Hello dear friends, seems as though life's gotten in the way of blogging... the reason for no "Vintage Christmas Monday" on Monday. All good things going on though, I've been baking... learning to make all sorts of Italian cookies from my mother in law... or, as she call would call them, in her Sicilian accent, "gookie". Something that I have been wanting to learn for a long time.. the recipes are all written in Sicilian and she's not the best at explaining methods, so it's something I have to watch and do to learn... I am having so much fun! I've been cooking like crazy as well, something I always do a lot of, but extra going on lately... seems like I just can't get out of the kitchen. I've been teaching my youngest daughter to sew a button and she has become obsessed with it now. She'll beg and beg to sew and has even been able to thread a needle that takes me upwards of a minute to thread sometimes. LOL As soon as that button's finished, she'll cut it off her piece of fabric and begin the process again. Tonight, my husband and I are taking the kids to see a local park with millions upon millions of Christmas lights. Santa's there, and I'm hoping that my little man won't follow in his sisters' footsteps and will sit on his lap! Anyway, I wanted to share these few pictures of the outside of a home near us. These are all vintage decorations and I have never seen others like them. Frosty, pictured here is at least six feet tall and moves his head from side to side! The pictures here do them little justice... (I took them from the car) they are just so magical and make you feel like a little kid! There's a story that goes with these decorations. It's said that the man that originally owned this home... (a Brady Bunch style house, very 1960's) was cared for by a nurse and upon his passing, gave her the home and all the contents in it. Included in those contents, were these decorations. The house has been sold a few times since then, but the decorations have remained and each new owner puts them out at Christmas time, like the previous owner. I can't help but to think the man who had such magical decorations would have to have the most festive spirit... a childlike outlook on each and every new day. Such a wonderful perspective on life to have, isn't it? I know how each and every day passes by in sometimes, what seems to be a blink of an eye... just makes me want to treasure every last moment a little more. Oh, I wish I could have walked up to their door and asked them if I could roam around their front lawn and snap photos, but, I was afraid that would sound a little creepy.... This is a mechanical see saw that moves, slowly, up and down with strange little children on for a ride. Another motorized ride, carousel, filled with all sorts of little critters and vintage toys. Magical. I wonder if he knows how many generations of men, women and children he has touched with his whimsical decorations? I hope he does.