“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.” – Bob Hope

When my mother in law Judy passed away a few years ago, we ended up with boxes of her holiday decorations – the Santa and Mrs. Claus and many of the ornaments on the tree pictured below – and also items she displayed year round – like the red bear and dolls (she actually gave me the china doll in the blue velvet dressed before she passed. I am not a huge doll fan but something about that particular one appealed to me.)

That Christmas, I decided to put a small tree in my bedroom to display some of these ornaments and this year created what I was hoping was something akin to a “toyland” themed area. The rocking horses, dolls, small radio flyer wagon. and the metal sleigh seem as if they could be in the display window of a store decades ago, appealing to the imaginations and creativity of children of yesteryear.

A few truly vintage items are on my corner desk as well….the NOEL train with it’s tiny candles came from Judy and the metal tree and paper mache snowman and carolers were purchased at thrift or antique stores. The bunny just is a cool character that my youngest bought me once and I made the crochet star garland several years ago.


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