I have been slowly getting the Christmas decorations up. I was going to go for a more streamlined look, but, as usual, when I started getting out all our decorations the house was soon overflowing with Christmas cheer.
To put our tree on top of the old red table I bought at the last antique tour we attended, involved sawing a fake tree limb to make it shorter so the tree would not touch the ceiling. Next year the tree is going back on the floor! In fact, I’m thinking real tree next year. Something we have not done in decades. But the tree is decorated and waiting for the presents that will go underneath.
I love pulling out all the old decorations we have gathered through the years. We got this Santa on a hot air balloon at Hershey Pennsylvania many years ago. I remember this vacation in particular because half way to Hershey our younger son rose up from the back seat and with a worried look on his face said, ” I think I left the freezer door open.” Well, there was discussion about going back and David said no and believe it or not, I didn’t think about it again until we were almost home and I began to wonder if we would have thawed food in the freezer. We had this huge standing freezer where I froze meat we got from my parents when they butchered a cow, frozen corn I would freeze in the Summer months and other frozen foods. Having young children I was always having to tell them to close the freezer door, so I was worried about what we would find. The freezer door was closed. Why our son said that makes me think I had traumatized my children about leaving the freezer door open. I was so glad when we got rid of that freezer. The same thing about the iron. I was always afraid of leaving the iron on when we went anywhere because I did a lot of ironing at that time. That and the freezer were usually always checked before we went away. Our younger son said that was one of his best vacations going to Hershey and I’m glad he enjoyed it.
This Santa on a stork always goes on the tree. When we were expecting our first child, David’s grandmother gave me this for Christmas and I have always loved it. It’ almost fifty years old now and I cannot believe I have a child almost that old.
This snowman is even older. When I was a little girl my grandfather had a few of these snowmen candles on his tree and I was blessed enough to get a couple of them. I always think of my grandpa when I put this on my tree. He made the best popcorn balls. We kids always looked forward to those at Christmas. That and fifty cents was our present from him and that was enough for us.
A tiny pillow I made.
And a table runner. I have made so many Christmas decorations from fabric in the past years that I cannot put them all out.
Fabric gingerbread men I sewed when we had our fabric store.
This was actually a tee shirt I found at Target years ago. I sewed up the bottom and the armholes and stuffed it and it makes a very comfortable pillow.
This time of year I love to bake and make sweets to eat. David and I are both sugarholics.
I made a big batch of donut holes with sugar and cinnamon. Yum.
Those with a cup of coffee are wonderful in the morning. I am so glad I am not a diabetic or on a gluten free diet. I think I would miss donuts more than anything. The author, Jan Karon, wrote in her cookbook about sitting with some famous people and asking them that if they were going to have their last meal of their life, what would they eat? There were answers of steak or lobster or cake. If I thought I was going to die and was allowed one last meal I would want two Krispy Crème Boston crème donuts with a really good cup of coffee with plenty of sweetener and cream. I use to think ice cream was my favorite food, but in the last few years I have found I could take it or leave it unless it’s really, really good butter pecan ice cream. I only eat it about three or four times a year because I really do not crave it, but I crave donuts. Anyway, these little donut holes are so good and so easy to make. I only make them three or four times a year and usually at this time of year.
Speaking of sweet things, we went to see these last weekend.
Golden Retriever puppies!
How darling can an animal get? I love puppies. But it is dangerous for me to be around them because I always want one.
Our grandsons are enjoying the cuteness, too.
They are just like puppies. Growing up too fast. I don’t know how my daughter can not keep one of the puppies, but they already have three Goldens, so these are all for sale.
Our beautiful daughter. She is dog crazy like I am. In fact, when she was a girl, she would scour the ads in the newspaper looking for free puppies and would beg to get one. We got three dogs that way through the years. then she grew up and guess who was left with the dogs? But I loved them too, so it was all good. Now I scour the ads looking for Chocolate Labs.
I’m in love, but I will resist. I am holding out for another Chocolate Labrador Retriever. Maybe in another year. This coming year is going to be busy as it’s our fiftieth wedding anniversary year and we have plans.
As we plan for Christmas day remember this…..
Keep Christ in Christmas because that is really why we celebrate. The birth of our King and Savior. With Christ out of Christmas, it’s just another day.
Here’s to Christmas and darling puppies. May they both bring smiles to your face. Bye.