I found this little silver/gold tree at the same antique store along with the crochet doily that I am using for a tree skirt. The silver/gold nutcracker was a gift from my mom last year for a Pre-christmas present. The little Santa and sleigh belonged to my older brother when he was little, I decided that I needed it. My mom always made a winter scene in the large picture window in our living room and the little sleigh was always a part of it. She also used ornaments, pine cones, and candles, This was one of the first things my mom would do to decorate for Christmas, we always had a real tree and it didn't go up until about a week before Christmas. We never purchased a tree, we always went out into the woods to cut one, my dad usually had one already picked out about a month before Christmas. That is one of my favorite memories of Christmas, going out with my brother and dad to cut our tree. I miss my dad everyday, but more so at the holidays. Enough reminiscing, out tree is up a couple of years ago I bought an artificial tree to help out with my DH's allergies. It isn't a bad tree, just not a real one.
I spent half of my day looking for this Santa and our stockings, I was starting to panic I thought that possibly they had been thrown away after last Christmas. Of course I found them in the last place I looked today, the basement.
Hope everyone's decorating is going well!!!