Our first piece was Kris Kringle's Toy Shop coupled with a Hot Cocoa take-away and our collection grew from there.
Growing up my mom always decorated our house in full Christmas regalia. She showcased her ceramic brilliance and creative knack at putting together a Christmas display to rival anyone's.
Decorating for Christmas is always stressful yet fun. It only happens once a year so I don't mind doing all that work. My mother used to do it too. Her trees always had a theme. Whether it was Angels, Red & Green Bows, Pink Candy Canes, Fruit, etc. You name it, she did it.
I remember waking up early on Christmas morning and creeping down the stairs. Once I peeked into the living room and saw all the presents under the tree, I ran back upstairs, jumped in bed with my parents so excited that Santa came during the night. I couldn't contain my joy.
Today I saw my first snow flurry of the season. New Jersey was cold today! It seems like there is no easing into the colder temperatures nowadays - the transition isn't really a transition at all.