tis the season

as i look around the chalet i think about the Christmases of my youth - i'm so very lucky to have so many bits that belonged to my parents that bring back so many marvelous memories. while Mommy didn't decorate to the extent i do -  she did do quite a bit - both the trees on my sideboard and in the bath were hers and are in the very same rooms she had them.

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the mantel 1970- if you saw my IG feed last week - you know the littlest stocking was mine. Mommy always had real pine and holly boughs along with poinsettias and mistletoe. a lovely large pinecone decked out with mini ornaments my sister made held pride of place on the coffee table every year.

 

 

 

 

i love the choirboy candle holder from the 1950's - his sweet face makes me so very happy.

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our 1984 tree! we always had a real tree - you can see my little stocking became an ornament!

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our nativity - Mommy picked it up for a $1.00 at a rummage sale! maybe i get my thrifting gene from her! ha!

 

 

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some of our most treasured possessions are the original shiny brites my parents bought for their first Christmas in 1955. we do have a bunch on our tree but, i love to showcase some of the extra specials ones in my favorite wooden bowl.

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here's a collage from around the chalet! since the porch redo - we placed the tree out there this year.  you can see we have mittens as our stockings, but i do have a good number of different stockings as decor here and there. since we have a 6ft decorator tree - i love to light my Thyme Frasier Fir Candle and drink in all the yummy scent.

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this astounding display isn't too far from the chalet... it's our own local "Griswold House". as you can image with a 6 yr old - we drive by often! ha! i read a fun idea in the latest the Magnolia Journal so friday night we surprised our son by putting him to bed and quickly saying -"only kidding" we piled in the car in our pj's and drove around town looking at all the wonderfully decorated homes.  it was so fun - i highly recommend!

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the adorable santa mug and bell were my parents. i rotate the books on the end table during the season. tucked into the stack is a Little Golden Books copy of the Nutcracker - i adore that ballet - and my favorite composer is  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  check out the skaters on our local pond from 1948. i really try to place not only Christmas decor around the chalet but, seasonal as well.  this sweet cabin is actually a card my hubby found and gave me well before thanksgiving - knowing i'd want to frame it. the ceramic nativity is a new/old piece. i just picked up last week shopping at Valley Vintage.

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well here's my mother Rita sitting on the floor Christmas 1980 - i'm sure she's telling some tale - she was very funny, saucy and much adored! her sister Marion is laughing on left as is her friend Angie on right and look i was finally upgraded to a proper stocking - she had knit one for me too!

enjoy one of my favorite scenes from A Christmas Carol  when Scrooge's nephew Fred brings some holiday cheer to lowly Bob Crachit. " A Cheering Warming Goodly Wine..."

i wish you and yours a very happy Hanukkah, a blessed Christmas, a marvelous Kwanzaa and a brilliant New Year! i hope we can all stop and really savor this time - it goes by so quickly!

tell us about your holiday traditions -

til next time.

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