Christmas 2019

This is the very first nativity set that we bought for our family back in the nineteen eighties. We bought it in a Christmas shop at Disneyland in Anaheim. It’s wooden and we wanted something the kids could handle.

We’ve added a few more Nativity sets in the last few years. I wait for the after Christmas half price sales.

The manger and babe are from Verna’s stash (Dear’s mother). Don’t know the history but I like to pair it with these newer wise men.

Addy is a lot more interactive with this Fisher Price Nativity this year than she was last year. She had all the figures lined up in a row the other night when they were here for dinner. I was keeping a close watch on her mobile little brother so didn’t get a photo of the line. It made me smile real big.

Another vintage piece from Dear’s mother is the Santa and his reindeer.

This year I bought some little crafting clothespins and am using these wall pieces that decorate the entry all year round for our Christmas cards. I’m pleased with how it is working.

Our outdoor space is lit up with stars.

Now all I need to do is to wrap the gifts. Addy looked at our tree the other night and asked, “Baba, where are the presents?” I told her they would soon be under the tree.

Arise and shine, thy Light is come,
O humankind, O Christendom;
Thy glory and thy peace is here;
The Savior of the world draws near.

Christmas 2018

A fair warning. This will be a photo overload post.

Welcome to our Country Christmas Bungalow.

We decked the halls…

 

The Sunday before Christmas we had an open house and our Daughter-in-law’s family helped us start off our Christmas celebrations.

My next post will be a photo overload of Christmas day when our kids from the West arrived for our 2018 family Christmas!

 

Christmas Past Mosaics

2013 Nativities. I’ve gone a little overboard adding 5 more nativity sets since 2013.

2014 Joy is always a strong theme at Christmas time.

2015

2016

2017: Our most delightful Christmas addition.

These are all mosaics made with Picasa on my good ole laptop that died in November. I’m still looking for a program to create mosaics/collages on my new computer.

Our little Addy has changed so much since last Christmas.

December 2018

And for context, below was our view on our way to church this morning. We had a couple of inches of snow overnight that turned to rain while we were in church so now everything is pretty slushy.

Linking up with Angie for Mosaic Monday. Thank you for hosting, Angie!

Only 9 days until Christmas! Are you ready? We don’t have our tree up yet.

Be Merry…

Things have finally settled down enough in our kitchen renovations so I could start decorating for Christmas.

I’ve acquired a few new nativity sets over the last few years. I’ve had a conversation with myself and have agreed to not purchase any more.

Looks like the theme this year at this old house is to Be Merry!

You can see my neighbors lights out the window. They really light up the night! We have not purchased our Mystery Tree yet.

My extra motivation for decorating was our small group Christmas Appetizer potluck. I made Lovella’s Cocktail Sausage Wreath again.

I’ve been real slow in catching up with visits to blogs. I hope to come by soon.

Slowly and surely with long work days things are getting done. The kitchen backsplash is all done and the last thing to do is the new trim around the window above the sink.

Mystery Tree 2016

2016-12-13-sounders-paradeThis year while I was having fun downtown with our oldest, Dear did the honors of picking out the mystery tree and bringing it home. He set it up in it’s designated spot this year and waited for me to come home from gallivanting and to cut the string while I watched the reveal. Another stress free tree that will serve our purposes well.

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flash-xmas-044This will be the room that we discover what things are in our stockings and where we open the gifts from under the tree. This year our immediate family decided to draw names instead of buying gifts for each one. Dear is unemployed and has been unemployed for 6 months now. Our daughter Katie and Andrew are not employed. Andrew is going to school full time in Aeronautical Engineering courses at the University of Washington and Katie hasn’t found a part-time job yet. Dan and Jamie are moving into a new to them house right now. They are financially stretched and with the new baby coming Jamie will be quitting her job and staying home with our new granddaughter. Josh and Laura are still both employed and doing well. We all decided it makes sense to cut down on the gift buying. We will still have a wonderful celebration but with less wrapping paper to deal with.

Hope you are all in the midst of joy and wonder during this great time of the year. If not I hope you find that joy and wonder soon.

The Wonder of it all…

O, the wonder of it all! The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me.

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O, the wonder of it all! The wonder of it all!
Just to think that God loves me.

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Hope you are enjoying the Wonder of Christmas and the Wonder of it all…

I’m linking up to ABC Wednesday started by Mrs. Nesbitt and now her elves are working hard keeping us on track.

I’m heading to downtown Seattle today for the Seattle Sounders Victory Parade and Rally. Hope my nose doesn’t freeze and fall off. Our deck is a sheet of ice right now. No snow or rain is forecast so that is good.

