all the colors

December 30, 2007

Joyful and Triumphant

Filed under: blessings,Christmas,my world — Kathy @ 8:13 pm

Since I’ve last posted, I’ve done a few fun things, like go to Las Vegas, stay in a fun hotel and go to a bowl game where our team won by a point.

The Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas
The Bellagio

BYU vs. UCLA, Dec. 2007
The 2007 Las Vegas Bowl

We made it home in time to try something we’ve never done before, and which the recipients may not want us to do again:

Caroling on Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve caroling with an accordion player.

The best telephone call of the year also came on Christmas Eve from halfway around the world from Andy in Korea.

Andy in Korea

Andy is on the left.

The next morning was just good old Christmas fun, and I was richly blessed by those who love me. Thanks to Scott, Mom and Dad, Connie, Jo, Matt and Rosie for the love and goodness. I certainly don’t deserve it.


November 29, 2007

Manger Scenes

Filed under: Christmas — Kathy @ 6:16 pm
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The most iconic Christmas decoration of all, the nativity scene, reminds us of what Christmas is really all about.

Nativity, procelain bisque
This porcelain bisque set was given to me in increments, over 8 years, for my birthdays.

Holy Family, porcelain bisque
It looks pretty when the sun shines through the window onto it.

Shore nativity
I like this set because of the quilt patterns on every piece.

Child friendly nativity
My kids played with this one when they were little. The pieces in the set go to a carol.

The Friendly Beasts

Jesus our brother, kind and good
Was humbly born in a stable rude
And the friendly beasts around Him stood
Jesus our brother, kind and good.

“I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown,
“I carried His mother up hill and down;
I carried her safely to Bethlehem town.”
“I,” said the donkey, shaggy and brown.

“I,” said the cow, all white and red
“I gave Him my manger for a bed;
I gave Him my hay to pillow His head.”
“I,” said the cow, all white and red.

“I,” said the sheep with curly horn,
“I gave Him my wool for His blanket warm;
He wore my coat on Christmas morn.”
“I,” said the sheep with curly horn.

“I,” said the dove from the rafters high,
“Cooed Him to sleep that He should not cry;
We cooed Him to sleep, my mate and I.”
“I,” said the dove from the rafters high.

“I,” said the camel, yellow and black,
“Over the desert, upon my back,
I brought Him a gift in the Wise Men’s pack.”
“I,” said the camel, yellow and black.

Thus every beast by some good spell
In the stable dark was glad to tell
Of the gift he gave Emmanuel,
The gift he gave Emmanuel.

Miniature nativity
This really tiny set belongs to my mom, but it is here in the house. I particularly like it because it is plain and humble.

I have a book of “creches” and I know there are millions of different types out there. In a store just the other day I saw them from Thailand, Africa, Jerusalem, Italy, Mexico and the US, all very different in style. What is yours like? When you think about it, it’s rather amazing that the message transcends nations, cultures, languages, and customs. The baby born in a stable and laid in a manger brought redemption to all mankind. No wonder people everywhere make their physical representations of the event.

November 27, 2007

A-wimoweh, A-wimoweh

Filed under: books,Christmas,my world — Kathy @ 11:06 am

The next category of Christmas decorating is peaceful villages. Because it takes a village to make a good Christmas.

Tin Christmas village

This little tin village sits on the glass end table in the living room. It is a Hallmark ornament series I collected a few years ago, but I’ve never hung them on the tree. There are only nine little buildings in this village, and I use some miniature Hallmark ornaments like some reindeer and some cars, planes, and fire trucks in the village too.

David Winter village

Here are the David Winter cottages that sit in the dining room. They are cast of a solid stone-like material and are quite heavy. Don’t they make a charming English village?

David Winter village

The toymaker’s shop and the clocktower.

Sadly, neither of my villages are in current production. The tin village mayor enacted a building moratorium, and so the town is as big as it is going to get. The David Winter village sometimes gets a “new” house thanks to the “Interweb Real Estate Co.”

Christmas storybooks

The Christmas books, most of them children’s storybooks, sit underneath the David Winter village.

I buy a few new books every year, and we read them too. I guess if I still had little children we might get through them all at bedtimes during December, but now that we are all big and busy, we are lucky to read through a few of them together during the season.

Oh well.

November 26, 2007

Pillow Wollip (that’s a palindrome)

Filed under: Christmas,my world — Kathy @ 11:40 am
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I was a good girl today and went for a session with the trainer, so I know I’ll be sore tomorrow. That’s OK though, because I’m still having so much fun putting out the Christmas decorations. The category here is pillows in the living room, because they might come in handy when I’m really sore! The living room is decorated in colors of peachy orange and cream. That orange is not exactly harmonious with all the red of Christmas, but who said I was the harmonious type? I love me some pillows. And my pillows love me back.

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Yes, these pillows are all done in real needlepoint, with wool yarn no less. No, I did not make them. Got ’em at Parkview Pharmacy in Irvine years ago when I lived in California. I think that little store is still there; they always had a wonderful gift and decor section, especially at Christmas time.

Next, a follow up to the last post about the Christmas tree in which I mentioned three of my favorite ornaments. Here they are, so you can see why I like them.

Mitten ornament
A mitten with rabbit fur


German ornament
German figurine ornament



Santa with swingy fringe beard ornament
Swingy beard Santa

I love the mixture of materials and textures on a decorated Christmas tree. For me it’s definitely one of those things where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, or whatever that phrase is. You know what I mean. Well, I have more to show you, but that’s enough for today. I hope you are having fun with Christmas too!

November 25, 2007

Tannen bomb

Filed under: Christmas,my world — Kathy @ 11:51 am

My Christmas tree is up and decorated! It’s a big job. It took two days and a little help from the girls, but it is done.

Christmas tree, 2007

Thirty years of ornaments

Some of the ornaments I really love. Like the mittens with rabbit fur trim that I got in Alaska. And the whimsical German figures that I’ve gotten in the last few years. And the Santa with the swingy fringe beard. Those favorites go in front where I can see them. Then there are the butugly ones that I can’t believe I bought. I hang those in the back of the tree just so it won’t seem bare. The total effect was never master planned. Are you kidding? That would take a level of organization of which I am not capable. It has just evolved over the years to look this way. The result is kind of a mish mash, but I like it!

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