To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
December 3, 2014
CHRISTMAS BEGINS....DECORATING WITH EASE
We begin by adding a little holiday to the living room......
The very first Santa of the season made his appearance.
This was a Santa that I had given to my mother some years ago.
She always would display him in her china cabinet,
then bring him out during the month of December
as a touch of whimsy in the living room.
Her tradition continues.
I can remember buying this Santa when we lived in Dothan, Alabama.
That was over thirty years ago.
He's a handsome Santa and I loved the fact that his suit was green, rather than the traditional red.
The pink ceramic christmas tree was hand painted by paternal grandmother, Estelle.
I so treasure this piece. I wonder why she decided to paint it pink?
She also hand set each pink crystal.
The other two pieces are Burmese glass by Fenton.
The snowman is actually a fairy light.
Both are hand painted signed by the artist at Fenton.
Burmese glass was developed by the Mt. Washington glass
company in 1885 and was named by Queen Victoria because the shaded colors
reminded her of a sunset in Burma. The Fenton Art Glass Company is the only
company to successfully replicate the original Burmese formula in modern times.
New holiday throw and pillows.
The Pottery Barn crewel pillow of the tree is courtesy of The Divine Miss M!
It goes perfectly with the crimson pillow and lush throw I had recently purchased!
The new Christmas china is on the table, just waiting for the tablescape design.
I sent Miss Judy her Christmas gifts today and
let's just say she is going to be entertaining in grand style!
I do the great majority of my shopping on line, do you?
Honey, we gave up shopping at the mall and traffic jams many years ago!
How's your shopping going? If your tree is up and decorated, my hat's off to you!
The older you become, the harder it is to open the door to the attic and go through bins of holiday decor, bring it downstairs and decide where to begin.....can you sympathize?
Over in Atlanta, Elf on the Shelf, who they named, "Snowy" two years ago, made his first appearance.
December 1st, marked the initial day of back to school
since his emergency surgery on Halloween night.
Elf's adventures always bring smiles of
anticipation of good things to come this month!
Even the grandparents cannot wait to hear about Snowy's latest antics!