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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Christmas - Part Two

Last post you saw what I have been up to - making ornaments and napkin rings - and today I want to share with you something that Don does every year.  He loves to buy his girls (me, our two daughters and our daughter-in-law) christmas pins.  A new one each year - it is a favorite part of his traditions.  He gives them to us on Thanksgiving so we can have them all through the holiday season.

Each year it is an exciting time as he searches for the one that he thinks each of us will like best.  Last year he got this wonderful snow flake for me - and I never got to wear it one time because I was in deep recovery from emergency back surgery.  I told him I would wear this one this year and didn't need a new one - but it just doesn't fit his plan - so I will have two new pins to wear this year.

There are shiny bells, candles and candy canes

Assorted things - like gingerbread men, angels from Alaska, reindeer, sleighs and snow folks

And we must have our Santas

And look what we discovered today - two different years were two almost identical snow boys - there are tiny differences - but very similar - and we never caught on that they were so similar.  What I am amazed at is that there haven't been more duplicates over the years.

And teddy bears - always teddy bears.

And some pretty bejeweled trees

All together - so sparkly

And then when he is done buying pins - he buys me earrings - lots of cute earrings - not always a new pair every year - but quite often. I have to be careful what I admire, or it ends up in our shopping cart.  (You don't hear me complaining in the least).

Strings of christmas lights

Sparkley silver trees for dressing up.

These two Santas have tangled themselves up in christmas lights.

More Santas

Silver snowflakes - for when we don't have real snowflakes

And what would christmas be without teddy bear earrings?

A pretty trees - these are from Avon - long long ago

Two pair of sparkly silver dangling earrings.  The bells actually jingle and tiny little jing.

So many pretties - I'm very lucky - maybe a little spoiled you say? You bet!

This is how I display the earrings during the holidays - on a vintage greeting card holder - perfect for earrings.

The rest of the year they sit on my dresser in pretty crystal boxes

Waiting for the next year.

Christmas is so much fun with Don!!!


Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Oh, you are a lucky gal, JoAnn to have such a sweetie to give you those adorable baubles! I love how you display the earrings, what a cute idea. They are all so unique. I really love the snowflake you didn't get to wear - thank goodness you can wear it this year! Hugs xoxo

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Nancy Jo said...

Beautiful pins and how nice that every year you get new ones. I have a few of those, I should get my out and take a picture of them. Or hang them on a tiny tree.
Nancy JO

Lorrie said...

What a sweet tradition - and a very sweet man. The pins are all so cute. I love those almost-matching snowmen.

Lynn said...

I so like that the others get a chance to be seen during the holidays and that you keep them all present during the year, makes this tradition super super cool! Lucky girls and lucky Don, for he has the 4 of you to spoil. Lovely post.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a sweet tradition, Jo, and you are going to have a woodcut time wearing the lovely snowflake. You are all set for the whole Christmas season!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Looks like Don enjoys playing dress up with his dolls -- real live dolls! Nice collections!

Kay said...

What a sweetie pie Don is! He's a real keeper, alright! This sounds like a wonderful tradition, something to look forward to each year, and what a great idea. I think my favorite pin is the gingerbread man. I hope you have a doubly good season this year to make up for last year.

greenthumb said...

I really love your tradition, I'm going to tell my husband about it and see if he takes the hint.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

JoAnn, what a sweet idea and what a sweet husband. That is so thoughtful of him. But I could see the problem if you said you liked something. Either it would be way to much money or you really didn't like it that much but would have to wear it.You must be very careful..Happy Thursday..Judy

Candy S said...

JoAnn, Your husband is such a sweetheart. I love it that he actually thinks of you and the "girls" and plans out his gifts. And just as important, I think it is really romantic that you have kept each of his gifts and treasure them so much. Displaying the earrings on the card holder it is such a pretty way to show them off during the holiday season.