Pearl Harbor Day Hodgepodge

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PM1910. This postcard is from a stash I have that Dear’s Great Great Aunt Emma Danielson collected. Many who knew her would send her postcards over the years. This one was postmarked 1910 with a 1 cent stamp on it.

1. Let’s talk holiday decorating. On a scale of 1-10 where do you fall? (1=Scrooge and 10= Clark Griswold). What’s your favorite corner-room-table-space to decorate? Is it done?

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My best guess is that I’m about a 6 since I only decorate 2 rooms and a small area outside. I don’t have a fine large porch and my Dear is not a hang the lights kind of guy. He does hang my lighted star and the lights on the tree. We don’t have our tree yet this year. I like the old china secretary passed down to us from Dear’s parents all lit up at Christmas. Decorating is not done this year yet. The photos I’m sharing are from Christmas Past.

2. Is there a nativity scene in your decorating somewhere? Post a picture or, if it’s special to you in some way, tell us why. Or do both-it’s Christmas!

This little wooden nativity is the very first one we bought from Disneyland when our boys were young and before we had our little girl. I wanted something that they could handle and that would not be broken easily. Lately I’ve collected a few nativities and enjoy putting them here and there and everywhere. Here are some of them.

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This last one is a Wee Forest Folk nativity. These pieces were given me individually over the last several years and the set is now complete.

3.  Do you live in a social neighborhood? If so are you glad? If not do you wish you did?

Our neighborhood is not social. I’ve been tempted to have an open house but have never followed through. In the past in other neighborhoods we would have 4th of July block parties or Christmas open houses.

4.  As the saying goes, ‘there’s no time like the present‘. How does that ring true in your life right now?

This rings true as we are getting older. I’ve said that we better get out there now while we can still walk and have the time. Also we are reminded more than ever that life is unpredictable and we need to enjoy our friends and loved ones. Hand in hand with “there’s no time like the present” is…”Don’t put off until tomorrow…”

5. Do you dread Mondays? Why or why not?

I don’t dread Mondays anymore. When I was younger I dreaded them because it meant back to school. When I worked it meant back to work. Now I’m okay with Mondays. My mother had a bad relationship with Mondays and I’ve had to get over that influence.

6.  Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, Amaryllis-which on the list is your favorite holiday plant? Are any of these on display in your home right now?

I’m not a Christmas plant person and generally house plants end up dead. None on display right now. I do like live wreaths and garland.

7. Share a favorite quote from a Christmas movie.

“Merry Christmas you filthy animal!”  “No, You’ll shoot your eye out”

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

This is the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. This was 10 years before I was born and before my parents immigrated to the United States.

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”

When Dear and I were choosing our wedding date we decided on December 6th instead of the 7th because we didn’t want our wedding to be on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Today Dear and I are heading to La Conner to enjoy an anniversary meal a day late. Dear is getting over being sick and we decided to wait a day so his taste buds would be more ready to enjoy food.

Hope you all are in the midst of the Wonder of it all this Christmas season.

Linking to Hodgepodge Wednesday with Joyce at From This Side of the Pond. Thank you Joyce! Is it Hodgepodge Wednesday or Wednesday Hodgepodge??

 

Signs of Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at this old house.

 

 

 

 

 

We are slowly getting things together for Christmas. I’m happy to say that our Christmas cards with letter and photo are on their way today. The sad thing is that the envelopes did not have enough glue on them to seal properly and I had to buy envelope sticker seals to seal them up properly. Sheesh. Next time I buy cards I’ll open the box up and check the envelopes…

Do you still send Christmas cards in the mail?

I’m linking up to signs, signs hosted by Lesley!

Photobucket is holding all my photos from 2007-2015 hostage on their site. All my photos that I stored and uploaded from that site are now big ugly black and grey boxes with a message to pay big bucks to get them restored to my blog. It will take me a long time to restore thousands of posts.

 

The Nativity

Someday we’ll know the real story on what that night looked like so many years ago. For now we rejoice in our dear Savior’s birth!

Preparations continue at this old house with little decorating tweaks here and there. Today I’m meeting the Senior walking girls for lunch and tomorrow night is Dear’s Company Gala Event. No fancy shoes for me yet. My toe is a whole lot better but I still can only wear flats. As Tim Gunn says “Make it Work”! I’ll make my flats work with my dress up clothes. How goes it at your place?

 

Joy, Joy, Joy…

Xmas decor 016I love this joyful time of year.

“Joy to the world! The Lord is come
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing”

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My toe is better and I’ve been able to do whatever needs to be done except for aerobic exercising with the Seniors.

The next 10 days are filled with a variety of celebrations for Dear and me. I am no where near being done with Christmas shopping. I probably won’t really get going with that until December 15th.

How’s it coming together at your home?