Is it Christmas yet?

Now that we’ve all enjoyed our Thanksgiving celebrations, it’s time to start – or at least plan – the Christmas decorations.  As the years pass, I spend less time and effort decorating my house, but I still do the basics for the family.

Not my house.

Not my house.

I bought a new tree last year (artificial), so that’s probably the first thing that will be set up and decorated. Haven’t had a real tree since:

  1. The tree trunk went through the storm door.
  2. The cat tried to climb the tree, and put deep gouges in my forearm when I stopped it.

    Also NOT my house.

I love trimming the tree.  Many of the ornaments are tied to memories of times past (good ones), and people long gone.

There’s the tiny painted hot air balloon with gondola that I gave to my mother one year, along with a tiny wooden rowboat, a lighthouse, a modern looking chrome and brass reindeer, and a tin merry-go-round.

It’s fun to look at the ornaments with pictures of my grandchildren taken when they were babies and toddlers.  Nothing like the giants that they are today.

woodenbellA wooden bell purchased in Sweden and given to my mother by her minister in the 1980’s.  A ceramic wreath made by a friend in his class at Pewabic Pottery about the same time.

Lots of angels, stars, snowflakes, and small creches, made of plastic, and glass, and metal, and ceramic.  A metal ornament with the name of my old dog, Sassy. A new ceramic ornament with a picture of my dear dog, Stella.

A couple of Snoopy ornaments.  A polar bear. A tiny Lionel steam engine.

starMy  younger grandson always asks me why I have an angel on the top of my tree instead of a star. I haven’t always, but she’s been up there for thirty years or so, looking down on us all (and I like her).

After the tree comes the lighted village which I might dispense with – except the giant teenage grandson loves to look at and play with it.  Because it’s a “tradition”.  I found out that almost anything I do might be considered a “tradition” by the children!

The stockings.  I no longer use the one my mother made for me when I was a baby – the felt one festooned with sequined ornaments, and my name at the top.  Instead, I feltstocking3use an aqua satin stocking that she also made for me – but as an adult – decorated with sequined sailboat, palm tree and starfish, with a golden sun shining down over it all.  My daughter has a similar one in pink satin given to her by Grandma.

The grandsons have their own stockings made of felt with sequined ornaments and their names at the top – this time made by this grandma when they were babies. I made a dark red velvet stocking, lined with silk and trimmed with tie silk in a paisley pattern, for my son-in-law when he married my daughter.

[2016 ADDITION: Last year I made a sequined felt stocking for my son-in-law, at my daughter’s request.]

I might put out a few candles – for atmosphere and scent – and Christmas cards from past years with photos of the family – for remembrance.

I’ll probably put the miniature Christmas tree in the boys’ bedroom, along with a stuffed Rudolph, and a pretty stuffed white cat with a red ribbon around her neck.  There is also a lighted “candle” of a snowman that they like, and some old music boxes.  They may be big boys, but they love the same old things (those are traditions, you know!) year after year!

There’s a small Hallmark Christmas train (1990’s vintage), and a Santa music box that plays, “Santa Claus is Coming To Town” that settles on the television stand for the season, along with a small stuffed Snoopy in his Santa outfit.

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Last, but most important, I will put my small creche in a special place; the baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds with their sheep, the three kings with their camels, a donkey, a cow, and an angel looking down on them all.

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Whatever your traditions may be, I hope for you a beautiful Advent and Christmas season.

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60 Responses to Is it Christmas yet?

  1. joshua says:

    ISIS jihadis have a Christmas song called “Slay Bells are Ringing”…wait until Mad Dog gets through with them….he will plant a Christmas Tree up their keisters.

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    • stella says:

      Joshua, I love you, but not everything is about politics.

      Liked by 3 people

      • joshua says:

        sorry….I was actually thinking about the displaced Christians in the Middle East and how Christmas in not going to happen very easily for them…..not so much the politics, but the liberation and freedom….but, you are right…my bad.

        Liked by 2 people

      • czarowniczy says:

        Geez, I was about to say that “if you’re a Rat parasite evey day’s Christmas…or at least it was until November 8th.”. But if we’re gonna keep politics outta this I won’t.

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  2. auscitizenmom says:

    A couple of years ago, I finally found a 7 ft. pencil tree, which I had been shopping for for years. I do decorate, but each year I give away some decorations I feel I can do without. I never noticed what a big job it is to put it all out and then back. One of the things I enjoy most is a little Christmas dish set I bought several years ago, a small plate, glass, and mug.

    I spent Thanksgiving with my son, DIL, and granddaughter. The day after Thanksgiving, we went out and chopped down a big tree and decorated it. Then we put out the Christmas presents and had an early Christmas before I left. It was really fun. My DIL made Christmas cookies, too.

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  3. nyetneetot says:

    Not my house either…

    Liked by 8 people

  4. amwick says:

    Yesterday, all day, two young guys were here installing a Pergo floor in my house… Now that’s done so I can decorate… What with moving and all, some things are gone, but I just finished my Gingerbread house…

    I found the two green candycane trees at the dollar store…

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    • amwick says:

      Years ago I would do one with my mother… we always laughed…

      Liked by 2 people

      • stella says:

        I usually do one with my grandsons. I think I’ll get a kit while they are on sale …

        Liked by 3 people

        • amwick says:

          So much easier than baking one… and the icing in the kit is great as glue…have fun!

