Thursday, 18 December 2008

Tree Santa 18

How would you describe Santa?  I  bet you mention a big white beard! For me a good beard can make or break a Santa costume. It needs to be full and fluffy in my opinion and preferable white and clean!  Not like this Santa that appears to have eaten something French!  

Did you know the carol "The First Noel" was originally spelled " The First Nowell" and reflected its Anglo-saxon roots way back in 16th century England.  No doubt the word Noel (French for Christmas)  filtered into the British vocabulary after the Normans invaded!  The spelling was changed to "Noel" in 1833 when the song was published in a collection of carols.  Speaking of Normans and 1066 and all that ... Pam Holland is currently working on a quilt version of the Bayeux Tapestry?  Go here to see video

I was surprised to find that many many words - as many as 15,000 words used in the english vocabulary have been influenced by the french language. Link here to see some of them we use ... most probably without even realising we are speaking french.


Anonymous said...

I have to say these are a delight. I can't decide which one is my favorite. I truly have enjoyed reading these. You are so creative and talented. I love your quilts too. :o)

Chubby Mum said...

Thank you!