And here's the bottom shelf. The only things missing are some of the Misfits (from the Rankin-Bass production of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." A few years back, CVS sold small plush versions. Would it surprise you to know that I have them all??) Anyway, they usually get distributed throughout the house
This is a ceramic Christmas tree that my nephew and his wife in Arizona sent us last year. Liesl always sends us something that is made by their four kids, or involved them otherwise.
The top of the tree is an imprint of the oldest girl, Anya's hands. Then as you go down, you have Jude's hands, Lola's hands, and finally Naomi's hands. I think it is fantastic, and it looks pretty hanging above the fireplace in our bedroom.
You may remember this Rudolph and Santa from a blog post last year. The Santa is one that I made about 15 years ago (back when my sewing machine actually worked), as a present for our cat Hannah's first Christmas with us. The Rudolph is even older, as we got him when we lived in suburban DC (before we moved into the District). We had bought batteries, and there was a mail-in offer for a plush Rudolph toy whose nose lit up. The funny thing is, we've never changed the battery (I'm not even sure you can), and every year, his nose still lights up! (It's a Duracell battery, btw. Not even the kind the pink bunny promotes!)