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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Year-End Thanks to ALL

Dorothy & Pat (aka Beatrice & Grenville) wish everyone all the best for the coming New Year with a big HUGE Thank You to everyone for the visits and comments on our blog.
We appreciate them and ALL of you very much. (Comments are off for this final post.)
Happy New Year from Our family: Pat, Dorothy, Shannon, Coleen, Paulo Bobby, Ellie, Lilliana & Lola to Yours

That's all folks — see you in 2017

Friday, December 30, 2016

Friday Funnies

Here it is, folks -- the final funny of 2016 — you've heard of bookends.
How about foot-ends?
Enjoy your weekend, Everyone!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Sale on Nearly Everything

That's the way it seemed if these Sale posters are indicators. Most of these signs were featured in retail clothing stores.

Discounts ranged from 25 percent up to 70 percent OFF. These sales were seen in store windows several days before Christmas in a Lancaster, PA mall. We were visiting over the holidays to celebrate the birth of our new granddaughter.



All of these sales had us wondering exactly how much more items would have been reduced after the holiday. Alas, we never returned to learn the answer.
Despite all these great pre-Christmas sales, we left without buying anything because window shopping is the best discount — it's totally FREE.

Did you find great shopping bargains, before or after Christmas?

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas from All of Us

Best Christmas 🎁 gift to our family — birth of granddaughter Lilliana Jean on 12/15.
First holiday photo with parents Coleen and Paulo

Merry 🎄 Christmas to one and all from Dorothy & Pat (aka Beatrice & Grenville)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Be Forewarned . . .

You better not pout, you better not cry . . .

Because, this fellow in the jolly red suit (and all the toys) comes to town this weekend. 


No kidding 🎄 Merry Christmas to ALL.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Friday Funnies

Even Santa has to make these stops . . .
Especially after all the cookies and milk!

Enjoy your weekend, Everyone.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

New England Village Comes "Home"

In addition to setting up a display outside our apt entry, there's a larger display inside. Grenville has set up a winter village by our living room window. New windows were installed earlier this year, now there's a full window shelf he can use for the village. 
The "New England Village" depicts the buildings and people of the New England area with its many churches, lighthouses and the farm areas. Our village was started when we were still living in our native New Jersey, years before we thought of relocating to NH. 

Grenville started collecting these Department 56 pieces in 1996 because he liked the theme. It was a bit out of place during the 12 years we lived on the VA eastern shore, and was only set up once. It's right at "home" now in our New England apartment.
Thanks to several well-priced eBay purchases and great deals at a favorite local thrift store, we added to the village this year. If this expansion continues, the village could become a city. Recent additions have included several businesses, houses and many new figures. 
The village includes a butcher shop, sign company, boat works, hook and ladder company, stove works, bed & breakfast, fish cannery, cutters and sleigh works, and the Nashua Manufacturing Company, in honor of the mill apartment building where we now live. There's also a lighthouse, church and town hall.
There's also a train that's not running this year because of space. However, next year, the village green will be enlarge to include the rest of the train car and track.

Setting up the village has been a fun task this year. It will remain set up throughout this winter season and it already has the snow.

For those not familiar with these collectible villages, Department 56 is a manufacturing firm well known for its collection of various lit Christmas villages, ornaments, giftware, and Snowbabies figurines. It is owned by Enesco and has been based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota since the late 1980s. Department 56 was founded in 1976 and celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.

It's called Department 56 because that was the number assigned to the wholesale gifts import division of its former owner, Bachman's, a Minneapolis, MN retail florist.

Do you have any holiday or winter collectibles in your home at this holiday time?

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Celebrating Christmas All Year

It's as unique as its name. 

The National Christmas Center in Paradise, PA lets visitors experience the  history and traditions of Christmas customs and traditions throughout the world and the centuries. 

According to its mission statement, the Center is dedicated to preserving and sharing mementoes and memories of Christmases past.

Exploring the museum is entirely by a self-guided tour which can take up to 2 hours because there's so much to see and read about. Life-sized indoor exhibits showcase Christmas history, traditions, customs and celebrations. The tour winds through 15 exhibit rooms that cover over 20,000 square feet. Grenville and I toured the entire exhibit space, but didn't take photos in every area.

Galleries include a 1950's Night Before Christmas and 1950s Christmas Morning, Christmas Around the World, 1950's Woolworth's 5 & 10, Antique Emporium, Santa's North Pole Workshop, Tudor Towne Animated Storybook Village, a street of vintage Christmas Memories, The Art of the Nativity, and a realistic Journey to Bethlehem along a simulated cobblestone path.
In addition to the exhibit spaces, display cases are filled with hundreds of Santa figurines and Nativities, toys, collectibles, posters, and other holiday collectibles.
Several exhibits and displays trace the evolution of today's Santa Claus from Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, Turkey, 300 AD.

