Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Music- Perry Como The Story of Christmas

I love how the Christmas story is present in both words and song. Can you tell Perry Como is my new favorite this year!

Another version of the same story and songs. This time live on tv. Don't you love old clips like this? I am so glad they are still around for me too see.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Treasures

I thought I would share with you today a few vintage Christmas treasures. These are fairly recent, as two were gifts last year and the other two gifts this year.
These are two little carol booklets from my sister-in-law. So very cute!
 I love how the songs are even illustrated.

This one was a promotional from an insurance company.

Isn't that pretty that the picture extends to the back too?

These are two cards our Grandma sent to my sister and I. So cute!

Very Best Wishes for Christmas to you friends!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Music- Harry Belafonte

I finally found it! Do you remember how I was lamenting because I couldn't find Harry Belafonte singing Jehovah the Lord will Provide?  That was way back in 2011, if you do remember you have a great memory! I am not sure why I decided to look for it again, but I did and there is was! Apparently uploaded days after I had posted.
Such a simple song but with a powerful message. 

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Baking

 We are in the middle of Christmas baking here! 
How about you? In the midst, haven't started or all done?
Here is a list of recipes to tempt you. I already have a good stock of Ginger Snaps and Fruitcake in the freezer.
Christmas Fruitcake (Which really be called Christmas Cranberry Cake!)
Happy Baking!
And don't forget an Apron!!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas is Here!

I haven't been very motivated lately. I keep telling myself everyone is waiting for lovely pictures of the new house, but the weather doesn't cooperate or it needs a good tidy before photo time and I just haven't been motivated to get things done. I think it is reaction to finally being moved in and settled, there isn't any need to push on! Anyway, I finally decided to just snap a few quick pictures of our Christmas decorations in the new house. We weren't really motivated to decorate a lot either. Partly because we found ourselves suddenly at a loss where to put them. So we just ended up pulling out our favorites and putting them anywhere there was a place.
I few of our favorite candles tucked next to new decorations.............
paper trees made by the sisters. So cute in the piano window!
Another new craft for this year, a poinsettia wreath hung in the dining room window.
The flowers are felt on a ribbon wrapped wreath form.
 Of course a Shiney-Bright covered tree is an essential! I tried for a theme this year, only red and silver ornaments. After I had unpacked half the ornaments to find the red and silver ones and put a dozen or so on, I stood back to take a look and realized it wasn't really how I had envisioned it, it was boring! So we gave up on the idea and put all the pretty ones on.
 Our favorite vintage nativity made in Germany. 
 Little lanterns we threw together to add a bit of something to the nativity setting. Mini vintage bottle brush trees and (fake) tea lights in a jar.
And my favorite view this year. The little window going upstairs hung with beaded snowflakes. 

If I ever get around to finishing decorating the porch and outside I will let you know. This weather is no incentive though..............

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Music- Silver Bells-Perry Como

I remember listening to this as a child. I love this version with all the "silvery bells" in the background.

Did you know Silver Bells was first sung in the 1951 movie "The Lemon Drop Kid" by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell? It is a fun screwball movie with a bit of a Christmas theme.