Monday, December 26, 2011

Blue Monday - Birthday Cake

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One Christmas tradition we enjoy is having a birthday cake on Christmas Eve. I know that sounds corny, but we began doing it when the grandchildren were young. The idea was to help them understand the real meaning of Christmas celebration.

One Christmas, when we had no more small children around, I thought about not doing it. My then-fifteen year-old granddaughter insisted that we continue! She declared it a tradition!

Here's a picture of this year's cake. It's yellow cake with chocolate fudge frosting. Note that it's decorated with Blue just for you!

In this shot, I've added Blue candles. We actually light the candles and sing ♬Happy Birthday♪ to Jesus!

I like this shot with a nativity next to the cake stand the best.

It looks too small, but the baker assured me that the cake would serve eight; we had seven around the table. Believe me, there were no leftovers!

Have a Happy New Year's and a

Happy Blue Monday!

1. Rose
2. J.Rye
3. Snowman in Blue
4. City Lights
5. Chubskulit
6. Spice Up Your Life
7. Millionaire Acres
8. mark, australia
9. LaVoice
10. Christine
11. carolynUSA
12. Jeanne, backyard neighbor
13. Leovi - Eternal spirit of the chainless mind!
14. Rajesh, India
15. Mountain Mermaid
16. Lesley
17. Pie
18. lanie
19. 4U2
20. Singapore plants lover
21. Leovi - Green Enchantment
22. Gengen
23. Black Eyed Susans Kitchen
24. Rebel Sweetheart
25. Rubberduck
26. Hagemor
27. sandi @ the whistlestop cafe
28. mizhelle
29. Luna Miranda
30. Fru Marit ,Norway
31. Visits With Mary
32. Hagemor
33. Anne
34. Motherly Instinct
35. Magical Mystical Teacher
36. Karen ~ Briarside Lane
37. Afternoon in Pairs
38. Dorincard: pelican brief blues
39. Eden,Australia
40. Denise Daniel
41. Holiday Express Train

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Blue Monday - Nativity Collection

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I showed this post last year about this time, but since I cannot improve it, I've decided to share it again. I hope you don't mind.

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I began collecting nativities some years ago. The ones I'm sharing today all contain our celebrated color Blue! This is a music box that I bought after Christmas a couple of years ago. I find that's the best time to shop for Christmas goodies. See the Blue blanket?

Here's my Blogger's Cookie Jar. As everyone knows, bloggers ❤ roosters, and this cookie jar has a rooster on the roof! This is the ONLY rooster in my home--that means that I am BARELY a blogger!

My daughter thinks it's ugly and that I should toss it. Of course, I disagree; what do you think?

Several characters are dressed in Blue, and even the walls of the stable contain Blue!

My mother's favorite color was Blue, and she made this ceramic set for me in 1972. She's been gone for quite some time, and therefore, this set becomes more precious each year. It has been broken and badly repaired several times (by me). I know that it's no longer perfect, but I cannot bear to throw it out. It was made and given with love.

Don't look outside or you'll be Christmas green with jealousy at my Florida climate and gorgeous palm!

Here's a whimsical teddy bear nativity scene with plenty of Blue. I've had it for several years.

I did not even know what a cloche was until I began blogging, but now I love to display things in mine. This nativity scene has Blue on Mary and Jesus.

You can get a better view with the cloche removed.

I was sent this cartoon this past week and felt that I HAD to share it with you. After all, it IS Blue.

Happy Blue Monday
and I wish you and yours
a Blessed Christmas!

1. J.Rye
2. Travels & Wandering
3. Chubskulit
4. Mrs.D
5. Dias Spot
6. Calliou
7. Dhemz
8. Spice Up Your Life
9. ROC
10. Water Lily
11. Christine
12. LaVoice
13. mizhelle
14. JBigg's Union Station
15. Leah H.
16. Pie
17. Eden,Australia
18. Leovi - For Freedom
19. Riet, Holland
20. Tina´s PicStory
21. Whimsical Blue
22. 4U2
23. JennyHansson
24. Mona
25. Lainy's Musings
26. Magical Mystical Teacher
27. Jeanne, backyard neighbor
28. Maria's Space
29. alexa in nyc, usa
30. Black Eyed Susans Kitchen
31. Anne
32. Lani
33. Dorincard: Antarctic blues, USAF McMurdo
34. Auntie E
35. LadyD
36. Luna Miranda
37. Wood Floor Polish Glitter Ornaments
38. Rubberduck
39. KM @ more than seXy
40. Leovi - The smile of oblivion
41. Kim, USA
42. Gypsy Lala
43. Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
44. Fluffing the Hen House
45. Mountain Mermaid
46. Myrna
47. Patricia
48. Rebel Sweetheart
49. Magical Mystical Teacher #2

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Blue Monday - Blue Ornaments

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Because my favorite color is blue, you might think that our Christmas tree is blue. It's not. It's a myriad of colors.

Our Christmas tree contains a variety of ornaments collected over many decades. Some were given to us from special people. Some are handmade. I call our tree a "memory" tree. Most of the ornaments are NOT blue. However today I'm showing you only the blue ornaments.


When decorating our Christmas tree, we have a tradition. Since they were tiny, my son's three girls do the job while we play Christmas carols. Afterwards, we all enjoy hot apple cider (without alcohol) and Christmas cookies.

The angel is placed on the top of the tree first. We rotate so that all have equal turns. This year was Jenna's turn.

I got so carried away with the music, memories, and treats, that I forgot to take pictures of Brittany, Lauren, and her fiance, Christian. Ah well.

