Friday, December 20, 2019

Bits of Christmas & a trip to Bethlehem

This jolly fellow spends every December in our kitchen. Unbelievably, he has been a part of every one of my Christmases. My parents bought this Frosty almost seventy five years ago. My sister, who is in her early seventies, left her teeth marks on his backside many, many years ago. He is one of Annie's favorite Christmas decorations and we are happy he's still going strong all these years later.

The Girls are enjoying all the holiday goings on from their baskets above the sink.

They are draped in berries and twinkly lights...

and small glowing candles.

They look so pretty when the lights are out. I'll have to try to remember to snap a pic later tonight.

My four o'clock tea time is sacred to me. A pretty Susan Branch Christmas cup and a floral napkin make it all the more enjoyable. Napkins are something Annie and I are crazy about. Caspari paper goods never disappoint. Homegoods is a good source. A bayberry candle is always burning at our house during the season.


The church at the top of our street constructs an elaborate town of Bethlehem every year. We, and our neighbors, affectionately call it Drive Thru Jesus.

This is a huge undertaking and requires hours of preparation. It runs for three nights. We hopped in the car last night...Annie and I in our jammies...and went back in time over two thousand years.

Parishioners and their families bring the story to life. (Love all the venerable live oaks overhead).

Characters come up to your car and ask you questions..."There is a family looking for shelter, have you seen them"?

Incense burns and the din of the market make the scene so real.

Joseph and Mary are looking for a place to stay.


and Wise Men follow the star.

They find the family in a stable. 

We were so impressed by this lovely production of the Christmas Story. It will become a yearly part of the season for us. Annie thought it was just wonderful! We made a great our jammies!

Hope you are keeping warm and enjoying the magic of Christmas1
Enjoy the day,


  1. Lovely Christmas memories were made... Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  2. I have that same snowman but I bought him old I didn't always have him.
    Susan Branch how I love her! I get her desk calendar to get me through the work year, and tea at 4 sounds lovely just when you need a pick me up.
    Drive through Jesus sounds interesting. But nice you could go in the comfort of your jammies.
    Merry Christmas

  3. ps and napkins I am the queen of napkins! If I bring a hostess gift you can bet it will include napkins.

  4. What a wonderful snowman. They sure do not make the old ornaments like they use to. How fun to have seen that live display and with Annie in her pj's am sure she was so delighted in it! Janice

  5. What an enormous amount of preparation and work involved. How fulfilling it must be for the parishioners and participants.

    A family piece that has survived 75 years, even with a bit butt, is a treasure. I enjoy seeing your decorating.

  6. The angels gave me goosebumps- they look intimidating as they would have been!!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family Robyn!

  7. Just beautiful ! And I Love your precious Snowman ! Have a Very Merry Christmas too !

  8. Hi Robyn,
    How I have missed visiting with you!! Love the sweet snowman and the story "behind" it!! lol What a treasure!! Also love those dollies with your baskets!! So very precious!! What a wonderful event you were able to attend and I can't believe how real things look!! I'm sure it made Christmas extra special this year!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us!!!
    Hope you all have a safe, healthy, and Blessed 2020!!
    Heart Hugs~
    Julie xo