Welcome to my entry in the blogosphere advent calendar!
I love Christmas, although I confess this year we're very behind. I've been loving people's descriptions of their traditions. Here's mine - I collect ornaments! My mom gave me my first one when I was about six. I was going to post a photo but I haven't even unpacked the ornaments yet, I'm sad to say. But it's one of my most prized possessions - she's a little plastic angel with an adorable face and gold foil wings. Every year her velveteen and paint wear a bit thinner, but I still adore her. There are pictures of me at that age with her clenched in my little fist. I took her off the tree at night and made her a little bed on the shelf next to mine. No matter how old I get, unpacking her brings me great joy every year.
My mom gave me an ornament every year until my late teens and even now she'll often give me one, especially if she and my dad have been on a trip. And now I buy them! Ohhh boy, do I buy them. I try to limit myself to one per year, but that rarely happens. This year I've gotten two. Here's the second one, I just couldn't resist her (the rest of her body is sticking out the back!):
I'm not normally a big Disney fan, but I have a soft spot for Peter Pan and especially for Tinkerbell. Oddly, I seem to be having a Tink sort of year, she keeps popping up. So I took spotting this one as a good omen and scooped up the last one in the store.
And now, for some Christmas music! It's an a cappella band called Tonic Sol Fa. We saw them this summer and I thought they were super. The house with the lights is apparently in South Dakota and each year they sync up their lights to music.
And another YouTube find, a little slideshow set to the ever-excellent Brad Paisley's Christmas song, James Penguin.
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