Archive for November 28th, 2006

Ever since my boys have been big enough to talk, we have asked them "What was your favorite part?" We ask them this question after we see movies, visit museums or zoos, or go on vacations, etc, etc…It’s a nice way to get them to think about things, and as they get older, I’d like to expand on the question — why was it your favorite…what was your least favorite part….what did you think about this particular part….

Of course, they are actually the ones that initiate the "favorite" part conversation these days.  Mom and Dad also have to answer the question, and it’s been good for us, too, I think. 

After the Christmas decorations went up this past weekend, the inevitable question was asked.
"What’s your favorite Christmas ornament, Mom?"

I wasn’t able to answer them that day — there are too many options!  I have been thinking about it, though, and have come up with an answer of sorts.  I haven’t been able to narrow it down to just one thing, though, and have a couple of categories.

Dsc00406First off, my Favorite New Christmas Decoration.  I bought this last year.  I love Mary Englebreit’s style, and fell in love with this.  I have a few other snowmen and Santa’s, so I guess this can also qualify as my Favorite Santa and my Favorite Snowman.  At least for now….

Dsc00408_1Next up
is my  Favorite Angel.  I have a small angel collection that is displayed year round.  Some of my angels are specifically Christmas (i.e. their clothing…) and so they only come out at Christmas time.  This is actually one of the ones that stays out all the time, but she truly is my favorite.  My mom gave her to me several years ago, and I sort of thought that she was the start of a series, but apparently I’m the only one that remembers that….

Her name is "Carol" and the artist is Sherry Buck Baldwin.  I guess I should turn to my favorite search engine and see if I can find any more to add to my collection…

Dsc00410Yes, this is another angel, but this category is actually My Favorite Musical Decoration.  Oddly enough, this is also a piece that has been out full time and would you believe it was actually a birthday gift?  My darling boys gave it to me for my birthday this past year and it didn’t seem right not to leave it out all the time.  He sits over my kitchen sink.  I just realized that I haven’t wound him up in a long time, and I’m not really sure what tune he plays….

OK, just checked…Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

Speaking of music, in the category of Favorite Christmas Music…this is a toughie.    I’m not actually sure I could name a single piece that is my favorite.  I like a variety of songs for different reasons, so I guess I’m going to have to pass on this one for now.  It’s sort of the case that whichever song I’m listening to at the moment is my favorite….

I had another ornament that I wanted to include as my Favorite Old Decoration, but I’m a little concerned — I can’t find it!  Not all of the decorations got put on the tree this year, and I didn’t have anything to do with putting them away last year, so I don’t really know exactly where it might be.  So, hopefully tomorrow I’ll uncover it and be able to add it.  It’s a very special ornament that I think my parents got for me when I was pretty small.

Dsc00366_1I suppose I should include the decoration that the boys are considering their favorite this year.  Naturally, it’s something they made, and even better — it’s made out of Legos.  It’s a little hard to read in this picture, and we need to work on a better presentation so I can get better pictures.  They asked me how to spell Christmas, and then they got to work creating Lego words.  They also made Rudolph, Santa (and an elf) in Santa’s Sleigh, a tree (with a star on top), and children sitting on benches around the tree waiting to open their presents.  (The letters spell out "IT IS CHRISTMAS" — clicking on the picture to view it larger might help…)

So, what are YOUR favorite Christmas Things?  Leave me a comment or put something on your blog — and make sure to tell me so I can come read about it!


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