Kiddie kitsch

December 10, 2010

Once upon a time, I went to parochial school. Then my mom came to her senses and sent me to Quaker school for a while (c’mon, I couldn’t make this stuff up!), but I still was subject to a little indoctrination at CCD. I honestly can’t recall whether this lovely piece of ephemera came into being during my days at St. Peter’s School or the Tuesday afternoon catechisms at Good Counsel, but I’m pretty damn sure it wasn’t the Friends who made me write “I love Jesus” in cursive! It is a sweet little trinket, though, if a tad more evangelical in spirit than I am in my daily life. I’m more the type to wear my spiritual heart on my sleeve, so to speak. Still… this ornament rocks, for so many different reasons.




Why hang a wreath on the front door when you can have one on a plate?

December 9, 2010

You know those places you can go when you’re feeling all frustrated-artist-y and paint your own pottery? Well earlier this week, for a non-profit event, we arranged to have the pottery brought to us for painting. Talk about low stress!

To the left, I give you the end product of a collaborative effort on the part of my three year old and I. Much to my surprise, she was not won over by the idea of painting her fingers to decorate a plate (I think the snowman cookies someone brought over as a snack proved too great a distraction); however, when she saw some of her friends using Q-TIPS! TO PAINT DOTS! That got her attention, enough so that I can put her name on this plate and not feel like I’m totally misleading people.


The fine specimen on the right was produced by another 3 year old pal. (He, too, was captivated by the array of holiday sweets on hand, but not as much as my girl, apparently. Quelle surprise!) I think I see the use of some q-tip here, as well, along with brushes and fingers. My favorite rendition of an abstract Santa this season. :)


Secret Santa

December 8, 2010

OK, so I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast this morning — blame Mommy Brain! — but I can tell you that Katie Hartmann was my Secret Santa in 7th grade, and this oh-so lovely Santa ornament she gave me hangs on our tree to this day. The fact that my 3 year old identifies it as an elf gives me no little pleasure, since I’m pretty sure the original giver put zero thought into the gift and it is now turning into a family joke. “What’s your secret, Santa?” “I’m an elf!” Ba dum bum! :P

Yes, Virginia, there IS a blog at this site

December 8, 2010

I’m back!!! Didja miss me? :)

So maybe it wasn’t actually the best idea to launch a Christmas-themed blog in the days leading up to Christmas… Lots of food for thought, for sure, but not as much time to actually indulge, evidently. There have been many times this past week when I’ve been itching to get a new post up here, but chose to act out my love of Christmas, rather than just write about it. Mea culpa. I promise to pull some goodies out of my treasure trove of Christmasy delights ASAP… hopefully before the close of business today… at least a new ornament of the day, how about? Will that be enough to satisfy, at least for now? I might even be able to share some of the other stuff that diverted my attention — distractions in the form of a small-town parade, big-name charity toy drive, and a broken arm (thankfully not mine!), to name a few — if I can ever carve out enough time. Do you think it would be too much to ask Santa to add an extra hour to every day?

Well, we’re movin’ on up

December 2, 2010

We have comments! And subscribers!!! HOLLA!

Tad’s ornament

December 1, 2010

One of the biggest motivations I had for starting this blog is the fact that we have a stellar collection of ornaments on the tree — ornaments remarkable not because they are innately beautiful or exceptionally valuable… or perhaps because they are both, though not in measurable terms. Each of the ornaments on our tree carries with it a piece of our history, which makes trimming the tree each year the best kind of walk down memory lane. Call me self-indulgent, but I wanted to have a place to catalog our ornaments and their stories.

And so today, on World AIDS Day, I give you Tad’s ornament. I discovered this piece somewhere just after my step-brother died, and my mom and I bought up enough to spread around the family. For so long, all I could do was cry when I pulled the fragile glass ball with the red ribbon inside out of its box, but this year I smiled. With a heavy heart, I smiled.


Twinkle, twinkle

December 1, 2010













Call me crazy, but I like a little color in my Christmas lights. They just seem more fun. Our house is one of only a few in this neighborhood, though, that lights up the holiday night with a rainbow-worthy array. Most others give off a soft white glow this time of year… very pretty, for sure, and especially amazing when it’s a professional job (all too common around here), but they’re not for me. No, I’ll choose the amazing technicolor dream coat of lights every time… unless I can ever find bulbs in that perfect shade of blue, to create my own mini Tavern on the Green scene, in which case all bets are off.


November 30, 2010

Short on time today, so I’m going to take the easy way out and let you do the work. Enjoy!


November 29, 2010

Here we are, live in the blogosphere!

Welcome to my little corner of the virtual world, where holiday songs (the GOOD ones) are in permanent rotation and twinkly lights are de rigeur.  I truly believe, as the song tells us, that Christmastime is the most wonderful time of the year. We take the time to be good to one another. We take the time to celebrate one another. We take the time to share our time with one another… which may or may not be a good thing, depending on where you are or who you’re with.

But enough navel-gazing, let’s get on to the good stuff. The STUFF! Good, bad, or ugly, I can’t get enough of all the Christmas STUFF that materializes as we anticipate the winter holidays. If you, like me, find yourself captivated by all of the many things that come out of the woodwork as December 25th approaches, then be sure to check in here every now and again, as I’ll be cobbling together a collection of some of my favorite things this holiday season.

Get ready to get your merry on!

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