"I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending."
Ms Modern Country would thoroughly appreciate Barbara's selection of Emma Bridgewater mugs. I love their solid heft balanced with a bit of visual whimsy.
Some people think romantic style is glamour and glitz. For me- it is a cup of hot creamy cocoa in front of a roaring fire.
The shop is chock-full of collectibles full of meaning- like this simple bag of birdseed based on Scandinavian tradition of feeding birds on Christmas Day. How perfect is this for the bird-lovers on your Christmas list?
Every inch of the store is filled with possibilities of future memories.
Our personal Christmas tree, the primary theme is of our family history and hobbies. One of our sons once remarked- we are the only family he knows of with a hunting and fishing themed tree. Many of the ornaments, a special one for each family member each year, originated from this annual pilgrimage.
However, don't think of ornaments as only being for the tree or limited to our love of nature. Your holiday should be authentic to you.
Perhaps you love The Wizard of Oz. Warner Brothers is celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the film. Why not plan a party. Watch the film. Maybe do a little sing-a-long, then give ornaments of the characters as mementos.
Have family who live by the sea- or dreams of waves lapping at their feet- a seashell ornament would be a lovely dangling with curled ribbon from their gift.
For the gardener- imagine a rosemary tree loaded with accouterments of their passion- watering cans, spades...maybe critters???
Context is everything. Certainly a glass grasshopper will bring a bigger smile to the face than any hopping by the rest of the year.
This stitched owl reminds me of my granddaughter's nursery. Made of stitched fabric- a child can launch into flight- this ornament won't break.
Having raised boys in a home their cousin Manny described as having " testosterone bouncing off the walls" I suggest the hosts of a celebration including budding ball-throwers plan accordingly. If your the nervous type, maybe take a Valium.
A confectioner's tree would be lovely in place of flowers on a dessert buffet. Ringing in at zero calories- imagine satisfying the sweet tooth of some disciplined soul who manages to keep to a proper diet while the rest of us indulge like on our next visit all the scales in the doctor's office will pretend the holidays never happened.
If it takes a village... make mine gingerbread.
If you have a holiday kick-off- whatever your faith- or no faith- please share! Let the joy of the season join back together what politics puts asunder.
God bless you all!
Linking to Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home.
Barbara Cheatley Antiques is located at 215 Yale Ave., Claremont, CA
Phone 909 621- 4161
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