Tuesday, January 17, 2012
The Mr bought me this countdown ornament from Hallmark this year. He said the little girl on the commercial reminded him of me and my obsessive countdown to Saint Nick's arrival. We both watched it eagerly at midnight on Christmas Eve/Day to see what would happen. Would Santa dance? Would it blow up? Would it play a jingle? Nope. It spelled out Merry Christmas and then flashes Ho Ho Ho. We made sure to take the battery out of it because it never shuts off. The Santa reminds me of Father Time from one of the Rankin Bass specials.
This one's a little dark, sorry about that. But that was the one we got at Graceland this year. It has the gates of Graceland then the mansion behind it and says Graceland below it. I'm not too huge a fan of these thin brass ornaments but you should've seen some of the ones we had to choose from. This was the best they had to offer.
This is an ornament I got when I was about 5 or 6 from my Grandpa and his wife on St. Nicholas Day. Their family did the tradition of putting your shoes on the porch and you'd get something in them. I'd never heard of this so when I spent the night with them that night, I tore down the stairs the next morning to find a patchwork ornament for the tree. When I told him about that in a letter I wrote him before he died a month later he said he couldn't believe I remembered that.
This Nutcracker is from Woodstock, IL. Aka- Punxsutawney in the movie Groundhog Day. This place is about an hour north of Chicago and believe me when I tell you it has NOT changed in 20 years and it is like being on the set of the movie! You should absolutely go there. We picked this guy up in a store in the town square.
This otter is a memento from our trip to Carmel, CA for our anniversary. I love otters and was so happy to see some floating around when we went to Point Lobos to hike and enjoy the beautiful NoCal scenery. I love that it has the date of the year we went too.
This San Francisco ornament has all of the required scenes from the Golden Gate Bridge to the skyline to the Wharf sign, Painted Ladies and of course a trolley.
This one is my favorite from our 2010 trip to Chicago we purchased this ornament at Christkindlmarket. It's replica of "The Bean" (or Cloud Gate depending on who you ask) with the ice rink in front of it and the city reflected in it. It always makes me smile when I see it remembering the wonderful time we had and the great people we know there.
Our newest addition...a cupcake. How appropriate right? We purchased this at the Bent Fork Bakery in Highwood, IL in the northern burbs of Chicago. They have not only some of the best cupcakes we've had but I would trample old ladies to get their frosted ginger molasses cookie. Sooo amazing. I know it doesn't go with the color scheme at all but I couldn't resist it.
Sleep well until next year Christmas tree. You know I can't wait to see you again!
When do you usually put up and take down your Christmas decor?
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