Somewhere between putting about three hundred kids on stage over two elementary school campuses this December – I lost a week. All my grand posting ideas of Christmas faire and flair twinkling about my domain fell victim to the almighty urgent of work schedules and the noisy din of staging students in holiday glory for scrapbook memory making.
Just found out yesterday that the Christmas countdown is in single digits!
So – here’s quickie “poetic” little Christmas house tour for all my friends in Blogworld – beginning with – CHILDHOOD!
That’s me on the right – in an impromptu Nativity tableau with two childhood friends. Don’t you just love our improvisation in the prop and costume department?!
So glad I have a few things from my own Christmas childhood memories – like my stocking here!
My grandmother made it for me – red velvet and white terrycloth – and hand-embroidered name.
This time of year I can’t help but wax nostalgic about those sweet days of wonder enjoying all the special little things my mom and dad did to make Christmas celebrations memorable for me and my two sisters in our youth and innocence of the 1960’s.
Here’s me and my sister, Joanna – circa 1963 – in our favorite matching outfits hand-sewn by mom – including those marvelous horse appliques – in front of our tree the year I got a Fisher-Price radio (note the radio at my feet – Joanna is the little blonde holding her radio). Mine played The Farmer in the Dell.
And, here it is under my tree today – surrounded by other toy-time memories that once graced the base of our family Christmas tree . . .
Yep – that’s my Raggety Ann circa 1961, with my Santa doll from Uncle Matt in 1963, and a few well loved building blocks – the first of my grammar lessons with alphabet and illustrations etched in my mind’s eye!
Not quite from my own past, but perhaps grandma’s past – this late Victorian/Edwardian children’s piano was a recent acquisition at an antique shop.
I love the wonderful illustration and the splendor in the word, “symphony”!
The notes don’t play anymore – just a jingle here or there – but I can see this delighting a youngster in button-up shoes one Christmas morning long past.
Of course, my doll carriages are abuzz with excitement as the big day draws neareth! Sweet Emeralda and kitties keep watch with them each December . . .
Lady Bear and Babies looking elegant in a carriage . . .
Tumble and play bears in a sleigh . . .
Happy and hopeful on Christmas day!
And, who’s that fellow standing by their side?
Yep it’s Santa – maybe they’ll give him a ride . . .
Gathered to celebrate on Christmas day!
My precious mother-in-law gave me her collection one year,
I’ve added to them since – they always bring me good cheer.
My most favorite Santa – an antique Icon of St. Nick,
Which hung in my grandmother’s bedroom: A trick
On a fanciful child – you bet, that was me –
Who would sneak into gran’s room and stare longingly,
Into St. Nick’las’ face – and wonder in awe –
That there really is a Santa Claus – after all!
But, Santa – the Spirit of Christmas, they say,
Is hardly our true hope on Christmas Day.
My dining room mantle is reserved for that scene,
Willowtree figures flanked in festive green,
Angels rejoicing at the birth of the King,
Jesus – our Lord – and the Salvation He brings . . .
With Peace on Earth and Good Will to all Men,
My Byer’s Choice Carolers sing out again!
Joy and song fill the hutch writing desk
Where our Dickens’ editions look their best;
Topped by lights and greens and a vintage display,
An old Burma Shave sign of a horse drawn sleigh.
The tree I showed off in a post you’ll find HERE,
And, my kitchen shelf is grouped with elves full of cheer,
Little vignettes tucked in – some here – some there . . .
And, my whimsical village I put together with care.
The living room cityscape – a hustle-bustle riot . . .
The dining room country-scape – more serene and quiet . . .
Well, hope you had fun on this quick little tour,
Tune in later this week, I promise – there’s more.
Village scenes come to life with their stories to tell,
Plus, teatime with blessings and wishing all well!