          Liked by 3 people

        • michellc says:

          My daughter bought one of the kits to build one with my grandson. It didn’t work out too well, he wouldn’t quit pulling it apart before it had time to set. lol

          My precious little boy was kind of a mean little boy today. I went Christmas shopping with my daughter today and at one of the stores Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Tigger, Piglet and Olaf was there. He liked Tigger and Piglet, Olaf he tolerated, Mickey and Minnie he really didn’t like. He told both of them to not touch him, Mickey tried to force this issue and tried to shake his hand, he kicked Mickey and yelled, “I no like mouse, Garfish(his cat) eat you.”
          His mom was embarrassed that he kicked Mickey and told him you don’t kick and to say he was sorry. He just kept yelling, ” I no like mouse!” Nanny probably shouldn’t have but she laughed. The overgrown mouse should have listened when he said, “no, no, touch me,” while he waved his finger back and forth.

          Being the grandmother instead of the mother sure does have it’s rewards. lol

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  5. amwick says:

    My neighbors have a tree just like the one at the top of the thread… It is the most immense spectacular thing… it must be 9 ft… It is breathtaking,, and a bit comical, because our houses are very modest, and it fills most of the room… 🙂 I put my tree on a milk crate, covered with a cheerful red cloth. This gives it the appearance of being tall, and it leaves a really nice open area underneath for gifts and other decorations. My favorite is a copy of the Christmas Box.

    It rests under the tree, and I usually sit down and read it at least once.

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    • stella says:

      Funny – I built a box to raise the tree, and it has the tree stand attached to it with screws. Makes much more space, I agree!

      Liked by 2 people

      • joshua says:

        My first Xmas, newly wed, just outta college and moved outta my parent’s house for good, and into my own new house which I no idea how I was going to earn enough commission money to pay for it…..was built on an upright junk old floor lamp that was thrown out…I sprayed it gold, and put four tumbleweeds that I found blowing in the street, sprayed them gold…and put a bunch of really cheap Kmart ornaments on it….but it was CHRISTMAS, and we had turkey and dressing and stuff that my mother brought to my wife and me for her contribution to my “grown up freedom”…and said the tree was pretty and original….

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        • WeeWeed says:

          We did the tumbleweeds one year, too – they’re great.

          Liked by 3 people

          • joshua says:

            See them tumbling down,
            Pledging their love to the ground!
            Lonely, but free, I’ll be found,
            Drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds

            Cares of the past are behind,
            Nowhere to go, but I’ll find,
            Just where the trail will wind,
            Drifting along with the tumblin’ tumbleweeds

            I know when night is gone,
            That a new world’s born at dawn!
            I’ll keep rolling along,
            Deep in my heart as a song,
            Here on the range I belong,
            Drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds

            Tumbleweeds, tumbleweeds!
            See them tumbling down,
            Pledging their love to the ground!
            Lonely, but free, I’ll be found,
            Drifting along with the tumblin’ tumbleweeds

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  6. stella says:

    Right now there is a Christmas Walk at the Meadowbrook mansion in Rochester, MI. I used to volunteer there years ago. Anyway, each room is adopted by a different decorator, in accordance with a theme, and it is always beautiful!

    http://meadowbrookhall.org/tours/holiday-walk-tours/

    http://oaklandcountymoms.com/meadow-brook-hall-holiday-walk-24580/

    I see they changed the name to “Holiday Walk” this year. PC strikes again.

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    • texan59 says:

      One of these years/winters I have to go there. I think I’ve told the story about how my GGF was the builder of that home. One of my cousins still has all of the notes that were taken during the actual build. My GGF actually built a home he lived in in the area with the “scraps” from that build.

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      • stella says:

        It is a beautiful place, with priceless interiors. It was willed to the University (Oakland) with all of the contents intact, including priceless paintings, statuary, carpets, books etc.

        Because money to keep the property up was not included in the bequest, it has been turned into a conference center. Business meetings, weddings, tours etc. Much of the grounds were turned into a first class golf course (Katke-Cousins).

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  7. hocuspocus13 says:

    This will be the 4th Christmas since I started this…🎄

    I wrap up a gift from Christmas Past for my Son 🎄

    Something that is a Family hand me down to Him to cherish and one day once He gets married and has Children of His own He can hand it down to them 🎄

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  8. texan59 says:

    How many of ya’z either had one of these, or a family member did? I remember this at my grandma’s house, including the spinning colored floor “lamp”.

    Liked by 7 people

    • joshua says:

      generation before today woulda thrown strobe lights on that dude and done disco dancin’ to Rock around The Christmas Tree music.

      Liked by 2 people

    • WeeWeed says:

      We did!!! Wish I still had it. I have a cousin that has one from his family that he sets up every year, even if it’s a “spare” tree in another room.

