Friday, September 17, 2010

Christmas In September

I hope it’s not too early to share some Christmas memories.  Since last week’s post and my wonderful finds while de-cluttering, I have been thinking more and more about the holidays.  I have these memories of Christmas growing up.  My house was always decorated.  Once we moved from our house with a fireplace, we even bought one of those “fake fireplaces” just so we could get more into the spirit of decorating.

When my sister moved in with us, I think she loved decorating more than anyone else in the house.  She had so many ideas and items, and then got into the spirit of “buying” more decorations.  (Remember my clutter photos – mostly her stuff)

She would even take pictures off the wall and wrap them up like presents.  Seriously, presents hanging on the walls?   Only in my house!  But I loved her.  Every inch of available space was decorated:  shelves, tables, desktops.  And even on the floor by the tree. 

She also had this shadow box.  It had a few little shelves with a mirror behind it.  During the year she had all kinds of stuff on display in it.  But come holiday time, those items were packed away and Christmas was now on display.  Now, my memory is not as good as it used to be, but I remembered lots of cool stuff.  Then, it all disappeared.  For the life of me, over the past few years, I have not been able to find those boxes of Christmas decorations. 

Until de-clutter time began.  YES!  I found them.  Shadow box items – small, cute, and festive!  I struck gold.  Imagine the look on my face when I opened this one box.  Here are samples of what I found.

You'll find some of these things listed in my Etsy shop, and some are yet to be listed.  I still have to downsize and get rid of many of those items but I will ALWAYS have those memories.  I wonder if Avon will ever make these things again!



goodgosh said...

Thanks for sharing those memories! Makes me reminisce now too! I can't say as I ever wrapped the pictures on my wall though. Ha!

Peppercorns said...

What wonderful memories! My family has always decorated and had large Christmas's too, so I understand the emotions. I'm so glad you found those missing decorations, what a happy surprise for you.

Merry Christmas duuuuuude! ♥♥♥

VintageEmbellishment said...

I love the seasons from fall through winter, mostly because of all the holidays that happen then :) Thanksgiving and Christmas being my 2 favorites!
"Things" can be lost but memories are ours to keep :) and they are precious!

Thanks for bringing some good memories back ♥

jj said...

Great post doodle.
Christmas is one of my favorite times!
The memories are great and reading yours made me remember some from my grandparents house! No they didn't wrap pictures either, but there were certain things that went out every year :)

Runs With Scissors said...

Doodle, it's never too early to think about Christmas!

Are those all Avon bottles in that photo? I love the snowmen!

Doodle said...

Yes, every bottle is Avon. I had to check the bottoms to be sure, but yep, all Avon. And there's more of course. hehehe

Thanks everyone.

Sheree said...

As soon as the weather begins to change I start to think about Christmas. It is one of my favorite times of year!

The Vintage Diva said...

These bottles are so, well, christmasy. it looks like they've been staged like a cresh with everyone standing around waiting for the Messiah. Guess it's a Jewish cresh! ha ha ha