Grenville decorated the house front and back patio.
When holiday decorations go unused for several years, there’s quite a few that can find other homes. A large bag of holiday stuffed toys was donated to a local assisted living.
(Thrift stores have an abundance of stuffed toys at the holidays and many go unsold. Other places, however, really appreciate getting them especially as these had never been played with by children – if you discount us.)
Despite the giveaways, we STILL have a lot of holiday toys – some were gifts, many we bought, just because. Ever done that too?
For many years, Beatrice collected teddy bears . . .
Then, Beatrice met Grenville, and the frog collection started. It might have something to do with his story of being a frog prince who needed to be kissed (FYI, Beatrice is still waiting for the changeover).
Penguins came after the frogs – we’re STILL not exactly sure WHY, but the combo worked well, hence the house name.
At the F&P, penguins also hang out with teddy bears and snowmen . . .
MORE penguins . . .
Santa and the Grinch are also here – both are battery operated and fun to watch. We start them up when friends visit – Toys are fun for all ages.
The Nativity set is over 15 years old and; it was purchased for about $10 at a K-Mart store and came with ceramic vs. plastic figures. (The plastic sheep and camel were added later.) I was planning to put some cut greenery around it, but Grenville pointed out that this would not be good as it is set up on the gas fireplace mantle. Grenville has a set that’s over 30 years old and next year we’ll set that one up.
This year, we have two trees. The one on the left is a fiber-optic tree that was donated to us last year because we were not home to set up a tree; it’s set up near a window in the library. The tree on the right is REAL (always for us) and is by the bay windows in the living room. We checked out some artificial ones this year and decided they were not for us – at least not now.
We couldn’t agree MORE
Pucker up – here’s some mistletoe for YOU
Merry Christmas from Grenville & Beatrice
The Frog & PenguINN
The Frog & PenguINN