Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Very Mary Christmas

After 2 days of posting about lice, I don't know about you, but I'm ready to move on to something more pleasant.

For your enjoyment, here's a Mary Poppins Christmas themed photo essay:
This is my artistic shot. I had to tilt the camera at this angle to fit in all of the stockings. My Christmas Eve tradition: handcrafting stockings. Procrastinating to the last minute, I made Una's (red with the green tree) on Christmas Eve when she was 10 mos. old. I had plans to complete matching stockings for Bert and me as well. I didn't get around to them that year. Or the next. Or the next. Or the next. Duet's (green with red candy cane) was completed right before her first Christmas. Mrs. Furious came over for a craft night and acted as my official stocking consultant on the remaining two (mine: red with green wreath; and Bert's: green with red star) in January '08. Although we've been married for nearly 7 years, this will be the first Christmas at which our whole family has matching stockings. Somehow Bert doesn't care about this as much as I do. I care enough to implore you to click on the photo to enlarge the image so you can see the details more fully. They're that impressive.

Our bookshelf is teeming with books, leaving no room for our seasonal book collection. Enter the red wagon. Now our Christmas books are part of a stylish display. As a bonus, it doubles as a book mobile. I grant you permission to steal this idea. It's a good one. No need to enlarge this photo. What you see here is what you get.

No, that's not me in the Santa costume, nor is this our official Christmas family photo. I got to play the role of the photographer. Apparently we did a sub-par job of prepping Duet for her first Santa visit. She's trying so hard to be brave but is clearly losing that battle. Click on the image to fully witness the fear in her face. Even Santa's magic keys didn't help console her.

And finally, what could be sweeter than darling girls donning their Christmas dresses? Do NOT enlarge this one. Una has some creepy red eyes that totally detract from the overall theme. It suddenly goes from sweet to scary.

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.


Maren Hansen said...

Well, as one who has also made stockings for everyone (plus some), I am truly impressed--this is only the second year that I've had one for everyone. in fact, I was on overdrive last time I was sewing them and made AN EXTRA ONE! Of course, everyone asks if it's an announcement (NO!)...

Mary Poppins said...

maren--an extra one? ambitious! i love that you emphatically declare that it's not an announcement.