      Liked by 2 people

    • stella says:

      Our Polish next door neighbor in Illinois had one (early 1960’s). She’s the one who had plastic covers on all her furniture and plastic runners on the carpets. I kind of like them now; kitschy.

      Liked by 3 people

    • czarowniczy says:

      Around here a lot of people get artificial trees as you can change the decorations and lights on it to match the holidays. If you’re not into the whole year-round thing (put the b’day presents under a b’day) you can start before Thanksgiving with a Thanksgiving Day tree, movevto a Christmas theme and then on 12th Night switch out to a Mardi Gras scheme.

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  9. amwick says:

    File this under eat your heart out…. My neighbor is having their traditional Christmas party next week… Appetizers, drinks and desserts…. annnnnnnnnnnnnnd….. last time she made candied bourbon bacon… absolutely fantastic…is it candy? is it food??? It’s bacon!!

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  10. Cetera says:

    Is it Christmas yet?

    Not quite. I had prayed for something really awesome for Christmas the other day, that I was certain would not be denied me, but I can’t remember what it was now. Things are often like that for me. I get good ideas, and they fritter away, especially with regards to spiritual matters.

    However, look at what we have been given for Christmas already:

    Trump will never run.
    Trump will never submit his finances.
    Trump will never reach 10%.
    Trump will never win a debate.
    Trump will never win in the South.
    Trump will never beat Jeb.
    Trump will never beat Christie.
    Trump will never win with Evangelicals.
    Trump will never break 30%.
    Trump will never win a Caucus.
    Trump will never get endorsed.
    Trump will never recover after Iowa.
    Trump will never win a state.
    Trump will never break 35%.
    Trump will never get over 100 delegates.
    Trump will never win in the North.
    Trump will never beat Carson.
    Trump will never win a Primary.
    Trump will never win 8 states.
    Trump will never win in the West.
    Trump will never reach 1237.
    Trump will never recover after Wisconsin.
    Trump will never get nominated.
    Trump will never win with women.
    Trump will never penetrate the blue wall.
    Trump will never beat Clinton.
    Trump will never recover from Khan.
    Trump will never fundraise.
    Trump will never recover from TrumpTapes.
    Wikileaks will never happen!
    Trump will never win the second and third debate.
    Trump will never make a comeback.
    Republicans will never win congress.
    Trump will never get elected.
    Trump will never stop jobs going to Mexico.

    [WE ARE HERE]

    Trump will never prosecute Clinton!
    Trump will flip flop!
    Trump will never appoint a conservative to the Supreme Court!
    Trump will be impeached!
    Congress will obstruct Trump!
    Trump will be a figurehead!
    Trump won’t drain the swamp!
    Trump will never lower debt!
    Trump will never cut taxes!
    Trump will never turn the economy around!
    Trump will never reverse Obama’s executive orders!
    Trump will never build the wall!
    Trump will never get Mexico to pay!
    Trump will never deport illegal alients!
    Trump will never renegotiate NAFTA!
    Trump will never force China to play fair!
    Trump will never end TPP!
    Trump will never make us allies with Russia!
    Trump will destroy NATO!
    Trump will never defeat ISIS!
    Trump will never bring jobs back!
    Trump will never usher in a new era of manned space flight!
    Trump will never be reelected!

    Thank you, Jesus! So far, so good! Keep him honest, keep him true, keep him safe!

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    • stella says:

      I know you are enthusiastic, but this is a CHRISTMAS thread, not a political or open topic thread.

      Liked by 1 person

      • joshua says:

        Said the night wind to the little lamb,
        Do you see what I see
        Way up in the sky, little lamb,
        Do you see what I see
        A star, a star, dancing in the night
        With a tail as big as a kite
        With a tail as big as a kite

        Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy
        Do you hear what I hear
        Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy,
        Do you hear what I hear
        A song, a song, high above the trees
        With a voice as big as the sea
        With a voice as big as the sea

        Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king,
        Do you know what I know
        In your palace wall, mighty king,
        Do you know what I know
        A Child, a Child shivers in the cold
        Let us bring Him silver and gold
        Let us bring Him silver and gold

        Said the king to the people everywhere,
        Listen to what I say
        Pray for peace, people everywhere!
        Listen to what I say
        The Child, the Child, sleeping in the night
        He will bring us goodness and light
        He will bring us goodness and light

        SO MANY WAYS TO INTERPRET THOSE LYRICS THIS CHRISTMAS….lol

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  11. amwick says:

    Pay attention… Bargain!!!

    I just ordered a Collins St. Bakery Cheese cake for my twin sister… There is a special $25 that includes shipping, and you can pick any cheesecake… It is only valid today… if this is something that you may want to consider you need this OFFER CODE 611168 REQUIRED.. Here is a link. https://www.collinstreet.com/online_bakery/cheesecakes?t=611168&o=611168&utm_source=Master+List&utm_campaign=1e4a9791f8-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_12_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_24b8c4a2b4-1e4a9791f8-85051277

    Those cheesecakes are normally like $31, with shipping $7 so I thought this was a pretty good deal, and it is a reputable company… 🙂 Good luck..

    I don’t exchange gifts with my twin and her family, so this was in lieu of some flowers or something.

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