It’s been mentioned here that Stately IPB Manor’s favoritest Christmas decoration is Boomer’s 12 Days of Christmas wall hangings. Before either Schnookie or I was born, Boomer worked with her mother to make this felt/bead/sequin masterpiece:
Each day of Christmas has it’s own felted oval, strung on four length of ribbon. My earliest memories of this are from when they hung in our house on Long Island, when I was six or so. They were always hung in the dining room, the only decoration we were allowed to put up before Christmas Eve. Fortunately they could hold all our attention until the 24th; all of Advent could be spent discussing with Schnookie whether the coolest element of it was the brown bugle beads on the three French Hens, or the ruffled collar on the ten lords a-leaping, or the gold braid on the four calling birds, or the little pearly beads in the centers of the flower by the eight maids a milking.
We bemoan how terrible Stately IPB Manor is for the Christmas tree — the natural spot for it is taken up by a couch so it gets plunked into the corner where we’ll see it the most, but also where it looks the most ridiculous — but this fact is well off-set by how perfect the bow window in the living room is for displaying the 12 Days. No, it’s not the traditional dining room placement, but this way we can relive our youth and spend every day wondering which felt scene is our favorite. We are eternally grateful for Boomer and Boomer’s mother for making such a well-loved heirloom for our most loved season!