Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ten Things Tuesday- Another Christmas One

I know. I missed last Tuesday. I missed posting any days last week.

I had a bajillion things to do and something had to give.
More on that later.

Christmas isn't really my holiday (It's Halloween), but looking at my house you'd probably never know it.

I mean, we are not like Santas all over the inside and outside people.
But, I do have sleigh bells on my door and decorations scattered around.

So, I though I'd share some of my Christmas stuff with you.
This is how we do Christmas in my house.

The worst part is moving furniture to have a spot for the tree.
A hundred years ago, there was a lot less that went into a living room.
Chairs were smaller.

So, without further ado(or is it adieu?) here is Ten Things Tuesday- Great Christmas stuff.

1. Christmas Movies
  Everyone has their favorites. Mine is A Christmas Story.
We also watch Scrooged every year and most years National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

2. Freebies
  I love my freebies. I used to get tons of freebies for gifts or stocking stuffers. They are a little harder to come by these days it seems. Or, it takes more work to find them. I have even gotten ornaments. Nice ones. This angel one came from some church. It is glass and I love it.

3. Homemade ornaments.
Kiddo made this in pre-K. Well, someone else cut out the wood, but she painted it. She also made me a tree one.

Here is my booty shaking Santa. He spins around and dances and shakes his booty. I love it!

5. Christmas cookies
Every year my sister and I try to get together with our girls to make cookies. Sadly, one niece couldn't make it this year. She works retail. But, it's a fun tradition. It would be neat if my other sister lived closer so she could come.

6. A new ornament every year.
This angel we have had for years. It is one of the first ornaments we bought as a couple.

7. Lights
   I love lights on my tree. I have two different sizes. I have the minis and the bigger ones. I don't do blinking lights- they annoy me.

8. Handmade ornaments/decorations
   I have some ceramic Santas I bought from someone online. They are awesome. This year's handmade ornaments were bought off Etsy from Scrapin Sara's Gifts. She mentioned how to make them on her blog, but as I am not crafty I got a couple from her and they look great.

As, you can see- great job and two different sizes of lights.

9. Penguins
  I love penguins. I have penguin ornaments as well as decorations. Sadly, my dueling banjo penguins refuse to duel anymore. One plays, the other one just sits there like the dud that he is.

Honeyman had this made for the family a couple years ago.

10. Fat Santa
   He always goes near the top of the tree. He's heavy. I have all kinds of Santas on the tree, but this one is a family favorite. We found it at the DAV thrift shop several years ago.

So, do you have any special ornaments
or other traditions?


  1. Yours is the only post I will read today before I head out the door.
    I can't decide which is better, "Christmas Vacation" or "Christmas Story."
    They both rock and I own both of them.
    "Merry Christmas, the shitter was full!"
    "You'll shoot your eye out, kid!"
    "See" you when I get back.

  2. Al, I am honored. "See" you later too.

  3. Hi Ruth,

    Our favourite Christmas movies are the same as yours - Christmas Story and Scrooged. "You'll shoot your eye out" and "If I can't work late...I CAN'T WORK LATE" are year round sayings at our house. (Note: We don't do much working late at our house so we substitute other more meaningful words like chocolate...."If I can't eat chocolate....I CAN'T EAT CHOCOLATE" :)

  4. Laurie, That's awesome. We quote all kinds of movies in our house too.

  5. I love your Ralphie collectible. What a doll. Good thing he didn't poke his eye out.

  6. LOL. I'm embarrassed. I'm reading your other comments and realized I misquoted the movie. He was going to shoot vs poke his eye out. It's all good.

  7. Robyn, Thank you. Well, he did get hit in the eye. Remember when the gun kicked when he shot. It knocked his glasses off than he stepped on them and told his mom it was an icicle and she said he was lucky he was OK because "those icicles have been known to kill people". I may have seen that movie a few too many times.

  8. A Christmas Story is my favorite. I used to stay up and watch it when my husband's family went to midnight services. This was before they started showing it for 24 hours. His family couldn't understand why I enjoyed being home - UNTIL one year they saw the end of the movie - then they were hooked and my secret was out!!

  9. laughingmom, I had videotaped it off Encore years ago. One year for Christmas Honeyman and Kiddo bought me the dvd. It is the one movie we watch every year at Christmas.

  10. Piece of useless trivia - the school Ralphie went to in the Christmas Story movie was just a hop, skip and a jump down the highway from my house. They tore it down recently. :(

  11. Laurie, That is pretty neat. I bet it was sad to see it go.

  12. We have many ornaments that date wayyyyyy back to when even I and Mrs. Penwasser were kids. I was lucky that the Romans let me keep mine, though.
    We also have ornaments that the kids made when they were little. It's amazing how you can make three popsicle sticks and two pipe cleaners into a reindeer. An emaciated reindeer, but a reindeer nonetheless.
    Except for the fact that "A Christmas Story" takes place in the 1940s and I went to a Catholic school, it's almost identical to my childhood.
    "Deck the halls with boughs of horry, fa wa wa wa wa wa wa wa wa"
    To be honest, I also have relatives very similar to those in "Christmas Vacation", too.
    Especially Cousin Eddy.

  13. I think it is neat to see ornaments that you've had forever.
    And if you don't use them, the kids notice I bet.
    Mom mom has this elf that sits on the tree. She's had it forever. One year afew years back, she didn't put it up and we all noticed.
    We have a cousin Eddy too. Only he's not quite so entertaining.


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