The Advent of Santa: Day Five

December 5, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Posted in Christmas, country life, country living, faith, family, Holidays, knitting, Life, love, marriage, photography, relationships, Santa Claus, snow | 1 Comment
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Snow continues to fall on and around us daily, it is so beautiful and magical. Thank you world, thank you God, thank you life … I am grateful for the beauty of this day.

The Santa is this photo is, as you can see, a Teddy Bear Santa. He joined my family of Santas about twenty-three years ago. I found him the gift shop at the Los Angeles Zoo while visiting there one day close to Christmas with my children and a good friend. My friend bought the Santa Teddy Bear for me after he saw me pick him up and smile before setting him back with the other Santa Teddy Bears.

One year this Santa sat a little too close to a burning taper candle that was particularly drippy. The candle dripped all over the Santa Teddy Bear, matting his fur and jacket. One of my brothers is a Teddy Bear man from way back, meaning he loves Teddy Bears very, very much. When he saw that my little Santa Teddy Bear had suffered wax damage, he offered to take him off to the Teddy Bear repair shop for a spruce up. So, off little Teddy Santa went, and when he came back a few weeks later he looked good as new.

It is hard to believe these events happened more than twenty years ago. I am no longer in touch with my friend who gave me the bear, and I have not heard from my brother since my oldest brother passed away back in 2005. These two grown men saw something special in this little bear and wanted me to have him, both acted out of love and a sense of the Christmas spirit. Though the twists and turns of life have taken these two men from my life, at least the little bear remains and in him resides the love that was in their hearts back at that time and in those days. He is a simple, sweet little symbol of the love and the spirit of Christmas past.

I wish them, wherever they are at this moment in time three simple things:

joy love goodwill

~ firefly

The Advent of Santa: Day Three

December 4, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Posted in art, baby, Christmas, country life, family, gifts, Holidays, knitting, Life, love, photography, Santa Claus, snow, socks, stockings, travel | Leave a comment
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The Santa I showed on Day Two of my advent has met with a wee bit of misfortune and is in the shop for repairs.  Meanwhile, the fellow standing in the middle here is his temporary stand-in.

For Day Three of The Advent of Santa (which I should have posted yesterday) I offer you Candle Santa.  I bought him at Macy’s in Los Angeles about 26 years ago or so.

He is a candle, and even has a wick coming out the top of his hat.  Who could ever burn a candle made to look like Santa?  I certainly never could.  So, he has been save with me these many years.

I pack him away each year in the same nice big cube-shaped box he came in, with the same straw packing material.

My, how time goes by.  But this fellow looks no worse for the wear, really.  And, he has never had to go to the shop for repairs.

We continue to have snow, and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.


The Advent of Santa: Day 2

December 2, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Posted in baby, Christmas, country life, country living, dogs, family, gifts, Holidays, knitting, knitting for babies, Life, love, pets, photography, snow, socks, stockings, yarn | 3 Comments
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It snowed heavily for much of the day yesterday; after about the first hour or so it started sticking to the ground.  We got several inches of snow, and the dogs had a particularly good time romping in it.

In today’s Advent of Santa you see a second Santa Claus from my collection.  This one my son bought for me in Colorado when he was about eleven years old.  He was visiting with his father before Christmas, and saw this Santa in a shop window.  I love how whispy and ethereal this particular Santa is, plus he has great sentimental value to me because of the connection with my son.

Speaking of my son, his English Bulldog is boarding with us on the farm for a while and, being a Los Angeles-raised Bulldog who was born in Texas, yesterday was his first time in the snow.  The first moment I took him outside he instantly looked all around excitedly and started snapping at falling snowflakes, trying to catch them in his mouth.

He ran around, jumping belly first into the snow and then twirling around, making his own version of snow angels.  I had never seen a dog making snow angels before, and I couldn’t help but laugh heartily.

He isn’t trained on the electric boundary fence yet, so I have to take him out on a leash, and he was running this way and that pulling me along, joyously jumping into the air (quite a sight to see a chubby, short-legged bulldog doing that) to try to catch the snowflakes. He is definitely a snow-loving dog.

This morning did his first ice-skating on the frozen autumnal pond that has filled in out by our grand old willow tree.  He took one step onto it and started skating around before breaking through.  Such a cute little guy, and so much fun to see him discovering an entirely different world.

I just finished this long, long, long hand knit Christmas Stocking for my daughter.  I will release a pattern for it next week sometime, but wanted to show a photo of it today because it is long and skinny like the Santa Claus in the top photo.

This is knit from two hansk of Foot Notes Sock Yarn I purchased from Fiber Optic Yarns (Kimber Baldwin Designs) last winter.  The two colorways I chose were her low contrast Batiks, Tomato and Pale Watercress. Amazingly, because her hanks of yarn are so generous in yardage, I still have plenty of left over yarn. I even knit a miniature version of this stocking for the Christmas tree, and still have plenty left over. I think will knit a pair of real socks for my baby grand-daughter from the remaining yarn … and even then will probably have some left over!

It is snowing again, the Nutcracker ballet is playing on the television in the background, and I am feeling rather Christmas-ie all up and down and inside and out.

I hope your advent of the season, whatever it is, is going well.

Until tomorrow …

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