Wednesday, December 16, 2009

You Capture - Christmas Decor

I love Christmas. Seriously. A lot. I'm what is known as a Christmas Dork.

All year long, I look forward to this magical time from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Because I truly believe it IS magical. It has the potential to bring out the very best in people (although it sometimes brings out the very worst, if I'm to believe some of the things I see in various stores....). There is this feeling (yes, I'll say it) in the air that truly good things are possible. That maybe, just maybe, people really do care about each other. That maybe they want to help each other. Maybe they want the best for each other. I think that all the time, but this time of year, other people seem to think it, too.

I believe in Santa Claus.

I cry when Frosty melts (every single time). My heart breaks for Rudolph and Hermie and the toys on the Island of Misfit Toys. Don't start me on Cindy Lou Who who was no more than two. And Charlie Brown and that tree.... Oh. My. Gosh.

This is My Time. Everything about it is full of tradition and special-ness.

Witness the following.....


I begged Mom to buy this for me when I was about 7. (I think. But I also seem to think that most things in my life happened when I was 7, so I could be wrong about that.) I have no idea what he is, but I love him. Something about him is too adorable for words. He went with me when I moved out of my parents. He is the first ornament on the tree (and the last one off) every year.

These two have been around for every Christmas in my memory. They have faded and changed slightly over the years. They no longer hang from a branch, but must be strategically affixed to one. But they captured my imagination as a small child and never let go. I have made up many, many stories about these birds and their lives and adventures. I wish I had written them down rather than just said them to myself. I stole them from Mom's tree when I moved to my own house. It is the second ornament on my tree every year.


This is the first really nice Christmas thing I ever bought on my own. It's a pottery dish. It's shaped like a star. I think it's beautiful. Every year I have to make up a reason to use it, but that's okay. I find one. If only just to look at it.

I saw this and it reminded me of that dish up there. I find it quirky and odd and I love it. It makes Hubby laugh. And it makes me sing Cherry Pie by Warrant in my head. (Or sometimes not in my head.) This is the third ornament on my tree every year.

Does this even need an explanation? You would have taken him home, too.

This really isn't decor, exactly. Except that I don't really eat them. (Okay, I eat about three.) Mostly I just love the way they look. Grandma used to have these in her house at Christmas time, and I thought they were sooooooo cool. So every year I buy them and put them in my candy dish and just look at them as I pass by.

I am not really a religious person. But I do have a nativity. This is it. It's painted on a seed.

Take in everything this week before Christmas has to offer you. Enjoy every moment.

And take a trip to Beth's to see how everyone else spruces up their homes.

87 comments:

Heidi said...

I love your cherry pie star. Too cute. :)

WackyMummy said...

I love your whimsical ornaments. So cute! And the nativity is very unique. =)

Graceful said...

Very cute ornaments. And I love that seed nativity -- that is cool!

Saj said...

Lovely captures! And I find myself getting choked up about everything around this time of year-it is truly magical!

busygirl said...

I love your special ornament, ours is a classic pooh ornament and my fiance gets angry if anyone else gets to put it up other than him!

jaime said...

I love your photos - and my grandma has the same candy at her house. I eat a lot of the candy, so I don't buy it for my own house :)

livinginagirlsworld said...

What a great assortment of ornaments. I've always loved pulling ours out every year. Oh, the memories!!

~Rhen @yestheyareallmine said...

The star with the amazing 'stash is my favorite!

Colleen said...

I love the teeny, tiny nativity!

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

Oh that look on that snowman's little face - just melts me! I love your ornament collection!

p.s. Did you change your tagline? I'm not sure I remember seeing that before...but it cracks me up!

Mrs. Bird said...

Great shots! I love the snowman!!!

Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry said...

Wonderfully done, thank you so much for sharing. If I came to your house, I'd definitely steal that snowman with that face - IT'S THE CUTEST THING EVER!

Mrs Soup said...

I love the idea that you have an order for your ornaments! That's so great.

And those candies are phenominal. They totally scream Christmas to me as well. That and the Christmas M&Ms were always around during the holiday.

Sarah Jones said...

I love your star with the mustache! It make me laugh too! Great pics!!

Corinne said...

I love it all! I also cry during just about every Christmas movie... it's such a wonderful time of year :)

ZDub said...

Um, I'm going to need to know where you got that nativity! Love it.

Bacardi Mama said...

In case I don't tell you enough, you are totally awesome and I love you so much. You make me believe when I doubt and that is a very special gift. By the way, he is a Human Bean! Perfect post. Love you!

imadramamama said...

Oh my gosh, not until I saw your ornament did I remember that I used to have a Human Bean figurine! I loved that thing. I was devastated when it broke!

Laura said...

aah. It's nice to meet somebody who also understand the importance of the ornaments on the tree and the order they should be hung. :) Great pics, all of them!

Diana...aka...MeMe said...

It's so great that you have ornaments from your youth! I beleive in Santa too... Merry Christmas to you and yours!! PS - I am the one who buys the saddest looking tree so it's not left alone on the lot...I would so have taken the snowman home too!

Upstatemomof3 said...

OH I adore that ornament. I wonder what it is. It is so stinking cute. I love memories like that. I have lots of ornaments from when I was a kid too. And now everyone in the family gets a new ornament every year.

Lyndsay said...

And the grinch's dog? You feel sorry for it too, right?
Poor sweet puppy...

TurtlePress said...

Thanks for taking us down memory lane...I'm right there with you when it comes to Christmas dorkery...I even love the Snow Miser.

semicrunchymama said...

I love that little "Human Bean" ornamanet! So cute! And yes, I'd totally want to take that little snowman home with me. With a face like that, how could you resist!?!

bookbabie said...

Wonderful decorations attached to wonderful memories, what the holidays are all about!

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