Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Things that are Fun and that Matter

love my Christmas tree because I have collected loads of ornaments over the years and friends have given me my favorites. The one above was bought last year in Germany at a Christmas Market in Baden Baden. I think she is adorable.
My friend Gloria who lives in West Virginia where I teach (Cedar Lake) every year sent me this last year. I love it. Hand made and darling.
This silly chicken came from an Art Museum somewhere. I cannot remember which one but she is so cute! I love folk art.
Someone fun gavemr this silly cow last year because everyone knows how much I love cows! Makes me and my Grabdkids laugh!
This ornament was purchaed last year when I found out my husband was ill. This year he is gone and Ibrealuze more than ever how important love is.
This little ornament was made years ago at a decorating ornament party I had. Little Jesus has many French knots for hair and accents on His halo. It's old and I love it.
This ornament was a gift from a friend who knows I buy tiaras for my story quilt students. I love this as she is so whimsical
.making ornaments from gourds is something I love because it is folk art. This one is the cutest reindeer ever!
I bought this girl year ago because she is paper mâché. This year my daughter laughed loud and said she is the homeliness ornament she has ever seen. I think she is beautiful.
I received this beautiful ornament from Karen Schmucker from TN a Nebraska of years ago in an ornament swap. She is dear to me.
Many of you know that I have given to the homeless for years here. I buy men's pajamas for the Mission each winter as when a man spends the night there they must bathe and wear pajamas. Then their clothing gets washed and fixed. Sometimes they are given new and better clothing. So years ago I started saving from my quilt teaching money. 

    This year I took my two Grandchildren to buy the pajamas and then we drove to the Mission and dropped them off.  I am hoping they learn the importance of giving. It makes the season brighter for all of us!

     Thank you to those of you who prayed for me this year and helped me in so many ways. This was a tough year and I pray that next year will be a blessing to all of us.


  1. Wonderful ornaments and blessed giving! Your grandchildren are so cute! I really like that angel from TN and the Merry Christmas Angel from Germany--thank you for all of your yearly posts--I so enjoy reading them. Hugs, Julierose

  2. Merry Christmas, Mary Lou. Yes, taking the grands to pj shopping is a great way to teach them about charity. They need to learn the wonderful feeling of giving.

  3. Thanks for sharing some of your lovely ornaments with with us Mary Lou. It is always fun to see what otheRA collect. You've got some treasures.

    Merry Christmas.

  4. That's a very kind thing you do for the homeless men. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your children and grandchildren.

  5. Loved your ornaments especially the chicken! What a great idea-the pajamas- by way of workshop fees.

  6. Those are fun ornaments and more special since they hold so many memories for you. I love your idea of buying pajamas and I am always seeing them on sale in the stores, so something I could do all year and save for next christmas. It is also nice that you could share the tradition and gift of giving with your granddaughters. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and a year filled with blessings.


  7. We also have a Christmas tree full of ornaments collected by family and friends and the colorful hodge-podge delights us.

    Wishing you joy, peace, and love at this glorious time of year and in the coming new year. Thanks for all of the wild, positive Karma you and your students add to this planet!