At my parents house, there are boxes and boxes of ornaments, little used now that a full-size tree is no longer put up. Down in the basement, there are Christmas houses, a large plastic Santa face, sporting a Merry Christmas greeting that we used to put on the front door window, a collection of long-legged elves that my mother hung along her three small windows in her front door’s interior one year using those little silver ornament hangers hooked to the wooden edge, Santa and Mrs. Claus ceramic taper candle holder’s , old-fashioned ornamnents…. the santa face, icicles of shiny blue and sliver, many blue themed, a variety of tree toppers, angels, silver stars. We still have some handmade ornaments with sequins and beads that my sister and I made together with my mother when we were in our teens. (Featured in my blog under Holiday Home and Share) These were from a kit sold at a now closed home supply store, Rickles.
I thought I’d share this day along with photos with you out there in blogland.
Earlier this week, I spent time at my Mom’s house putting up a Christmas tree. She wasn’t home when I got there. That involved going to the basement and figuring out which one she used last year. I brought up a small one and wrapped the lights on and when she got home from senior lunch, she said there was a slightly bigger one that holds more ornaments; these are tabletop size. Until this year she did the decorating herself and would tell me to put my tree up yet; but that’s not happening this year. I put the lights on and a variety of ornaments; there are many more in boxes, that used to go on the big tree.
I love the christmas houses and churches , from when I was a kid, the kind you put a string of bulb lights, one bulb for the back of each house makes it look like lights are on in the houses through the color cellophane little windows in the front. There’s are white steepled church, too. All of these used to be placed under the “big” tree as a village of sorts; over the years we added a just the right size shiny sliver tree or two, Still have the original white under the tree skirt embedded with seemingly glistening sparkles. Do they sell these anywhere these days? In later years, my dad bought a plastic train set and we added that too, to the perimeter of the village.
Instead, I brought up three painted wooden snowmen and set them in a little “snowman theme ” basket and next to our “kiddy” christmas cups, one santa and one rudolf(pictured). The manger that was used since I was a kid is sitting on a popcorn can last time I was there. I found a few extra manger “characters”, two camels, two wiseman, one jesus, no mary to go with, and when I went back down I found a donkey and added him to the scene. Didn’t find the sheep.
For my house, I brought home one of the little tabletop trees and put it on the stairs landing. I decorated it with small flat wooden ornaments that my sister and I had sort of decoupaged way back when. These came with preprinted images for front and back of each wooden ornament; a group of Victorian carolers,two Victorian men playing instruments, a snowman, a jack-in-the box, a wreath, an old-fashioned santa claus with children, a candy cane are what I found. Some are stuck together, put those aside. There are many more in other boxes in the basement. A sring of lights, too and a few other small ornaments. Perhaps, we’ll put up my Victorian tree. It’s all in the attic. I put two large green and white striped candy canes by our sidewalk close to the door. A large very long crocheted stocking green and red and white is hanging on the front door, found in the basement with the other decorations.