Creche Landing

the cat and the cradle

waiting for the inner glow

Santa snow globe swallows the reason for the season?

I bought this at Honest Ed’s decades ago & it is one of my favorite ornaments

season stained

stained for life

amazing crèche built into an old TV chassis – asking price $1200.00

close-up of the blessed event

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Christmas in My Bathroom

For December I’ll be sharing Christmas memories that I’ve stored away as ornaments over the decades. Up first is this busy creche scene than has grown over the years. The oldest piece is the stained glass star that my partner made before we met – so it goes back at least 45 years. No, now that I look closely, the oldest are the Red Rose Tea ceramic figurines from my childhood in Cape Breton.

The creche was a gift at our first Christmas party way back in the early 80’s – I love the simplicity of it – though over the years the setting has become less simple 🙂 It always reminds me of my friend Frank (downed by AIDS neglect) who gave it to me. The Pope, with solar waving hand, was a gift, as were the Jesus & E.A. Poe action figures the other side of the Archway. The Jesus beside the Pope was found in the street, as was the Statue of Liberty, & the colourful ‘village’ people, including the skier on top of the Archway.

The Archway was another gift one Christmas, its also a digital clock but no one had figured out how to set the time. The ‘jewels’ are actually napkin rings but I felt they did more good here than on a table. The camel is from my friend Kyle’s childhood creche array. The turtles – not sure from where actually. I may have picked up the shell turtle on my travels.

The colourful ‘village’ people are this year’s additions. I found a bowl of them at the curb & plucked out the ones that weren’t too badly broken. They fit in perfectly. Another last minute addition is the Born This Way wrist band that is so appropriate for the Virgin birth – Jesus didn’t ask to be saviour but he was born that way.

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Snow Global Santa

In The Belly of the Festive Beast

Here are two ornaments that have been part of my decor for decades. First is this bizarre snow globe Santa Claus. I have several Christmas themed snow globes that get set out in my bathroom for the season. I think I found this one at Honest Ed’s way back in the last century. Made in Hong Kong is has that odd Asian sensibility about things American.

What I love is that stomach – Santa has a crèche in his belly. Pretty much the story of the season – commercialization swallowing the real meaning of the season. The consumer symbol of Christmas, as created by coca cola, consuming the Biblical story. Then again the church co-opted the pagan celebration to create Christmas. 

I’m not clear why Santa is carrying Bambi though. This is the only time I’ve seen him carrying anything other than that sack of toys over his shoulder. It’s almost a St. Christopher reference. St. Christopher  being the guardian of travellers it seems like a appropriate resonance. 

The other belly is a penguin ornament picture frame here holding a photo (taken one Christmas) of my friend Roy. Roy was my recovery sponsor & was big part of why I hosted our December 25th feast. He died suddenly on vacation in Hawaii (longish story) & I was executor of his estate. The penguin was a gift a few years earlier and the first Christmas after he died I put this photo of him into it so that he would always be present in our house to join in our holiday celebration.

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