Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Pictures #1

I thought I'd post a lot this month. And by a lot, I mean I was thinking I'd get up to four posts... I love Christmas and have so much to say about it, but I've just been spending all my time enjoying the season instead of writing about it.

So, I started writing a picture post with all my house decorations. Then it was too long. So, I'm splitting things up. Maybe I'll get up to four posts this month after all.

Anyway, this was my first year to really decorate my house. I had just moved in about this time last year and was still in the unpacking phase and didn't take the time to make it festive. Earlier in the month, my parents divided some of their Christmas decorations (that we've seen in their home our entire lives) amongst the kids. It was fun. And it was sad. Sad to think that the house won't always be the same and we'll all get older and things will change. I could live without that. But I did end up with some nice things for my home and so finally did my own decorating this year.

This nutcracker isn't actually mine. It belongs to my brother's family---but they weren't going to put it up this year so I borrowed it. He greeted everyone that came to visit me this month. I think my dad was glad to get rid of it, cuz big kids like to crunch dry noodles in his month and it makes a mess. I think my brothers are sad it's not in the house anymore, cuz they used it to scare little kids.

My niece (who's very cute)(and who is moving to New Mexico next month) (and I'm not happy about it) actually refers to him as a "mutcracker." Nobody's bothered correcting her cuz we all think it's funny.

Several years ago (19 in fact) my aunt took her kids to Germany for Christmas. But her youngest at the time(Becky)was only one so she left her at our house for a month. My brothers and I LOVED having a new "little sister." My parents weren't complaining either.

Our traditional Christmas Even nativity---with new jammies. Becky was a very patient Jesus in the manger that was too small for her.

We loved it so much we didn't want to give her back in January. As thanks for keeping the child, and then begrudingly returning her, my aunt brought this decoration from Germany.

Since I'm such good friends with Becky, and since I love Germany so much, I received it for my own house.

16 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Christmas is the only holiday I decorate for. Love the German decorations. Clearly, Germans have good taste, since they love The Hoff.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

I have been super bad at the posting and commenting! But I can't lie, I'm excited to read your four picture posts... and there is nothing better than old Christmas photos. Lol

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

I love the one from Germany! I'm glad you got it!

Emily said...

The best part of decorating is getting out the decorations that have so much sentimental value. Thanks for sharing some of yours!

Adam and Lisa said...

I want a giant mutcracker for my house!!!

Becky Dayton said...

Barb. You are so sweet. Some days I wish I had stayed in your family. Just kidding, but not really. :) I'm glad that your family took me in when mine didn't want me. I'm especially glad because otherwise I wouldn't have those awesome pictures of me dressed in a Christmas package or crammed in that little manger. I'm so glad that wasn't our last Christmas together. Christmas just wouldn't be the same away from your family.

Buffy Dayton said...

I want the giant Mutcracker for my house too...oh right I get that one!

Melissa Bastow said...

I love the nativity-acting-out picture. The feet sticking out of the manger - AWESOMEST thing ever.

Boy Mom said...

The "Mutcracker" and dry noodles, love it! I can see how it could scare the crap out of a little kid.

wendy said...

My favorite is the old picture at the end. They are the BEST ever. I have a picture of me and my sister on Santa's lap----it was sometime during the depression I think (tee,hee)

How fun for you to decorate your OWN home, Your way.....start making your own traditions.

have a wonderful glorious Christmas

Kazzy said...

We are really into collecting nutcrackers here! Cool.

And I'll bet you loved having a sister for a month.

JD said...

And here I was thinking the whole time that oversized nutcrackers served no purpose. An industrial instant ramen crusher. Awesome.

Connie said...

That mutt-cracker is awesome! I love pictures of Christmas past! We always acted out the nativity with my kids too and will continue to do it with the grandkids. However, we never had such a cool sheep costume!

Have a great week-before-Christmas!

Heidi said...

What a fun post! Love it!

Johnny and Angela Dayton said...

I love being the lamb

Cherie said...

I love love love that huge nutcracker!!!
The picture at the end is so cute it makes me smile!
That is pretty amazing that your aunt left her baby for a whole month - I don't know if I would have been able to give her back either.
Sweet memories!