Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Little Bit 'O Christmas

My father would have loved
My daughter, the redhead.
Well, he would have loved
ALL my kids had he lived,
but he would have
looked at Mimi and
said that she
"looks like an Irish roadmap"
which, by his standards,
would have been a compliment
of the highest order.

And, for some reason,
she is the one that is
"taken" by all things Irish.

You know that I have been
staying with her during her
C-Section recovery
and helping with
BigBoyE and Charles-In-Charge.
One of the things we did this
past week was dig out
her Christmas stuff.

Her main living room is filled
with all the bright colors of
a traditional Christmas-
red & green.
A room decorated for kids
and family.
Naughty & Nice take their
 rightful place.
There's a little bit of whimsey here~
And a book and puzzle stacked
to enjoy later~
And a bird with a yarn ball~
Her entry porch, however,
is another story.
It is a nod to her
Irish Heritage.
Just a little
Bit 'O Christmas.
It starts on a table filled
with the doll I gave her
the day she got married.
An Ashton Drake doll
Loving Heart of the Irish Bride.
She has a tree that is filled with
Irish ornaments-
One little angel with her crown in place...
A sweet little rose in her hair angel...
And no self-respecting Irishman
is without his own personal
A wee lass in a cup...
And a lad with his shamrocks..
of all
is this little
Irish Elf Himself.
And HE was conceived in Ireland!
Now if we can just keep
him AWAY from the tree!

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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

You are just the best Nana ever. He is one cute little Irish thing.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

It's fun and special to incorporate your heritage into your holiday. And that BabyE is one adorable boy! I know, it's BigBoyE now, but can't we keep him little just a bit longer?

Karen said...

My mother LOVES her Irish heritage... she is 1/2, but you'd think it was all that mattered :-)

Adorable little guy, there.

Debbiedoos said...

how cute Diana! I am half Irish, on my Mothers side. Needless to say, my Grandmother was all things Irish. I think the Italian in me bugged her just a weee bit lol! Beautiful ornaments and little Man in that cardigan vest is way too cute!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

How nice you are staying with your daughter, Diana! Last year, when my daughter had her C-section she stayed with us since they only had a one bedroom apartment. Her ornaments are so perfect for her Irish theme. Did she get any of them while in Ireland? Big Boy E looks so cute! I'm dealing with the touching thing this year myself as my granddaughter is into everything at 16 months. I did try to think ahead though and when doing my tree I put any breakables above her reach height!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Hi Diana! I've missed you while I was away! Looks like all is well with you- you are a special Nana and a very special Mom. I've got some Irish in me, too, but it's my oldest son who has the real interest. Hope we can travel to Ireland together one day. E is adorable! Good luck with the tree- LOL!

Anonymous said...

The Irish-themed decorations are so pretty. Thinking about it, I should have some of these myself as I discovered I had Irish ancestors a few years ago.
Doesn't BigBoyE look smart!

Gina said...

So many cute Irish ornaments! The last one and cutest one, is too big to hang from the tree, right?

Anonymous said...

how lovely is that, its always such an amazing thing when traditions and followings are ingrain in his from centuries and rekatives from the past.The strong Irish conection for your daughter is such a wonderful gift, it never ceases to amaze me the time and care our heavenly father took creating each one of us.He didn't mass produce, each one of us have our own sperate personalities, he gave her the touch of the irish, beautiful,

Patty said...

I don't know if there is any way to keep a toddler away from a tree. Grace redecorated mine the other day. I really thought it looked nice, but as I packed my purse, phone and money to take her to Nations of Fun, she re-did it. I walked in there and there were ornaments lined up neatly in the floor and she was placing them on the tree. Her explanation, "Your tree wasn't beautiful, so I'm fixing it for you!"
So... if you have a little one and you don't want your tree fixed - it must be beautiful to begin with!

Julie Harward said...

How fun to be with your daughter at this time. I have a red head too and consider it such a blessing! Love all her decorations too! ;D

Debbie said...

We have sooo much in common, Diana! My maiden name is Fitzgerald! My daughter's are Kelly, Erin, and Melissa. My granddaughter that has the temper is Kayla...she has the red hair, and green eyes. I LOVE Celtic music! AND I have a grandson named Ethan!!!!

Anonymous said...

big boy E is a handsome little fellow. love the dolly.:):) susie

Karen said...

Such pretty decorations and what a wonderful time to have a new baby in the house. Your grandson is so handsome. I hope your daughter is feeling well, I had my girls by c section and my mom stayed with me for a month after my first one.It was a blessing to have her, I know your daughter feels the same.

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Unknown said...

Oh my gosh, I love her decorations! And the little guy is pretty handsome too! Love his outfit.

Debby said...

I love her Irish tree. I hope she is doing well. The last ornament might be a bit wiggly on the tree but it sure is a cute ornament.

SWEET TEA said...

What a good Mom you are, helping with the new Mom and sweet baby AND decorating for Christmas. Love is in the air! Love all the Irish decorations and the cute little blonde-haired Irish "man" is definitely a KEEPER!!

Heaven's Walk said...

What fun, sweet decorations, Diana! I'll bet that all the kiddos just adore them! Can I come spend Christmas at your house if I let you come and sleep in my bathtub....? :)

xoxo laurie

Lynne said...

Another reason why our spirits are kindred, my maiden name...Sullivan!

Your glassy baby was shipped on Wednesday...hopefully you will have it soon!

A lovely post! Mimi has her Grandpa's spirit!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

He is so adorable Diana!
And those ornaments are just exquisite!
What fun to be with the new baby and how lucky your daughter is to have you!
Little Addison has red in her hair and with her brown eyes I love it!
We have a wee bit of the Irish too!
How about those Packers and the Badgers, oh my, my hubby is in heaven!

Holly said...

I don't think I've seen a cuter Irish elf! He's a keeper too!

A Vintage Vine said...

Am Irish ornament tree, that would be so awesome! BTW, he is darling!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

He looks so sweet in that photo!
All those ornaments are wonderful, I really like the lass in the cup!

Savannah Granny said...

Beautiful tree and doll. I to love all things Irish. My mother's maiden name was Emmet.
Good luck keeping that little elf out of the tree, especially when Mom is down. LOL. He is adorable. Your grands al all beautiful. I miss mine being small but I am so proud of their accomplishments.
Merry Christmas Ginger

Ariellehrvm said...

What a good Mom you are, helping with the new Mom and sweet baby AND decorating for Christmas. Love is in the air! Love all the Irish decorations and the cute little blonde-haired Irish "man" is definitely a KEEPER!!

Heather said...

He looks so sweet in that photo! All those ornaments are wonderful, I really like the lass in the cup!