Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Decoration Time Again!


It's fun getting the Christmas decorations out again at this time of year! Some bring back such wonderful family memories.  I'd like to share some vintage Christmas decorations that I started collecting when my 20-something daughters were little girls.




They're called Annalee dolls and now you can easily find them at Home Goods and TJX, but when I first started collecting them they were only available in Christmas boutique shops and finer department stores.


I would always wait until the day after Christmas to buy them!


I still occasionally buy one that really catches my eye but the older ones are still my favorites.


I just love their whimsical, hand-painted faces!


I hope some of them bring a smile to your face as we kick off the Christmas season!














Merry Christmas to All, And, To All a Good Night!

20 comments:

  1. I love Rudolph and the angel!! You have looked after them well!!!

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  2. They are all so cute! It would be hard to pick a favorite.

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  3. Susan, you have a lovely collection of Annalee dolls. ... I also prefer the older ones; they seem a little more whimsical to me. ... Can you imagine next Christmas with your tree and Annalees and Mack? I'm sure he'll be enthralled with all the decorations. How fun!

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  4. Love all the Annalee dolls..but especially the Merry Christmas Angel! The only Annalee Doll I have is my St. Patrick's one, but I love them all!

    Can't wait to see the rest of your decorations!!

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  5. Susan~ These Annalee dolls have such a whimsical flair! Their smiles are so adorably infectious. What a wonderful way to bring holiday cheer into your home.

    Hopefully you'll share more of your decorations. I look forward to it.

    Sweet holiday wishes,
    Sara

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  6. The old ornaments are my favorites! So sweet!

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  7. Until you opened my eyes to these dolls last year I had never heard of them. They are beautiful and unique and your photographs are so GOOD, they show each and every little small detail and stitch! I like Mr. & Mrs. Santa going off to bed with the candle & hot water bottle!

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  8. I am not there yet..Just saw a few of your treasures in Fla though..So cute..and you know I thought of you:)


    What a shopping place the USA:)

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  9. I just love your Annalee dolls! I have a few myself. My first was a gift in 1978 (I think). Since then I've collected a few (not many) and only last year did I find them in Homegoods. (And since then I have added to my small collection with two Valentine and one St. Patrick's Day doll. None of mine are the same as yours! They make me smile.

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  10. I havent seen these before, they are adorable, I must look out for them now :-), happy decorating, Kathy

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  11. It's so wonderfull, I love these old decorations, in 8 days, I will open the boxes of Christmas decorations, I am so impatient, I will put some photos on my blog
    Have a nice day

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  12. so many of our Christmas decorations have been around before I was born, so they have tons of memory associations with them. I love this time of year :D

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  13. Aw, Susan, I love their sweet facial expressions!
    Seeing your collection is beginning to get me in the Christmas spirit. And will hopefully encourage me to start decorating.
    But it's sunny and mild outside, and not a single snowflake in sight.

    I'm going to need all the motivation I can get!

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  14. I haven't seen Annalee dolls before but I love their smiles. They make me smile!

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  15. I love your Analee dolls. I have not collected them but I just might get a few to place around. The just add some whimsy!

    Carol

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  16. Susan, I can see why you started collecting the Analee dolls. They have the most darling faces. I love this time of year and take time to reflect on each and every ornament that goes on the tree.

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  17. You've hit upon my weakness: vintage items. These are adorable and have such a great *feel* about them. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Thank you all for the kind words at the fun but hectic time of year :)

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  19. I so enjoy opening up all the boxes with the Christmas decorations. It's really like an early Christmas morning!

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