And of course, my FAVORITE fella at this time of year is the man with the RED SUIT. The one, the only DANCING SANTA CLAUS. We put him behind the sofa in our living room. I fell in love with him about 10 years ago at a local Menards. Everytime I went into the store, I would turn him on. Get your heads out of the gutter people. I just flipped a switch. LOL And he'd start singing and dancing. I'd join in and so would other folks. Made me happy. So much so, I thought about him day and night. Made my husband a little jealous. So I introduced him. My husband found DANCING SANTA to be quite a guy. He decided we needed to bring him home to entertain us. He asked HOW MUCH it would cost to do that and found out the price was right. So we've enjoyed the pleasure of Santa's company ever since.
My ANGEL CHERUB Water Fountain was a present for my 40th birthday. So many moons ago, when I was just a kid. That was a birthday to remember. Every year I fill the base with pretty red POINSETTIAS for the holidays. So festive.
Our mantel is kind of understated. Just a couple snowmen stockings and burlap evergreens with red bows.
A cheerful ELF and SOAP snowman sit on my counter in the bathroom.
A little Christmas Angel and Bottle Brush Tree sits besides me at the computer desk while I type.
Our little Silver Tree stands about 2-1/2 feet tall. It has a few bulbs hanging on it, that's all.
I'm CRAZY about our Fireplace Heater and Bears. Adds a rustic flair to the Family Room. Keeps us cozy and warm in the winter, too. This is the place I go to meditate and DRAIN my BRAIN. How do you like that sign? It's a warning. GO AWAY. Leave me alone. I'm in the moment and do not want to be disturbed. For the holidays, I did it up with a garland of poinsettias and a little wreath under the Vintage Espresso Maker. I don't know if you can see it... but on the top of the fireplace, to the right, there is a Deer with Antlers. It is actually a very, very, very old DoorKnocker. Pretty cool, huh?
This isn't a very good picture. But this is our BIG Tree. Sssh! I will tell you a little secret. We keep it up year round. It goes dark after the New Year and doesn't get re-lit until Thanksgiving the following autumn.
This little snowman stays up all winter, too... until the last snow flies. My father made it for me and I hold it near and dear to my heart. Christmas just isn't Christmas without it.
Let me introduce our FURBABIES, Mira and Dara. They are sisters. They look like twins, don't they? They apparently wanted to make a CAMEO appearance with the MOOSE Centerpiece. When I'm not looking they try to play with the styrofoam berries at the base of it. Don't let their sweet little faces fool you. They are trouble with a capital T. It took a few years to stop them from crawling up the tree at Christmas. And if they get a hold of tinsel at this time of year, it ends up dangling from their cute little tushies and you have to pull it out. HORRORS. I can't buy real poinsettias because if either cat nibbles on it, they could die. So we celebrate the holidays with a bit of caution. But it's the price you pay to protect the ones you love.
And finally... I had to make a little bowl of cinnamon pinecones with some mistletoe to sit on an end table. Besides looking nice, it fills my home with the fragrant smell of the holiday season. Don't you just LOVE Christmas and all the trimmings?