These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

Hello everyone and welcome to the House of Antique.    Thank you for joining me on Boo Mama’s Christmas Tour of Homes.  Let me show you around.


First of all, something old. You may remember this guy from a post from last year, Sitting Santa $1.39.  He is always the first thing I unwrap and put out every holiday season and the last thing I put away. He’s my favorite, but don’t tell the other decorations. We don’t want a holiday brouhaha on our hands.

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Below is my favorite tree ornament, this sweet little baby boy sleeping on the moon.  One of the first Christmas seasons I spent in Texas back in the early 80s, I spent alone because I couldn’t afford to go home and my parents, who worked at the time, couldn’t get time off to travel to come see me.


That year I purchased this little guy at Michael’s.  He was one of those paint-it-yourself ceramic ornaments and so that’s what I did, even though I didn’t have a tree. That was the year my oldest nephew was born and now he is a grown man with two children of his own.  Sean has also claimed it as his favorite ornament.  I never dreamed when I was painting it that I would one day have a little boy of my own.

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One year my mother and I found ourselves in Macy’s at closing time on Christmas Eve.  They were marking down things like you wouldn’t believe. I don’t know why we bought these sheep except for that they were marked down like you wouldn’t believe. When you turn them upside down they “baaaaah!” I used to torment the dog with them back when I  had a dog.  Makes me miss my dog.

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My mom bought me this nativity set about 15 years ago and my dad made me the manger to go with it. It’s a favorite thing that hopefully Sean will have in his own home some day.


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I don’t know why I love this yellow Santa so much, but I do.  He’s quirky and I like quirky. He always sits front and center on the mantle. I bought him one year at the Lord & Taylor at the local mall which sadly no longer exists.


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This year my breakfast room and den tree are done in apples and other child friendliness. This wreath hangs on an old antique window frame that is propped up behind a small chest that I found in an antique store in downtown Tuna. Hidden in the wreath are two santas that are hanging on for dear life.



They are supposed to hang from tapers, but I tucked them in the wreath as a suprise for anyone who takes the time to look.

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The penguins are new this year – Hancock Fabrics 50% off sale. You can probably get some of your very own if you hurry.  And can one’s halls really be properly decked without a pair of resin penguins? I think not.


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Merry Christmas y’all!  Now hurry back to Boo Mama’s for more fabulous home tourage.  I think she is about to put out the dip and Wassail.

183 thoughts on “These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

  1. Oh! I love love love the penguins!!! I have to go get me some of those! I also love the Manger that was homemade! Very beautiful!
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Don’t miss your dog too much because I have one that is busy destroying X-ma -, decorations, cookies, presents, my moo, everything. But the sheep, those are great sheep!

  3. I love your home, all your favorite things and the story behind them. I LOVE the penguins…no home is properly attired for the holidays without at least one!
    Thank you for inviting me!


  4. Thank you so much – I got tickled – all your things make you miss other things!!!! Loved being in your home.

  5. Your manger is probably the most beautiful I’ve ever seen! And somehow I now feel the urge to rush out and purchase some penguins, they are adorable 🙂

  6. I really enjoyed my Chrismas tour of your Christmas ornaments, decorations and special memoires! I really loved the apple wreath with the hidden santas. I have you one my desktop and look every day if you have a new entry, so now It looks like I might have to forgo that lucious dinner I was making for hubby tonight…I’m stuck on the Christmas tour…

  7. I love your decorations. I especially love your hidden Santas. And I love your blog! I visit you daily and I’m always disappointed if you haven’t done a new post. Not that you have a life to live or anything…. 🙂

  8. Thanks for showing us around your home. I love your decorations and I especially loved the little boy sitting on the moon ornament!!

    Merry Christmas!


  9. My two year old would love the penguins … if we could only get them to dance 🙂

    Beautiful stories about your Christmas decor.


  10. Those sheep are too clever. Good thing mine don’t make sounds or it would have distracted the kids from the reason they are under our tree! Thanks for inviting me in to your home.

  11. I enjoyed seeing your favorite things and hearing the stories about them! I have several yellow Santas (I need yours!) You can see mine on my home tour, hope to see you there!

    Yellow Rose Arbor

  12. I was at Macy’s in New York one Christmas Eve and they were marking down like you wouldn’t believe. I wonder if they would do that at the Macy’s in Broomfield this year. Probably not and I would not want to be shopiing on Christmas Eve anyway.

  13. I see you were first on Boomama’s list! Wow! I think I might be the last (I’m 368, anyway, and a day late). I love your Nativity scene.

  14. loved your ornaments and the beautiful stories that went along with them. I agree with Melanie (Big Mama), maybe deep down inside you knew one day you would have a precious son who would mean the world to you.

    Thanks for sharing special memories…

    Merry Christmas!

  15. Thanks for the tour! Your decorations are great… so much humor and character and special meaning all at the same time. The little boy ornament that you painted is absolutely precious.

  16. Great decorations. My first Christmas away from home I decorated a wreath with ornaments I had from growing up. Love the yellow Santa.

  17. Your decorations are wonderful! I love the penguins 🙂 I saw some at Target a week or so ago that were similar but they wanted $29 each for them and I am to frugal for that… lol.

    Happy Holidays!

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