This snowman has a Blue hat.

Ann of Anne Fannie's Green Acres made this Blue star for me several years ago.
I'm impressed with her kind generosity and creative skill.
She has an Etsy store listed on the the sidebar of her blog.

This Blue ornament is one I made; it's my one of my favorites.

There's some blue at the bottom of this tree ornament.

This tiny toy soldier has eyes of Blue, and he wears Blue pants.

I made this Blue ornament from a kit many years ago.
In the right corner, you can spot a bird with a Blue mailbox.

It's easy to see the Blue on this happy guy.

This box has Blue in the background.

It's hard to find the Blue on this ornament, but some of the beads are Blue.

I made this baby Blue angel too.

Is your Christmas tree a memory tree or do you stick with one or two colors?

Happy Blue Monday!

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2. Dhemz
3. LaVoice
4. J.Rye
5. Santa's Charm
6. Chubskulit
7. Santa's Delivery
8. vhen
9. JEC's Manger
10. Butterfly
11. Eden,Australia
12. Rose
13. Rinkly Rimes
14. vhen2
15. Riet, Holland
16. Karen, Philippines
17. Crazy Beautiful
18. carolynUSA
19. Cream and Sugar @ Self Sagacity
20. Pat ~ Mille Fiori Favoriti
21. Lina, Indonesia
22. Sesame Beginnings
23. Anne Fannie
24. Just Capture
25. Leovi - Deep Secrets
26. Jeanne, backyard neighbor
27. Ranu, India
28. goosh
29. Bustling Bangkok
30. Our Home and Haven
31. 4U2
32. alexa in nyc, usa
33. Momgen
34. Magical Mystical Teacher
35. Pie
36. Lani
37. Tina´s Picstory
38. Magical Mystical Teacher #2
39. Black Eyed Susans Kitchen
40. Leovi - Decapitated Planet
41. Home Tour, Powder Room
42. Deliciously Spicy Moments
43. 36 Weeks After
44. My Third Eye
45. sandi@ the whistlestop cafe
46. The French Hutch Christmas Open House
47. Kim,USA
48. Hagemor
49. Anne
50. Mary, MI
51. Ann @ tin and sparkle
52. KM @ more than seXy
53. Elaine
54. Myrna -Christmas Fun
55. LadyD
56. JLS Hall @ Joysweb
57. My Turquoise Christmas
58. Mildred-France
59. Rubberduck
60. Mountain Mermaid
61. Twiggy
62. Visits With Mary
63. Joy@Books and Life
64. Not Enough Oxygen
65. mizhelle
66. Magical Mystical Teacher #3
67. Patricia
68. Sarah ~ Magnolia Surprise
69. Dorincard: lovely cougars

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Blue Monday - My Snowmen

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I grew up in the Maryland/D.C. area where it snows. My mother strongly encouraged my brother, sister, and me to go "play" outside in the cold snow. I hated the cold! I was the one pounding on the door, begging to be let inside, while my brother and sister had a blast making snowmen. Now I live in Florida, and the only snow I see is on TV.

I have a collection of snowmen--or snowpeople. My snowmen are faux, and therefore, not at all cold. Of course, there's a bit of our celebrated color Blue on each one that I'm showing today.

I bought the Freeze Family several years ago when my daughter-in-law had a House of Lloyds Christmas Around the World party. It's become one of my favorite Christmas decorations.

Mrs. carries a small tree, Mr. holds a broom, and Jr. is dragging along his sled. Notice, please, the little guy is dressed in Blue.

I've had this snowman paper towel holder for several years. His stand is Blue as are his mittens and scarf.

There's even a Blue and white trim on his hat. No wonder he smiles!

My first Christmas in Tampa, I bought this happy snowman just because he caught my fancy
and the price was right! Note the Blue gift in his arms.

Here's my latest acquisition, found last Christmas. It's a small decoration, but it's loaded with Blue.

How's your Christmas decorating coming?

Happy Blue Monday!

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2. LaVoice
3. Undeniably Sweet
4. Dhemz
5. Rose
6. Christmas Tree
7. Chubskulit
8. John
9. Photo Album
10. vhen
11. Omi S. and Bender Oak
12. FABBY: Tree, Mantel & Natvity
13. Mylene
14. Cildemer-France
15. Karen
16. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove
17. Eden,Australia
18. Gypsy Lala
19. JOHN
20. dolphin show
21. Ranu, India
22. Pie
23. Tina´s PicStory
24. Shy - USA
25. Leovi - The Gates Of Delirium
26. Jeanne, backyard neighbor
27. Jouko
28. JennyHansson
29. A Debbie-Dabble Christmas
30. Black Eyed Susans Kitchen
31. The French Hutch Choirs of Angels
32. alexa in nyc, usa
33. Roxxy
34. 4U2
35. Wrigley
36. Magical Mystical Teacher
37. Maria Gudinnan
38. Beverly @How Sweet The Sound
39. Joy@Books And Life
40. My Third Eye
41. Dorincard: Greek blues...
42. Leah H.
43. lanie
44. KM @ more than seXy
45. Kim,USA
46. Mom's Place
47. Luna Miranda
48. Mom's Wish Lists
49. LadyD
50. Photographs
51. Mountain Mermaid
52. mizhelle
53. Cass at That Old House
54. sandi @ the whistlestop cafe
55. Christine
56. Myrna -My weekend
57. Hagemor
58. 36 Weeks After
59. Deliciously Spicy Moments
60. Elaine
61. Not Enough Oxygen
62. Doni @ faithgracecrafts
63. Anne
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