The Birth of Jesus

Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with Child. 2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 2:9 And, lo, the angel of the LORD came upon them, and the glory of the LORD shone round about them: and they were  afraid. 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the LORD. 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 2:15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into Heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the LORD hath made known unto us. 2:16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 2:17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 2:18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 2:19But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 2:20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. 2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the Child, His Name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

Wishing you peace and happiness on this blessed day~ Judy

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Holiday Express Train

Back for its 11th annual run, the Kansas City Southern's Holiday Express train brings Santa Claus and his elves to Union Station.

We visited Union Station and also toured the cars of the Holiday Express. 

Santa's elves helped up board the train.

 My grandson couldn't wait to have his turn driving the train.

Inside the cars the elves were busy in their workshop.

The Gingerbread Boxcar

Flatcar carrying Santa's sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village.

The Red caboose.

Thanks for stopping by to see the Holiday Express Train at Union Station. If you would like to visit my post on Union station Holiday Transformation, click here.

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Christmas Vignette on the Sideboard

Christmas is just a few days away and I am still thinking about more places to decorate in my house. I made a vignette on the sideboard in my entry to share with you. I don't think I have every featured anything on my sideboard so you may not have seen my lamp that holds Peggy Karr plates. The plate is the 11 inch Reindeer. I love changing the plates for holidays. 

Sitting in my cloche is a Harmony Kingdom Santa. Another Santa sits in front that is making his way down the chimney. 

The Christmas tree is Fenton Glass.

I'm adding one more piece to the vignette, an Old World Ornament book.

My  vignette includes a vintage table runner that belonged to my Mom so it is very special.

I made a few more adjustments to the vignette by moving the runner out a little. I decided I wanted more of it to show; now I am done. I wish my Mom was here to enjoy it with me but she passed away in 2004. My Dad who is 90 gave the runner to me.

Merry Christmas to All. Thanks for stopping by - Judy. 

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Union Station (A Holiday Transformation)

Have you ever been to Union Station in Kansas City, MO? Today my family made our visit to the station to see its holiday transformation.The station was built in 1914.
This magnificent tree greets you as you enter the station. You can imagine its size by comparing the people in the picture to the size of the tree. There were so many people there, I couldn't get a shot of the tree by itself.

As air travel increased, the station fell into disrepair was closed in 1980 but was renovated and opened again in 1999. Each holiday season the station has it's Holiday Model Railroad Experience. People come to see the beautiful architecture of the building but kids (big and small) come to see the model trains.

If you look closely in this picture you can see the nutcracker standing in front of the tree on the right side.

Same shot just a little higher so you can see the ceiling and the gold stars and snowflakes handing from above.

Just in front of the two big trees is a cute little old train from Macy's (I think) that kids can ride. My two grandsons thought the train was so fun.

On to the model train exhibits:

These were just a few of the many train exhibits. I always enjoy visiting Union Station so if you are ever in Kansas City, stop and visit the station.

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Decorating the Tree with Paw-Paw

My husband loves to have our grandson help him decorate the tree in the family room. This year he brought the tree to our grandson's house and they decorated it in their downstairs family room.  

Time for the star.

Almost finished.

Thanks for stopping by - Judy.

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Byers Choice Carolers

My daughter has been collecting Byers Choice Carolers for a few years. Her Dad bought her first with the young boy caroler holding the pickle.  He said he wanted to get her a gift that he picked out so then the tradition began. Each year he has bought her a caroler and now I can show you her small collection.

I made a collage of the carolers that I'll show you first.

Notice this caroler is holding a violin.

The street vendor with nutcrackers.

This young caroler is holding a feed pail with feed for the geese.

You can see the taller boy caroler holding the pickle. The small boy is called "Toddler on Sled."

Thanks for stopping by to see her carolers - Judy.

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