Today’s post will continue the Home for the Holidays spirit I started the other day. I shared the over all effect in the first post and then in another post shared some of the holiday quilts I’ve made over the years and use just for this time of the year.
Every time I pull out my decorations it’s like seeing old friends again. This year it was more so because some of my decorations have been packed up unused for years. As I pulled out each new found old friend I would go, “Ohhhh, hello old friend!!”
At one point Tall & Handsome asked, “Did I hear you say what I thought you said?”
I asked, “Well, what did you think I said?”
“Hello old friend.”
“Yep, you heard right then.”
He just chuckled…
Today I thought I’d share some of my favorite things…decorations and ornaments and such. In 1974 I started collecting a dated ornament for each year. I’ve also collected Christmas ornaments from places I’ve traveled to…Christmas ornaments and fabric are my favorite souvenirs. I figure they beat ceramic ashtrays and shot glasses any day!
I have the satin ballerina slippers from the Biltmore Estate, the teddy bear from Hershey, PA; and the bell tree from Faneuil Square in Boston.
Then of course there are my old friends from Hallmark. Each year marks a milestone in my life. The year my son was born, the year I moved one place or another, the year T & H and I married and so on… I guess you could say in a way my favorite things form a type of diary of my life.
So, just before Santa arrives…here are a few of my favorite things…
This marks the beginning of The Twelve Days of Christmas…A Partridge in a Pear Tree
From the Hallmark Here Comes Santa series – this is the first or second in the series which started in 1979
Third in the Hallmark Here Comes Santa Series
A baking Nutcracker and another in the Here Comes Santa series…this time a stagecoach
This is one of my favorite of the Here Comes Santa series…the Ice Cream Vendor
Another Here Comes Santa favorite – Santa and the handcar
This was the last in the Here Comes Santa series
A hot air balloon to remind T & H of New Mexico, a Southern Colonial that’s part of Hallmark’s Nostalgic Building series and one of the satin ballet slippers from the Biltmore Estate
Father Christmas (series) and a Schnauzer in a Stocking
A Woodpecker from the the Hallmark bird series and a blown glass lighthouse
My lovely Blue Jay
On the left, the Bell Tree from Boston…and one of my Hallmark lighthouse ornaments
Of course no tree of mine would be complete without a snowman…or two…three
God Bless America
This little bell has been on every tree of mine since I was a toddler.
The daily dishes from Thanksgiving until my birthday…a yearly tradition
Snowmen just turn up everywhere
The gift bearer – the year Tall & Handsome moved to Alabama he placed this Godiva bear under my Christmas tree. In the bear’s back pouch was an engagement gift…a beautiful garnet and diamond pendant he had purchased in Santa Fe.
and just for fun…
Tall & Handsome when he was Short & Cute while living in Germany…
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! And God Bless us all…
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