lyrics, but for the arrangement. I mean, listen to it and try not to dance and sing along! The background choir vs the main singers is amazing (listen for it at 1:53)! I dare you to listen to this and not walk with a swing to your hip and silly grin on your face 🙂
Ok, that’s more personal details than you ever wanted to hear probably, but I hope you guys play along with our challenge and tell us why a certain song, carol, or movie is special to you. I can’t wait to see what you make.
As a sidenote, since I’ve been approached by quite a few people asking for alternative places to buy other than Seven Hills Craft because of Brexit: Guys, check your news 🙂 The Brits only voted to leave, they have not left the EU yet. Even if they finally trigger that clause in the EU contract, it will be at least 2.5 years before it takes effect, and no one knows yet (not even those die-hard Brexiteers) what that will mean for international trade. So, everyone relax and keep on buying from SHC, as they are still the best shop we have in Europe for all those great US brands.
Also, if you are looking for color swatches of the Tonic Nuvo products, you can find them via the DOWNLOAD link in the left sidebar.
I’m sending this card off to the following challenges:Addicted To Stamps and More “Holiday”.
Here’s the footnote I promised you: being born and raised in the GDR, do you know that by now:
- I’ve been the citizen of two countries (GDR and today’s Germany), without having to move.
- I was raised bi-lingual (Russian and German), was a translator in kindergarten for a kid that had just moved from Russia, started to learn writing Russian in grade 3, English in grade 6, Latin in grade 8, and took French language classes while spending a year in the US. That last bit was a little confusing, though 😀
- I’ve had to learn two national anthems (GDR and Germany), but when I had finally mastered the GDR one in grade 2, the wall came down and I refused to learn yet another one (I mean, compare the lyrics! The GDR one still beats most current anthems, hands down!). I can still do half of the old Soviet one, too, though.
- I’ve gone through **three** currency changes, again without having to move! First the GDR mark, then the Deutsche Mark, and then the Euro.