Tuesday, December 22, 2020

T Stands For The Christmas Pageant

 While I love our Christmas trees, the decorations that really make my heart sing are the figures that make up the Christmas pageant


A traditional creche with a touch, okay, a lot of whimsy thrown in. The pageant was displayed on my mother's hope chest, but with a few new additions each year, I was running out of room. The dining room table became the perfect location to spread out a bit.

The Young One also enjoys the silliness of the pageant tradition. She graciously contributed to the merriment with an assortment of her treasures. The theme has always been everyone is welcome.


She added her Dodo Bird. I asked her to make me a small, gargoyle like my garden, Dedo, to protect the stable.


When she was little, Grandpa (my dad) collected tiny figurines from boxes of Red Rose tea. My parents drank gallons of Red Rose so Dad could collect all the circus figures, wild animals, and domestic animals. He gave them to The Young One as she loved to play with the little figures which she called her chinas. Two china kitties take a cat nap at the edge of the stable.


Since this is tea day, Hat shares her teacup with the Granpa.


The Young One also hand-sewed a pair of felt cardinals


When the Young One was a teen and in college, she was an aide at the Worcester Art Museum. In one of the sculpting classes, the instructor let her play along, and she made a gargoyle. When the gargoyle was not in the pageant, he lived in the studio on top of the computer tower. The table got bumped. The gargoyle jumped and his wings and horns broke off. I bought some Crayolo Model Magic, an air dry type of clay, and asked the Young One if she could make me another larger gargoyle. She even added fangs and eyes. 

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38 comments:

  1. That’s a wonderful Christmas display. I hope you have a great holiday and stay well and safe.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  2. Good morning CJ, I really love your Christmas pageant and all of the memories. I have never heard of the red rose tea with collectibles before-love that.
    This all made me happy and smiling Merry Christmas
    and Happy T Kathy

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    1. I wonder if Red Rose tea is a regional company. It was the blend my parents drank and according to my mother, the blend they grew up with.

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  3. I always enjoy seeing your Christmas pageant and this year getting to see those cute cardinals (they look great in the plant) and that gargoyle is fun. I like the red rose tea story too. Perfect for T day. I take it you don't eat at this table. Too much to move. Thanks for sharing again CJ. Hugs-Erika

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    1. We won't be eating in the dining room this year which is why I decided to spread out the pageant

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  4. A delightful tradition! I love "everyone is welcome" :) Happy T Tuesday

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    1. Too bad that sentiment isn't shared by more people around the world. Imagine what a world like that would be.

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  5. I ADORE the Yong one's gargoyle! ❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️

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  6. Invite the world and you will have a true meaning of Christmas. No one left behind, no one left out, no matter their age, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, or political belief. I think you have created a creche for every one and every thing on earth. This was precious, dear CJ. Thanks for sharing your cup with characters, as well as your creche with us for T this Tuesday.

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  7. Your Christmas pageant is such a fun tradition and I like that everyone is welcome πŸ˜€. The gargoyle looks amazing - perfect! Happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x

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    1. The gargoyles are such a fun and unusual addition

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  8. This is a beautiful display, love it! Valerie

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  9. What a fun Christmas creche display. I enjoyed reading how some of the pieces came to be there. It's like an enchanted village.

    Happy T-day and Merry Christmas! Hugs, Eileen

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  10. Poor Gargoyle - .wow that is quite a pageant! You give Christmas your all!

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    1. Yeah, I was sad when the original gargoyle bought the farm. We tried to repair him, but nothing would hold

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  11. This is really clever! how fun to allow everyone to join in on the celebration as that is the true meaning of Christmas ~ Blessings to you! ~

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  12. What a wonderful tradition:)
    Love Mr. Gargoyle:)

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    1. I liked when Ink would sit and pose with it making it a living Nativity 😺

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  13. Your pageant is always fun. The cardinals and gargoyle are fantastic!

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  14. Very interesting idea for a display.
    Happy Tea Day and Merry Christmas,
    Kate

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  15. Wow this is a wonderful display. I like the gargoyle story too. Have a very nice day.

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  16. How absolutely wonderful! Love the Gargoyle ! Belated Happy T Day and Happy Christmas, Chrisx

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  17. I love this! And the additions made by the Young One are perfect. (I thought that gargoyle perched on the roof looked like the one in your garden.) She is very talented. Merry Christmas and Happy belated T-Day!

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    1. I showed her a picture of Dedo because his legend is he’s a symbol of protection.

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  18. I love this tradition CJ! Makes me smile BIG!!! Big Hugs!

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    1. Al the figures have stories so it’s fun putting them out

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