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December 20, 2018

Holiday Decorating and Nostalgia

 Santa is back!

 This sleigh has been featured several times on my blog and each year I try to do a little something different.

 Books and toys for children in a more old fashioned way!

 I found a little spot for my giant Santa I acquired from MacKenzie Childs several years back.  I grabbed it when they marked everything down right after Christmas.

 This Santa Toymaker always makes me smile each year.
I spotted one for sale on Ebay for $550 plus $80 shipping!! GASP

I moved my little table over to this corner so the tree would have a nicer spot to sit.  I love creating vignettes like this.  

 A nice sunny morning.  My Christmas cactus was moved over here for the time being and I decorated my plate rack for the holidays.

I found the little alpine ski girl at the Lenox outlet.  I think she's adorable!

 At my kitchen sink once again I've decorated it using my three arch piece.  I added some new trees in the metal planters and I acquired two more of the Wendell August Christmas village pieces.
 This is a link to last year's post "here"

 The Toy Shoppe

 The General Store which was my first piece.
The old woody car ornament was just a find at a store.

 The Sweete Bakery

For those of us who grew up in the "black and white" picture era...a little nostalgia look!

Sister Jen (on the right)  and me Christmas morning 1958!

Jen and I a few years ahead with our first cat Koki which I adored.  
Ahh..the good old days!

This will be my last post until after Christmas Day!
Thank you for visiting!

 Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas!


  1. Oh Liz, it all looks so jolly and bright!! Your vignettes are charming, and your Christmas cactus looks so healthy. It's obvious you have a green thumb. :) Thanks for the glimpses of your Christmas home and also for the nostalgic look back at you and your sister. It's such a sentimental time of the year, isn't it?

    Wishing you a peaceful Christmas and a Blessed New Year, Liz.

    Warm hugs,


  2. How fun to look back in time I love all of your decor. Your santa collection is fabulous.

  3. Liz what sweet pics of you and your sister. I loved seeing your family tree with the icicles. Brings back great memories for me. Your Santa's are gorgeous. I want to wish you and your sweet hubby and family a very Merry Christmas. May the new year bring you lots of joy and new fun things to blog.

  4. Loved going down memory lane with you Liz! and oh that Toymaker!...What a beauty...wish there was a MCK shop near me!.....I wish you and your family a most wonderful Christmas!!!!

  5. Christmas is a time for reminiscing and making new memories! Love your beautiful Christmas decorations!
    Merry Christmas! Zenda

  6. The Santa is fabulous. What a treat. (Tomorrow in my Christmas in London post, you'll see more Mackenzie!) And to me the best piece ever are the arches over the kitchen sink with the beautiful greens. It's a perfect holiday home, Liz.

  7. Hi Liz, Love your sleigh, I think is is a very special piece. Love how you decorated it. Your home looks so festive, just lovely. I am in love with the collectibles in the kitchen window. Wow, you really scored with the MC Santa, he is quite handsome. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas..........hugs

  8. Everything looks so beautiful, Liz! I love your little sleigh and how you decorate it. But most of all I love the pictures of you and your sister. Weren't you just the cutest little thing? I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. Those “nostalgia” photos are very charming, Liz! Warmest holiday wishes for you and your family!

  10. I just love seeing vintage photos! Can you believe we’re actually considered “vintage” now?!! I love the tri-fold screen! It’s so beautifully decorated and displayed!!! It’s a great accent piece! I love it when we can devise different ways to use pieces, especially when those pieces cost a few bucks. I feel like I can justify the purchase when I can use it over and over.

  11. Everything looks so jolly and bright... and beautiful ! I too feel sorry when I have to take Christmas down. The MacKenzie Childs big santa is awesome !
    Your vintage photos are so sweet. I think I'm probably your age too. The tinsel on your vintage tree makes me sigh, our tree looked like that too.
    I will pin your this Xmas post, I love it all !


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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