It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...

well, you know.  Here are a few more glimpses of our house...

My grandma helped us collect the Muppet Babies and Mickey's Christmas Carol stuffies from McDonald's and Hardees back in the '80s.

We finally found our Olivia ornament!

Harry Potter ornament from 2000.

This ballerina was a gift to Big Sis from her godparents.  It hangs on her turquoise Nutcracker tree.

 Last night, we paid a visit to one of the most spectacularly decorated "Griswold" houses in town.  A lot of these decorations (like the enclosed Santa and the reindeer on the roof) used to belong to my favorite Christmas house of all time, the Wey Mansion, which has been up for sale the past few years.




I found the stockings yesterday, along with more ornaments.  So far, the girls' Advent calendar garland has yielded three ornaments and a pair of socks each.  We are reading so many books, and trying to clean up the house so I can take proper pictures we can enjoy our decorations.  Hope to have lights on the porch soon.

In other news, the temperatures are dropping.  The highs will be in the twenties through the weekend.  I still want to do some activities that involve walking outside.  Here's hoping no one wants to kill me by Sunday!

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  1. Christmas ornaments are so personal and very fun to re-discover each year. McDonald's toys are really awesome btw! I am not a collector but when I see some that I love... oh boy, I make way too many trips to McDonald's! It's about 80ºF right now here.... and it seems we won't have snow for Christmas!

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    1. You know, I completely missed out on the Wizard of Oz McDonald's toys. I don't eat McDonald's, because being a vegetarian, there's really nothing for me. The kids get it once in a while, usually with their dad or grandma. But not that month! I was rather disappointed. ;)

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    2. I bet you could find them on Ebay! But I don't know for what price!

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    3. I figure if I want to shell out for Oz toys from McDonald's on eBay, I'll definitely try for the Madame Alexander dolls from a few years back. I always get outbid. ;)

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  2. Fun ornaments!!!!

    Look at all those awesome lights.

    Good luck finding a moment outside.

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    1. The temps have dropped! I have to take the oldest coat shopping tomorrow. She outgrew her good coat, and we received a nice hand-me-down. Today we verified that the hand-me-down isn't warm enough!

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  3. The ornaments are to die for!! I totally love them. Olivia! Harry Potter! A nutcracker tree!?! WOW.
    Wish we had more ornaments, then again, we have a few more every year hehe :o)

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    1. We keep adding more, too! Olivia was in their Advent garland last year. HP was a gift from a friend of mine. Well, I think it was. I also have a metal Hedwig the Owl ornament. My friend got me one of them, and the other I bought with my shiny new bookstore employee discount. ;)

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  4. Julia would FLIP over that Harry Potter ornament!!!!!! Wow that house puts the local mega ornament/light house in our area to shame, that's AMAZING!!! The highs aren't supposed to make it past the low 30's this whole week -- that's super cold for here! I'm afraid to go outside!!

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    1. This is my 3rd attempt to respond. My computer and I are not getting along. Ugh.

      It's 22 degrees now, the low should be 20, and the high tomorrow? 24. And the lows will be in the teens, starting tomorrow night. I have to take Big Sis shopping for a new winter coat. She's outgrown hers, and the hand-me-down she's been wearing isn't suited to frigid winds. I want to take the girls to Cowtown this weekend for their Victorian Christmas. Layers, I guess? Lots and lots of layers.

      That house is pretty cool, but I miss the magical Wey Mansion. The Santa in the box used to be on top of one of the malls when I was little, and the reindeer came from another mall. They're one of a kind, and that house is, too. Instead of synchronized pop Christmas schlock, one of their mechanical decorations - the merry-go-round or ferris wheel - played music box-style music, and they didn't mind if you got out and walked around the yard. It was MAGIC. I miss it. We got to walk through the house as part of the Historic Midtown walking tour last year. It's so cool. They even filmed a movie there once, a bad psychological thriller called The Attic with Carrie Snodgress and Ray Milland, and a chimp they refer to as a monkey. (Oh, and a couple of my professors, and one of my frequent theatre directors. Hee hee hee.)

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