Finally got started putting up the Christmas decorations, Mike told me I wasn’t allowed to do anything until after Thanksgiving. The first step was putting away all the fall stuff. That was actually pretty sad for me. Autumn is my favorite season and it was the first decorations I put up in the new house. Now we’re moving on to the next season and it’s really sinking in that We. Own. The. House.
The manger is from Fontanini. My grandmother bought my sister and I the main sets for Christmas one year and added on pieces over the years. I have about 31 pieces depending on how many sheep my cat has smacked off the table.
The pieces are some type of plastic, which is awesome because they are cat-proof. All the pieces are really detailed. My set is the 3.5″ scale. The only thing I wish I had was some chickens, sadly they aren’t available in this scale.
I usually just slap it on the table and pick up the pieces as Rita-zilla knocks them down. But I decided to step it up a bit this year. The whole thing is on my knotted table runner based on the one from Living with Lindsey. I made mine from a remnant and it only has 3 knots.
I also added the “Believe” sign and a fake book. With so many characters it’s nice to put some on a different level. Mike put the angels on top and I really like how they look down on the whole scene.
I cut the lettering from dark brown vinyl (from Pick Your Plum) with my Slice at 3 inches off the Noel card. The stars are from the Fa La La card, cut from metalic gold vinyl (also PYP) at 1.5″ to 3.5″ It was the first time I put vinyl on the wall and Mike got pretty nervous, he thought it was permanent. I really like how it pulls it together.