It’s no secret that I have a reputation for being a bit grumbly around the holidays. But I think my heart may have grown three sizes this year! All right, that’s probably a bit of an exaggeration. In any case, I’m making an attempt at being jolly this year as evidenced by the Christmas wonderland in our living room. (Last year, I didn’t put up a stitch of decoration–not even a tree.)
Over Thanksgiving we went with our friends to a The Maple Row Tree Farm in nearby Easton, CT. Though we didn’t cut our own tree, we fully embraced the tailgating. We put up our own artificial mini-trees. I realize to some that this is a crime against humanity. I think these little trees are just adorable though! And since our collection of ornaments isn’t that big, they’re the perfect size to display what we have without looking sparse. Look, I even hung stockings! The one on the left was mine since I can remember–it has a little mouse peeking out the bottom. Growing up, we all got up super early and the only thing we were allowed to open before our parents got up was the stocking…always my favorite part. The stocking on the right was handmade for me my friend Sec from Senegal, Africa. (He owns an upholstery shop next door to the frame store I used to work at and he used leftover scraps to make it for me–he hadn’t heard of this American tradition of stockings before)
On the little side table I put up my mom’s Mexican nativity set. It’s also handmade, out of clay. This was another favorite from growing up that my mom passed on to me along with her china dishes.
The best part though, has to be this Christmas list that I made for Santa when I was maybe 7 or 8 years old, not sure. The only thing I can remember getting from the list that year was the Fluppy Dog! Oh, and I loved it. I went without the So Soft My Little Pony and the Sweet Secrets Radio, and it wasn’t until my birthday the following year that I got my beloved Cabbage “Path” with corn silk hair! This year, the only thing on my Christmas list is a new camera–you can tell by these photos that I need one desperately. (I’m currently using a 7 mp Casio that I’m borrowing from my granny.)
What are some of your favorite memories of holidays past? What was on your list when you were just a kid? And what’s on it this year?