for a Christmas tour in Blogland, but better late than never, right? ;)
Before we get started, you might want to grab something to drink... like some eggnog, hot chocolate, a cocktail, or maybe even some Wassail and perhaps a snack, because you're going to be here awhile, if you want to see this picture heavy post.
Just warning you ;)
So we're starting with the fireplace...
There's the needlepoint stockings.
My mom made all of them.
A little bit of greenery and some little Christmas figurines.
The tree and Santa are music boxes.
One of the side tables holds a sleigh riding couple and a few Christmas books...
Including a favorite from the 1800s.
My great grandfather's humidor holds Santa's cookie plate, his glass for milk, the box that holds paper for Christmas lists...
and a sweet little card given to me years ago from an old blogging friend named Cherry, that says "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas."
An angel from my uncle is across the way.
On the coffee table I have two of my favorite snow globes, one from Annie and one from my aunt, more Christmas books and some music boxes that look like match boxes that my mom gave me.
Also a silver reindeer pulling a sleigh, that my brother gave me.
On the hall tree to the left...
is where I stick Christmas cards (just a couple when I had taken the picture at the beginning of the month)
Santa's hat that's made of real velvet and fur, that a furrier gave me when I was about 16.
My mom bought my pink suede prom dress from him in the 1980s.
And no, you won't be seeing that awful picture ;)
But here's the hat...
And a paper angel, which was one of the first Christmas decorations I bought myself.
A wooden Santa stands guard by the front door.
Across the way, one of three nativity scenes sits on top of my antique library cabinet...
My mom bought it for me when I moved out and I still love it.
In the dining room I decorated great grandma's hutch...
I painted the bird houses years ago, when I was more of a crafty person.
It also holds the second nativity scene and some of my Santa collection.
Across from that sits a mischievous elf on my grandfather clock.
I hung some garland in the window of my office....
and put up a Charlie Brown Christmas tree with the Taco Bell Chihuahua dog, that Annie gave me last year, relaxing underneath.
Moving on from there...
I hung my Christmas aprons.
There's also a few decorations for the windowsill above the sink.
Little baby Jesu, (so called by an old blogging friend, that gave it to me years ago named Suzanne, that no longer blogs, ) rests in a teacup.
My sad little plastic lighted Christmas tree, that no one wanted, sits on the fridge, and a few decorations in the breakfast nook...
You'll notice that Bubba was very interested in the picture taking process during most pictures ;)
Oh! And my mom just bought me that red phone you see on the wall :)
My sweet salt and pepper shakers :)
In the den, I have the third nativity, that was Annie's as a little girl...
and a Santa picture that says ""He went straight to his work.", more Christmas books, and an angel.
And the other "tree" that's made of metal.
My aunt gave me that and the animal ornaments too.
So that's it for the tour.
Nothing exciting, since it's what I do every year in some way or another.
Once in awhile something else will be brought in, but it has to be really super special or a gift.
Anyway, my favorite time is nighttime, when the living room seems magical.
Or at least it does to me :)
Wherever you are, I hope you have magic this season too.