Monday, December 22, 2008

Aw, Nuts!

The Bag Lady finally started decorating for Christmas....


She decided to display her nutcracker collection on her antique ironing board this year. There are too many of them now for the window ledge.

What about you? Do you collect anything? Do you decorate a lot for Christmas?

27 comments:

Reb said...

Wow! I haven't seen the whole collection in a long time Sis. Are you going to share the story about why they are called nutcrackers? lol

tokaiangel said...

Hello Bag Lady! Those are very smart. I bought a Margaret Thatcher nutcracker for our Secret Santa this year at work. I don't think she was appreciated by the recipient - shame! The nuts came out from under her skirt and everything!

TA x

MizFit said...

look at me :)

I collect nothing but memories and decorate nada but my bodwithtattoos.

:)

Linda said...

I have a Santa collection and a small snowman thing going. Love the crackers. Tokai - I'd have loved Margaret Thatcher!

the Bag Lady said...

Thanks, sis..... hehehe.

TA - Hello! I would have seriously loved the Margaret Thatcher nutcracker! Who wouldn't!!??

Miz - and some fine memories you must have, too! And the tattoos are probably pretty special.

Linda - Santa and snowman collections are great, too! I only have a few different Santas.

Leah J. Utas said...

Cool collection. How about telling us why you have them.
No, don't collect, don't decorate. Enjoy the food though.

the Bag Lady said...

dfLeah - I'm not exactly sure why I have them! It started with just a couple of the larger ones, then added a few smaller ones, and before I knew it, I had a collection. Costco sells some that are almost human size - adorable! (the price is almost human size, too, unfortunately!)

Hilary said...

Nutcrackers and salt and pepper shakers. I'm beginning to see a food theme to your collections. Great way to display them.. very cool.

the Bag Lady said...

Hilary - I collect recipes, too..... yup, definitely food-related collections!
Thanks - it was difficult to know what to do with them. They wouldn't all fit on the windowsills!

Lucas said...

Love your nutcrackers BL. I decorate so minimally for the holidays and I don't really collect anything like that but my mom collects nativity scenes. They are pretty cool actually.

Sagan said...

We decorated our Christmas tree just yesterday! It was exciting.

Love your collection. Now I really want to go see The Nutcracker at the ballet. I don't collect anything anymore- I used to collect boxes and plaques from everywhere I traveled to, but then I had an excessive amount of both of them hehe.

Missicat said...

Very nice! I don't decorate very much because the kitties like to redecorate when I do.
It's COLD here! help!

the Bag Lady said...

Lucas - I used to decorate everything, have boxes and boxes of Xmas decorations. Now? The nutcrackers and a small tree are the extent.

Sagan - I have stopped collecting stuff, too. There is only so much room in one's life for things!

Missicat - my cats pretty much leave things alone now, although the younger one likes to sleep amongst the presents under the tree!
Bundle up and stay warm!

Tricia said...

We have a fake, pre-lit 4-foot tree. And BK and I have decided to buy one nice ornament at each holiday season. I'm hoping to log each one into a journal of sorts, but that may be scrapped.

Tom Rooney said...

My wife decorates with SNOWMEN. They are everywhere, inside and out. They are on the mantel, hanging as ornaments, salt and pepper shakers, and figurines. There must be 200 now and my kids feed this madness by getting more for her each year. Of course if this was a biological thing, I could get rid of the snowballs and it would stop them from multiplying.

Geosomin said...

That's a lot of nutcrackers...I collect penguins.
As for christmas? Well usually I go nuts, but this year I haven't even got the tree up yet. We've been so busy that it may just be a little tree with a few lights this year...I still have gifts to make so I have no time to put up decorations :)

Crabby McSlacker said...

My MIL has a nutcracker collection too! Very nice.

I'm not a collector myself, but love looking at the stuff other folks gather up. I'm not a big fan of dusting myself!

bunnygirl said...

The only thing I collect, if you can call it that, is old books. Not very good for displays!

As for holiday decorating, I always work through the 23rd and by the 24th I'm thinking, "Why bother at this late date?"

Just another thing to add to my "when I retire" list...

JavaChick said...

Neat collection!

I have no Christmas decorations. Am I lazy or what? At this point, I'd just be happy to get my house cleaned.

Conny said...

Over the years I have gathered/collected childrens' books (new purchases only, NOT taken from children :>) I really have to like the illustrations for it to be part of my collection.

We've put the lights on the tree, and a couple of ornaments my kindergartner made. I'm not sure the boxes of ornaments will make it out of the garage at this point as it's already the 22nd of Dec.

TA - Brilliant! Too bad we can't get a MT nutcracker here in the States. My hubby sure would chuckle over one of those.

darksnark said...

Oh! Oh! Envy! I collect shot glasses (yeah, go ahead) but they are not out because I need somewhere to display them AND not have to dust them!

solarity said...

I don't need to collect anything--my ancestors did enough of that already, I have to dust all the furniture and china and cutglass. And it's all beautiful and full of memories and lots of neat stories. But I don't much want to start anything else.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

the Bag Lady said...

Tricia - oh you should log the special ones! It's good to have a reminder when you get older and more forgetful..... of course, that's not experience talking, or anything...:)

Tom - if you got rid of the snowballs, there would be no more snowmen...... *snort*

Geo - you collect penguins!? How cute is that!!

Crabby - I'm not a fan of dusting either. Which is why my collection comes out for a couple weeks, gets cleaned, then boxed away again!

BG - I can totally relate to the feeling of "why bother?" I have definitely scaled back on my decorating.

Javachick - if you get your house cleaned, will you come and do mine? ~~sigh~~

Conny - at least you have a tree up.... it might warm up enough tomorrow for the rancher to get a tree!

Marianne - if the shot glasses were used on a regular basis, you wouldn't have to dust them! :)

Mary Anne - you are so lucky to have so many reminders of family history in your life!

kcinnova said...

My decorating hasn't happened yet. Pitiful, I know. Hopefully I can get a few things out before Christmas Eve, but I've been kept on taxi duty today and tomorrow, too. When I did have 90 minutes to myself, I sat down to blog instead of standing up to bake or decorate. (Misplaced priorities?)

My husband would say I collect crafting supplies: beads, papers, pens & cutters, rubber stamps... and then fail to use them.
My favorite Christmas decorations are the ones I got when we lived in Germany.

the Bag Lady said...

kcinnova - standing up to bake and decorate OR sitting down to blog...hmmm, wonder which would be MY priority? Oh, wait, I think we already know - otherwise, I'd have finished my decorating and baking a long time ago!! :)

Terrie Farley Moran said...

df Bag Lady,

You talking to me? Collect? er, no. Decorate? not since the kids got married.

I am so bad at this holiday stuff that when my daughter was in high school (more than twenty years ago) a teacher asked the class to each get up and talk about the traditions that their family followed at this time of year. My daughter said that we don't have any, which was true but the teacher refused to accept the answer and I had to write a note saying that my daughter was correct--we don't have any. Then the teacher decided that since we did have a Christmas tree and did decorate it, that was our tradition.

I gave all my ornaments to my kids when they got married. And we still laugh about "tradition," because they understand that I am incapable of doing anythng the same way twice.

Terrie

the Bag Lady said...

dfTerrie - that story cracked me up! Sounds to me as though it's traditional in your family to be untraditional....:)
Merry Untraditional Christmas to you!