Merry and Bright

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas is now just two days away and I’m feeling very much in the holiday spirit. I think a large part of that is due to all these Holiday posts I keep seeing on my favorite blogs…between Michiko’s Things of Beauty Happy Christmas post, The Asherette and her snowy puppies, Certain Creatures and her incredible Holiday Light displays, Mothersvea and her yummy cookies, My Castle in Spain and her unique olive branch chandelier, Spoonful of Mint with her dollhouse all decked out for the holidays and Celebrating my Home with her tasteful decorating ideas… I couldn’t help but get swept up this year.

So before I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Years I thought I’d share some of my week in photos, beginning with the cookies my sister Anna and I made over the weekend (Well, actually more Anna than me. I sort of just assist, try to learn and do a lot of the taste testing). This was our first year making sugar cookies and we had quite a time trying to decorate them. It always looks so easy when Martha Stewart does it?

I love Peruvian Nativity Art, I bought this one at a local Church gift shop last year but you can probably buy them online from They work with over 130 artisan groups in more than 38 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to bring fair trade jewelry, home décor and gifts. It’s possible that they’re out of stock now, but I’ve seen them there in the past.

While out shopping for the perfect gifts I found these adorable Japanese Beckoning Cats (‘Maneki Neko’). I’ve wanted one for some time now but when I saw all of these I couldn’t decide on which one to get, so I ended up not buying any, I had to think it over. Maybe you can help me decide by telling me which one you like the most?

Accordig to Wikipedia, these little cats are supposed to bring luck and are traditionally kept near the entrances of shops, the raised right paw is to attract money and the raised left paw is to attract customers. George raises them only when he wants to see what I’m eating and when I’m not being quick enough with his fancy feast.

…not sure what this one signifies, but George does this on the couch a lot.

So now I’m off to help in the making of the Tamales (it’s what we traditionally eat on Christmas eve).

Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!xxoo

...what’s Christmas without the Chipmunks? :)


spoonful said...

I'm glad that I can give you some holiday spirit. Merry Christmas!

lune_blanc said...

Oh the chipmunks!! My friend had the song on his profile a couple of days ago, I told him my nickname was chipmunk when I was in middle school because of my chipmunk teeth, he's been calling me chipmunk since then LOL

I just love the pic of a girl in christmas tree dress haha!

Those "maneki neko" are so cute, I personally love the 2nd one and the last one.

Anonymous said...

cute! the cats of course and i love the nativity. but I think the sugar cookies and the tamales are the best part! Merry Christmas to you and to George!

Gabbi said...

~Thank you dear Mint, your holiday posts were definitely inspiring :) Hope your Christmas was nice!

~My friend makes fun of me regarding chipmunks too dear Michiko! Mostly because of my voice though, it's a little high :) not entirely like the the chipmunks in the song but close...heehe...the 2nd one is adorable isn't it? I like the necklace. Thank you for your vote!

~Merry Christmas to you and your adorable doggies dear Asherette, our cookies were a little funny looking :) thank you for commenting. If we weren't so far I'd send you a plate of tamales!xoxo

Certain Creatures said...

Hi dear Gabbi,
I love your bird shaped Christmas balls!! and your fireplace.. it is so cosy!!
I can't believe Xmas is already over and now we are waiting for the New Year! :)
The first cat is my favourite .. but you're right! it's very hard to choose! even the one in the last picture is pretty cute.
Thanks for mentioning me in your post! :)))
have a lovely day!
your cookies look yummy! I haven't made cookies in ages and should really start making more!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Gabbi!! Hey I'm really happy you liked my print so much that you actually bought it!!thank you!I will send you the print as soon as i get back to Italy!! merry christmas dear and I looove those maneki nekocats!

Gabbi said...

~Thank you dear Francesca, I love having little birds as tree decorations. I like pretending they really live there... :) can't believe its going to be the new year soon, now I have to get ready for that too! You're the second person to vote for the little cat on the end. That was actually the one I almost bought too. Hope you had a very Merry one, looking forward to your etsy shop in the new year!xxoo

~I can't wait till I get my print dear Mothersvea :) I've had my eye on it since your Thanksgiving giveaway! Hope you're enjoying your trip and that you had a great Christmas. I'm getting my lucky kitty as soon as I get back to Los Angeles...

Anonymous said...

Yipee! A fellow pussy cat lover - George is gorgeous! Is he an British short hair by any chance?

Merry Christmas - I'll be sure to check in again to see George!

Gabbi said...

~Hi Sam :) George was rescued so I'm not really sure what he is, but whenever I take him to the vet I stare at those posters to see which one looks like him the most and I think gray long haired Persian seems to fit? Is yours a British short hair? I love your illustrations and the cat in your banner looks just like George when he's mad at me...Thank you for stopping by, you're most definitely being saved in my favorite places. Merry (Belated) Christmas to you!

lune_blanc said...

So we are the chipmunks Gabbi! lol
I wonder what your voice sounds like, but it must be cute lol

Gabbi said...

~I'm going to have to find some cute chipmunk photos for us :) My voice is sort of high I think... not as bad as a chipmunk but close.


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