Thursday, December 11, 2014

Merry CHRISTmas!! EMMANUEL !!!

This year we are going to have our first CHRISTmas  gathering
with family at our house!!!
(The first since we moved in our home here three years ago)
So I really am in the spirit to decorate!!

I still have the same decorations from forever ago, and 
rarely get anything new.. (unless it is second hand or vintage,
or handed down)
I just like the stuff that I have such as 
is hand made or is sentimental 

Some things hold memories of loved ones that have gone on
like the salt and flour ornaments that my Sister-in-Law Rita
and I made way back in the 70s! What  fun we would have together 
crafting and giggling!

Rita with 
HubbyBear and me

Some things were brought over from the "Old Country"
Memories for my roots and traditions

"Gluecks Pilz Mann"

                              Candy cane and star made by my Daddy when he was a child
Mushroom man made by me when I was little

                               (because I didn't want "Gluecks Pilz Mann" to be lonely)
                                 a holly leaf made by my brother when he was little

So I love to use these (as did my Mom) to decorate the 

. ~ .~.~.~.
What is ADVENT?
(watch below)

Mittens made by Mommy for Granddaughter
35 years ago




  German music that I grew up with:

Auntie Karin and Unky Kurt
 (they are also from Germany with the most wonderful accents)

A wooden village inspired by my Auntie Karin

My Auntie Karin started me on this wooden village
30 yrs ago. She painted the carolers and Santa's 
workshop and other wooden delights. Through 
the years I have added a little here and there
to build a "tradition" that I adore!

A sweet little train from Germany
  was given to my brother Brock when he was a little guy!
I got these two Stieff  animals that year when I was two!!

(the deer and kitty)

(Santa and tree and house by Auntie)

( AUNTIE also made this QUILTED tree skirt)!


"Oh CHRISTmas Tree"

The CHRISTmas Tree is filled with so many
cherrished heirlooms. The long string of glass blown beads
are from my Grandma "Omi"
 And many of the ornaments even came over
 from her home land of Germany

Steiff animals were always a part of my growing up
 Mommy and Omi loved to give them to me for holidays!
All of my relatives lived in Germany
 so when they came to visit 
America they brought me some!

So it is only fitting that they also join the festivities!!

Not dinner!!


This Nativity set belonged to my Late Dear Mother-in-Law
I cherish it so very dearly!
(although the Jesus was missing so I had to add him 
along with some other pieces) 
 She also gave me this 
Love Bird 
ornament when the GarBear and I 
became engaged!
It goes up on the tree last and right in the middle!

Mom Nolan

Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper
and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.
                                     3 John 1:2
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We are looking so forward to having the Family out here 


The mice took a "Hickory Dickory Dock
play time after being influenced by the mice of 
Grammy's House!!!
 (they had GREAT FUN)!!




And visions of "suger-plume bone treats" 
danced through their heads!

This will be Ashley  Maggie May's
very first CHRISTmas!!

Pixie is old hat at it !!

She doesn't mind dressing up 
for the holidays....

...and she didn't mind 
dressing up last year!! 

Sadie did not like it though!

Charmin was just happy to be along
(we will miss the GOOD SWEET girl that she was
14 good lovely years)

No animals were hurt in this photo shoot......
......(well maybe a little pride....
and an antler) !!!

The Dolls celebrated St Nick's Day
together with the MOUSIEKIN FAMILY


                               Cosmo says "Dazzle the day, add some sparkle"!!
                                    (Cosmo Penniekin by Penny White of: )


Hope you enjoy!!
 May you have a JOYOUS
New Year!!


  1. Wow, even the big wheel got the Christmas treatment :) everything looks so lovely.

  2. My sweet Linnie,

    I am here at home, alone until Ruben comes back from teaching a late class. All is calm, all is bright, as I read your post, look at your cozy home, see your relatives and you. I am listening to the music in German, and I listened to the Advent video....waiting. Waiting is what we were meant to do, to build up our faith for the ultimate gift: Eternal love revealed.