My favorite exhibit was the Woolworth's 5&10 which was filled with so much vintage merchandise and fixtures some of which I remembered from my childhood. According to the display info, these items had been collected over a 10-year period and all are authentic. 

This exhibit was filled with so much vintage memorabilia that I spent over 30 minutes in this room. There were decorations for the home and the tree.


The Woolworth store always included wrapping paper, ribbons and, of course, toys, including the "elf on the shelf."

The Toyland Train Mountain exhibit featured a tree so large that its branches extended to the four corners of the room. Nestled underneath a very large mountain is an assortment of villages and snowmen figurines. Several trains run throughout the mountain railways.
Several exhibits showed Santa in his workshop surrounded by toys and elves. Animated bears and reindeer made toys in "Santa's North Pole Workshop" exhibit.


The First Christmas exhibit led visitors through simulated cobblestone walkways to follow in Joseph and Mary's footsteps to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.


The National Christmas Center is located in Lancaster County in PA Dutch Country. It's open weekends only in March and April, daily May through January. While very informative and interesting to adults like ourselves, very young children would have a difficult time. There's a wealth of information to read about the exhibits.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Home Holiday Decos

It's that time again when our apt entry has become a gathering place for holiday and winter decorations, including lots of snowmen. This is an overall photo of the entry.
There's a group of snowman sitting on the shelf surrounded by a lot of Buffalo snow.
On the floor below, several more snowmen are gathered along Santa, penguins and a nearly hidden frog.
Last week, we helped decorate the Christmas tree in the apt lobby. We wore our holiday hats to get into the spirit of the season.
We hope your pre-holiday events are merry and fun!


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Early Christmas Gift Delivery

She made her debut on Dec. 15, two days earlier than expected and before Christmas — introducing granddaughter Lilliana Jean, our newest family member.
Proud, happy (and exhausted) first-time parents, Coleen and Paulo with their new daughter.
The newest grandchild was shared among the delighted grandparents who were all were at the hospital awaiting her arrival. Lilliana shares a December birthday with grandson Bobby.
Christmas is a time of happiness, joy and love. Our family is especially thankful this holiday.
Lilliana shares a December birthday with her cousin and our grandson Bobby. He celebrated his 10th birthday earlier this month with a roller rink outing along with 5-year old granddaughter Ellie.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday Funnies

Tis the season . . .
Don't let your holiday spirits deflate . . . Christmas is almost here.

Enjoy your weekend, Everyone.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Coming Soon - Best Holiday Gift

We haven't shared this news sooner, but we will soon welcome a unique pre-holiday gift 🎁 with the arrival of a new granddaughter. 
Daughter Coleen and SIL Paulo will become first-time parents to Lilliana Jean. 
Grandma and grandpa (that's us) were busy the past few months buying a selection of outfits at local thrift stores. Mickey Mouse is a longtime favorite of mom-to-be Coleen. 
And (of course) granddaughter photos of the newest family member will be shared in a future post. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Snowy Monday

It certainly wasn't much snow compared to other U.S. cities, which are buried in snow. But, Nashua, NH, had its first measurable snowfall Sunday night into early Monday morning. 

According to forecasters, the city received a little over 4 inches of snow. For the first time this year, the Nashua River was showing some icy patches. 

The shot below was taken from our 5th floor apartment window while the snow was still falling.
By mid-morning, the snow had ended and most of the river ice had melted as temperatures rose to near 40 degrees.
Of course, Grenville and I are still hopeful for a white Christmas. After all, there's still time 🕰

Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday Funnies

Maybe these weary shoppers lost their heads over holiday shopping ?


(Not to worry, these "shoppers" were in the Salvation Army thrift store here in Nashua, NH).

Enjoy your Weekend, Everyone.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Festival of Trees 2016

In what's become a holiday tradition here in Nashua, NH, the annual Festival of Trees display is on display at the Hunt Memorial Building this month.

Non-profit organizations, businesses, and school groups decorated more than 30 trees in whatever way they choose to showcase their group.

The trees were displayed in the main reading room, small reading room and foyer of what was formerly the city's library. They included a wide range of ornaments from the traditional to the unusual.


Visitors voted on their favorite tree and could place bids to purchase them. Monies from the auctioned trees will be used for preservation of the Hunt Memorial Building.
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