Friday, November 30, 2007

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things


The other day I mentioned that I was going to decorate my office as much as I could, since the main office is off limits for the "real reason for the season." I don't have much room, but I used the top of my file cabinet to display as much as possible. The ornaments on the tree are little Nativity figures - I wish I had bought two sets when I found them last year.


Nasser, our young, handsome Muslim originally from Lebanon came in this morning and was a bit overwhelmed. He knows where I stand now, for sure.

The history of this Santa will forever remain a mystery. All I know is that I've had it as long as I can remember. It's not in very good shape any more, but I can't bear to throw it away. I called my mom to learn where it came from and when, but she doesn't remember. I'm guessing it was one of my very first ornaments ever.


Today the doorbell rang, the kiddoes ran to the door, and it was the US Postal Service guy delivering this:

The kids got so excited as we opened the package. I ordered it about a week ago from an ad in the Sunday news magazine. (I'm supposed to get an Elvis Christmas CD as a bonus, but it hasn't arrived yet. I hope they don't forget). The angel is a knock-off Willow Tree, and I can't remember where I got it either. But I thought it fit in okay. The other day when she saw the angel, Care Bear was convinced that we needed to paint eyes, nose, and mouth on her face. They are also concerned that there is no stable. But I am looking forward to adding these things as the years go by.

I won't be able to participate in Morning Glory's "Christmas Tree Treasures" this year, so I did my own a bit early.


Karen H. said...

Good Afternoon Dawn,
Your office decorations are just beautiful. I love everything about it. I love the old Santa as well. The Nativity looks authentic. I wouldn't paint it, but it's not mine and I'm sure you will do what the grandkids wants done. LOL. I know because I know how my parents are to my girls. LOL. Anyway, It all looks beautiful. I had left a comment on your other post about stopping by and picking up what I have for you. It will be the 3rd post now. Blogger was a booger to me this morning. I'm sure I don't have to tell you anything new there. Well, take care my friend and have a great evening. May God Bless You and Yours.

Karen H.

Morning Glory said...

I love my Willow Tree nativity set, too. It's just so sweet looking.

Diane J. said...

I loved seeing your decorations, Dawn.

Alas, when my parents' house burned in 1987 all our family decorations and ornaments were lost. We still have our memories and some pictures, though.

You've got a lot to get done before you leave for your vacation, don't you? Don't stress so much over it that you can't enjoy the experience.

Love and hugs,


Midlife Mom said...

What a testimony to have your Reason for the Season decorations in your office! I love it!

The Giselle costume is the one the princess wears in the new movie Enchanted, Disney's new movie. I finally caved in and bought it on ebay but the price wasn't any more then what I would have paid in the store thankfully!

Your new Christmasy look is just lovely! Did Kristin do it for you?

We just sent 150 boxes to Operation Christmas Child from our church. It's the organization that Billy Graham's son runs. It's so much fun getting the stuff and making up the boxes and I know the children appreciate it.

Becky said...

I have that same set ... and a thought about it that I intend to blog soon. So pretty.

Linda said...

That little nativity scene in your office will speak volumes Dawn. Good for you!!
I love the Willow Tree Set. One of these Christmases I'm going to invest in one too.
Thanks for sharing your special treasures. It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Nadine said...

I love it how you placed the nativity scene on filing cabinets. That's quite smart. It looks really nice.

Robin said...

I just got the starter Willow Tree nativity for my birthday this year! I love it. I don't have the creche either but like you I look forward to adding to it each year.
And I think your angel fits in nicely!

Chrissie said...

Hi, Dawn! I, too, have been collecting nativity scenes. Yours are lovely! God bless your testimony for Christ this Christmas season!

Sherry said...

I really like the Willow tree set. It is so peaceful.

groovyoldlady said...

Sheesh. I'll bet you even say "Merry Christmas" at work you renegade!

Linds said...

I think your office looks perfect for Christmas, Dawn! I just love the simplicity of the Willow Tree sets, and one day I will get one. One day.

Angela said...

Dawn, I love your decorations they will speak volumes to your coworkers. The broken Santa is a treasured item for sure. Your tree and other decorations are beautiful.

Thanks for sharing your Christmas Treasures with us.

May your holiday season be filled with lots of family, love and laughter!


Penless Thoughts said...

Love it. You are truly Letting your light shine!!!

Short Stop said...

What great decorations! Great way to share God's love for us!

ellen b. said...

Fun treasures Dawn! It's so much fun to see everyones Christmas stash!

Kristen said...

I think it's so sad you can't decorate your main office area for Christmas! But at least you have your own space to do with what you wish. I'm thinking about getting a little tiny tree for my desktop this year. Our office doesn't decorate at ALL anymore. Not for political reasons, but because no one wants to mess with going to storage and getting out all the decorations. How ridiculous is THAT?!

Tammy said...

I love your decorations...we start decorating this weekend, and 5 yr old lil cherub has been counting down the days all week when I told her! ;)

Your new Nativity set is wonderful, Dawn! At least you can decorate and show forth Christ in your own little office space!

Retha said...

I am certain I saw at least very similar ones in as hop today. Haven't before. My son remarked they do not have faces only then did I see it.

Hootin' Anni said...

Hi Dawn, I'm late getting around visiting today....I love the gift you got in the mail. That's very dear.

And the santa --I wouldn't want to part with it either.

Happy Show n Telling.

PEA said...

Great minds think alike, Dawn...I ordered that Willow Tree Nativity set too and it arrived just the other day! lol I just love it and have placed it on my little fireplace mantle:-) I love the way you did your Christmas display on top of your filing cabinet and that vintage Santa is just precious, I don't blame you for not being able to throw it away!! xox

Mary said...


All of your decorations are awesome! I especially like the ones in your office and am glad you are allowed to decorate your own space as you see fit. The Santa is beautiful.

Thanks so much for sharing.

Nancy said...

God will use the nativity scene for His glory and speak words to those who see it. Very nice, I enjoyed my visit.

nannykim said...

I love your Santa---so unique. I have that Willow set too--just got it this year; they ran out last year! I may leave it up all year as a reminder of what Christ was willing to do for us. Blessings upon you!

Mommy said...

I am glad that you display the real reason for the season in your office. :)

The willow tree angel looks like it was made to go with the other pieces. I didn't know that it wasn't apart of the set until you told me. ;-)

Jane said...

I like all your nativity sets. I will have to keep my eyes out for the FP one!

Thanks for sharing