Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Feast of the Magi...and So Much More!

Happy 2016, all ~ only slightly belated!
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Such a busy December...I really don't want it all to be over, do you?

(Except that after January, I really don't want any Winter,

so Mother Nature needs to hurry...if there's going to be, you know...

Snow!
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The Feast of the Magi, January 6th...
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I have probably written about this trio before, but I will again ~

just in case!

My Mom got these three Wise Men from the 1968 Sears Wish Book...

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 (If you are of a *certain age*, you will really enjoy this website...

It's called "Wishbook Web", and you can get to it by clicking here.)

I went through it page-by page..."I had that, and that, and that..."

But, I digress ~

My Mom paid a whopping $4.94 for the Wise Men,

and I, in my 11-year-old sophistication, thought they were about the

gaudiest things I had ever seen.

What was my Mom thinking? That gold, those rhinestones!

Those weird, un-Christmasy colors...(it was 1968, though).

Tacky.

Now I LOVE them, I absolutely do. 

(Mama had good taste, after all...)

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One of our traditions for today used to be making "Camel Cookies"

with our youngest (a junior in college, now), 

using a copper camel-shaped cutter made by his dad...

This year, I'm just going to write about the Camel Cookies.

(If you'd like to read my 2013 post about them, you can find it here.)

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Tallulah says she isn't ready to take the Christmas tree down!

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Now I have to tell you a little about the rest of my super-busy month!
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Chicago!

We live eight hours away (my daughters, six),

and although I have been through the airport there,

I had never actually been to the city...and now I have been twice,

in as many months!

Our last trip, to celebrate my youngest daughter's birthday,

was especially festive with all the decorations everywhere...

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"Here there be Dragons..."

We stayed at the historic Drake Hotel this time...

dragons are its logo, and even these handsome beasties were

decked out in red and green...

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The florist's delightful window in the hotel...

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The huge tree inside the lobby...

really magnificent!

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The culinary staff created this replica of The Drake in Gingerbread...

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We explored a lot!

If a door was unlocked, it was fair game...

The Gold Coast Room, the morning after a fancy soirée ~

From www.famoushotels.org  ~ "In those early days, Chicago's WGN's first
radio broadcasts were aired from atop The Drake, where the fabulous big bands
of that era played in the Gold Coast Room."



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We also looked around on the purportedly haunted tenth floor,

but didn't see a soul. (Sorry! ;) 

You can read about it here, though...

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The view from our room, looking out towards Lake Michigan...

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The main destination ~ The Music Box Theatre where

"It's a Wonderful Life" was playing...

I've seen a lot of classic movies "on the big screen"

with my daughters, but the "interactive" audience-participation during this showing

was a different sort of experience...sort of like "Rocky Horror"

except with George Bailey instead of Dr. Frankenfurter!

(Bell-ringing when Clarence was on-screen

*Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings* ~ hissing when

the dastardly Mr. Potter showed up, and general encouragement for George...)

Next time, we'll know what to expect!

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We also visited the Museum of Science and Industry...

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You know, I didn't think I cared much for LED lights until

I saw this 45-ft. tall delight in the main hall of the museum...

now I have to have a (second) tree with LEDs next Christmas!

Most of the lights were stationary, with just a few twinkling...

Fabulous!!

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Flying-machines overhead...

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This was the main reason for the museum visit...

the girls wanted their Fairy-Mom to see Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle...

and it did not disappoint! ("Early-Fairy"...I think that's my style, as well!)

Click here to read more about it...

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Amazing!

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And then, back home...

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I finally got a "Tom & Jerry" eggnog/punch bowl (and cups) on eBay!

I have wanted one since I saw "The Great Mr. Nobody" (1941)...

this set is from 1941 as well, so I thought that was pretty neat!

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 (They are pretty common, but difficult to find one with the gold trim intact...)

The silver ladle was from my grandparents' 50th anniversary in 1966...

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From our local Susie's Bakeshop...yumm!

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A couple more family traditions... Daddy's was candy canes...he brought them

over every year, as soon as we got the tree up, to put them on with the grandkids...

