I've officially moved into the holiday frame of mind, so that's probably going to be the theme of the blog for a month or two. You've been warned, if you're bah-humbuggy.
One of the very best things at the holidays is the little vignettes that pop up in homes and businesses. For the warm-hearted there is a mix of the old and the new, the coordinated and not so much, the beautiful and the so homely it must have a story behind it. For the cold-hearted (and businesses!) there is a theme, and, by god, it's all going to hew to that theme, dammit! For the super-consumer it's all new, and they're probably super psyched that they didn't spend that much on it.
I like to add little bits year by year, and since I have a small house it can all go up on the day after Thanksgiving (I refuse to participate in the shopping drag race that day has become). My mother always put out lots of Christmas books among the decorations, so I'm building my collection slowly.