We know you’re busy—we’re busy, too, trying to get ready for the biggest holiday of the year! If you’re one of those people who is all ready to roll, well, then I’m jealous of you. I’m never ready until the exact minute I need to be; the pressure of a deadline is necessary for me to get stuff done. This will be short and not too sweet in recognition of the time constraints most of us are under.
We felt bad about this poor hand-knit Christmas stocking:
It was nicely done, a great size for lots of gifts, and here it ends up in the 99¢ room at Goodwill. Alan, I hope you traded it in because your child made you a stocking that you will treasure for the rest of your life. Hopefully another Alan will find this stocking and give it a happy home.
What in the wide world of sports is going on with this buck?
First off, this is my dog’s posture when I’m scratching him in just the right spot. He even does the same thing with his upper lip. Obviously, Kathy is holding him just where he wants to be held. I’m not sure why he was made from copper-colored burlap—a weird choice, to be sure. Then there is the fur stole around the neck, with trailing ribbons. Gotta call him a total fail. Maybe you could complete the look if you hung those furry letters that we featured last week from the antlers. How could you make him look worse?
Here’s a Christmas trinity:
Rudolph, Santa, and the long-suffering Mrs. Claus. There really isn’t anything too wrong with this decoration beyond Rudolph looks like a dog, and Mrs. Claus looks like she’s missing her lower half. Santa is way more attractive than either of his companions, so I have to say that he could do better and so can you! Also, how can you not like a guy with his hands in the air like he just don’t care?
This vintage Santa picture is pretty well done;
It takes some artistic ability to draw a Santa that looks like Santa. We took this photo at an estate sale and the homeowner was one of the good crafters. She made things that were attractive and well done with just a small quibble about his skin tone. If this weren’t marked $30, I probably would have dragged this Santa baby home.
We found these two in the back room of Goodwill:
We looked all over and couldn’t find their brother. How strange. They don’t float my boat, but if you’re one of those people who like big manger scenes, you could do much worse than have a trio of Magi like these.
Let’s end up with some fun things. We found the next ornaments at that crazy huge estate/yard sale this fall:
Most of the stuff was new, but we found some vintage things by digging deep in one of the tubs. This little set from the ’60s has candles and birds inside of them. There were two boxes of them and we split them up so both of us had a set of each design.
This was another set that we split up:
It’s a set of hand-painted Shiny Brites. I really liked the cardinals, but found the deer pretty cute too. We both have a problem with Shiny Brites, or any kind of vintage ornaments. We should start a Shiny Brite Anonymous—anyone interested? They look absolutely fab on aluminum trees:
This is my aluminum tree with West German glass ornaments, all courtesy of my generous, beautiful sister-in-law.
These last ornaments are not so wonderful:
If you look closely at them, you can see that they are made by wrapping thread around pebbled plastic cones. Why did someone keep such cheap ornaments so carefully in their original package? I found them totally irresistible. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them because the thought of them on my tree is painful. The meticulous preservation of them in their package is what tickles me, not the actual ornaments themselves.
Have a Fabulous Festivus, a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, a Super Saturnalia, a Peaceful Winter Solstice, and a Joyous Kwanzaa. We hope you are surrounded by those you love.