Ilex Verticillata This is how winterberry looks in fall, before the leaves drop.
Winterberry, is a native holly, and a source of food for overwintering birds and small mammals
The bright red berries last all winter and look great in Christmas arrangements.
I didn't put the berries on the mantle because they don't hold up long indoors
once they are cut, and if they drop I am afraid of Tommy eating them.
So I just put a few branches on a platter at the table for a few days,
and I can cut fresh ones as needed.
We're having fun pretending that the elf is spying on us, and I've been teaching
Tommy about minding his behavior, since elf is reporting back to Santa!
I love watching Tommy find "Buddy" each morning.
of Christmas, and telling the Christmas story of Jesus' birth through glorious carols and festive music, books, and TV specials.
The magic of Christmas and Santa Claus teaches about sharing, giving and believing in fun ways.
We're having such an exciting time with all the holiday decorations, preparations and our family
traditions, and seeing it all through the eyes of a child.
He wasn't afraid of Santa, like last year! He's grown up so much in one year!
Right now, when I'm not busy with grandkids, I am working hard putting up decorations for my clients, or working on my Etsy store and shipping orders!
I've been listing many vintage goodies for Christmas decorating and entertaining.
There's just enough time to order my Christmas vintage stuff, if it is to arrive in time.
Vintage linens are popular in my Etsy shop, so are figurines.
I've been very busy listing great gift items as well!
For a train collector, A hearty train mug and some old train curtains
Hummel Candy Dish, " Let's Sing"
A Christmas Guitar Book
I still dream of having a store one day. I sure wish you could stop by and have tea with me and talk about vintage goodness!
|reading A Christmas Annual, from the year I was born, and having a treat on my pretty china plates|
Speaking of tea and vintage things, I saw a friend at her booth on Saturday,
and she has lovely handcrafted " feminine frills" that you must see!
May I introduce Kathryn Ross, of The Writer'sReverie. a most delightful blog!
Cameo Impressions has lovely hair ornaments and fancy Victorian-style tree ornaments.
I hope you'll consider giving vintage and lovingly handcrafted things when you're Christmas shopping. It's fun to find good things that are repurposed, that have a story, and handmade one-of a kind gifts. It's good to support small business, and Etsy is the place to find all that!
Visit my Etsy shop, www.etsy.com/shop/grandmalay. Have a good, old-fashioned Christmas!
I hope you and your family are richly blessed this Christmas seasonwith love, peace and joy!