Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My Christmas Card To All Of You


From Our Family To Yours...



Our Best Wishes To You...



For A Blessed And Joyous Holiday Season.



May Your Homes Be Filled With Love and Peace...



As We Celebrate This Wondrous Season.



And Let Us Not Forget...



The TRUE Meaning Of The Season!



We Wish You A Very Merry Christmas!!


For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:11 (KJV)


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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Santa Clause Is Coming To Town...My Santa Collection

A few weeks ago, I promised to share my African-American Santa collection with you. I started collecting them, shortly after I got married, over 20 years ago. Over the years, they have been a bit more difficult to find. Hobby Lobby and Garden Ridge usually have a good assortment; but, I have to get them as soon as they put them out.  They sell out quickly! 


I didn't realize how big my collection had become, until I pulled them out this year and started to set them up. Usually, I group them together; but, this year, I decided to spread them around the house. Well, I quickly ran out of tabletop space and had to limit my choices to a few of my favorites. Today, I'll share these with you!


I found a home for this first group, on an iron stand in the foyer. I bought this one for his fluffy white fur and happy expression. I love his deep red robe, trimmed in white fur.





This next one was given to me by one of the cheer moms last year. She heard me say how increasingly difficult these Santas are to find.  One night, we were sitting around; and the doorbell rang.  We went to the door and no one was there. I looked down and a gift bag was on the porch.  The tag said, "To: Shenita...From: Santa". I opened the bag and there he was!! Wasn't that sweet of her?! He sat on the edge of the mantel last year, but happily sits on a shelf, in the foyer, this year. Doesn't he look 'goofy'?! I love it!





I purchased this one many years ago, to coordinate with my ivory and gold decor, during my neutral phase...lol!  His robe is ivory and gold brocade.



I added this one this year. I love the crinkle of his eyes. His beard is so thick, and his wreath is so large, you can barely see his face!!


This is one of my larger Santas.  I've had him a few years now. For some reason, I fell in love with his thick glasses...lol!!! His robe is chocolate and copper; and coordinates well with my decor. I purchased him at Bombay Company...don't you miss that store??




I introduced you to this one on my foyer table a couple of weeks ago.  He has since moved to an accent table, between the foyer and the dining room.  I replaced him with a nativity scene, that was a gift from friends last year.



This Santa was one of the first that I acquired.  He has more of a rustic feel; and coordinated with the decor that I had when my girls were small.  I loved his burlap robe and green corduroy accents, along with his woven basket.



This is a Santa that I purchased this year. I loved his robe and holiday accents...the mini tree and present.




This Santa graces the buffet island, as you enter the kitchen...



This is the 'Woodland Santa' that sits on the center island, in the kitchen. He looks so jolly; and I love his red sleigh!



This is the very first Santa that I purchased, some 20 years ago.  He is animated and moves his little head from side to side. His candle also lights up; and he plays "Jingle Bells". My kids loved him!! (They still do! They turn him on and reminisce about the 'good ol days...lol!) The store had the matching Mrs. Clause; and I regret not buying her at the same time. I've looked every year; but I have not seen her anymore.





This little guy graces the powder bath each year...


And this is "Golf Santa"...he stands watch in the "Man Cave".  The gameroom has a sports theme; and I thought he was perfect for that space! 






Finally, you met these two guys when I first started decorating for the holidays. The Santa in the sleigh was a new purchase this year...





And this guy graces my mantel, along with an angel...


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I'm Guest Posting Today...

I hope you all had a great weekend!!  Did you enjoy all of the blog parties last week? I sure did!! There is just so much talent in blogland!! The decorations were amazing!!




I have been taking a small break for the past few days. I've been relaxing with a little Michael Buble' (if you don't have that holiday CD yet, you're really missing out!) and enjoying some time with my oldest daughter, who is home from college. 



We also hosted the high school cheer squad's Christmas party on Saturday night! What a great time that was!

Today, I am sharing some great party tips over on Passionately Perfect, with Sherika.  Sherika and Brandy, of With a Shot of Brandy, are co-hosting their "Favorite Things Holiday Bash"; and they invited me to share some party ideas and decor with all  of you.


I hope you'll hop on over and join me!!! I'll be back in a day or so, to share my Santa collection with you. I hope you'll stop by!


Have a Wonderful Day!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Tree 2011

Whew! Two posts in one day!! In the previous post, I shared our holiday kitchen. This time, I'm sharing our family Christmas tree!


As you enter our home, our tree stands ready to greet you!





We place our tree in the foyer each year, because it can be enjoyed from the family room, living room, and dining room.  It also has a great reflection in the foyer mirror, giving us twice the 'bling'. 




But, wanna know what I like most about it?? It sits in a revolving tree stand! The tree slowly rotates 360°. Thus, we get to enjoy the ornaments on all sides!







With this being our family tree, we have all of our ornaments that we have collected over the years.  These are a few of my faves:


Our first Christmas together:


Our first house:


The annual Swarovski crystal ornaments...


...and, Baby's First Christmas...


I don't use very much ribbon or garland...I just fill it up with ornaments and flowers...lol!! The topper consists of pheasant feathers, berry stems, gold calla lilies, and various copper stems.  



And that's our family tree for 2011! I hope you have enjoyed your visit today! Thanks for joining me this week for the 'Christmas Blogger Block Party'. I wish you all a blessed and joyous holiday season!


I am so honored to have my tree featured on:


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