Thursday, December 11, 2008

Old and Dear

Every Christmas there are certain decorations that I take out and display first, even before a single tree goes up. I've had them for years and they're very dear to me. None of them cost a lot, but they mean a lot to me.A vintage looking Santa, given to me more than twenty years ago by my mother. I love him. A few years back, he had a little mishap. Thank goodness for super glue.
I love to stand him next to the little family of carolers that I bought for myself many, many years ago when I had just two children.
A buggy filled high with gifts and a happy couple, given to me several years ago by my mother-in-law. Each of these decorations, with their vintage look, remind me of years gone by when Christmas was a lot less chaotic.I always display them together in a prominent place in my home. And even though my decorating tastes have changed over the years, these decorations still bring a smile to my face and warm my heart when I unpack them from their boxes.
Do you have a favorite decoration that you enjoy bringing out each Christmas?

29 comments:

Screaming Meme said...

I love all your treasures...I think they are wonderful! Thanks for sharing...:)

Drama queens mum said...

Those are all so cute. I especially like the couple in the buggie.

Darlene said...

I have several that are special to me....not necessarily for any reason....just that I have had them for so long. It is always fun unwrapping them and "discovering" them each year. I LOVE your vignette of special treasures!

ceekay said...

Your figurines are darling. I love that couple in the buggie. I have one ornament that I did a post on that my daddy gave me the year before he died. Even my husband asks me each year, where is the Greatest Greatest?? He is under a cloche this year.

MizSmoochieLips said...

Those are so sweet and sentimental! I love the carriage/sleigh!

Valarie Lea said...

I love the couple in the buggy.

You have it displayed really nicely. I always worry that mine seem so jumbled up, but you did a really good job. :)

Cali Girl said...

these are precious! the buggie is m fave!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I love your little carolers. My decorations are a collection of decorations over the years. I don't usually buy new every year. Everything looks great. Jackie

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Those carolers are so sweet! I love how you placed them...looks lovely!

Immortal Beloved said...

I love anything Charles Dickens-y! My MUST put out Christmas thing is a Precious Moments Nativity similar to this one

http://imagehost.epier.com/26150/nativitytaminy1-img600x450-1096487114p2170002.jpg

My mother has the entire set from the 1980s that I will inherit someday, but for now, my little 5 piece set brings back the best memories of decorating for Christmas with my mom.

Kacey R. said...

Those are beautiful and even more so because they all have some history or a story behind them. The best kind of decor. :o)

tam said...

Very sweet decorations! I have a little victorian village that I put out. Thanks for sharing!
~Smiles!

Carrie said...

I love the carolers!

LuLu & Co said...

The figurines are adorable. I have Christmas items that I love to unwrap each year and recall the story behind each one.

AndreaLeigh said...

Not at this point, but I sure do love taking out my ornaments. My mom gifted me all my childhood ornaments so there are some good memories.

Cherry's Jubilee said...

OHHH I love those carolers! So how ya doing friend? I always enjoy visiting you Joy! Wish we lived closer to eachother..so we could go shopping! (: cherry

Shannon said...

I love your little special pieces. They are very unique! Very cute!

Chris said...

I have always wanted a set of carolers (yours are exactly what I would like), and I never bring myself to purchasing any. I think, "Oh...it doesn't fit my decor", but they're just so classically Christmas. I'm going to keep my eye out for some. :)

Anne said...

What sweet decorations! My favorite are a Santa from when my hubbie was little and my Nutcrackers. My nutcrackers are special because most of them were picked out by my kiddos, not always what I would have picked but picked with love nonetheless!

Windy said...

I love the carolers! I would love to have some but can never find any that I like enough to buy.

Sandy Toes said...

So pretty!! I love all the decorations but I love my old sled!
-sandy toes

Our Complete Family said...

I love, love, love things in homes that have a story. They are always so much better than anything else, aren't they?
I do have a few things~ one is a Santa that is taller than Caroline! I need to post a photo of them together. So funny!
Merry December~ Les

salmagundi said...

I love the carolers with that picture - it looks like they just stepped out of the picture frame!! Sally

VintageChicChick said...

Love your sweet decorations! Most of my special decorations came from my darling granny. She gifted me her musicians before she passed and I love them dearly!

Inspired Kara said...

Honestly...these are some of my favorite christmas decos yets.

Lady Dorothy said...

I love how the framed picture in the background completes the vignette. Very nice.

I have a Christmas village and a set of angels that are my "must-come-outs". They are very beautiful, but they are special because a friend made them just for me. (The angels all look like a member of my family!)

kymber said...

Hi Joy,
I have given you an award for being such an inspiration to me. I love reading your blog - You are such a talented lady! Please stop by my blog and get your award.
Blessings to you,
Kymber

Wendy said...

They look so sweet in front of that cute painting...just like Currier and Ives

Nanci said...

What a nice blog! This is my first visit, not my last though.
Yeah the wreaths are very Martha!

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