Advent Day 18 … mantel in the library
December 18, 2008 § 7 Comments
The Santa on the left is a “new” impulse purchase and he didn’t have a “place” ’til he’d been sitting on the kitchen counter for hours, still in the bag. I know they’ll go on sale in January; there were still plenty of those Santas on the shelf in Target when I was there the other day. But it seems he’s glad to be here.
The angel in the middle with the red ribbon is from a wreath the year our son, Snarl, was born.
The Santa picture above the mantel, a gift from Mom, won this spot this year. He’s a rather Swedish looking St. Nick. I’ve been thinking of putting huge gold snowflakes on the brick around him, to balance “the scale” (I get manic about “scale” in decorating), but for now he’s jolly happy to be in the limelight.
Oops, not pictured, but they’re on the mantel since I snapped the photo: A little #1 candle with an elf, a Xmas gift/bauble when our daughter, Laylou,was born. The small red wooden soldier was carved by a man in NC who also made dulcimers which was why we were in his shop to begin with.
The three gold candles? I dunno. They tend to wander around the house the rest of the year, but love showing off at Xmas. The winged wooden dog, sitting sweetly, is for our dear old dog, Tucker, who we had for 11 years and he traveled everywhere with us. He was a dog that came, pronto, when you called him.
And the tall mannequin wooden man? That’s Max. HM gave him to me our first Xmas in NYC. He is presently sporting his red and green Xmas stocking hat (worth a picture later, also).
The rest is garland and lights and faux cranberries. Those cranberries tucked, hither and yon, are rather a theme around my house, a New England thing.
Yes, there is more to decorate. It’s going in stages this year. Three rooms and the foyer are done; the kitchen is next.