You thought I'd never get around to it, didn't you? (sigh)
This has been around for weeks, and I'll take it down on January 6th (Epiphany)-- when do you take down your Christmas or other holiday decorations?
Here's shelf one:
Only fitting that the Holy Family gets top shelf, yes? They are flanked by a little singing angel figure I received as a gift from a church friend years ago, and on the right-- The Holy Cow, a singing angel cow made of clay by our son Evan when he was a wee lad. I adore it. (It deserves its own post).
There are lots of vintage Christmas paper napkins on the shelves, too. There are nine designs featuring the words and music of favorite Christmas carols, with images. I bought the set at an antique fair and I love their cheerful designs.
Ah, shelf two features a treasure I inherited from my Grandmother-- ceramic cardinal birds, and a creamer, napkin holder, and salt and pepper shakers decorated with cardinals in greenery. (The sugar bowl is in use on my dining room table). My grandmother Rhea lived in Cuba New York, and she loved cardinals. She used to paint them on her dining picture-window at Christmas time. I will never forget my first sighting of a red cardinal in New York. (They don't live in California to my knowledge). The color was spectacular! Cardinals say Christmas to me because of this set of dishes.
A few more hand-me-downs among the thrift store finds.
I bought these ceramic figures (Dept. 56 brand) from a store display (translation: cheap!) where I once worked retail. In the "background" is a vintage Christmas post card I bought for 50 cents at a Paper Ephemera Show once. Even as a Californian, I dream of a snowey white Christmas!
How about it, readers? Are your Christmas decorations still up? When will you take them down? Are they already packed away? Do you decorate for the New Year? I'd love to hear from you.