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.
Monday, December 11, 2017
CHRISTMAS TREE SNOW
Starlight says, "Mom is at it again! I thought she was done decorating."
The house was done and ornaments were on the tree. We always put the tree up first, and add the lights. Then, the tree goes "on hold" while I decorate the house. The last thing I do is put the ornaments on the tree, and then, the snow. Once the snow is on, I'm done decorating!
Starlight politely asked what was going on. She is curious, but usually gives up trying to figure it out, especially now that she is over 13.
I've done this every year since I began decorating my own home. My grandmother was born in the late 1800s and she did this. (I know, that seems a LONG time ago.) I don't know if her mom did it. She was a farm wife and so money was tight. So, she made "snow" for their Christmas tree. Homemade ornaments were on there, too.
Once the lights are on the tree, the ornaments go on. Then, the last step is the snow. I grate ivory soap-- the bars, not the liquid. And don't try to use another soap. It won't work. You put the grated snow in a bowl and add a small amount of HOT water and beat it!! My grandmother had the kids take turns with a hand egg beater, because it had to look like meringue. Now, with electric mixers, it's so much easier.
I use a small spatula to spread it on the branches. The dogs seem to think it's tasty, so I have a small xpen around the tree. My Cranberry used to LOVE to lick the branches.
Spread it on a small bit at a time. Using a spatula saves your hands from getting scratched on the branches.
You can do a light layering or it can look like a heavy snowfall, whatever your preference.
At night, with the small white lights, it looks like the moon light on the branches of a snow-touched tree. I also have a small tree with blue lights-- a reminder of my childhood. That is the Bit tree this year, so I'm going to leave that one plain. That's the play tree, so the Bits can change things out if they want.
My daughters sometimes put snow on their trees-- Granger wants to know if he's going to have it at his house. Don't worry, Granger, you'll be at my house some, too.
Kai Kai slept while I did it. He wasn't bothered by my working around him. If you try this on your tree, post a picture. I love the look of my snow-dusted tree!