Wednesday, October 29, 2008

decoration nostalgia

You know those holiday decorations that give you that totally nostalgic feeling inside when you pull them out each year? They could be the really awesome ones like a beautiful nativity set or a pretty fall garland or they could be total doozies like some we had growing up: a stuffed patchwork reindeer head at Christmas and stuffed nylon fat pilgrims my mom would pull out for the Thanksgiving decor. It's weird that sometimes the cheesiest decorations give me the most nostalgia. To me there's just a certain feeling that comes, memories recalled, etc. that come with pulling out the same decorations year after year.

Well, we have a couple Halloween decorations that my kids sure already have that nostalgic feeling for. Man oh man they love these things. And the funny thing is they're kind of dorky things I picked up at Walgreens or the grocery store in a moment of weakness when my kids were begging for them years ago.

The first is Mr. Bones. Boy howdy does this guy elicit some serious delight from my kids when we pull him out each year. He turns on triggered by loud noises like clapping or screaming (unfortunately my kids seem to prefer the later), and does some little song along with a little jig. And they LOVE it. Well...it took Lu a while to warm up to him this year, but she's finally more cautiously delighted now than completely freaked out when she first saw him.The second is our little witch who tells jokes and turns from beautiful to green and ugly as she "talks." Seriously, a pretty annoying little thing, but man we can never get rid of it. To my kids this little lady "makes" Halloween. So she's staying, as much as she may bug me and her jokes get old, the delight on my kids' faces makes up for it.

7 comments:

  1. Elsie was just walking by the computer and glimpsed only the bottom half of the last picture on this post and she started yelling, "Lucy! Lucy! Lucy!" Then I showed her the whole post and she laughed at the lady that changes faces too. If you ever want to get rid of her, send her to us. Does she have a candy dish on top too? Sweet.

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  2. Cute Lucy laughing! It IS funny how family decorations hold such memories and emotions. We have some great vintage Halloween decorations that Tony's mom had from the 50's and Tony got them out this year and lovingly put them up with the exact same pushpins his mom used for all those years. How's that for nostalgic??

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  3. Growing up we had a Christmas tree decoration that my mom made when she was a kid. It's a white, glass, egg-shaped thing with a painted face and white curly hair. The hair has been gradually fallen off so we named it "Chemo" (sensitive aren't we?). Christmas wouldn't be the same with out Chemo and the stupid electric bird ball that chirps annoyingly loud.

    I just made your pumpkin muffins - yum, they are really good. Thanks for the recipie.

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  4. You guys are such a cute family. I love hearing about what you guys are doing. It's inspiring and motivating. Thanks for sharing. I'll have to try the wider blogging page. I know those things take time to type up and share so thank you. You're darling!

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  5. Wow, we're in Jakarta now and I know I can always plan on there being something new on your blog to make me feel like I'm right there with you anyway! As you know, I wish I'd figured out Halloween sooner! Darling pictures!
    It's 3:33 a.m. there so I hope you're sleeping like a log!
    Love, Mom

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  6. Ha ha ha! Now those are some quality decorations!! I need to find me some of those--Walgreens, you said? ;-)

    Great pictures and I love the new heading pics!

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  7. We have the same Mr. Bones! My kids (and all the neighbor kids) are equally delighted by him year after year. He has startled several of my friends this year--he's hanging on the outside of our front door!

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