Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Present

This is my fourth Christmas without Mr. Dragon.
The first two, I put up three trees, decorated inside and out.
I made pots of chile and had folks over.
In other words, I kept myself very busy.

Last year I put up two trees, decorated inside and out and made chile.

This year I put up one tree -- the smallest.
(My back and joints prefer one tree -- the smallest!)
I decorated outside and am still playing inside.

I always have a amaryllis.
This one is from Trader Joe's -- a good deal and pretty, too.


Santa is at the front door with his own tree waving at the neighbors as they go by.


This year I pulled some boxes filled with old decorations out of the back of the closet .
Fun and full of surprises and memories.

The little snowman has been on a Christmas tree since I was a very tiny child.
Scrooge reminds of the years we lived on Galveston Island.
Dickens on The Strand is held every year on the Island .. fun!

Ornament collage

The Santa is from a set that was made by Sears many, many, many years ago celebrating different cultures and celebrations of Christmas.
"In Holland children believe that St. Nicholas rides on a beautiful white horse to deliver present on his feast day."
Gelukkig Kerstfeest

The church is a model of the Old San Ysidro Church in New Mexico.
A reminder of my 23 years in New Mexico.
New Mexico is also where I met and married Mr. Dragon.

That's a brief look at Christmas Present.

Christmas collage

Wishing YOU well and much joy.

A big thank you to the lovely Judith for hosting Mosaic Monday.

Merry Merry and Ho Ho Ho!


eileeninmd said...

A lovely tree and decorations. The amaryllis is gorgeous.. You have many wonderful memories.. wishing you a happy week ahead and a Merry Christmas!

Sara D.B. said...

I find the photos of your Christmas decorations not only beautiful but also and especially very touching. I almost feel how they bring back good memories. Thank you for sharing!
Wishing you a happy Christmas time!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I never had an amaryllis plant , Snap --it is so beautiful! I also enjoyed seeing your Christmas ornaments--many looks quite a bit like ones I have on my tree. I love ornaments that come with memories attached :)

I know you must miss Mr, Dragon very much. It's good that you keep Christmas alive in his memory and enjoy the company of others for the holiday--chili sounds good to me!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I think that my favorite is that old Sears Santa! :)

Cathy Keller said...

Your amaryllis is beautiful!!! Decorations are lovely! Wishing you well! Cathy

Michelle said...

That Amaryllis is so lovely. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Snap!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

There is no greater or better time for memories than at Christmas.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The amaryllis really is lovely. It's been years since I've had one. The holidays sure bring back memories of years past and those we miss. I'm glad you felt like decorating and hope you enjoy the holidays. Sending you some extra holiday hugs, Diane

Gayle said...

I enjoyed walking with you through memory lane, what a sweet post! I do understand about putting up less and less. Today I saw a darling tree on a blog, all done in pink and thought how cute that would be in my bedroom! Then I "got real", what goes up, must come down! I'm glad you stopped by for a visit Behind the Garden Gate.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Such lovely decorations! And so nice that you have good memories connected to them.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I'm glad you still decorate and hopefully have many happy memories when you bring out the Christmas decorations.
That is a super amarylis, nice colour and big flowers.
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Sharon.

Mary Cromer said...

That must have been heart warming to pull out some of those tucked away Christmas adornments from Christmas past and now into the present ;)

miss-red-fox said...

Such a nice decoration, my kids would also like it! And the amatyllis is really beautiful!

Sylvia said...

Your decorations are so pretty,Snap, I love the Santa at your door. Have a very Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Your amaryllis is beautiful as are your decorations. Happy holidays to you.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Good to meet you, and thank you for visiting and leaving a lovely comment. I am following, added your blog to my list of blogs to visit again. Enjoyed your Christmas memories.

DeniseinVA said...

I expect there are so many sweet memories in those decorations. Your Amaryllis is gorgeous Snap, thanks for sharing it, as well as your other beautiful decorations. Merry Christmas and A Very Happy New Year :)

Corrine at said...

I can't believe it's the fourth. It doesn't seem possible, but his light is shining as bright as ever in your heart. Tiny tree, us too, it seems enough and that's all that matter. Cute Santa at the door. xox

Janet said...

This is such a beautiful post. I love hearing about how other people celebrate Christmas. Your decorations are fun and filled with memories...those are the best kind.
Merry Christmas, Snap!!

Kim Mailhot said...

May your Christmas present be full of sweet joys and peace in your heart! ❤️ Merry Christmas, Snap!

Lorrie said...

I think it's wonderful that you do whatever you feel like doing for Christmas d├ęcor. No pressure. Your amaryllis is very pretty. The little wander through memory lane was sweet. I wish you much joy this Christmas.

Judy Biggerstaff said...

So cute and sweet. Your amaryllis is beautiful. Great Santa at the door.

My name is Riet said...

Your decorations Are so lovely and I love the amaryllis. Merry Christmas.

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

Hi Snap, I am so glad I came over for a visit. It's wonderful that you decorate for Christmas. It's such a wonderful time of year to reflect, remember, and give thanks for those we love. There is something magical about Christmas decorations. Don't stop decorating for Christmas. Don't stop displaying your wonderful decorations -- your wonderful memories. (BTW, my Mom's nickname is the Dragon Lady. She was born in the year of the Dragon and she is always in charge of whatever situation she is in.) Merry Christmas Snap.

ann said...

Your Christmas spirit captures the season and shows the love. Your decorations are beautiful. I gave up growing amaryllis years ago when my mother in law picked on mine because it didn't have as many flowers as hers and wasn't as straight. Hurt my feelings so I never grew another one again. Oh well. Yours is beautiful and perhaps I should try again. Merry Christmas.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Lovely seeing your Christmas present with memories and precious keepsakes. Your home looks so pretty!

Steph said...

Merry Christmas to you and lovely decorations!