In 1990, my youngest daughter gave me a Hallmark ornament showing Santa as the caller at a hoedown for his reindeer.  It was especially appropriate because my husband and I were ardent square dancers at the time.

The ornament became the centerpiece of the windowsill over the sink with a few small tins and figures added.  I’ve used the same display ever since.

The shelves on either side of the window hold snowmen made by my oldest daughter, Christmas mugs from grandchildren who are in their mid-20s now, and little S’Mores figures.

deckit-rh shelf

deckit-lh shelf
In the bay window area, I have a vintage paper bell, two favorite Rockwell Christmas plates and red plastic cookie cutters I bought at the dime store in 1953.

The top of my primitive shelf holds items handmade by my daughter

And the rest of the shelves hold vintage bottles, a fragment of a fancy apron I made for my mother over 50 years ago, grandma/grandpa salt and pepper shakers from a favorite restaurant of long ago, Christmas spoons, a St. Nicholas tile and my favorite Mary Engelbreit figures – “I Love Christmas”.
I have two wall hangings I made – one, a primitive based on my Christmas china…

(This is my post on how I designed and made the wall hanging.)

…and a countdown calendar in which felt cookies are removed from the big mixing bowl and placed into a pocket.


A Department 56 lady reigns over everything as my kitchen muse.

The newest addition this year has been a 1940s era doll table and chair set.  The set now has a hostess, a 1960s Penny Brite doll.  She’s graciously serving from a bountiful table with punchbowl, cupcakes, gingerbread house and candy canes.
My favorite is a tiered fudge dish fashioned from small bolts by my daughter.

Luckily, I was able to get most of my decorations up this year before I had some medical problems, so everything is ready for Christmas.