I don't mean to brag, but we've gotten a zillion Christmas cards this year. I also SENT some Christmas cards this year -- I think that's the key. This is just a sampling:
Next year maybe I'll have to get one of those Christmas card trees!
This Christmas I've gotten loads of Christmas style decoration cheer. Notably in the ornament department.
Sam's mom got us this one:
So appropriate! We were married on Halloween, and I love Autumn, so it's only fitting we have a pumpkin ornament on our tree.
My Aunt Laura gave me two new ornaments:
This to commemorate my enduring love of horses. It was also crafted by Wayan, and a portion of the purchase goes to a nonprofit.
This I feel commemorates my cat-centric job. Plus, I love how this cat is painted -- orange with green circles.
I also stole some ornaments from my mother's collection. Okay, so stealing isn't the right word. I got these passed down to me ;)
I was also super excited to recieve TWO nativity sets this year. I have previously had NO nativity scene to display, so this was a real treat.
This set was given to me by Sam's mom:
The figures are very realistic in the sense that they look like people and animals. Detailed features, clothes, and so on. I got a stable, Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, manager, and two dogs. The dogs are for Locksley :) and the tradition is to keep Jesus hidden and ONLY place him in the manger Christmas Day. Like magic. This set is soft and probably unbreakable! I also hear it has loads of other figures available -- notably, all sorts of animals.
This set was given to me by my mom:
It was on my wish list :) They're made of wood, I think, and are far more abstract. It's definitely more arty looking, and even though there aren't any features on these faces they are still very expressive.
I love that both of these nativity scenes are distinct and lovely. I can't wait to display them--and all of my new found Christmas decorations--year after year.