Christmas is my favorite holiday so each yeah, inevitably, I add something new to my collection. The last couple of years (in 2015 and 2016) I actually purged while decorating in December–you have to do damage control every once in a while when it’s your favorite holiday, especially when you know you’ll always be adding more to your hoard! This year I added three new things to my Christmas stash:

Christmas AdditionsThe first thing I added was a beautiful carousel print ornament by The Poppy Tree on Etsy. I have loved her artwork since I first saw it several years ago and this is not the first time I have added a piece of her artwork to my collection (the snowflake ornament in the bottom left photo was sent when I purchased another favorite ornament from her in the past).

If you love whimsical, magical (and sometimes spooky) art, you should really check out her prints.

One thing I decided I wanted to do more of last year was to support “the little guy.” More specifically, the little guys online whose work (whether it be artists or social media) I enjoy. Sometimes it’s donating to someone’s GoFundMe, sometimes it’s purchasing something from an independent artist when I know it’s something I can craft myself, and sometime’s it’s just showing someone that makes something some support any way I can.

Christmas AdditionsOne of those smaller guys I supported this year was The Frey Life on YouTube. I came across their YouTube channel later in the year (and found out my sister’s been enjoying their channel for over a year!). I bought a couple of prints and my mom a fold up shopping bag/backup for her purse (plastic bags are banned in our county, and they just banned them in California, so any fold up, easy to tuck into your purse bags are great for when you forget bags when you go shopping!). When they came out with a set of ornaments I KNEW I had to have a set! I think of their mottos, “Choose Joy” and “Don’t forget to laugh everyday,” each time I see them. And it’s great to have Oliver (their dog) on the tree, too!

Christmas Additions The final item I got this year doesn’t scream Christmas when you look at it, but it reminds me of Christmas. I recently started wearing pins and couldn’t resist picking up a set of Miss Bianca and Bernard pins on eBay when I saw these. Each year, for years, I have put ornaments of these characters on the tree. I can’t even tell you the last time I saw The Rescuers Down Under, but these ornaments bring me so much that joy that my heart just smiles each time I see these pins, and who doesn’t need a little dose of happy when they look down at work to shuffle papers?

Christmas might be over for 2016, but I’m already looking forward to unpacking my newest treasures come December 2017. What new holiday treasures did you pick up in 2016?

 

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2 Comments

  1. You have a sweet collection. The only new ones I procured were the ones we swapped at our annual ornament exchange.

    • That’s not a bad thing! I try not to go after new ones on purpose, I just let them “happen,” otherwise I think I’d need more than a couple of trees to decorate. 😀

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