Saturday, December 20, 2014

Santa's Workshop

December Details 2014 – Day 20 – SANTA’S WORKSHOP

If you are like me,  the last few weeks have been pretty busy as you prepare for the upcoming holiday.  Throughout the year, I purchase small gifts as I run across them, but the main “crunch” arrives the day after Thanksgiving, the time that I really get serious about getting things done.  I always try to include some hand-made gifts on my list, so there are always several projects to tackle in the days leading up to Christmas.  Last year’s SANTA’S WORKSHOP included a doll “closet” that Ron made for me to filled with clothes for Adellelyn.  I also converted one of Michael’s favorite drawings into a pillow, which was a hit with him. 

What is in SANTA’S WORKSHOP at your house?  Do you have some DIY projects left to complete or did you let Santa’s elves do your handiwork?

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Stockings Were Hung

December Details 2014 - Day 19 - THE STOCKINGS WERE HUNG
As each of my daughters were born, my mother made them a cross-stitch stocking.  And I needlepointed my own stocking years ago.  As husbands were added, so were stockings (this time not hand-made by me) and I also added one for Dan and for Tyler.  Each year, the STOCKINGS ARE HUNG on small hooks by the fireplace and sometime in the night, Santa fills each one with small goodies.  Last year, Adelellyn and Michael brought their stockings with them, but with a brand new grand baby nearby (and another on the way), it's time to bring out the sewing supplies and design something new for little Luke.
Do you have your STOCKINGS HUNG?  Does Santa fill them each year?  Do you have stockings for your pets? You can see above, that toys for the dogs were just laid on the hearth since they don't have their own stockings.  ;-)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Through The Eyes Of A Child

December Details 2014 - Day 18 - THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD
Last year, Ron's daughter and her family visited us (along with Dan, Jana and Rob) for the Christmas holidays and it was really fun to be with young children on Christmas morning.  Each tear of wrapping paper brought excited squeals.  Later in the day, as we all had settled in to a relaxing afternoon, I discovered Adellelyn driving her remote-controlled "My Little Pony" car through the house with some very special passengers aboard----Mary and baby Jesus!  (I apologize for the lousy iPhone picture, but that little car was zipping right past me!)    When I asked her where they were going, she replied, "Mary and baby Jesus have to get away from the 3 wise guys!"  So. . .  maybe the story got a little mixed up along the way, but the main characters were there at least.
You don't have to be a parent or grandparent to appreciate the special feeling that the Christmas season brings to a child.  From the tree, to the lights, to the story of a newborn baby being born in a stable, there is so much to intrigue a young child.   Their anticipation and excitement for "what is coming" and the innocence in which they readily believe in things that they cannot see is something that we all can learn from.

Do you have a special story told THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holly Jolly

December Details 2014 - Day 17 - HOLLY JOLLY
When I think of HOLLY JOLLY, I immediately think of Santa.  Years ago I began collecting Santa Clauses---ornaments, statues, etc.   I have quite a collection, but over time, my taste in "Santa's" has changed a bit.  Rather than just any old Santa, I really want him to have some character, or to have some sort of sentimental value.  My decorating has also been scaled WAY down the last couple of years---life has gotten so busy lately that I have decided to only display my very favorite things and enjoy them during the holidays, so some of my Santa's have stayed tucked away in their boxes.  Last year, I added this little knitted ornament to my collection (you can see another one peeking out behind him).  He was hand-made in Peru and was purchased at our Greater Gift Market.   I love his little nose and that stocking cap!

What does HOLLY JOLLY mean to you?  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Straight From The Oven

December Details 2014 - Day 16 - STRAIGHT FROM THE OVEN
I haven't done any holiday baking yet this year, although I hope to get a little bit done before the end of the week.  But, last year, Callie and I worked together to bake some goodies STRAIGHT FROM THE OVEN.  We've had a few cooking disasters over the years, but last year, we didn't get too fancy, and everything was a success.  These little Santa Hat brownie bites were cute and tasty!

Have you begun your holiday baking?  What is coming STRAIGHT FROM YOUR OVEN?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Greetings

December Details 2014 - Day 15 - Holiday Greetings
The custom of sending HOLIDAY GREETINGS in the form of Christmas cards was started in the UK in 1843 by Sir Henry COle.  He was a government worker who was very interested in the new "public" Post Office and wondered how it could be used by more by ordinary people.  He and his friend, John Horsley, designed and sold the first Christmas card.  It was a two two side panels that folded in.  Apparently, it caused quite a scandal at the time because it featured a child being given a wine glass.
These days, the aisles at many stores are filled with all sorts of HOLIDAY GREETINGS.  There is something to fit every taste--Nativity scenes, winter art, depictions of Santa and even funny ones.
Even though the tradition of sending cards through the mail has faded with the advent of the internet and email, it has been my personal tradition to make my own Christmas cards each year.   I have the photo ready----now I just need to get busy and assemble my HOLIDAY GREETINGS.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Pretty Papers

December Details 2014 - Day 13 - PRETTY PAPERS
The stores are filled with PRETTY PAPERS right now---rolls of wrapping, tissue paper, ribbon and beautiful gift bags.
I love PRETTY PAPERS and dream of wrapping my gifts in coordinating papers with unique tags and embellishments.  Jana always seems to manage to do this, usually topping her packages with her own specially designed gift tags.  Generally, however, I run out of time to make my dreams come to life and end up being glad just to get everything covered---making the PRETTY PAPERS even more important.

Do you pick out PRETTY PAPERS each year?  Do you have a theme that you use or do you use a variety of different patterns?