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...join us over at Kelli's "There is no place like home"!!

In our living room there's a secret corner table that's round, tiered, and high! Way in the back side, in the shadows! Atop the round table are two special Santa Fairies!! Early in the morning is the only time they see daylight. Otherwise they would fade away into a mystical nothingness. They're charmed and they're most always happy. If you're quiet, you may even hear them faintly....singing and humming and if you've been good all year, you might even listen to a bit of jolly ho-ho-ho-ing!!

This is my Friday's Show 'N' Tell this week. Of course if you come back on the 7th there will be a lot more about our Christmas tree...AND you'll see my very 1st's more than 50 years old!!


I heard them, did you? Be quick! Or they'll turn their backs on you and expect you to forget you ever saw them! "I believe! I do believe!" It's such a magical time of the year. And coming soon to a blog near you -the open house tour I'll be doing on the 17th. You'll see quite a lot of my collection of Santas then! Happy Friday everyone!!

Yesterday was St. Nicholas Day [not SANTA Claus Day] --it's observed on December 6th throughout Europe to celebrate the real saint. St. Nicholas was born in 271 AD and died around December 6, 342 or 343 AD near the Asia Minor (Turkey) town of Myra,. where he later became Bishop. He performed many good deeds and was a friend to the poor and helpless.



What was the last game you purchased?

TRIVIAL PURSUIT Silver Screen Edition.

Name something in which you don’t believe.

I don't believe in ever finding an HONEST person in our government anymore. I saw a T-shirt on someone's back several months ago, that says it all ---"I love my country! It's the government that I don't love!" That statement is a given fact in today's world. Sad, but true.

If you could choose a celebrity to be your boss, who would you pick?

Hmmmmmmm, for whom would I like to work; who would I want for a boss? Wow, that's a loaded question!! Depending on what position I'm working! Ya, take that statement any way you's true! It's the position that counts on my choice of celebrity bosses! I really can't answer that on the grounds of incriminating myself. I take the 5th!!

Main Course
What was a lesson you had to learn the hard way?

Altho I've been brought up, and raised our children to be independent individuals, when our daughter was in an abusive relationship with her husband -- I learned the hard way to be supportive BUT stay out of the 'ex hubby's' face and not judge him OR jeopardize her well-being. It was a very DIFFICULT time in my life [as a mother] and I had to learn the hard way to be there for her without trying to live there in her life. I wanted her to have me for support without me interfering. It's still difficult for me sometimes to not say what's on my mind. I try to continue to be non-judgmental and realize they're adults and not small children needing my guidance and discipline. In a way to curb my interfering I admit to saying to myself many-a-times, "They're grown, and it takes TWO in a relationship! Not two with one buttinsky."


Describe your idea of the perfect relaxation room.

Oh this is a fun dessert. Here goes. This is all the ingredients for a relaxation room - just mix 'em all together and you have sweetness without the guilt!

One large tub and...

    1] a darkened but candlelit room
    2] an ounce of sweet, quiet music
    3] gallons of warm, scented water
    4] oodles of bubbles
    5] a ton of nothing
    6] you and a waterproof pillow
    7] a thick slice of good book...

    Lavender scented throw [optional]

Mix warm scented water and oodles of bubbles. Add yourself holding a thick slice of book. Surround yourself with a shimmering candlelit room and an ounce of sweet, quiet music. And over using the term a 'ton of nothing' will NOT hurt ---go for it ALL. Then, simmer in the bubbles for 30 minutes or until the muscles relax. Soak in the atmosphere and tear off thin parts of the good book while absorbing the quiet music! Use the waterproof pillow to unwind the tenseness in your neck...this is the first area of relaxation.

When done, get a rub-down of Body and Bath lotion. Relax on the plush sofa with a lavender-scented throw for more minutes, and voilĂ ---relaxed!!


ADDING Prayers for Melli's brother in law and her family. Her brother in law passed away yesterday from Lou Gehrig's Disease. My heart-felt condolences to you sweet Melli. Please go by and send your best thoughts and tell her "Hootin' Anni" sent you...Her family will appreciate the blogworld's concern and thoughts on this day of sorrow.


What The Holidays Mean to You

For you, the holidays are about celebration. You enjoy all the fun and fellowship that the holidays bring.

You celebrate the holidays in an over the top style. If something is cute, you'll buy it. People end up with a lot of gifts from you - and your house is like a holiday wonderland, full of decorations.

During the holidays, you feel happily busy. There's so much do to and not a lot of time to do it. But you enjoy every minute of your holiday chores.

You think the holidays should be decadent and indulgent. You never mind gaining a few holiday pounds... it's worth it!

Your best holiday memories are warm and intimate. You remember special moments more than gifts or parties.


  1. It has snowed here all day and it looks like a Christmas card outdoors!! Kelly called from work and she is stuck and will need a push when she gets off work! It isn't that much but it is our first snow so every one goes nuts!! They have had over 300 calls to the police in the city.

