This is my one fancy Christmas thing. It was my Grandmother's Lennox Santa.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Now I'm not one of those weird cat ladies or anything, but for some reason, once people find out you have a cat, they start giving you cat Christmas stuff. Collect enough and you, too, can create a cute scene with Santa.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
This is the nativity scene that I picked out at an estate sale. I love it, even though I'm not religious. Yes, I put snow around it each year. I think that's inaccurate, but it looks pretty.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
This is the first countdown to Christmas thing I bought myself. The ornaments are all numbered and each day a new one goes on. I think I got this our first married Christmas. I enjoyed decorating it each year and now the children do it.
Friday, December 21, 2012
We used to exchange ornaments at work via a game whereby everyone would have to guess which ornament was for whom. We don't play any longer as it's too easy to guess when you've been together as long as we have, but this was mine one year. The year after *That* Christmss party. The one that I shall not speak of again.
These decorations aren't at my house, but at my Mom's. Formy nephew's first Christmas, my mom put a small tree up for him. Each year, he picked out an ornament for it that represented something from the year. When my kids (and my other nephews) were born, she added trees. Since I imagine that I will continue this tradition if i have grandchildren someday, I thought I'd share the origin.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
We aren't really sure where this came from. Badgley is Mom's maiden name, but in 1975, that name had been long taken over by Dad's surname. So Mom doesn't remember this ornament, but it's been on my tree as an adult from our first Christmas. My best guess is that my step-grandmother, known for her particularly bad gift-giving skills (a blog topic for another day), had these made of HER married surname and gave away for gifts. Perhaps there was a deal for getting the same surname on all? Or maybe she just didn't care to remember everyone's different names? Regardless, I actually like this one.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Signa started a dance class in 2005. She was this tiny little puff of a thing who listened to the teacher and then told everyone what to do. That year for her tree at Gramma's, Mom ordered these. But they were too big for the small tree, so they go on ours.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
I started at this current job 17 years ago today. Just a couple of days later, they had their annual Holiday Lunch in San Francisco. Since I had been there only hours, basically, I was shocked they got a gift for me. It hangs on my tree each year, reminding me of that first week in insurance.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
These are each VERY large and were hung around Mom's house when she lived with my aunts. There was one for all my cousins and their families.