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Friday, December 11, 2009

PINK SATURDAY....SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EDITION


TODAY is PINK SATURDAY, hosted by BEVERLY....
THANKS SO MUCH FOR STOPPING BY SWEET NOTHINGS....
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Beverly has asked us to share a favorite CHRISTMAS decoration or ornament..
and that the color RED is close enough to PINK !!
WOO HOO...I LOVE RED !
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Since I have several....ok...A LOT ...of favorites, it was hard to choose just one...
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I adore my wooden, whimsical NATIVITY SCENE...
I've had this piece for about 15 years and still just love it.
It's the kind of piece that not only reminds me of the birth of our sweet JESUS CHRIST...
it also reminds me that humor goes hand in hand with a lot of serious things...
and I like that !
Usually, through bad times, if we can just hang on to something to laugh about,
we can make it thru sooo much easier..
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I hope that your CHRISTMAS is merry and bright...
As bright as a CHRISTMAS STAR...
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I also love my little vintage CHRISTMAS Angel Bells...
I have 3 of them and I have no idea how olden they might be...
They hung on my mother's tree every CHRISTMAS when I was growing up...
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Each one has MERRY CHRISTMAS in a foreign language..
I think the original set contained about 12 angels....
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I have looked hi and lo for more to add to my set but I've not found any, as yet....
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BUT MY MOST FAVORITE OF ALL of my decorations....
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..... are the CHRISTMAS stockings my mother made for my 2 children..
This one belongs to my son, DAVID.
Every single bit of the stocking is hand made...no pre-sequined patches here..
She hand sewed all the little pearls and beads and sequins...
She took the patterns out of childrens coloring books...
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Here's STACY'S....
They are velvet, fully lined ....
I've tried to get David and Stacy to take their stockings home...
They want to leave them with me...to hang for CHRISTMAS EVE at our house.
Someday....they will want to take them to their house and that is where, at that time, they will belong.
To all of us..THEY ARE PRICELESS...
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O....and I want to show you the cutest candle holder..
My bff MARTHA gave this to me the other night when I had her and another friend, EARLENE,
over for pizza and a movie....
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Martha knows how I just luv roosters..she found this on a little vacation trip back in the summer and said she KNEW, the minute she saw it that it would be my CHRISTMAS gift....
Isn't it just PERFECT !!!
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Do you know the story of the CANDY CANE ?
It's a beautiful story and you can google it and read it all...
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The white of the candy cane symbolizes the Virgin Birth...
The red, the blood shed...
The shape of the candy cane symbolizes the Good Shepard..
and, turned upside down, of course, the first letter of JESUS.

MERRY CHRISTMAS....

Please stop by HOW SWEET THE SOUND and see all the other favorite decorations...
I am also linking to ANNI'S HOME 4 THE HOLIDAYS

37 comments:

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I love those stockings. What a wonderful gift to be able to pass on to your children. The nativity is adorable and so whimsical too. I love the little bells and rooster too. You have very nice friends!
Blessings,
Marcia

caren said...

Such beautiful things you are sharing with us today. I can see why it is hard to choose a favorite. The bells are terrific...wonder if you could find them on e-bay. Thanks for telling us the story of the candy cane. I had never heard that : ) Happy Pink Saturday!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

BJ, this is just wonderful! I enjoyed reading every word of this post and seeing all the things you love. The nativity set is cute as can be, and I love your tiny angels! And those stockings! All the work your mama put into those for your babies! They are such amazing keepsakes. I like the fact that she based the design on children's books.

And BJ, I love your gift from your friend. She knows you well, and what a lucky girl you are!

Sending you much love for a very Happy Pink Saturday...

XO,

Sheila... who is up late! ;-)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Happy PS, BJ! Doesn't Beverly have those exact same bells with the diff languages on them? I think she has all 12 ~ she posted about them earlier this month. THey are precious. Those stockings are truly heirloom keepsakes ~ I think it is so sweet that the kids want them displayed at YOUR place!

