Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, with a confession to make. Even though my husband and I operate a cut-your-own Christmas tree farm, I don’t decorate our house for the holidays. There are a couple of good reasons for this. One, we wouldn’t have much time to appreciate it, given how much time we spend outside helping other folks get ready for Christmas. Two, we have three cats. One of them has never met an object of any sort that he didn’t immediately begin to chew on. Three, we have a small house and there isn’t really any good place to put a Christmas tree, hang a couple of stockings, or set out cute holiday decorations. Plus, see reason number two again.
That said, our rustic rural abode is not entirely lacking in seasonal decor. It just comes in odd shapes, sizes, and locations and is left out year-round. Ready for the grand tour?
First and foremost is the singing mouse. This was a Christmas gift from our great niece a few years back. Press on her toe and she sings “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” while jiggling up and down in a little mouse dance. She lives on a high shelf, out of cat reach.
Next we have the Christmas choir. When I was a child, we had a set of these decorative candles that came out of storage every year and was displayed on top of the piano in the living room. Those original candles are long gone, but a few years ago I went on eBay and recreated the choir. This photo shows just a few of the members. They sing year-round on book shelves in our spare room.
Another leftover from my childhood is an admiration for Royal Doulton figurines.Most of them are way too expensive for me to collect, but last year I came upon a sale of leftover Christmas figurines. The original issue was a set of twelve carolers, one for each of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” but I’m content to have eight, nine, and twelve. I wouldn’t have room for all of them anyway. They live on my DVD shelves.
Even without a tree in the house, I do have a couple of special ornaments. One is a Scottish dancer, given to me by a friend. The other I bought for myself about ten years ago. For those of you unfamiliar with Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, this is Spike the vampire. I also have an action figure of Mr. Giles the librarian, but that’s another story. The ornaments (and Giles) live in my office.
One other Christmas tradition has turned into a collection. This is the Christmas-themed jigsaw puzzle. The one I’m working on this year is called “Santa’s Big Night” and is actually five scenes in one. We have the jigsaw puzzle table set up by the window that looks out over the dooryard so I can work on it and watch for customers at the same time.
So, that’s it: Kaitlyn’s Christmas Collection. What weird stuff do you bring out for the holidays (or keep out all year round)?