Christmas day

Christmas morning, we were up around 7:00. Breakfast first! Or perhaps I should say “first breakfast.” The twins had some fruit in the kitchen, then joined everyone about an hour later for breakfast casserole and apple dumplings before opening presents.


Once we were all gathered in the living room, it was time to hear the account of the first Christmas, from Luke 2:1-20.

reading the first Christmas account

Buttercup found a safe place under the tree where she could watch the grands run without being run over!

twin 2 and Buttercup

twin 1

The staircase was FULL of stockings, and stocking-stuffers overflowed onto the steps.

a staircase full of stockings

Someone wanted to investigate…

may I go upstairs? No!

stocking time


They found yummy chocolate in their stockings!

yummy stocking stuffers

mmmm! chocolate!

Lots of presents!

she loved the tree

After stockings and before presents, we stopped for a quick picture of our three daughters and three granddaughters.

three daughters, three grands
…daughter, grand, daughter, grand, grand, daughter…

Converse tennies! Just what she wanted!

Converse tennies

In a People House…her grandpa knows this story by heart, after years of reading it to our own children.

"In a People House"

She loves her Fedora.


Fun, fun, fun!

flinging tissue paper wrapping

kitchen set

hi, Grandpa!

She had more fun with the tangerines than any of the toys she received.

next year, they're getting tangerines for Christmas

And, of course, the boxes were a big hit.


Even with the cats.

Zak-in-a-box same box, different cat

A wonderful morning! Later in the day, DS#2 and his wife came and we had more presents that evening. 🙂

stockings on Christmas Eve

My daughter-in-law felted this beautiful little mouse for me, and he is holding his own little Putz house! How cute is that?!

Christmas mouse with a Putz house



  1. cherylann
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    the felted mouse is adorable….

  2. vonda
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    So cute, she did a wonderful job.

  3. Lou Williams
    Posted January 3, 2015 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Hi Rhonda, Just visited your blog and love the glitter houses..have made one! Am curious as to the finished size of your houses, as I’m not sure how much to enlarge some of the patterns. Thanks for your help and your blog! Your houses are gorgeous!

  4. Posted January 3, 2015 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Lou, thanks so much for leaving a comment. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the blog and the little glitter houses. The finished size of my houses run around four inches on average. Some a bit smaller, some a bit larger. Initially, when making patterns for reproducing vintage houses, I have used a three inch wide, by one inch deep size. I think the larger houses I see others make are beautiful, but my favorite sizes are in line with vintage houses. I would love to see pictures of your creations, if you would like to share. ~~Rhonda 🙂

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