Tuesday, November 27, 2012


I'm not a scrooge by any stretch of the imagination
in fact, you won't find a person more into the season
whatever that season may be!

And I consider myself very lucky to be mother to children who share the same holiday spirit
we don't do black Friday, or Cyber Monday or shop till you drop Christmas

our holidays are simple and without any kind of flair except
lots of cooking, wining, decorating and hanging out

and so....I do love to decorate 
under my trees you won't find presents
but you will find the greatest gift

The garden tree
now located in the atrium
features lots and lots of nature ornaments

brings the greatest feeling of 

beneath it is this nostalgic manger scene from years and years gone by

In the music room you will find a heavily flocked tree also with nature ornaments
Me and Pops have owls on our shoulders...fun!

My mother made this bejeweled nativity in the late 1960's

Baby Jesus has gone missing...so I just place a tiny gift here
I think it's the perfect answer, don't you?

In the entry are a grouping of 3 trees that have mirrors, tree ornaments, peacocks, fancy chairs
and gold and green balls

and this very old manger scene that we bought an estate auction
Why is Baby Jesus always missing?
So we can find Him!

In my kitchen at the baking station where no one bakes
a tiny glittery nativity

and my grandmother's handwritten recipes

yummy goody ornaments

Nutcrackers and baking utensils

even in the powder room
a wooden tree
with a teeny tiny nativity from Peru
I know why Baby Jesus is missing...little bo peep loves to play with Him

And perhaps my very most favorite nativity in all the world
We found this under some rubble as we were tearing out the old garage apartment
covered in dust an other bad stuff
It lives in an art niche in a prominent place to remind us throughout this season

why we celebrate
and that yes
oh yes....
Wise men 
seek Him


Anonymous said...

what a beautiful collection of the Nativity , it is wonderful the one you found, amazing that is! Thank you for the kind words today, you have a dream of a home, you really do!

StagerLinda said...

Love this post. It really put me in the Spirit of Christmas. I have my Grandmother's recipes on index cards, too--very sentimental.

Maureen Wyatt said...

Wow, I have the identical creche as the one in your first figure with the figures you bought at auction! In fact, I had two sets. One belonged to my grandma and the other to my Aunt Kay. Farm girl has one, now and I'm giving the other to Baby's mom. I've known anyone else that owned them!

Stacy Curran said...

Beautiful post, beautiful sentiments! I LOVE the nativity your mother made - that's amazing. What a treasure!

Geneva said...

Beautiful! Every word!!!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Now that was a wonderful post.....getting me in the mood for Christmas. I have been a little bit of a scrooge...I couldn't get into the mood of decorating this year....

Leslie said...

Wonderful Gina.. precious little manger scenes :) Baby Jesus IS the reason for the season, right?

The Nativity scene is an important one and is often over looked. I like to keep things natural and put decor up with a purpose rather than all the glitz and bling. Very pretty :)

designchic said...

A beautiful post and a great reminder to us all!

kcomekarolina said...

that looks fab!

xoxo from rome

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dear soul!

NOW THIS is what I love to do these days. Oh, there was a time not too long ago when shopping was the fun part of the holidays and I did celebrate the spirit of CHRIST as well, but now more than ever, the shopping is not that great of an importance to me, but rather the celebration and gratitude of having family and friends and the LIFE to celebrate. It is a blessing to have a home in which to create the festivities and the simpler, the better for me now.

Your home is so cozy and special and with your tree and momentos, you are creating some very special memories. THANK YOU for coming to visit last night and your kind words are SO ENCOURAGING. In all things, FIND THE POETRY and bright side of things to keep you going! Blessings, Anita

Nancy said...

I love your message and I totally agree! Im not into all this commercialism and spending. I love your decorations and wish you a wonderful holiday.
xo Nancy

Annmarie Pipa said...

I love this post.


Oh my dear..What a great message you gave us!! God bless you all your family!!You reminded me what the Christmas spirit is about!!You must be a wonderful mother too!!<3

maureen said...

so many mementos! Your collection I'm sure definitely sparks so many memories!