Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Stuff Show & Tell

For Show & Tell this week, I thought I'd share some of my favorite Christmas decor items used to embellish my home with Christmas flair each year. (If you're feeling "Christmased out," I understand---skip it and I'll catch you next time.) :)

I bought the snowman trio below the first Christmas DH and I were married. I like the "crafty" look of this set. I remember being thrilled at the low cost as we didn't have a lot of extra dough those first few years.

Growing up, my sisters (and sometimes parents) each got a new ornament every year. Usually they were all the same theme. When I was in 5th grade I LOVED rainbows and unicorns. I remember shopping with my Mom and being SO excited to find cool unicorn ornaments. To top it off---we found one that was rollerskating, one of my favorite pastimes! I remember we had a tennis playing unicorn and skateboarding unicorn also on the tree---I don't remember which sister had which. But MY rollerskating unicorn is below. One of my favs to unpack each year. :)

I helped Em make this abstract Rudolph this year. It's framed in a cool red-metallic frame I found on sale at T.arget. I'm thrilled with the way it turned out! On the green paper is a poem I found online:

This isn't just a reindeer as you can plainly see.
I made it with my hands which are a part of me.
It comes with lots of love especially to say,
I hope you have a very, Merry Christmas Day!

Scooby-Doo has been my favorite cartoon since I was a small child. I have many Scooby ornaments I've received over the years. The Scooby-in-a-chimney below is one of my favorites.

Snowmen are my decoration preference. A few years ago DH's bro and sis-in-law sent us this awesome snowman who pays homage to our Alma Mater, Ohio University. He's one of my favorites from my snowman collection. (Go, OU!)

We only have a few ornaments that belonged to DH when he was a boy. The candycane below is signed by DH and indicates that he created it in the 2nd grade. Aww!

I have a set of 8 snowmen ornaments that are an "Around the World" set. Each snowman is dressed in traditional garb from the country he represents, and is holding a flag from his country. I LOVE this is one of the first I purchased after DH and I got married. The Irish snowman below is my favorite from the set.

Another ornament from childhood. One year all of my family members got a reindeer from this set. My "Dancer" is below.

In December 2003, the year I became pregnant with Emma, was the only year DH's Mamma and Aunt visited us in Florida for Christmas. Mamma bought the star-shaped Santa ornament for me when we went shopping while she was here. It's always been one of my favorites, but has special meaning since Mamma died 2 years ago. We still miss her!

The best present I've ever received from a student. 3 years ago when I was still teaching at my prior school, Cory H. and his grandma made this reindeer family set for me. I LOVE them!

Another view...

My senior year at Ohio U., I bought this Santa. He's one of my favorite pieces!

So there they are....some of my favorites. What do you think?

To see what others are showing, click HERE to visit Show & Tell as hosted by the wonderful Mel.


Quiet Dreams said...

You have some great stuff! I REALLY love that reindeer sweet!

Lynn said...

This is an awesome collection! I really, really love the Irish snowman, the reindeer set made by your former student and the last Santa. Very neat :D

Danifred said...

THE ROLLER SKATING UNICORN ROCKS!!!!! So happy you shared that one :)

Lollipop Goldstein said...

I'm not Christmas'd out yet so I'm happy to see it. I love it when people decorate their homes for the holiday.

Mai said...

Im a big fan of all of your Christmas "decor" the unicorn made me giggle and I love that it is rollerskating =)

Kristin said...

What gorgeous and fun decorations. I love them!

gerardinebaugh said...

Holidays are filled with such bitter sweet memories. I like all your ornaments, I like the Scooby-Doo ornament best, I just plain like Scooby-doo. I have a collection of star trek ships I collected them for years.

Elizabeth said...

The hand/footprint reindeer is too sweet! Thanks for sharing and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours! :) ICLW

nh said...

Some really lovely bits. I do love your hand and foot print reindeer - what a good idea.

manapan said...

They're all so cute! I think my favorite is Santa Star. He just looks so huggable. :)

ASP said...

Your ornaments are super cute! Thanks for the comment today--appreciate your thoughts! Thanks for sharing!

Merry Christmas!


Mrs. Farmer said...

I loved the reindeer pic that is such a cute idea!! Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by!!


Jill said...

Love your decorations! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Happy ICLW!