And...our stockings have been hung on the bookshelves with care! Yes, it's true that we don't have a fireplace, so the bookshelves have to make do! Our stockings were crocheted by my Grandmother. I've had mine since I was a little girl; when I got married she made one for my husband, and then made each child one for their first Christmas. We love our stockings, but they are rather big. Sometimes Santa has to be very creative so that it doesn't cost him a fortune to fill them!
Jacquie recently had a post about her trees (you should go over and look at them--they are a lot of fun). As I brought out the decorations this year I realized that I have more trees than I thought (but nowhere near as many as she has). These ceramic trees came from my mother-in-law when she scaled back her decorating a few years ago.
I also received these crystal trees from my mother-in-law. The Snow-Babies figurines were gifts one year from my husband's grandmother. Someday only the ice-skaters will be here--as my children will take all of the decorations and ornaments that are theirs when they have their own homes. We also have a fun collection of Santas and music boxes--again, gifts from my husband's grandmother...and again, many will leave one day!
Oh, and I have to send you over to Nanette's. Nanette's blog is one of my favorites, and she is having a grand celebration this week in honor of her one-year blogiversary! She has lots of prizes and tons of fun ideas to share!