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"
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?
Mittens made by Mommy for Granddaughter
35 years ago
THIS IS MY HOPE:
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!!
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
ornament when the GarBear and I
It goes up on the tree last and right in the middle!
Do You Know JESUS?
We are looking so forward to having the Family out here
to CELEBRATE an OLD FASHIONED CHRISTmas!!
The mice took a "Hickory Dickory Dock
play time after being influenced by the mice of
(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: http://angelsdoor.blogspot.com/ )
Hope you enjoy!!
May you have a JOYOUS
CHRISTmas and a BLESSED