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Christmas Knick-Knacks

The Blue Moon Crew got a late start decorating for Christmas this year, but it was fun to put stuff up quickly and just pick out and put out our favorites. Some are old, passed down from earlier generations, others hand-made, some added to the collection over the years.

In the center, the odd curly-cue Christmas Tree Lady is an addition from about a decade back, and is actually a Christmas card holder. In front is figurine Laura made last Christmas, a slug or frog holding a Bedbug, and a white frog figurine I snagged in the early-'80s. On either side are NO-EL cherub/elf candle holders. These were my Grammy's, passed on to me by my godmother, Aunt Sheri. I remember seeing these on her shelf when I was 4-5 years old. I wonder how old they are?

Both ornaments here are also very old, the little elf another of my Grammy's. The round white ornament has shown its age for a long time now, but is nice and glowy if you get a bulb right behind/next to it.

My mom gave me the sled on year, maybe '85, and had them paint "Rosebud" on it - very thoughtful, since I'm such a fan of Citizen Kane. The classic Mickey Mouse is beautifully sculpted and one of the faves of all in the house. Just to the left you can catch a glimpse of Beanish from Larry Marder's Beanworld, made with Sculpy for her sis by Laura.

Another view of the first group, including a newer angel who moves about the house, year to year.

All these and many more always bring a smile to my face each Christmas as we're decorating, and some bring a tear...not that that's too hard with me. No doubt you have your favorites that hold great emotional and sentimental value, bringing to mind childhood Christmases or those loved ones no longer with us. And someday I'll pass these on to my kids, who'll string a tree with kids of their own, perhaps. I hope I'm there to see that.

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