Monday, December 31, 2018

Christmas Favorites

I want to squeeze in one last post about Christmas before I take down the old calendar and put up the new! If I had to list my favorite Christmas related things, these would be my top five:
Christmas trees

My last post feature the stitched ornaments on my tree, but I love all kinds of ornaments! I especially love Shiny Brite ornaments. Several years ago I began seeing them at flea markets and fell in love with them. I display the ones I bought in a beautiful bowl that belonged to my grandmother. Max Eckardt created Shiny Brite ornaments in 1937. He worked with Corning Glass, a company that made light bulbs, to adapt their process to make clear glass ornaments. They were then shipped to Eckardt factories to be decorated by hand. 

I'm not the only one in the family that loved Shiny Brite ornaments. My grandmother had them on her tree. Her ornaments would have dated in the 1940's to 1950's. After her death, my mother displayed those ornaments in her house. Now that my mother has gone, I am honored to display some of those treasured ornaments in my home. 

Of course if you have ornaments you must have Christmas trees. Oh, I love Christmas trees from large to the very small! This year I have 24 Christmas trees scattered around. Along with my large Christmas tree I have bottle brush trees, wood trees, ceramic trees,  and  metal trees.

The only thing I know that could make a Christmas tree better, is for my grandsons to be gathered in front of it!

It's always an experience to get the Christmas pajama photo each year!

Of course Christmas trees must have some Santas on it!
This star-shaped Santa is one of my favorites. 

Although I have pleanty of Santas, I really like snowmen better. Sorry Santa! I have a small four foot tree that is loaded with only snowmen ornaments.

I saved the very best for last. I can't imagine having Christmas without focusing on the birth of the Christ Child.

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

I've enjoyed one last look at Christmas, but now it's time for me to begin putting it all away!

Wishing you a Happy New Year!


  1. I loved your post-Christmas post, Cathy! So many lovely ornaments--and those boys! Oh, boy!! As a mother of only boys, they hold a special place in my heart and your grandsons surely do in yours, too.

    Wishing you and your family every happiness in 2019 ♥

  2. What beautiful ornaments, Cathy! You must get so much pleasure in displaying them every year! Those shots of your grandsons is wonderful and I love the matching PJs of the younger ones! Those boys look full of fun and energy, just the way boys should look!
    Wishing you a beautiful and creative New Year!

  3. The ornaments are all so lovely and it is especially nice to have some from generations past. I have a number that belonged to my mother and mother-in-law and they always bring back memories. Cute pic of the boys in their pjs

  4. Happy New Year, Cathy! I love the grandsons' photos. They're a handsome lot! I have lots of Santas but no indoor tree this year. Your ornaments are lovely.


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