Living Outside the Stacks

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Christmas Decor 2013 {In the Cafe}

For the past few weeks my family and I have hemmed and hawed over whether or not we were going to decorate for Christmas this year. The girls and I were saddened by the loss of nearly 20 years worth of ornaments and decorations.

You see, each year, while the kids were sleeping, I’d go to different stores and search for ornaments for each of them. Something that represented them: their interests, their personality, something funny that’d happened during the year. Then I’d take a marker and put their name and year on the bottom of the ornament.

My hope, my dream, was that each kid would take their box of ornaments to their new homes and begin new memories with their families. And they’d have stories to tell, laughs to share.

But much of that was lost in our move from Pennsylvania to Missouri. The rest we thought had been lost in transition from our rental home to our new home. Or so we thought….

Christmas Decor 2013 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Miss 16 loves penguins. Every year, we try to get her something penguin related. And a hat tip to Katie, sometimes changing the perspective makes things look so different.

Christmas Decor 2013 {Living Outside the Stacks}

When my son was a little boy, he used to like to take things apart and put them back together. I assumed someday he’d be a mechanic. In the Fall, he’ll begin his studies as an Engineering major.

Christmas Decor 2013 {Living Outside the Stacks}

When Miss 18 was about 6 years old, she drew a big circle on a piece of paper, inside the big circle she drew seven little circles; when I asked her about it, she said: “The big circle is God and the little circles are us inside God.”

Christmas Decor 2013 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Miss 20 and I share many favorites, the biggest being the color purple. One year, I bought a little purple Christmas tree to put in my living room window. This year the tree will spend its final Christmas with me, next year, it’ll light up my daughter’s dorm room.

Christmas Decor 2013 {Living Outside the Stacks}

This sweet little nativity set reminds me of the last Christmas pageant I was in when we lived in Colorado Springs…

Christmas Decor 2013 {Living Outside the Stacks}

I used to have an extensive collection African American Christmas dolls. They included Santas, carolers, angels, and a beautiful mobile doll in a red santa suit with a white seal. Believe it or not, collecting seasonal African American dolls is incredibly difficult.

Christmas Decor 2013 {Living Outside the Stacks}

And, most precious of all, a little macaroni Christmas tree. Its creator is long forgotten but the glitter lives on…

Thank you to the hubs for following his hunch and checking the box in the garage. No, we don’t have all of our decorations, but we have enough to begin anew.

I’m linking up with Katie at Creole Wisdom for Christmas Decor 2013. It’s her very first link up, join up if you can!

And Merry Christmas to all…

Daenel T

  • http://gypsyroxylee.wordpress.com/ Bella

    What a relief that not all your ornaments are lost! These are the perfect “starter” set and even more important, they’ll be the first ornaments in your children’s own collection! That photo of the purple Christmas tree has me wishing I had one! :)

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ Daenel T

      I know, the kids and I were so excited. I can’t wait for them to begin their own Christmas traditions. I want to see how much they carry over from our home to theirs.

  • http://www.creolewisdom.com/ creole wisdom

    I didn’t realize you had lost many of your decorations in a move. I’m sorry to hear that. Your decor is lovely, personal, and unique. I love the color purple (the color, not the movie/book ;) and that you’ve incorporated your children’s interest in each collection. Thank you for linking up!

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ Daenel T

      LOL I almost write “the color, not the movie/book” too!

      Yep, I cried when I realized the kids’ ornaments were gone… Each ornament was picked especially for each kid. Having the hubs find the box of ornaments at the last minute was like a Christmas miracle for me. I hide it, but I really can be quite sentimental.

  • http://www.lovekiara.com/ Kiara

    What a cute and unique idea! I honestly can’t wait until I start my own family traditions, although that will be a while from now lol.

    • http://livingoutsidethestacks.com/ Daenel T

      Kiara, it rally is fun to dig out the ornaments each year and share the memories. And it’s a nice way to get your kids started on their own Christmas ornaments.

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