Wednesday, December 25, 2013

My Advent Calendar 2013-Christmas Day

Christmas Day

This Nativity scene has been in my family as long as I can remember. This is a real family treasure to me. Each one of the figurines were purchased separately. I don't know where or when it was purchased. 


Merry Christmas!

I hope you all enjoyed my 2013 Advent Calendar. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

My Advent Calendar 2013-December 20

Door 20

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These ornaments came from Hawaii. Mom and dad made several trips to the 50th state.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

My Advent Calendar 2013-December 19

Door 19
Every tree should have a Christmas Elf. This one has been sitting in our tree for as long as I can remember. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My Advent Calendar 2013-December 17

Door 17

Door 17

Door 17
Door 17

Door 17
 Mom and dad really enjoyed their trips to Switzerland. These ornaments are little mementos of their many trips.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

My Advent Calendar 2013-December 15

Door 15
This ornament is from Costa Rica. Mom and dad visited Costa Rica on one of their Elder Hostel trips.

Friday, December 13, 2013

My Advent Calendar 2012-December 13

December 13
This ornament was given to us from our good friends, Warren and Judy Smith. This ornament is special because it reminds me of my family's summer trip in 1977, when we visited Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada. 

Here is a description of our visit from mom's journal.....

"Headed out west on the lighthouse trail to Peggy's Cove (about 27 miles). Lovely setting - very rocky with houses plopped here & there. Church & pier & boats & lobster traps. darling. Had dinner at SouWester, the only restaurant. Don & I had lobster (fresh cooked) for $9.95. Patti had shrimp & Sandy had fish n chips, which she has been wanting all along. For dessert we shared blueberry cake & ice cream & gingerbread & ice cream (both cakes warm). Then "home" another way. All the little inlets, rocky shores, tiny wild flowers, green grass - wish I could impress them in y mind".

Thursday, December 12, 2013

My Advent Calendar 2012-December 12

December 12
In 1982 I made my first cross-country trip to Arlington, Virginia to visit our friends Earl and Dorothy Bradley. I brought this ornament home for my mom and It has hung on our christmas tree every since. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

My Advent Calendar 2012-December 11

December 11
This ornament is special to me because it makes me think of my Grandma Smith. She didn't give it to me, but she introduced me to this lovable, lasagna eating cat of the comics. She used to send me an envelope of Garfield comics from the newspaper once a week. He wasn't in our newspaper so it was fun to read his antics. Thanks Grandma for introducing me to Garfield.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

My Advent Calendar 2013-December 10

December 10
This ornament was made many years ago by my Grandma Flo. She crocheted afghans and she also did this little christmas socks. She had taught me to crochet, but I have since forgotten how. Now I knit. May be someday I will relearn to crochet.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

My Advent Calendar 2013-December 8

December 8
In 1994, my cousin Kila Salyers Smith made this ornament from the Smith Family Civil War Quilt. I have put it at the top my tree this year as a salute to my family heritage.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

My Advent Calendar 2013 - December 6

December 6
I made this ornament in 1983. I have always like to do embroidery. I still make ornaments for friends and family for christmas. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

My Advent Calendar 2013-December 5

December 5
This quilt ornament was made by my sister, Patti. She makes beautiful quilts large and small.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

My Advent Calendar 2013-December 4


December 4
This Tigger ornament is from my cousin Laura. I have always been a Tigger fan. So this one is very special.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

My Advent Calendar 2013 -December 3

December 3
I have had this Santa Claus for as long as I can remember. I think we had this when we lived in Spokane.  I always have him "sit" on a branch in the middle of the christmas tree. There were two of them, one for my sister and one for me. I don't know of Patti still has hers or not.

Monday, December 2, 2013

My Advent Calandar 2013 - December 2

December 2
This San Francisco Cable Car ornament was one that my mom gave to her mom, my Grandma Flo. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

My Advent Calendar 2013 - December 1


Welcome to my Advent Calendar. Every year my mom would buy me an Advent Calendar. I loved to "open" the door each day to see what was behind it. I don't have an Advent Calendar this year, I thought I would create my own using photos of the ornaments that I put on my Christmas tree. These ornaments I will feature are from friends and family. Some of them homemade and some that were store. Each ornament means so much to me and brings back memories of decorating "family" tree.




December 1
This ornament was given to us in 1988 from our good friend, Dorothy Bradley. The Bradley's lived across the street from us in Novato. They were good friends of the family, in a way they were "our California family".