    I like your fairy Santa's!! You are so adorable and make Christmas feel Christmasy, how do you spell that!! You know what I mean.... I will be looking forward to seeing your home in the tour of homes! Love and Hugs Carolyn

  2. Anni,

    What a lovely post. I just adore your Santa fairies. I can hardly wait to see all of your photos for the tour of homes. Exciting stuff and yes, I do believe.


  3. Love your feast!!
    Your fairies are so sweet!!! I can't wait to see your tree.

  4. hmm, what a tease--a 50 year old santa will be displayed??? Is that what you said---like your fairy-ish ones ;-)

  5. Hmmmm, this old santa would not by chance be your husband, EH???? ;-)

  6. ROFLAMO....Nan, you crack me up!! But, nah ---hubby is much older than 50. But wait, I did say OVER 50 didn't I? Well, time will tell. I'm not saying a word 'til Monday.

  7. I'll be joining you on the 7th and 17th. I'm looking forward to seeing your kissing santa and mrs. claus too! I love your dessert in the feast. Blessings..
    P.S. I'm posting a tour of a local winery's christmas display soon and I took one picture with you in mind...I'll let you know when I post it and which picture made me think of something you might like...

  8. The game I bought is called Pick Two.
    It's a crossword game.

  9. A great feast as usual! Your dessert sounds divine! :) Happy Friday to you! :)

  10. Anonymous12/07/2007

    Well I love your Christmas display you have...Magical.

    I also totally agree with your relaxation room. Lavender is my absolute favorite.

    Take care,

  11. Two very special little fairies and I love your narrative!!!

  12. Isn't Christmas a magical time of the year?

  13. I really enjoyed reading the story of your Santa fairies! How lovely!

    A friend of mine has a snowmen collection with more than 200 different snowmen! It takes her more than 2 days to put them all up each November! I wonder how many Santas YOU have and I'll try to come back tomorrow to have a look!

    Thank you so much for your nice words on my magazine holder! Well, those white buttons are acutally press buttons!

    Have a great Friday and give my best regards to your fairies!

    Beest wishes from Germany,

  14. Oh super cute Santa Fairies! I like your signature Fairy too! She is adorable!

  15. I love love love your festive blog layout:) And the feast was delish. I love the phrase 'buttinsky'. I have to learn not to do that with my sisters when they get upset in their marriages.
    And dessert? Oh bliss.....if only it were possible!

  16. We agree on soup. I can't stand those is government either. Bunch of thieves. I hear you on the main course. A lesson I had to learn too. Love the way you relax. Awesome. Have a great FF and weekend. :)

  17. all I need is the bathtub!! Funny salad but I also agree. Have a beautiful weekend!!

  18. What a great post! So much to comment on...I'll just say that your santa's are great, I agree about the government, I'm so sorry your daughter had to go through that, and now I want to take a bath!! :)

  19. I do love that dessert recipe Anni!
    Cannot wait for more Santa pictures. My feast is live...
    Peace, love, and teddy hugs,
    Penelope Anne

  20. lots of fun festives here !!! Cute wee fairie santies and can't wait to see your old Santa. Thanks for stopping in my home school blog and my garb-oodles blog. yes I sell my dolls and have been creating for about 13 years now. I appericiate your kind words. See ya soon. XO Mica

  21. I can hear your Santa fairies. They are so cute. Hope you have a fabulous Friday!

  22. Oh Anni, where did you get these two gorgeous Santa faeries?? They are SO delightful! Lol you and I have to stop this, we keep wanting what the other buys because we both love the same things! hehe Fun! Fun! Fun! They truly are adorable and I truly do BELIEVE:-) xoxo

  23. Cute santa faries. I have never heard of or seen one before.

  24. How special your home sounds all ready for Christmas.

    I am already looking forward to more S&T's in the upcoming weeks.

    Thanks for sharing,

  25. I just love your Christmas decorations, but then, I just love your blog site. Very festive.

    I'll go visit Milli's site and espress my sympathy to her and her family over the death of her brother-in-law, George.

  26. Antoinette12/07/2007

    And to think that our Saint Nicholas turned into your Santa Claus :)
    Eventhough Dec 6th is his official Birthday we celebrate Dec 5th (don't ask me why!)
    Now St. Nicholas (or Sint Nicolaas) left the country, I'm all ready for Christmas - falalalala lala la la

  27. very cute! Thanks for sharing your special collection.

  28. Such a cute little Christmas fairy! I also really like your tree santa, very nice!

    :0) Sharon

  29. Great feast - love your soup & dessert! Hope you have a great weekend!!

    Jennifer :-)

  30. Your Santa Faeries are lovely!

    I'm sorry to hear about Melli's BIL. I will visit her after this.

  31. Just stopping by to let you know you have a couple of awards waiting for you at Siani's Pot-Pourri.