Sunday, October 30, 2011

My Favorite Restaurant - The Bubble Room

Where it is Christmas everyday!

Santa holds the sugar and sweetner

...and we eat on a shadowbox filled with vintage Christmas items.

Anyone else been to the The Bubble Room on Captiva Island, Florida?

More coming!

I'm linking to Sundays with Santa hosted by Yuletide Seasonings 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Blogging Christmas

I've made a few changes to my blog!  Would you stop by and tell me what you think?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Advent and Christmas Movies

I don’t watch TV – other than an occasional show on Food Network, the nightly local news -- and tonight the World Series.  Most people find me odd but I just can’t get into what the popular culture find amusing or interesting. I know there is still some quality programming out there but I find it much more interesting to lose myself in a good book or read your blogs!

My husband and I do share a passion for movies – especially the old black and white films and BBC productions. We find it relaxing to pop in a movie and let go of our day before we begin more intimate conversation beyond the daily necessary communications.

Much of our collection of DVDs revolves around the church year. I thought I would share with you a tradition in our house – our collection of Advent and Christmas movies.

On the more serious side:

The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) with Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman

It’s a Wonderful Life
(1947) with James Stewart and Donna Reed

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) with Maureen O’Hara and Edmund Gwenn

The Bishop’s Wife (1948) with Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven

A Christmas Carol (1951) with Alastair Sim

The Twilight Zone TV Episode – The Night of the Meek (1960) with Art Carney

Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999) with Christine Bale and Pernilla August

The Nativity Story (2006) with Keisha Castle-Hughes and Oscar Issac

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) with Chris Doran and Ann Altieri

For fun

Holiday Inn (1942) with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire

White Christmas (1954) with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye

The Santa Clause (all three) with Tim Allen

Frosty the Snowman (1969) with Jimmy Durante and Billy DeWolfe

Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) with Burl Ives

Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) with Boris Karloff

Elf (2003) with Will Ferrel and James Caan

Christmas Vacation (1989) with Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo

Polar Express (2004) with Tom Hanks

New for this year

Call Me Mrs. Miracle  (2010) with Doris Roberts

Any suggestions to add to our collection?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Santa's Boot

I'm on the road so I have slim pickens for inspiration for Sundays with Santa but this is one of my favorite decorations.  It was given to me by two dear friends filled  to the brim with chocolate.  Every year I put it out and fill it with more chocolate!

This is a rather large ceramic boot - probably 6 inches long by 4 inches high.  It is dusted with glitter to add a little holiday sparkle.  I've looked for something similar through the years to give as gifts with little luck.

There is something just so adorable about Santa's boot that speaks to my heart.  Perhaps it is associated with the friends who gave it to me.  I know it is a part of the warm celebration of our holidays - days filled with family, friends,  food and good cheer!

I'm linking to Sundays with Santa hosted by Yuletide Seasonngs

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Holiday Reading Recommendations?

As an avid reader, I'm always sad during the Christmas season because I have no time to read.  This year is going to be different.

For the first time in two decades, I am not having house guests for the holidays.  My in-laws generally come and stay for two or more (usually three)  weeks.  While I dearly love them, I find it quite exhausting because

  •  I like everything done before they arrive so I can enjoy them
  •  Entertaining is a LOT of work - work that I love but work
  • I have no down time

In a feeble attempt to fill the hole left by their absence, I'm looking for some good holiday reading recommendations.  I've read the Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans.  Other recommendations?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Remember These Christmas Trees?

I only have a vague recollection of aluminum Christmas trees with a rotating color wheel but I remember wanting one as a very small child.  The colors fascinated me and left a life-long impression.

Source: None via Mary on Pinterest

And now what was old is new again!   I can buy one brand new!

Though I probably wouldn't with ebay and all.

I asked my hubby if he would mind if I displayed one in our home.

Much to my surprise (he rarely denies me something I REALLY want),  I got an emphatic NO.

And that was enough. I'll just make myself happy admiring them on Pinterest

Friday, October 14, 2011

Sentimental Ornaments

I have so many sentimental ornaments with precious memories attached to them.  This little pretty came to me today from my Grandma's possessions.  She has been gone for 30 years.  My uncle passed away recently and this was in the attic of their home:

Isn't she pretty?

So Victorian!

I'm linking to Deck the Halls Friday at Tinsel & Company

Friday, October 7, 2011

The Planning Begins - Cookies!

Well, the planning begins inside my wee imagination!  This is last year's cookie extravaganza.  Did you know most cookies freeze well for three months?  Last year I made fifteen (I think) different Christmas cookies.  Who knows what this year will bring but it's time to begin!

So, I'm dreaming of Christmas cookies.  Can't wait to fill my house with the aroma of Christmas baking!

I'm linking to Deck the Halls Friday hosted at  Tinsel & Company

Monday, October 3, 2011

Christmas Angel

My aunt brought over this painting for me yesterday.  Can you see the Christmas tree over on the right side of the photo?  This is my Christmas angel.  Michelle was born one late Christmas Eve.  On Christmas Day we found out she had a severe, complex congenital heart defect.  I had 5 1/2 wonderful years with her.  Today is the anniversary of her passing.

After she died, Christmas was a bittersweet time for me.  I grieved deeply as one does after the loss of a beloved child.  As the healing began, I embraced Christmas - the birth of our Savior and as  the celebration of her life. 

Yes, I am still sad.

Yes, I still miss her.

Our Savior was born so that none will die.

All who believe will know everlasting life!

And I rejoice that my Christmas angel waits for me...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Santa Tea Set

Isn't this Santa Tea Set adorable!  My hubby likes to delight me with the things that I love - all things Christmas!  This was one of many gifts from him that fill me with delight!

I'll be linking to Sundays with Santa at Yuletide Seasonings