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.
In the entry hall…
is 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.
The manager scene is also from Walmart.
This Santa, made from an old quilt, was bought at a craft fair.
Three small trees are decorated with a western theme.
Ornaments reflect the historical and present Texas culture.
Over the years I have collected all sorts of Santas.
They seemed to be enjoyed by the whole family.
Some are true collectibles, like Clothique Dream Santas.
Hallmark 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.
Others were picked up at all kinds of stores and craft fairs.
I also have a small collection of mangers.
On the left is a Jim Short nativity, and the one on the right came from Peru.
This Santa is animated with moving arms and head.
Some of my favorites are simple handmade mangers. Most of the wooden decorations came craft fairs.
The paper mache Santa came from Germany.
The magi on camels, a folding metal cutout of Bethlehem, and an angel candelabra provides this table scene.
Getting an snapshot of an overall view just didn’t work out.
The 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.
The picture was in a magazine about Debbie Mum and her artwork.
The inside of this Santa is a piece of wood, about 5″ x 4″ x 2″. This gives the support to sit him up.
On the windowsill above the kitchen sink.
This is one of the first manger scenes I bought. The people are made from corn husks. Very creative.
Elves behind Santa helping with the heavy bag.
Another animated Santa Claus with a lighted candle.
Santa 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