George loves to knock things down from my counters and such
and bat them around for a while..
Zoe loves to eat the things she knocks down.
I am renaming them the George/Zoe demolition team.
They spent last Christmas knocking down and eating pieces of my nativity. 🙁
I have a lot of pieces.. they fill up all these boxes.
I wasn’t looking forward to losing pieces this year..
Mike suggested that I use both mantles (George doesn’t bother them)
instead of keeping the whole nativity in one room. Brilliant!
I actually like this arrangement better than last year..
Using the different rooms allowed me to separate them into sets.
I put my soft nativity on my dresser. It’s not as enticing as the smaller pieces.
It needs a manger.. or mat or something.. project for next year?
On the right side of the piano,
I have Joseph and Mary traveling to Bethlehem.
Since George can actually get to this one,
I sprinkled it with cyan pepper (great cat repellant).
So far so good.
I put my main manger scene on the mantle in that room .
Then our original set and collection of angels
and advent candles on the mantle by the tree.
The garlands are new…
I’d seen several garlands in blog land and was inspired to make my own.
I made some paper snowflakes out of leftover paper
from my names of Jesus ornaments. I thought the colors would
stand out better than white snowflakes against a white mantle.
Then added my “Love, Joy, Hope and Peace” ornaments to them.
And cut out two doves.
Then I found a star png on google (love google) and photoshopped
some old pictures of the kids on top, and had them printed at Walmart.
The cut out stars were kinda lost in the garland by themselves,
so I googled how to fold a 5 pointed snowflake to help show them off.
My other garland is made of some other random ornaments that
I didn’t know what to do with.. I was really surprised
when saw that I had a woodsy theme once I they were up.
I had these birds and bells which I liked,
but didn’t go with my new themed tree.
This Smoky Mountain souvenir was too
Christmasy to wait for my January wreath.
and these two lonely eggs..which
Mike’s grandmother made for us years ago
are so small that they didn’t show up in the big tree.
There were twelve painted eggs originally..
before all the years of kids decorating and knocking over trees…
I added some pinecones which were my original inspiration
And.. ta da a woodsy garland..