One of my favorite things to display at the holidays is my collection of Santa Pictures with my girls. It is so fun to take a trip down memory lane and see how much they have grown over the years. The pictures remind me of not only what I see, but the stories behind the pictures as well. Making our annual trip to see Santa was not always an easy task.
The next year we went back to that store, went upstairs to find Santa, and found one of Santa's helpers sadly turning folks away. We asked where Santa was and if he would be returning soon, but unfortunately Santa had just passed away. Heartbroken over such sad news, we left and visited another store further North. Santa never returned to that store, and it still saddens me to this day to think of Santa's family losing him over the holidays.
The next year we went back to the alternate Nordstroms, and it seems they had closed that Santa location and were down to just 2 locations in the Seattle area - downtown like we had gone the first year, and another location in Bellevue, just East of Seattle. We made it to Bellevue, only to be told Santa is off duty. Now remember, getting 2 girls dressed in their pretty Christmas Dresses, getting Dad off work and everyone together in rush hour traffic to go see Santa is no easy task.
I decided the next year that we could branch off and try a new Santa. I really wanted the brown mats that the photos were placed in to look the same, and fortunately we had collected a few extras over the years, so at this point, where we went really didn't matter (as long as the Santa looked authentic!). We have gone to private photo studios, Macys and the Santa in the Mall (as long as it wasn't the one in his suspenders and work clothes - he MUST be in his Santa uniform!) Our girls are almost too old to visit Santa anymore. Soon they will be setting their car keys on the counter next to Santa. I figure as long as they live here and get presents from Santa, they will continue to keep mom happy by getting their picture taken with the big guy.
Merry Christmas to all~ Ho Ho Ho!!!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
The bookshelf on the left is still a work in progress, but the mantle is done!
The village was a tradition started in our family by my grandmother. She did ceramics as a hobby, and had a beautiful village displayed in her home each year. Over the years she made villages for all her grandkids. I have since supplemented the initial village with a few pieces purchased from the store, but many of the original buildings and people were hand painted by her.