Merry Christmas from the Brooks household. Kate, Jack, Allie, Ron and I hope you are all having a peaceful day filled with family, friends and fun. The sun is shining in Sandusky and there is only a slight dusting of snow on the ground. Last night, Terri Estel and I walked up and down the streets lined with luminaries. It was a silent night and absolutely beautiful.
We both started decorating our trees with Swedish flags, candles, gnomes, goats, red ornaments and straw creations.
This is the back parlor mantel. Santa leave presents in the stockings and around the fireplace here. He's been visiting here every year since 1907 when the house was built.
We forgot to leave out cookies this year, but, we did leave out a pitcher of bloody marys that he seemed to enjoy.
My Great Aunt Alberta (age 102) gave me some of her tree ornaments a few years ago and I like to put them in a glass bowl on the coffee table.
Can you see the collection of sheep around this tree at the top of our staircase? You might have to click on the photo to see it better.
This is the time of year to get out the Christmas bears and the antique ceramic tree for the fireplace mantel in the bedroom.
Santas pop up all over the kitchen.
They are all handmade from a gentleman in Berlin Heights, Ohio. I love their sweet faces.
No surface is without a Christmas collection of some sort!
Christmas is such a special time of love and laughter. I love wearing goofy reindeer headbands and giving presents to family, friends, and even strangers. Seeing Allie snoozing contentedly in a pile of gift wrap is a joy. Having Kate and Jack survive consumption of a whole pound of Ghiradelli semi-sweet morsels yesterday is another blessing. That our vet would take the call at 5pm on Christmas Eve is a miracle. I loved that Ron gave me the same present that he did two years ago...that he forgot about...an ISO Cool pillow. Phone calls from my mom in California have kept the Christmas spirit close. Visits with Paulette and Bob and their families are savored. I hope, you too, are having a great Christmas. Send me some of your favorite memories when you have the time.