While Christmas is hardly about a thing, I certainly have favorite Christmas things.
My Favorite Ornament
One of three handmade ornaments of my mother’s, beaded and bedazzled during her five-year battle with cancer. It’s fraying now and some beads have escaped, but every year this is the first ornament I look for. Considering I have a hard time choosing among chocolate, strawberry and vanilla, it’s remarkable I can actually name a favorite.
My Favorite Nativity
Crafted by my youngest, this set stirs my Mama’s heart. I imagine to the casual onlooker it borders on the side of pitiful, but to me? It’s more beautiful than anything from Fontanini, Willow Tree or the like.
My Favorite Santa
We have half a dozen Santas ranging from fancy and gold to just plain homely, but this little fella is the perfect measure of jolly.
My favorite ornament set.
These aren’t recognizably Hallmark but I got them over a decade ago, 75% off after Christmas; I felt like I won the lottery at the time. Five different sizes, shapes and colors, each bears a different word–love, joy, peace, hope…
My favorite tray
Each season, I can’t wait to find the Little Apple Girl, painted by Lisi Martin. She lives in my kitchen throughout Christmas holidays and I’m always sad to pack her away.
My Favorite wreath
Two of my three children made these in kindergarten; for the life of me I can’t figure out why the third didn’t (WHY didn’t I help him make one when he didn’t that year?). So many of my Favorite Christmas Things are handmade, no wonder I’m a wannabe!
My Favorite Angel
Make no mistake, this kid is NO angel (the tilted halo is your first sign). But, oh, how I love him for tryin’…and the grin on his face melts me every time I see it. This makes a perfect “ornament” for gaps in my Christmas tree, too.
My Favorite Random Decor
I love seeing your favorite Christmas things! Each has such a sweet memory with it. sigh. I love that. I have to say I was happy to see that I am not the only person who has trouble deciding between chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. 🙂 So me!
I have a similar handprint wreath made by my daughter, and a huge handprint Christmas tree made by my son. When my siblings and I were in kindergarten, our teacher hand cut silhouettes of each student in the class which she sent home for us to give as gifts to our mothers. She stopped the year my youngest sibling was in kindergarten. It was actually a sore spot with my mom for many years. Years later, I found an artist who created silhouettes and sent her a kindergarten picture of my brother in profile so she could create one for him. Finally, my mother was able to have silhouettes of all four of her children lining the staircase wall.
Sorry I went off on my own tangent. Thanks for the tour of your favorite things!
Aww, I love the handmade things, thanks for sharing! That is the neatest nativity set! 🙂 I totally agree, handmade is the best.. my college roommates and I did some of the goofiest handmade decorating every year, and now what do you know, those are some of my favorite Christmas memories. 🙂 ~Frances
Love the little manger scene–My favorite thing is just being with family—the many memories from all the years!
Thanks for sharing your faves – it is obvious why they are so special to you.
Merry Christmas to you and yours from Ireland.
It’s so nice to see other people’s Christmas decoration all around the world !
I certainly will participate in this tour too !
I see why the ones from the heart are your faves. We all have those we search for. I especially love how you have a celebrated mixture.