My grandpa's was giving out little bags of gold-foil-wrapped coins ~

I remember finding some that my Mom had saved (from Grandpa, her father-in-law),

and asking what they were...when she told me they were chocolate, I couldn't fathom why

she hadn't EATEN them! (They were chocolate!) 

So, a nod to both, here in my little display...watched over by my little chalkware

Tomten... (uh, oh...he also has a little bag of COAL there...good thing it's actually

chocolate, as well!)

What family traditions do you all keep?

Wishing all of you a wonderful 2016!

Love,
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9 comments:

  1. Beautiful my dear..
    So pretty ❤️

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  2. Beautiful. We live outside Chicago, but I haven't been into the city at Christmas time for many years. I used to love the lights on Michigan Avenue. Your tree is lovely -- I like trees that have lots of "stuff" on them. We cram out tree full every year with all the ornaments we've collected over the years. Such fun memories with almost each one.

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  3. This was such a wonderful treat and surprise Anne on a dreary rainy day! I am so happy to see the things you have been up to! I am always delighted!!!<3 I was intrigued by everything and I will be going back to read all the gracious extra bits of info. like the Sears wish book, Tom and Jerry dish wares, etc!
    Love the photo of Tallulah and how I wish to have a slice of that fabulous cake! OH MY...what kind was it???
    You must have truly enjoyed your December! It all looks and sounded magical here! Thanks for sharing !!! Happy New Year friend!!!

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  4. What can I say?? So much to see..I have to go back and visit this post again..Looks like you had a wonderful time in Chicago..Great photos Anne..Thanks for sharing..BTW..."we" love winter :)

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  5. Oh, my! Every thing looks so festive . . . in Chicago and in your lovely home! I want one of those dragons for my porch light! :) Happy 2016 to you, as well!

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    (¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ Happy New Year Anne! What great fun this post is!! It's beautiful and full of such great memories, not just for you, but for me too! When my husband and I were in college, we had friends who lived in Chicago, and we would go and spend weekends with them -- They knew all the great places, and The Drake was one of them, it was truly amazing! And I have to tell you, I have a "Tom and Jerry" bowl that belonged to my Mom, and has no cups -- I had no idea who "they" were until now, thanks for letting me know. She used to make potato salad in it, and just like your treasured wise men (which I think are WONDERFUL), it's among my treasures too.

    Thank-you for another wonderful and enjoyable post Anne!!

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  7. Anne, I've missed you! This post, as with all you share, makes me smile and giggle with delight. I'd say your December was packed with joyful times. Ours was as well, but certainly not as interesting. I've only been to Chicago as a teen and as a traveler connecting a flight through the airport. A return trip is on my agenda, and hopefully this year while the Downtown Abbey costume exhibit is there. Thanks for sharing the highlights!
    A little look into your home at Christmas makes me want to see more. There isn't one thing about your pretty table that doesn't call out to me. Will definitely add the shots to my Pinterest board. Glad you found your Tom and Jerry bowl. Love the table vignette with all the CC ribbon detail, the special Santa pieces, and the nod to traditions.
    Our traditions are our stockings, putting out vintage Santa's collected through the years of our marriage and including the ones that our mom's added from our own childhoods, and the special ornaments we've added to our tree over the years. All is now packed away for the season. I miss the twinkle of the lights of our tree and the familiar bits of Christmases past.
    I spied a vintage Santa chocolate mold. Do you have others? I've a small group that a friend got me started on a few years ago. Would love to see yours if you have more.
    Happy New Year!

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  8. Dear Anne - such a lovely post friend. So much to see and enjoy too. I love the wise men. You are so right your Mother did have wonderful taste. Isn't it odd how ours matures with age. Gorgeous photos of Chicago...just perfect for that lovely Christmas season. Your decorations are awesome and it looks like you had a beautiful Christmas season. Have a great week and give those kitties a big hug from me. Xo Xo Pixie

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  9. Oh it's ALL so Amazing... but that Dragon Light Fixture... Sublime!!!!!!!!! Your own Tree is pretty spectacular tho'... and your Photography as always Inspires me to take better Images! And the 1960's Wisemen had me LMAO... being an Old Hippie I always went for Gaudy and Tacky by most folks standards... or just plain Weird! Winks Happy New Year... Dawn... The Bohemian

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