Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Memories with Ornaments 2014

A little whimsy goes a long way in preserving the magic of Christmas, a time when we can suspend our disbelief. This is a short post to wish you happy memories of the season.

A Moose, to represent the cool, cool north rests against a Merry Christmas sign.

Christmas Moose collectible, photo by DG Hudson
 
 
 
Shepherds guard their flocks from wolves and other predators. The Santa Shepherd below guards his 'motley' crew of sheep as well, made by four different crafters.
 
 
Santa Shepherd and Sheep, by DG Hudson
 
 
A mantel Santa gathers with Norwegian wood Santas, a Santa toy that moves, a fancy gift box from Paris, France and a handmade sign, North Pole.
 
 
Shelf Santa with other Collectibles, by DG Hudson
 
 
 
The flexible Santa below keeps company with a felt mouse on the same mantel. All these little Santas remind me to smile and look forward to another year. I collect angels too, since we always had one at the top of our tree during my childhood.
 
Soft Santa for the Mantel, by DG Hudson

 
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!
May you enjoy your time with family and friends.
 
 
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Please leave a comment to let me know you were here, and I'll respond. Thanks for visiting and always count your blessings. You know what they are.
 
Also, these items were purchases or gifts, crafted by other people.  Photos by DG Hudson, 2014.
 
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30 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas to you too! I linger over my decorations too as so many bring back memories.

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    1. Thanks JoJo. This year I'm not putting out as much, but my special ones I love arranging each year. Memories do cling to some objects.

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  2. A merry Christmas to you too Denise. Love all your memories.

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    1. Glad you like the memories, but you got the blogger wrong. This blog belongs to DG Hudson.

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  3. The old ornaments carry a powerful punch don't they? One of my brothers has the family collection and they make me smile - and make my eyes mist.
    Happy Christmas - and a much better year to come for you and your hubby.

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    1. Thanks so much EC, I appreciate the good wishes. I hope your remodeling pleases you when it's all done. I spent time collecting them when I went to many craft fairs, glad I did. . .

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  4. You have a mighty fine collection of Christmas ornaments/decorations. What treasures.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, DG. May 2015 be kind. To us all. Love from Down Under and Off to the Side xo

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    1. Thanks Wendy, and I hope your Christmas is full of enjoyment too. Best to you in 2015!

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  5. Your decorations are so cute. My tree is up, but it doesn't have ornaments yet and my Santas are crying to get out of their box.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thanks, Janie, I need some whimsy to keep smiling. Please release those Santas though, this is their time and they might miss something.

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  6. It does bring back memories when you unpack your Christmas ornaments. My favorite are two shepherds made out of clothes pins that my son made when he was 8. Your crafters are terrific. This year I am into little felt mice.

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    1. I guess ornament memories are part of our Christmas traditions. I can remember where I got most of them, or who gave them to me.

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  7. My ex-wife would have liked the moose since she collected moose stuff. When she left she left behind her moose collection so I still have it boxed up. Maybe one day if she ever settles down I'll pass it on to her. Or maybe I'll give it to one of our girls.

    Hope your Christmas holidays are the best ever!

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Thanks Lee, I'll reciprocate soon. Hope your holidays are great!

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  8. I love all of these ornaments. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, DG!

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    1. Thanks Julie, I wish you a great holiday season too!

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  9. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Have a lovely time. I hope your husband and daughter are feeling OK throughout the holidays, and of course yourself.
    Hayley-Eszti

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    1. There are up days and down days, Hayley-Eszti, and I appreciate the good wishes. May your holidays be healthy and fun! Merry Christmas!

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  10. Love the little view of your Christmas! Merry Christmas & God bless! We have so many blessings, so much to be thankful for.

    This year we finally pulled out all the Christmas, donating what we didn't want anymore and putting together how we want the things we kept to look in our home this time of year - most likely year after year to come. It was a freeing process, because I finally waved off the mental images of my mother and mother-in-law on each shoulder telling me which things to use and not use, and where, and lectures about themes and color coordination for decorating, etc. I just kept and put up what I like, what's "us"/my family and then basked and bask in it.

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    1. I went through that 'weaning' process too, Julie, and made Christmas traditions of my own. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing some of my favorites!

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  11. These are fantastic. I love unique, handmade Christmas items over those cheap, mass-produced plastic things you'll find in a Wal-mart. I especially love that Santa shepherd and his sheep.

    We both hope you and your family had a great Christmas, and that the remainder of the holiday season treats you well, too!

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    1. Thanks, guys, much appreciated! I like unique items too, and putting together visual vignettes. Best wishes for the new year!

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  12. I haven't been the ornament collector but my miniature Christmas village has over 400 components now. I got started from my Grandmother's 1940's collection of tiny board houses. It's a fun thing!
    My first time visiting - sweet post. Happy 2015!

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    1. How nice to start from a 1940s collection. Keep it up and 400 sounds like a lot of pieces. . .
      Hope your holidays are great!

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  13. Excellent photos of fantastic Christmas additions. We have a few penguins and moose, but no Santa's -- yet.

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    1. Well I don't have any penguins, Milo, but just the things that I liked most as a child. Hope your holidays were everything you wanted them to be!

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  14. I love the whimsy of a hand crafted Christmas. After three years in the Caribbean and last year when I traveled to be with family, it felt great this year to be reunited with so many of MY Christmas things. I love to remember who made or gave me each item as I set them out.

    I and hoping and praying for you and yours to enjoy a Happy and Healthful New Year.

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    1. Many thanks, FAE, for the good wishes. That must have been nice to rediscover some of your traditional decorations.

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    1. Most times, my Nikon SLR digital is the camera of choice, but occasionally a Sony digital (more compact). These Christmas shots were taken with the Sony.

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