christmasOn A Personal Note December 3, 2012

It’s Starting to Feel A Little Bit Like Christmas

Just wanted to share a little peek inside my front door at Christmas time …

Front door

Fireplace Santa


Table centerpiece

New this year

Santa with bag of toys

Santa from piece of wood with bark still intact on back

Another view

Small Santa collection


Also handcarved

My very first hand-carved Santa

This one was purchased with the above Santa

Found this cutie in Cali

My only one from clay

Another hand-carved cutie

Love how silly this one is – found in Cali

From my early days

Hand pieced and quilted each of the stockings

Fireplace mantel

One of my first collectibles

My sister-in-law Kelli made this for me years ago!

A little snowman love

LOVE this artist!

A few of my Willie Rayes

New nativity this year

My very favorite piece of all!

Willie Raye snowman

Living room Santa collection

Living room shelf – more Santas

Living room coffee table Santa/snowman collection

Close up of one of the snowmen

Silly Santa with horse

Funky snowman

same artist – different snowman

Kristy – do you remember giving me this one year for our shared b-day dinner?

Here’s one for the wall

Family room coffee table Santa collection

Other side of the family room coffee table Santa collection

Isn’t he a sweet Santa?!

Love this guy too!

I am in LOVE with this artist

Willie Raye Santa

Love the puppet

He reminds me of a chocolate Santa

Added this hand-carved Santa last year

Old world looking Santa

Another one by that awesome artist Greg Guedel

Another view

You’d better BELIEVE!

Older snowman

Also an early purchase

Feeling patriotic!

From my early days….

Believe blocks

Nativity from Olive Wood – thanks mom and dad!

Love this pic of Santa with an original artist’s signature

Merry Christmas to me from last year (first time displaying it)  Even Santa knows who is the  reason for the season!

Christmas bulbs hanging from light in kitchen

I painted this Santa years ago at a neighborhood craft night

Just hanging out in the front

Greeting friends who drop by

Wagon with trees and Santa on front porch

Hanging out by the front door – just watching for naughty or nice!

Hope this helps you get into the Christmas spirit.  (Tree to follow on a subsequent post.)  Christmas is my very favorite time of year and I love all that it represents.  I love looking for ways to serve my neighbors, finding just the right gift for family members, and the wonderful calming spirit that Christmas music brings into my heart and home.  I love baking for those I love and sharing treasured family traditions.  And most of all, I love thinking about the Savior, truly the greatest gift of all time.  May your hearts be touched at this awesome time of year.  May you be blessed with an attitude of gratitude for your many blessings and may you always have “enough”.  

Merry Christmas everyone!