    Your post is touching, moving me to think and to remember how many of us have distinct memories of loved ones. Yours is wrapped in the culture and language of German. Mine is enveloped in the Mexican culture, and the countless other experiences around the world just moves me.

    May all our nights be silent, calm and bright.


  3. P.S...I LOVE THE MICE RUNNING UP THE CLOCK and all the other sweet creatures (stuffed) and furry! teeee

  4. Your home is only made lovelier with your wonderful old Christmas decorations.

    I enjoyed the tour and wish you and yours a wonderful love, joy and peace filled Christmas.


  5. I just want to walk thru your house and touch everything. What memories Christmas baubles bring to us. I too, am flooded with memories when I open the Christmas boxes and find the stockings i made for my children, or the little wooden Santa I purchased for my first tree at age 21, or my mothers little glass birds that hung on our tree in the 50's. Your house is just filled to the brim with Christmas delight, I love it, it is so happy. That little duck hanging from the tree is wonderful, is that a Steiff too? What about the little squirrel in the tree, he is precious as well. I wish I lived nearby to share some Christmas cheer with you and Gar Bear....and MOMMY! Love to you and a Merry Christmas too! PS I dropped my lap top and now have to use James computer, so I am signing in ANONYMOUSLY... but it is me, Jeri

  6. Hello Linnie,
    I loved all your photo's & it has made me feel so Christmasy.
    Your dogs are beautiful, I bet they will have a wonderful Christmas Day.
    It is Georges first Christmas too, he just can not leave the decorations alone bless him. Who knows what is going to happen when I put the glass baubles on the parlour tree next week.
    Merry Christmas.
    Fondly Michelle

  7. This post was a gift in itself. I loved each and everything you shared here. I had my own German "mommy" I will try and share a post about her before Christmas. I'm having a good time at mama and daddy's. I pray your Christmas eve gathering will be wonderfully blessed. Love you dear Linnie.....huggs Shelley

  8. Linnie, I enjoyed seeing your house all decorated for Christmas. So festive! I also enjoyed the videos. Thank you!

  9. Linnie I bet your house is stunning at night all lit up! Must be like a child's magical dream it is so pretty and there is so many little vignettes with vintage charm. You can feel all the happy memories in your photos. And here I am still without a tree....good grief! I loved listening to Handel's Messiah while I persused through too.
    Take Peace,

  10. Dear Linnie,

    You're my kind of "people!" I love the old-fashioned, homemade ornaments and decorations, too. Your place looks so cozy and warm, and I'm sure that the dogs really liked dressing up, deep inside. :)



  11. An absolutely beautiful and heartwarming post; lovely photos. Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. Dear Linnie,
    What a joy it was to sit and enjoy this beautiful Christmas post. Your home is so very warm and inviting.. I love all your special handmade Christmas Tree ornaments... Isn't funny how such tiny things can bring back such a flood of beautiful memories..

    Thank you dear Linnie, for the most enjoyable post, also for your visit and sweet comment.
    Wishing you and your a blessed Christmas.

  13. TEA RAT: (or, "T") teeehee..hello there little Miss Mousekin! I thank you little miss for coming to visit us in Nowhere with GREAT ADVICE on how to sneak a horse in the house without Rattus knowing! I shall proceed with my plan to put a hobby horse under the tree and while I'm at it, bring in the real deal under Rattus's nose. I thank you kindly for your advice; you obviously have had much experience in these matters!!!!!!!!

    Oh Linnie, THANK YOU for coming twice, once at Nowhere and then to Castles. I wish you and yours a splendid and peace-filled Christmas my dear sister! LOVE! Anita

  14. Dear Linnie,
    OK! I had to hunt but I did find Cosmo in several different places.
    OH yipeeeeee! And you found his crown...
    Ok.. I had made you a new crown, and I am going to wait till after the holidays to go back to the post office... Then Cosmo will have a ~spare~ teehhe..
    Love and blessings,

  15. Thank you for sharing such lovely and poignant photos! Such memories your home invokes!I am doing absolutely nothing in the way of Christmas decorations this year, so this is an especially lovely treat!
    God bless and Merry Christmas! Jan