Please stop by and see my fav decoration and look at past posts to see our holiday home when you get a chance!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Chris said...

I just love seeing the many memories that my friends have. Those stockings are priceless. I have at the very top of my tree some oranaments that belonged to my MIL when she was a child. One has the whole back broken in it, but it gets put on my tree every year. She is going to be 90 this year.

Merry Christmas,
Chris

Theresa said...

Oh my BJ, (it seems like I always start my comment to you like that) Love those bells, they are precious and the memories that go along with them, sweet! The stockings that your Mother made for your kids are so beautiful and to think she did all that by hand. WOW! Have a blessed weekend dear and how could I forget to mention the candle holder from your BFF! Honey, too cute!

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

Morning dear BJ...Hope you are having a wonderful Holiday season!
My Grammy loves the Nativity set...and stockings you've shared! Thank you for sharing the story of the candycane with us! Holiday Hugs...and we hope you stop over to see us! Love Jalina Rose and Grammy

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

Morning dear BJ...Hope you are having a wonderful Holiday season!
My Grammy loves the Nativity set...and stockings you've shared! Thank you for sharing the story of the candycane with us! Holiday Hugs...and we hope you stop over to see us! Love Jalina Rose and Grammy

My name is PJ. said...

I love the stockings, BJ! My late grandmother made stockings for her children, all of her grandchildren and the oldest of her great-grandchildren. Each was made the year of our respective births.

And the nativity is lovely. I have a soft spot for wooden, handmade things. Just beautiful!

SmilingSally said...

Everything you showed today is a delight for the eyes, but of course, the nativity is my favorite too. I have a small collection of mangers scenes simply because they do remind us of Christ's birth.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Wonderul favorites BJ! Those stockings are amazing....wow!

Your BFF gave you the perfect gift too.
Hugs,
Penny

darcie said...

Red is my FAVORITE color too! When we first bought our house I insisted on having room I could paint red...It was the bathroom! Happy Holidays! Beautiful ornaments! Love them!

Stacey said...

Girl, you must have some good metabolism...I can not afford those biscuits and gravy very often!

Your decorations are all sweet. I love the things that have to do with my kids the most too.

Great idea having your girlfriends over for movie and pizza. I need to do the same thing. We just got a new big TV last week. Hubby needed it because you know he doesn't see that great. I'm still trying to get used to the big TV.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Good morning BJ,
Love all your decorations; the nativity, the bells, the candle holder, and the stockings! They are all lovely! I shared my nativity today also. I hope you will stop by and take a peek. Have a lovely Pink Saturday and enjoy your weekend.

Christmas blessings,
Sandi

Dixie said...

The best Christmas decorations are the ones that have sweet memories attached...

Christmas Blessings BJ. Hugs. Dixie

Llyn M said...

Love the rooster!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ HAPPY PINK SATURDAY ♥

Jeanette said...

Those stockings are just too cute! I said somewhere else that I do not know what I enjoy most, the eye candy or the beautiful stories behind the eye candy! Thank you for sharing.

Mary said...

bj, I love all your special ornaments. I can understand why it is hard to pick a favorite. The nativity is just as sweet as it can be and I, too, love the stockings. Have a great Pink Saturday.

g said...

Ah, BJ, what a great post. Your red is very cheerful and warm for the season! I like your approach about the importance of whimsy and humor, even about the things we treasure the most.

Your mother's vintage bells are really special! I appreciate your sharing them with us this pink Saturday. Have a lovely Christmas!

Dena said...

OH BJ, I love those stockings that your mom made and that rooster too!!!

Hugs,
Dena

Michael Lee West said...

Oh, I love your nativity and all of your festive touches that show what Christmas is all about. I feel blessed just visiting.

MyJourneyBack said...

Oh such sweet Christmas things. Isn't it hard to choose your favorite! I love the little nativity. Thanks for sharing all your treasures.
Merry Christmas,
Sherry

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

BJ, lovely items and I love the stories, too. Your mother's ornaments in different languages are too precious. Happy Pink Saturday!

