Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Joys #16 - Some Treasured Decorations from My Childhood

This little Santa and the two ornaments came home with me one day; they used to be part of the Christmas decorations that my mother loved to display when I was a child in the 50's.  I miss her especially at Christmastime; she found great joy in decorating and buying gifts for her five children.  Now, of course, I know how much work it took to make a beautiful Christmas look effortless.  I like to display these ornaments with Mary Engelbreit magazines (no longer in publication) because they so often remind me of those earlier Christmases.


The two Santa mugs were also from our childhood Christmases.  I like to display them with this version of Twas the Night Before Christmas with illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith.  While the cover has a 50's feel to it, Miss Smith was famous for painting children for magazines such as Harper's and Ladies Home Journal, and especially covers of Good Housekeeping until 1933.  She died in 1935, but her work has remains popular even today.

 I hope that you will continue to join me throughout the month of December as I post about some special decorations, traditions, collections and memories that bring the joy of the season to our house. Perhaps you will want to respond with your own story or comment about what brings happiness to your heart at Christmas. I would love to hear from you and look forward to sharing a bit of Christmas! Annie

5 comments:

BECKY said...

I'm really enjoying all your Christmas memories, Annie!

HolyMama! said...

Sweet! The little Santa mugs are so cute! I still remember all the ornaments from my childhood and have no idea where they are... but that's ok. Glad you shared yours!

Sherry said...

What wonderful vintage items! I love ME and Jessie Wilcox Smith too.
Have a very Merry Christmas!
Sherry

Shelia said...

Aww...what precious little treasures from your childhood! I love this stuff and wish I had more treasures from my past.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Joy said...

Thanks for stopping by. I'll post that teenage boy piece after the holidays. I'm glad to catch up a bit on your blog. Great Christmas memories!

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