The picture is a French harbor scene and the boat has orange sails. In years past this orange background behind the tree has bugged me, so this year I printed up the letters in huge print, one to a page, double-stick taped them together and stuck the whole thing to the picture glass.
Voila! Goodbye orange sails! The side pictures didn't bug me at all -
they're rather neutral in effect.
And yes, I made the creche figures: in plaster of Paris when I was 10!...
...and about ten years ago I made the angels from yarn cones,
felt, and wooden balls and such...
...and I made the trees with fake ivy leaves, grosgrain ribbon,
and tons of straight pins on Styrofoam cones.
So that's the story - I'm glad you asked!