|the Pilgrim people leave; the Christmas people arrive|
With Thanksgiving 2015 behind us now, the Pilgrim people began lining up for the trek back down to the basement.
|The Christmas people arrive while the Pilgrim people leave|
At the same time, the Christmas pageant people began arriving. It all made for quite a traffic jam for a while there. I advised Beloved to avoid the entry hall and the stairs to the basement for the time it took everybody to commute to their destinations.
|safely packed away|
Those who have been reading my blog for the last five years may remember that a couple of times the Pilgrim people did not find their way to the right packing box and as a result showed up too late for Thanksgiving the following year.
|packing and labeling the storage containers|
But the last couple of years we have got our act together and everybody has met their scheduled deadlines. With this many characters in my life, there probably is no such thing as too much attention to detail and organization.
|the Nativity pageant people and the extras|
By prior agreement, the Nativity pageant people and all extras met in the dining room where they visited and got caught up on their personal stories since retreating to their packing boxes last January.
|the Nativity pageant animals in a coral|
Christmas decor was unpacked as the pumpkins were removed.
|Log Cabin Star wallhanging|
|"Minnesota Hot Dish" quilted runner, red poinsettia garland, Mary and Baby Jesus cross stitch by BBaker|
|dining room Nativity scene|
|a quilt from Walmart (several years ago) adorns the entry hall pew|
|Some of the Christmas extras joined Grandad Bear atop the Pie Safe in the entry hall|
|the pantry door always gets a wreath|
|a sparkly red poinsettia garland embellishes the breakfast room chandelier|
|the Nativity cast members were assigned a highly visible position on the fireplace mantel|
|the red Christmas card basket sits on the coffee table|
|We have some new Christmas season cast members|
who did not make the relocation to Texas this past summer
|Another newcomer who has found a place in our home to enjoy the Christmas season|
|Christmas wreath on our front porch|
This was as far as we got with Christmas decorating for today. Tomorrow we will be opening our home to Monster Vac to clean our vents and air ducts, so the trees won't go up until after that is done.
But the change has begun from the season of Thanksgiving to the time of Advent. What a joyful time of year this is intended to be when our focus is on our Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ.