Or at least the Santa collection has arrived on the shelves at the Reeder homestead.
As Tom says, I could just show the same photos I took last year, or the year before that, but that would be cheating. I need to prove that we really did make the effort again this year.
The hand made wooden Santas from a friend are in their same place on the mantle. That friend is gone now, but memories linger.
I have fun unwrapping and handling each one. There are many memories.
These guys are very special: from Whidbey Island, from upstate New York, from a woodcarver's shop in Rothenburg in Germany, and the Yule Tomte for my Scandinavian heritage. It looks like the hand carved Santa with toys needs a new bundle of sticks. Maybe nobody has been bad this year?Collected over many years from many different places.
Today we put up the travel tree. Now there is only the big tree to do. With all of the ornaments we have accumulated, that is a big job. We might have to take some time out to play first.