Must Love Pekes is a blog for those who love Pekingese, their looks, their antics, their personalities. It is written by me, Linda, and I have been rescuing Pekingese for over 15 years. Lots of them have gone through our home. We have loved them all.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
CHRISTMAS TREE SNOW
My house gets transformed at Christmas. I've always loved Christmas, but now that we have so many grandchildren, we want it to be even more magical.
My grandmother was born in the late 1800's. And she made snow for their Christmas trees. They did not have much money, so snow and homemade ornaments made the tree special. My mother made this snow to put on her tree, and I have done it for years. My girls do it, too. The tradition continues.
You grate Ivory soap-- don't use another soap, or liquid soap. It just doesn't work well, and you will find it disappears. After grating the soap, you put in a small amount of HOT water and beat it! And beat it, and beat it. I know before electric hand mixers, it was done with hand turned mixers-- I am sure it took a long time, and a lot of hands.
You mix it until it is thick and then it is ready to go on the tree. Here is the tree, ready for snow!
I use a small spatula to put it on the limbs. I used to use my hand, but after I was done, my hand was sore, so now I use the spatula.
Layer it on the branches-- it can be a heavy snowfall, or a light one, whatever your preference. I do this last-- after all the lights and ornaments are on. It is the final step.
Soon, the branches look like it has just snowed and they are beautiful.
It sometimes drops on the ornaments, and the floor-- but that just makes it more beautiful.
It finishes off the tree for me. The tree is not complete until this special, old touch is done.
Chumley decided to see how he looked by the tree. I think he looks just fine.
If you click on the picture, you can get a closer look. I think it was Peke-approved! Max likes it!