Christmas 2012 — Event One

December 8, 2012 at 6:26 pm (Christmas 2012)

Christmas decorating in our house is divided into two events…  the snowmen and the tree.  The week after Thanksgiving, I put up my snowmen/santa decorations — and, as I set them out, I remember how I received them.  “The tree” is a separate event.  DannyO and his brothers go to a tree farm every year and, pick out trees, cut them down, eat fish and chips, and drink some holiday cheer.  Our tree is usually 8-9 feet tall and takes one day to put up and two days to decorate.  If I didn’t live with a boy, I’d have my snowmen and a tiny tree…

Brother-in-law Kevin wants to know if this is big enough!!! {{Please don't let them pick this tree.  Please don't let them pick this tree!!}}

2012 — Danny (on the right) with two of his brothers. Brother-in-law Kevin wants to know if this is big enough!!! {{Please don’t let them pick this tree. Please don’t let them pick this tree!!}}

Today, while Dan is at the tree farm, cutting down the tree, I thought I’d share my decorations with you — along with my memories of them.


I got the “believe” ornament from my friend, Tom. I bought my second snow baby this year… both have “girl” themes. The dried hydrangeas are from the bush at Grandma Amelia’s house. They are crumbling, but I keep them as the bush isn’t there any longer.

I painted the Santa plate.  Danny got me the little snowmen candle holder.  I love the little snow girl

I painted the Santa plate. Danny got me the little snowmen candle holder. I love the little snow girl – I got her from TJ Maxx’s. She’s wearing a great hat!!


We got this Santa from Katie about 10 years ago… one of my favorites!!


A close up of my Santa plate. The little snowman on the left is from Amanda. He got a little chipped 🙂


I got this Snowman from Daryl Buynack’s flower shop (no longer in business) many years ago.


Snowman and Snowlady salt and pepper shakers from Mike and Maria


A lighted snowman from Grandma Ruth. I can’t find the other one. He had a black hat!!


A “Russ” snow bear and a “joy” angel. I bought the angel this year. The painting is one I did about 7 years ago. Of course, you can see family photos tucked among the decorations!!


An eclectic grouping… The Charlie Brown figurines from my sister Sue (thanks Sue!!) and a snow/church scene I painted for Seymour’s Creative Legacy Studio.


A close up of my JOY angel


My snowbabies. I LOVE the chocolate and shoe themes… These will go to Amanda when I’m gone 🙂


A sweet bowl I bought at Big Lots 2 years ago.


Rudolf and The Grinch from Hallmark sitting on our church pew


This Santa sits at the top of our stairs. Ann Neff gave this to us about 10 years ago. Ann is no longer with us, but her favorite color was red and I think about her every time I put him out!!


One of my favorite stuffed snowmen


A glittery snowman tucked among my teapots!!


A Santa door crown I painted, a blue glazed cookie jar. I got the little teapot from Goodwill. Amanda got me the little pointy-nosed guy.


I painted 2 of these sleds… one I gave to my friend, Jana. This is a Jo Sonya Jansen piece.


A close-up of a Santa sled I painted.


The very first ornament I painted!!


A tea light from darling DannyO (love the pictures of Amanda and Brent!!)


I found this in a little Christmas shop in Occoquan, Virginia


One of my favorites… 12 years old!!


My sister in law, Georgie, gave me the “JOY” ornament. The snowmen on either side of “JOY” are from darling DannyO.


A close up of my little Russ snow bear.


Susie gave me this Charlie Brown set because I played “Lucy” in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown in college!


A close up of the snow scene.


Jesus IS the reason for the season!!


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