Christmas, Again

Yes, the Christmas season has passed, but since I put up most of my decorations this year, I’m going to show the pictures.  Our kids swap out Thanksgiving and Christmas with each set of parents, so I only put up Christmas decorations every other year.   A very abbreviated version is out on the years we host Thanksgiving.

xmasuuIn the entry hall…

xmaskis the “Flight to Egypt” figurine.  This was bought at Walmart years ago.  I had started a collection of Lladros from Spain before I found these.  Although considerable cheaper and not as fine, I think this is well done.

xmaskkThe manager scene is also from Walmart.

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xmas1This Santa, made from an old quilt, was bought at a craft fair.

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xmas4Three small trees are decorated with a western theme.

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xmasvOrnaments reflect the historical and present Texas culture.

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xmas6Over the years I have collected all sorts of Santas.

xmas7They seemed to be enjoyed by the whole family.

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xmastSome are true collectibles, like Clothique Dream Santas.

xmasttHallmark was one of the retailers where they were/are available.  One of my sisters used to work there.  So several of my Santas were gifts from her.

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xmasaOthers were picked up at all kinds of stores and craft fairs.

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xmasbI also have a small collection of mangers.

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xmasccOn the left is a Jim Short nativity, and the one on the right came from Peru.

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xmasddThis Santa is animated with moving arms and head.

xmaseSome of my favorites are simple handmade mangers.  Most of the wooden decorations came craft fairs.

xmaseeThe paper mache Santa came from Germany.

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xmashhThe magi on camels, a folding metal cutout of Bethlehem, and an angel candelabra provides this table scene.

xmashGetting an snapshot of an overall view just didn’t work out.

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xmasiiThe cloth is a crazy quilt my mother made.  She used some ties that my Dad used to wear, like the blue with dots, along with other cloth scraps.

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xmasllThe picture was in a magazine about Debbie Mum and her artwork.

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xmasmmThe inside of this Santa is a piece of wood, about 5″ x 4″ x 2″.  This gives the support to sit him up.

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xmasqOn the windowsill above the kitchen sink.

xmasqqqThis is one of the first manger scenes I bought.  The people are made from corn husks.  Very creative.

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xmasrrElves behind Santa helping with the heavy bag.

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xmasuAnother animated Santa Claus with a lighted candle.

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xmaswwSanta faces painted on cinnamon sticks.

Although it took me a week to decorate, my husband offered to help me get it all put away today.  So everything is safely boxed in plastic crates and on the shelves in the barn.  Whew.  So happy for the help and heavy lifting.

Hope your Christmas was merry and bright.  The following quote is a good reminder to us all for the coming year.

“Never ignore a nudge or a whisper from God.”  unknown

2 thoughts on “Christmas, Again

  1. Do you still have those figurines from Walmart?? I think those are the only 2 in the set I am missing unless there was a cross figurine. Just curious where you found them.

    • My husband says that if I had it, I still have it. Ha, Ha. Mine came from my mother, but I think she bought them at Walmart.

      Sorry I can’t be more help.
      Wanda

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