Monthly Archives: December 2013

I Found Birds, Trailers, a Nisse House and a Dresden Stollen Maiden Under My Christmas Tree

What were your favorite Christmas presents this year?  The best gifts I found under the tree were handmade. Resting atop a cozy knitted hood, this lovely bird embroidered on an Irish linen hankie is just as elegant as the penman’s … Continue reading

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Five Days Left to See the Taft Museum’s Antique Christmas!

Find plenty of inspiration for next year’s holiday decorating in Antique Christmas, the Taft Museum of Art’s seasonal display of antique ornaments, toys and decorations from private collections. Even before you see the first tree, you’ll be captivated by a … Continue reading

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Setting Up Your Nativity Scene? Find Inspiration In The University of Dayton’s Crèche Collection

Until last weekend, the only thing I knew about the University of Dayton was Porch Reads, a voluntary recreational reading program that the university’s library offers for undergraduate students. Named to invoke the idea of porches as popular gathering places … Continue reading

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When You’re 96, How Should You Wash Your Clothes?

Come over during the holiday season and you’ll meet Hilda, a 96-year-old member of our family who likes to admire Christmas decorations from her favorite rocker. Opening the first door of the Advent calendar reminded us that it was time … Continue reading

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