I grew up in the 1960's and my Gramas had these little darlings, so did my Mom; Gurley Candles. Mom had the Jack 'o Lantern man and the two Pilgrim people. I remember the Christmas Santa too, all part of my happy childhood holidays.
Finding a Gurley candle still makes my heart beat faster. Faded, slouching due to heat exhaustion, they peek out from thrift store shelves or flea maket tables and my memories run right back to those 'back in the day' times of simple holiday decorating. I hate to admit that my folks didn't spend three days putting out their Christmas decorations like we do.
On Saturday, entering into the sixth hour of decorating (my Mom came and helped us too) I walked up to Mr. Wonderful who was putting up the second tree and whispered, "I am so happy that you love Christmas as much as I do!"
My Dad gave this little sleigh to my Mom on their first Christmas together in 1955; it was stored in the original box with graphics as adorable as the tiny reindeer themselves! The silver deer head is a hood ornament! It has wiring to light up the antlers. How's that for Christmasy? Mister wouldn't put it on my car...boo hoo.
This vignette is full of family memories; my Little Grama, the cake decorator gave me the colored bells, deer and toy soldiers, the Santa and horn came from Mr. Wonderful's 107 year old Grandma, the angel with star is from his Mom...
Ah, it is
The Hap-Happiest Season of All!