Fanthology 12.9.2020

It’s the “I’m a Fan of Christmas Decorations” edition!

This time of year, the GWRN home and office becomes a winter wonderland, with a theme of what I call “overabundance of trees.”

We have a total of 17 decorated trees ranging in all sizes and shapes, including ceramic, pine needle in burlap, Victorian gold and red, silver with red, metal with lights (outdoor), tabletop sizes, a food-only tree, and wall décor that we put bulbs on (my definition is: has branches and we hang ornaments on them, so I count those too).

The only thing we don’t have this year is a live tree. No reason, just didn’t see the need to purchase one.

Here are some of our trees:

I also collect nativity sets. Some are set out for the season; others are on permanent display in this glass case:

Current count is a total of 69 nativity sets, of which 10 are set out around the house.

Other decorations include mantle garland with lights, topiaries, giant balls hanging from the eaves outside, outdoor lights, door wreaths, doorknob bells, garland, twinkle lights, most of the hand-made decorations through the years, and these miscellaneous items:

I made this plastic canvas triptych many years ago.

This house features animated characters that are activated via wind-up in the back (rather than batteries).

The elves on the stairs are generally posed as drunk or hungover.

The ceramic Mr. and Mrs. Claus are very special. My mother made them long ago.