Monday, December 1, 2014


I've made a start on Christmas Decorating Week.  
The first thing I did was to put some Christmas cheer in one of our tool boxes on the entry table.
In a desire to avoid some of my week-long mess, we moved in the tubs of stuff and instead of stacking them as usual in the dining room; we put them in the computer room.  We eat every meal in our dining room and it is right by the front door; so for a week it WAS always a mess and drove me crazy.  Duh -- move the stuff to a room where we can close the door!!  How come it took me 17 years to figure that out?
One of the things I like to do right after Thanksgiving is get out the Nativity set. 
 We actually have two sets -- we have an unbreakable one that the kids have always rearranged and played with. And then, we have this very special one. 
In 1968, Bob was gone on a business trip right before Christmas; and I was at home with a young baby.  He returned with my Christmas present -- Mary and baby Jesus -- a start of a Hummel nativity set.
  I was thrilled, and then over the last 46 years when finances and availability allowed;  one at a time he added Joseph, the shepherds, animals, the angel, and the three wise men.  It is one of my most cherished possessions, and always a reminder of why we celebrate Christmas.
In the next few days, I'll get out the other set.  As old as my grand kids are now, I will still discover after one of their visits animals laying on their sides taking naps or missing all together.  
But they know that the Hummels are Grammy's to rearrange!!!

Must get busy -- two big trees with 100s of ornaments to hang on each tree plus lots of vignettes to do.  It's just the start of things to come.

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Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
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SmilingSally said...

Hi Sally,

Exciting days have come to your home! I collect nativities, but I don't have one as fine as this one. How special!

Have a Beautiful Blue Monday!

bj said...

O, I love your start with favorite of all Christmas decorations...:)
I remember your computer room and how I loved it. I loved all of your house and sure hope to come see you again..maybe next summer. Let's try for a get together.
Bob is a very good gift-picker-outer...I love your nativity set.
Gotta get mine out tomorrow. :)

Jan said...

What a beautiful nativity set! I have a "grandkid friendly" set right now, but hope to get a nicer one someday!

Shelia said...

Hi Sally! I love your sweet Nativity and the story to go along with it! Well, it just makes a mess no matter where you put the Christmas boxes until the decorating is done. You're on your way and I'm thrilled to know we aren't the only ones to cut off the top of our Christmas tree! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelai :)

Jann Olson said...

Hi Sally, I love Santa in the tool box and your Nativity is just precious! Loved how your sweet husband brought the first piece home to you. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

What a precious gift from you husband! I wish I had a room out of view that I could put the boxes while decorating!

I'm finishing my decorating today and getting the mess cleaned up. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a merry Christmas season!

Blessings, Deborah