I hope to spend more time blogging this year - and making fun crafts with you all. Thank you for the kind words and inspiration you have shared with me this year. May this year bring much JOY and FRIENDSHIP!
I am not a big sweets eater. I can leave chocolate behind. I received 3 big boxes of yummy chocolate from parents this year, and it is appreciated by Hubs - because he LOVES chocolates!
But, they are too sweet for my taste. One box would probably last me a year! Oh my!
But, at Christmas time, the sweet-side of me comes out! And, what I love is peppermints and gingersnaps.
I am the best Santa's helper on Christmas Eve, when I can have a sip of coffee and a gingersnap or two while I make Santa's plate of goodies.
Then, there are the peppermints - oh my - I love peppermint rounds, peppermint chews, and peppermint candy canes just turn me PINK!
I just love the little chewy candy canes! My jacket pockets are stuffed with peppermints all Christmas season. I even sneak them into my classroom - don't tell the headmaster...he said "no candy" for the kids. But, I can't help but share!
January cannot come soon enough. I have given myself permission to eat all the peppermint and gingersnaps I want till January. Then, it's back to low carb for me.
Just so you know - it's my husband's fault. When we were first married he took me to the Lynden Dutch Bakery where I had a ginger cookie in the shape of a windmill. It was love at first bite!
The cookies we got this year are from Sweden, bought at Costco and they are so yummy. Pretty scalloped ginger-thins. I'm in LOVE!
I think I could even put peppermint frosting on top!
We are spending our 35th Christmas together this year. We are very thankful to be living in our new home in the country. A prayer come true.
We decided to go ALL out with our decorating this year.
Tubs and tubs of decorations came into the house - tubs of decorations we had not used for many years. We decided to put lots of the vintage decorations out and celebrate the many years we have had together. Each ornament brings back memories of Christmas' past; especially those spent when our children were little.
I think that one of the things that we have been really talking about, is how over the years we have built collections that somehow seem to go together in this home. It's like they were meant to be.
The red cabinet was $2 at a yard sale. It had sat in the man's back yard for years, he said - and it was a mess. Hubs repaired the top and I painted it with 5 coats of red paint. It is the "toy cupboard" and is filled with games and toys for the grands. The basket holds hubby's toy tractors that our grandson Trevor likes to play with. I love the green drop leaf table, and right now it sits here in the hallway with the big red Dutch shoes and some vintage linens. I layered vintage Christmas tableclothes on the top.
Over the years I have collected brooches at yard sales.
A teatowel by Heather!
Our sweet vintage stove covered with candy and cupcakes!
Last night we had a family dinner party and it was just so much fun for hubs and I. The tablecloths are actually eyelet cloth shower curtains. I love the ruffles on the edge!
Thank you Libby for the pretty mirror!
The large table is a piece of plywood over our existing table.
Thank you Jill, for this darling corner cupboard.
I found the stained glass dove at a yard sale for $10. I didn't want to pay $10, so I didn't buy it. Several months later it was at a different yard sale for $1. I added the scrolly pieces and painted the oak frame white. It is such a pretty color of peacock blue.
Now that we live in the mountains, we might have a white Christmas.
What a treat that would be!
Although, I have to admit, being a true-blue desert rat, I am finding my mountain home to be chilly, to say the least. I haven't taken my cozy sweatshirt off since I arrived home over 2 hours ago!
Thank you sweet hubs for the fleece lined boots! They keep my tootsies nice a warm!
It was 26 degrees this morning when I left for work. Is the frig that cold?
The children at my school are inviting themselves over if it snows at my new house! Hurrah - the more the merrier! I had better load up on Hot Chocolate!
I admit - I enjoy working in a warmer climate!
And, I'm happy to have lots of windows to look out of to see the snow!
Maybe this will inspire you... my two white couches were yard sale finds. They were already slipcovered and in perfect condition - $50 each. The brown vintage hutch - $40. White large hutch - $12. (It's pretty shabby though). Spode China - free from hubby's client. The handpainted rose cupboard - $7. Aqua vintage luggage - $15.The coffee table - $5. The Christmas tree - $33. Most of the tree ornaments and beads - $5 total. Except for the handpainted rose ornaments - I painted them years ago. I love yard selling - and it has been fun to see these treasures fill up our new house.
****************************** Thank you Lord - for our new home.
I just love the little wooden ornaments from the past. I love the bright colors and whimsical faces handpainted on each and every one.
They remind me of the happy Christmases when I was a young child. I remember waking one year to find that Santa had brought me a brand new Thumbelina doll and a darling little stroller to push her down the street - showing her off to neighborhood children. Oh, I still remember the sweet smell of this little baby doll.
I loved Santa Claus. And, like many children of the 1950's, I believed in him, too. My sister and brother and I would race down the stairs to see what he had brought us on Christmas morning - the stockings would be brimming with goodies. My dear, sweet mother had filled them with precious treasures, nuts and fruits, and tiny gifts to personally delight us.
She would purposely leave the tree lights on so the room would look magical. The cookies left for Santa were eaten with only crumbs left behind. The milk glass nearly empty. Sure signs that Santa had enjoyed his midnight snack brought smiles to our faces.
And packages, so many packages. Brightly papered and ribboned and each signed by 'Santa' himself. "To Patti - You have been a good girl for your mommy and daddy this year. I hope you love this little dolly!"
My parents loved their three children and Christmas was a wonderful time for them to show their love. They loved pretending with us. They loved giving to us. Christmas was all about fun and family.
When we were older my parents began to take us to church. It was there that seeds of faith were planted. Christmas began to change for me. I began to learn what the true meaning of Christmas was about - Jesus - the birth of our Savior - Peace on Earth - Love - Redemption - Forgiveness, and so much more.
As a Christian, Christmas is about Jesus. The birth of my King and Redeemer.
And I celebrate.
I find JOY in my faith. I find PEACE in my faith. I find HOPE.
I admit it, I am a true-blue Santa Fan - if he is cute and vintage looking. No primitive or woodsy Santa's for me. I like the Santa that was around the houses of my childhood. The santa on Christmas cards from my childhood. I like the Coca-Cola Santa! :)
In this season of my life, I just love Santa. And, I think I am figuring out why. My parents are getting older. I realize that I am getting older, too. I think it is because I love my "mommy and daddy" so much - and the older I get, the more I realize how much they sacrificed for me and my siblings. I think for me, Santa represents the LOVE of my parents. It was my parents that wrote the sweet notes from Santa. It was my parents that decorated the house and yard, the tree and every room in the house. It was my parents that read my wish list and did their best to answer my hearts desire.
Mommy and Daddy - I see you!
For me, Santa does not take away from the true meaning of Christmas. Santa represents the deep love of my parents. Santa and Mrs. Claus were my parents. This was one more way they showed their deep love for me.
Santa - did you know I've moved! I have a new chimney - I'll be looking for you, Santa!