It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
OK OK so maybe a little like Christmas. We’ve put up a few decorations but have yet to conquer Operation Put Up Behemoth Artificial Tree which usually results in the hubby and I popping antihistamines from all the attic dust and me wondering how much it would cost for someone to just come over and put the #$%@& together. Then I take a deep breath, crank the Christmas music, and watch how much fun the girls are having. That is, unless they start fighting over who gets rights to hang up a particular ornament. Then I break out the wine and start with the ole “Girls, Santa is WATCHING you.”
And at our house he really is.
We have a toy Santa that has been in my family ever since I can remember.
This wise old guy originally belonged to my maternal grandmother. My mother remembers him from the 1950s and I’ve seen photographic evidence in grainy black and white Norman Rockwell looking photos so he’s got to be close to 60 years old. He’s from Bijou Toy Design in New York and I like to think about all the family holidays he’s shared with us. He looks like he could store a few dozen cookies in his belly, too.
I told the girls we didn’t need one of those fancy newfangled young elf North Pole assistants when we have this wizened rosy cheeked Santa, even if he occasionally looks as if he might turn on us if we make a wrong move.
p.s. Speaking of Christmas, my latest Traveling Mom post is a listing of must have Music City gifts to give this holiday season. Some are fun, some are traditional, but all are Nashville. Shopping today? I’ve compiled a GINORMOUS OMG Cyber Monday list of deals for you. Do you have an Etsy shop with a Cyber Monday deal? Link up here.