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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

CHAPTER 22: Christmas-tide in Wonderland!

From a Fairy to a Child 
LADY dear, if Fairies may For a moment lay aside Cunning tricks and elfish play, 'Tis at happy Christmas-tide. 
We have heared the children say -Gentle children, whom we love -Long ago, on Christmas Day, Came a message from above. 
Still, as Christmas-tide comes round,They remember it again -Echo still the joyful sound, 'Peace on earth, good-will to men.' 
Yet the hearts must child-like be Where such heavenly guests abide. Unto children, in their glee, All the year is Christmas-tide. 
Thus, forgetting tricks and play For a moment, Lady dear,We would wish you, if we may, Merry Christmas, glad New Year.
-- Lewis Carroll, Christmas, 1887.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from The Altered Alice! This month the design team brings you their holiday wishes, and we invite you to send your holiday greetings or share a special project with The Altered Alice and to our other readers. 

We do not have a sponsor this month, so we are just sharing for the joy of Christmas in Wonderland, and we hope that you will share too. We will have honorable mentions, so play along for the glory if not a prize!

To celebrate the season, we bring you The Lewis Carroll Memorial Window at Daniell Chapel in England. Notice the left panel where Lewis Carroll and Alice kneel to pay homage to the newly born Christ in this wonderful Nativity scene! This month's quote is actually contained within the windows, do you see it?
Click to enlarge - See Lewis Carroll and Alice in the left panel
The window, designed by the stained glass artist Geoffrey Webb, is a must-see for anyone who loves Wonderland. A wonderful Christmas poem by Lewis Carroll is shown in the center three bottom panels, which include characters from Wonderland - the White Rabbit, Dodo, the Caterpillar, Mad Hatter, and more! Our own Sue Roddis visited this chapel and gave me permission to show her close-up photos here, click to enlarge:

From Bonnie:
Bonnie McLain of Love Light and Peace is sharing an altered board book she calls "The Many Faces of Alice" and it showcases her love of the original Tenniel illustrations. The back page is much taller than the rest, perfect for the TALL Alice, my how she has grown!
 The cover is decked with this gorgeous black lace, forming a valence over Alice and Dinah, the kitten!
You can see one of the inner pages here; please visit Bonnie's blog to leave a comment and to see all the inner pages. They are truly lovely and you will not want to miss them!  Thanks Bonnie for making us such a lovely project to share at Christmas-tide!

Also stop by Love Light and Peace to wish Bonnie a happy, happy birthday!

Please consider adding your own project to share by Saturday, Dec. 29th. It can be a Christmas project or just something Alice-related that you want to share that perhaps did not fit with any of our other challenges! For this month only,we will allow you to back-link projects that were created before this month, as Christmas-tide is all about giving and sharing! Note: If you are viewing this in email or a reader, you can click on the title of the post to see submitted projects on the blog.  Merry Christmas to one and all, with great love from The Altered Alice!


  1. wow! the stained glass is amazing- thanks for sharing that- and a second wow to Bonnie for her Alice creation- that's so creative and i love it :-) Debi x

  2. Bonnie's project is pretty cool. I love the stained glass. How unique.

  3. Wonderful stained glass. Lovely little book too. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I've never seen that window - now it's on my bucket list, thanks so much for sharing. Lovely challenge - Winter/Christmas in Wonderland or Through The Looking Glass would have been an amazing book.

  5. Merry Christmas to all of my friends at the Altered Alice! As I read your post, I was reminiscing about last year at this time...and thought I'd share my post from my time on the Design Team. Bonnie's project turned out the black and white. Elegant. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Beautiful inspiration from the DT,
    bit of a convoluted linky ;) glad I was finally able to enter a challenge here. mark


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