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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Not so Wordless: It is beginning to look a lot like

Middle of the collage is my photo of my table runner
My mind's eye thought it would look pretty on this table in the dining room.
 Aunt Eula made this ceramic Nativity Scene for her sister, Margie aka my mother-in-law, in 1970. MIL did not have a shed so she arranged the figures on light blue velvet fabric. The shelter was made by Angel Madi's favorite BIL.  I bought some pretty navy blue plush fabric with gold stars on it to put under my Nativity Scene. I have been using this Nativity Scene for nearly 30 years.  This is the first time it has been on the Entertainment Center.  

While taking the photo of the Nativity Scene, I didn't notice my 'happy accident'.  The flash reflection in the photo 
looks like the Star of Bethlehem shining over the Angel.

Some out of doors photos...some good some not.
this first one is in my neighbor's yard.
The lights are possessed...they blink and evidently too fast for 
Niki the Nikon

I love old Woodie Station wagons.
I found this adorable Christmas Welcome Plaque,which hangs by the front door, at JoAnn's.

Directly underneath it is St. Nick in a ceramic chimney

We put LED lights in our Camellia bush this year.
I tried to get a good photo outside. First one was ok but blurry.
Each time afterwards the flash came on.
It took 3 strings of 50 lights = 150 lights.
It could probably use another string but my word 200 on that bush is just silly. We have single electric candles in each front window.

Now inside....
Our tree we downsize from an 8' tree to 7' and not as wide.  We have the ability, (if the remote wasn't acting all crazy pants) to have all white, all colored and both will blink or not.
Thus far we can only find the blinking colored.  We can get layers different colors but never all colored or white.

a few close up of special ornaments

First one was sent to Madi one Christmas from her beloved Raz 

Next photo is of 3 special ornaments.
Silver with red ribbon was from our dear friends memory of Madi.
The baby below it was on a baby shower gift I received before
Sis of Madi was born in 1971.
Just to the right of the baby is from Madi's favorite vet Dr. Szabo and all her friends at Hidden Valley Animal Clinic.

Stockings hung by the gas logs...too warm for them to be on just yet
 Angel Madi still holds her place of honor decorated for the season too. An angel, a chickadee on a holly leaf and a snow globe for company

Santa is on Sentry duty just outside the office.
I 'won' this Santa and the Santa on the front porch at 
different 'White Elephant'** games while I was working at NCSU
Happy Stockings with snowmen are on the stair rails and under the hand rail
 I have a large bow like this at the top of the stairs too
**White Elephant is a gift exchange game that is very similar in style to Yankee Swap, although the emphasis is to “steal” gifts rather than swap them. Most often, this type of gift exchange takes place at a party with other participants in attendance.


  1. Madi is certainly part of the Spirit of Christmas! Lots of great memories. Love your table runners.

  2. that is a wonderful decoration... we love the little pieces with a story behind or what we got from a friend...

  3. Hari OM
    What a glorious festive post!!! yes, we are drawing upon the twelve days... YAM xx

  4. What wonderful decorations INSIDE and OUT! Christmas decorations make me smile and I love driving around neighborhoods to see the outside things.

    Hugs, Pam

  5. We love Christmas lights! They are so festive and pretty. Your tree is just beautiful with all of its special ornies.

  6. It is looking beautiful at your place! Love Angel Madi on the mantle. Your tree is sweet and the Nativity is a treasure... like what you did for it to rest on. That WAS a happy coincidence with the flash! Looks very festive there... you have the Christmas spirit for sure!!!

  7. Very nice! You have your home decorated very pretty.
    I love that you have included Angel Madi.

  8. Wow, Christmas has come to your house. That is all terriic.

  9. Gosh you are all set. Love the Nativity on the blue plush fabric.

  10. You certainly are decked out for the holidays. It's nice that Angel Madi has some company on the mantel now too.

  11. I love the white elephant steal, we did that for years at our Sunday School parties. lots of laughter and fun stealing the presents... I love the plaid tree ornament and when I saw your tree in the corner I remembered Madi leaping from the chair to the mantle story... beautiful nativity. my aunt was into ceramics in the early 70's and made so many pretty things

  12. C; thanx for sharing your post today, your house looks amazing and you're right; it does look like a star above the nativity scene. My mom has HER mom and dad's nativity scene; can't even begin to guess its age. due to certain circumstances; that have names that sound like joona & jack ☺☺☺ my house has....NADA ~ !!! ♥♥♥

  13. Oh how lovely. Thanks for sharing all things Christmas at your house. I love that nativity scene. How precious.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Big hug. ♥

  14. We haven't even started decorating and you are inspiring me. How festive your house is inside and out. I love that Madi is part of the season.

  15. Beautiful!! Raz was happy to see his ornament on the tree!!

    The Florida Furkids

  16. It sure is looking Christmassy at your place! We have a tree up but otherwise it is rather bleak here. Me and Stanley might have to do some decorating on our own. Happy Howlidaze to you and B-cat!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  17. Oh yea, everything sure looks beautiful and we do love the Star of Bethlehem!

  18. Your decorations are adorable and I love the nativity set. Of, course, there are no *accidents* so I think that flash flare is suppose to be there!

  19. How festive!! You really have a wonderful eye for decorating C!

  20. I feel right at home looking at all of these sweet pictures. You have made it beautiful and special with memory and love.

  21. Everything looks really nice, but we are all especially struck by the nativity scene. The new blue fabric is just perfect.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  22. You certainly did a wonderful job decorating for the season! We don't have a single thing up yet. Maybe by next week we'll look for the old ceramic Christmas tree this weekend.

  23. I have never seen a hand crafted nativity scene before. Awesome! You did a beautiful job decorating. You have a great eye.

  24. Everything looks so festive! We love seeing Angel Madi on the mantel.

  25. I do love your Star of Bethlehem! What a wonderful surprise!

  26. Everything is so beautiful for Christmas, we downsized our tree a little bit too but don't have it up yet - soon!!
    Mabel & Hilda

  27. Oh, everything is so beautifuls!!!! Don't worry abouts the blurry pics, we can gets the gist! And all the FABulous ornies!!! I just love the stories behind each one!
    Ruby ♥


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