Late in 2013 my grandma was having some health problems so I spent the end of that November and the majority of that December staying with her. One of my favorite parts of that time I spent with her was our trip (with about twenty other little old ladies from her church group) to the next town over; there we visited the house of a very sweet woman with a fantastically immense collection of Christmas decorations. The moment I walked into her home I could feel the warmth of the season, along with her radiating joy for the opportunity to share her carefully curated collection with others.
While my grandma found it a bit tacky (due to her penny-pinching tendencies), I fell in love and quickly developed a desire to have a “Christmas House” of my own. Before we left, I had a chance to speak with the quirky collector; we instantly bonded over our love of Christmas and our familial connections to Texas A&M University.
I already had a few Christmas decorations from my years at university, but now I finally had something to really collect and a glittering vision in my mind. This month I am going to share some of my favorite pieces of my collection.
It is no secret that I love a good black and white houndstooth print. I found this adorable houndstooth reindeer in December of 2013 at Hobby Lobby; I was just beginning my collection for “My Christmas House”.
In 2014 my mom saw these cute houndstooth moose, this perfectly plump houndstooth Santa, and presents for me!
Before my grandiose aspirations, my Christmas decoration collection revolved around a jingle bell theme, and for the most part it still does. When I first started picking out decorations I needed my own special niche – my mom has a very impressive Santa collection and my sister collects snowmen. Here are a few of my favorite jingle bell pieces…