This will be my last blog before the holiday weekend. I am now one of the many scrambling around town trying to pick up those last minute gifts since not everyone in my family wants jewelry. Yes, there are some men in my life who prefer to get a stainless steel Thermos rather than cuff links. This is part of the fun of the holidays, trying to find those things on our lists. It is important to try and find what makes us happy during this frantic time of year. We are all so busy with shopping, cooking and decorating that we sometimes lose sight of what is important. To me it’s my family and while they may not necessarily be with me on Christmas day I know that we will all see each other. That’s another wonderful thing about the holidays, it’s a season. This means that I can extend out the parties and fun for at least a week instead of keeping it for one single day.
I also want to take the time to say thank you to all my readers and customers who have been really super supportive of my endeavors. Your comments and compliments have kept me going during those times when I was beginning to think I was nuts. Business has not always been good and this economy can make chance taking a really scary proposition. Not so with all the great people I’ve met this year. It’s been fabulous to be able to spread my love of jewelry and even more fabulous to hear from others who share my enthusiasm. These are the things that make me happy and it’s so wonderful to find others who find happiness in my jewelry. It has made all the hard work worth it.
So today I’m going to share some pictures of my Santa’s Village. My husband won it for me at a charitable silent auction years ago and I’ve been setting it up on Grandma’s buffet in my family room ever since. To me it isn’t Christmas without Santa and his elves playing in the snow. The most precious piece is the skating Santa and Mrs. Claus. A local merchant who had a huge display of these pieces every Christmas was going out of business the year I received the first houses. She was a very sweet lady and loved her figurines. I was looking for a skater since it has been a sport my entire family has participated in for years but she had nothing that fit the bill. She offered me her personal figurine as a gift. She knew that she would not be able to keep such an extensive collection once the store was gone. She was downsizing but knew that I would treasure this piece as much as she had over the years. If I could talk to her now I would let her know that Skating Santa and Mrs. Claus are front and center on my pond.
This is the true meaning of the season, giving each other help and sharing those things that are important to us. So regardless of what customs you may follow during this time of year, have a happy and joyful holiday season and thanks for all the support.