Merry Scenes

It is the sixth of December, so Happy St. Nicholas Day!  

I'm the great-granddaughter of German immigrants, but I don't think St. Nicholas Day was something they ever celebrated.  I took German in all four years of high school, though, and every December 6, all the German classes in the city would convene at one of the newer high schools for a big celebration, where we'd compete in storytelling, caroling, table decorating, and baking competitions.  I loved it.  

Now the hubby and I follow our own path, and the legend of the real St. Nicholas is so lovely.  We don't actively follow the St. Nicholas Day traditions - no shoes left out, etc. -  but the girls had gold "coins" (chocolate) in their Advent calendar this morning!  

We have had our quiet moments of merriment the past week.  I thought I'd share a few simple bits of happy.
The top picture:  holiday tea and kokeshi doll infuser mugs!

(To veer off-topic a moment:  Remember my ode to matryoshka dolls from the other day?  I would also like to buy out World Market's selection of kokeshi doll everything!  And even more off-topic, I covet these tea pots!  And these bakers!)
This picture was actually taken the weekend after Thanksgiving.  They found my Polar Express storytime Santa hat and a reindeer headband among the Christmas decoration boxes.

A spectacularly decorated old mansion in our Historic Midtown district.  Believe it or not, this one used to come in second to another fabulous house around the corner.  That one is up for sale, though, and the decorations are on another much newer house.  

Really, really yummy cookies at Panera.

In the Advent calendar for December 5th!  Olivia is as much for me as for them.

In the Advent calendar for December 4th:  two monster finger puppets.  The littlest one decided hers made an excellent tree topper for our little white mini tree.

On my Christmas wish list (yes, mine more than the girls'):  I would love to have one of these precious little beauties in my possession one day.

Until then, we checked two of the books out from the library in their larger, somewhat less precious format.

A Christmas Stocking Story by Hilary Knight.  Katherine Tegan Books, 2003.

A Firefly in a Fir Tree: A Carol for Mice by Hilary Knight.  Katherine Tegan Books, 2004.

Both books are wonderful, no matter the size.  They make for very merry reading.  You can read a short synopsis of each at the marvelous Hilary Knight's own website.

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  1. Great pics! That mansion - oh my goodness!! I have some experience with St. Nicholas Day as well as my dad's side of the family is Dutch. My Opa used to dress up as Sinterklaas.

    1. Then Happy St. Nicholas Day to you, Ms. Leanne! That house is spectacular. I have to take the girls to see it at least twice a year, if not more.

  2. I got those books too! We just read the stocking one the other day, Julia loved it. THAT HOUSE. awesome! I love all this merriness.

    1. A Firefly in a Fir Tree is my favorite of the two. I think it's adorable. We have so much stuff going on the next few days, but I want to take another trip to that house soon, with the hubby in tow. He's seen it before, but not this year! We have traditions to keep! ;o)


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