Justine said...

Ooh, biscuits and gravy! Want some! NOW!

Okay, back to your post. That is the cutest little Nativity set I've ever seen! So whimsical and happy!

Your friend rocked the rooster. That is seriously the cutest candle holder ever!

And the stockings? Oh, the beautiful work your mom did. What treasures!

Justine :o )

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday BJ...
Oh sweetie I so love this story about the stockings. How cute they are. I can just see the hours spent sewing each little item on by hand painstakenly. It is a lot of work. I am thrillled she sewed them fro your kids. Some day when they hang in their homes, they will feel the love involved in the making of these stocking by their precious Grandmother. Thank you so much for sharing.

I love the little nativity set. How whimsical it is. I love it.
Thank you for sharing sweetie.

Please stop by and let me share mny pink post with you.

Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

Cottage Rose said...

Hello BJ; I love your Pink Saturday post... So many memories in the little things we have, the stockings your Mom made are so pretty,,, the detail she put into them is amazing... all those tiny sequins and such,,, wow... your Angles are so adorable as well. have a great weekend.

Hugs;
Alaura

Mollye said...

Hi BJ, I love everything but especially the little bells. Really unusual. And I guess my fave would be the biscuits and gravy! As Carl said in Slingblade........."Hmmmm I sure could go for some mustard biscuits I reckon!" Happy Pink Saturday, Mollye

Sarah said...

BJ, thank you for sharing your treasures. I can see why each one is so special to you. I think your mother and my aunt may have used some of the same coloring books for patterns for each of thier hand crafted stockings. Of course mine is a just a dad bit older than your children's stockings. LOL I do a lot of handwork, and I know how tedious beading is. It was an amazing amount of work to make these stockings.
Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah
PS
A friend recently gave me the same little rooster candle holder. Love it!

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

All so pretty at your house, BJ! And of course some good food at the end!
Brenda

♥Mimi♥ said...

We don't need elaborate decorations or a big tree or numerous gifts under a tree. All any of us needs is to carry the spirit of Christmas in our hearts and to share it all year long with everyone we meet.

I just adore your mom's angels. My mother had some of those, too. Now my oldest son places them on his tree - time marches on...

Thank you so much for sharing your blog with me today. Yes, I'm crazy about ♥PINK♥ but I'm also devoted to visiting some of the nicest blogs in cyberspace.

Hoping your weekend is filled with peace.

Kathleen Grace said...

Hi BJ, I have been all over blogland looking at the decorations and one thing that stands out to me is how many of the most meaningful and loved items in peoples homes came from the hand and heart of a loved one. Your stockings are really something special and I am sure they willbe treasured for many generations. Have you thought of packing them with a card telling who made them and a little bit about her so that the story doesn't get lost over the years?

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

What wonderful things to share and such great memories to go with them. My mom made stockings for all of her grandchildren (my 2 and my sister's 4). I love them, they will always be so special to me...and to my kids.

Sue

Kathy said...

Sweet BJ...Loved your happy post and your little Nativity set is the cutest. The fun movie night with your friends is a treasure. Merry Christmas my friend, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Rhondi said...

Hi BJ
The little primitive nativity is so sweet. Everything is lovely but it's my favorite.
Hugs, Rhondi

Nanna said...

what a sweet post today, & those biscits made me hungry LOL, happy pink sat. & ahve a merry christ,as

Helen

jeanne said...

Hello Dear BJ, we were gone again this weekend. LOL. Anyway, I do not want to miss the wonderful Pink Saturday stories so I'm trying hard to visit like crazy.

I love the bells and the stockings made by your mom. Imagine the work that went into those stockings. They are precious to have and a wonderful memory. Lets face it, I love all the things you post. Please don't change your post in any way. Your warm and loving photos and your lovely home is something I always love to see. The food isn't bad either. Kidding, the food is awesome. I love your baking marvels.

Hugs and love, Jeanne xoxo

sanjeet said...

. You have very nice friends!
Blessings,

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