The two new additions this year are the tall whirl-a-gig Santa painted for me by my sister Barb and Mrs. Claus by Lori Mitchell (Love Mrs. C's legs! and plate of cookies)...
I have a large collection of Santa's but only chose a treasured few to display this year. On the bookshelves you will find my deBrecht Russian Santas with their beautifully painted coats...
and some Santas that are painted gourds...
and even a Krinkles Santa by Patience Brewster...
I am very fond of Patience Brewster's work and have collected some ornaments of her design for the tree...
Not very traditional but her quirky style makes me smile! The ornaments on the tree are all meaningful to us and the oldest one is from my Mother's childhood...a wool Santa (now missing a leg) which always gets hung first...way inside near the trunk. When I was a very small child, he used to scare me but now I look forward to seeing him every year.
On one wall hangs a festive quilt....there is always a quilt on this wall...I just change it out at the different seasons. I love quilts.....old ones, new ones but especially the handmade ones. (This one is not handmade, however...cute just the same)
and below the quilt is my partner in crime and the love of my life, David!
I'm sure by now you're getting very weary of this tour...we're almost finished.
On the linen press is my music box with a village square and a train that runs while the music plays. There are 50 musical pieces in the music box...most are Christmas tunes but some are old fashioned tunes like
Down By The Old Mill Stream and You Are My Sunshine.
Little people love to watch the train go around and see the lighted tree inside.
There is also the wooden Advent calendar I snagged at Target last year (I snapped this picture several days ago) that held Hershey's kisses for each day, and a reproduction Snowman box that is new this year. (Ah, Homegoods)
On the entertainment cabinet is a vignette all in white.
There is a white tree candle under a cloche on a cake pedestal, a glittered church, a tall bottle brush tree and a smaller bottlebrush tree in a cloche ornament sitting atop a vase turned upside down. The two angels and the angel tree on the left (sorry, I chopped some of her head off in this picture) are from
the Larkspur Lane series by Silvestri. Lib Cummings-Mead is the artist.
Quite an eclectic mix, don't you think? I've saved the best for last but it's late and I need to get some sleep. I will come back tomorrow and finish with my favorite figures of all. Can you guess?