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by Christyne Butler
Ah, it’s that time of year again! Thanks to my daughter and I being a bit under the weather on Thanksgiving and unable to join the rest of the family at my stepdaughter’s place, we did manage to muster enough strength to get our holiday decorations out and the house is now looking very festive! We celebrate Christmas here in our home so we have a beautiful tree, a quaint village of lite homes nestled about bottle brush trees, various Santas scattered around and my favorites, Nutcrackers!
I’ve been collecting Nutcrackers for many years and even have a few that stay out year round, but it’s during the month of December that they really seem to take over the place! Here are a few of my favorites. These three guys are standing atop our shelving unit that houses the DVD collection. The blue and white one is my most recent addition as I picked him up last year during an annual shopping trip with my sorority sisters! (Note: the rest of the photos are thumbnails but you can click on them to see at full size!)
Now, these two are favorites of mine. They are the tallest of my collection and while my husband thinks I’m nuts (no pun intended!), I just couldn’t sent them back to the attic after the holidays so they spend the off season in my office, standing guard as I write.
Here are my sparkly ones that sit on the table between the hubby’s recliner and the couch (where I perch most nights!) Notice the remote control is on my side!
Of course, the hubby has his own, thanks to my Mom who gave him this cowboy Nutcracker one year as a gift. He sits on the hubby’s end table, keeping guard over his glasses and laptop!
This duo is ceramic and have battery operated tea lights inside which look beautiful at night. They are sitting on my coffee table.
Now, here are four Nutcrackers that remain in our living room year round on the top shelves of our bookcases. On the right is my Boston Red Sox and Uncle Sam Nutcrackers, both are favorites of mine and both were again, gifts from my Mom. By the way, the family photo there is us touring Fenway Park one year…such a terrific ballpark! (And did I mention my team won the World Series this year? Yeah Sox!!!) On the left is my two Navy guys and both were gifts from sorority sisters, celebrating my service in the U.S. Navy.
I make sure my collection extends into other rooms of the house as well. These five little guys sit on the window sill in the kitchen, watching over me (or sometimes the hubby!) as the dishes get washed.
And yes, even the bathroom is decorated! I love this Snowman Nutcracker, but thought he was a bit lonely so I added a companion for him…someone he can relate too! Hmmm, perhaps a romance is brewing?
And finally, my office. Meet Charles…named in honor of my editor! I love the red, green, white and gold of this Nutcracker’s outfit (especially the holly accents) and my editor is a pretty snappy dresser himself! Both are doing a great job of keeping an eye on me as I work on my latest book, DESTINY’S LAST BACHELOR? that will be out in 2014!
So do you decorate for the holidays this month be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other special Winter Solstice celebration? Do you have a favorite decoration that you bring out every year or perhaps, like me, you enjoy something special all year long? Share with us in the comments section and you can win a $15 Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com gift card!
P.S.: Are you reading the December Special Editions? Victoria Pade’s THE MAVERICK’S CHRISTMAS BABY is a terrific ending to this year’s Montana Mavericks continuity and Olivia Miles’ TWAS THE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS is keeping me guessing how her hero is going to get out of the situation he’s in! Then it’s onto Christine Rimmer’s HOLIDAY ROYALE (always a favorite!) and RaeAnne Thayne’s A COLD CREEK CHRISTMAS SUPRISE, Christine Flynn’s HER HOLIDAY PRINCE CHARMING and Susan Crosby’s AN EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFT! Yes, I got them all…just can’t pass up a holiday Special Edition!