Real Estate Ray's Blog: One Last Christmas Post, 2020

One Last Christmas Post, 2020

We hear it all the time.  It is just stuff, clutter really, but as I contemplate putting all of the Christmas decorations away, I do wonder.  Is this really true?  It seems every decoration holds a special memory.  There is the Santa I remember painting as a kid and all of the wood Christmas candy canes my step dad cut out for us and my mom painted.  I bet we used to have 20 of them.  We used to line our whole yard with them.  We are down to two.  They are starting to fall apart and they really should go.  They will not!

Santa                Candy Canes

There is the old mixed in with the new tucked into the tree.

1990 Ornament     Hawaii Santa

There is the year we made the rule, gifts can only be homemade.  That really was a fun year! (The three ornaments at top left were not homemade)

                 Family Made Decorations

And then there are my favorites.  They date back to our first Christmas.  We did not have much, but Mary Margaret made Christmas magical, as always.  They were part of Matthew's first Christmas and then, Joseph's first Christmas.   Now, they are the center piece of our Snowman collection that greets our grandsons.  30 years these cheap Christmas balls have been a part of our traditions.

                 Our Snowman Collection

One day, Joseph and Matthew will find these in the attic, look at each other and say, "Why did they save these old styrofoam balls covered in cheap Christmas fabric and just look at those old bows!"  It might be all clutter to them and that would be fine.  We all need to create our own traditions, but to us, they are priceless.  I am sure my boys will find something in the attic that they hold special even if these end up in the dumpster, something I have seen happen time and time again with my client's homes. Then again, maybe they will look at these humble, little decorations and say, "Mom always sparked Christmas magic, let's each take half."  I am thinking that day is a long way off, but one thing is for sure, our boys will have a difficult task. There is so much stuff!

          Merry Christmas and many blessings for the New Year to you and your family.

          Our Favorite Ornaments

             

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Comment balloon 30 commentsRaymond Henson, SRES, GRI • December 26 2020 04:13PM

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Raymond, they are all memories that bring a smile to your face, and make them valuable to you!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 23 days ago

Thank you for always taking the time to drop by and post thoughtful comments, Joan Cox.  I really appreciate it.  

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 23 days ago

Hello Raymond and Merry Christmas a day late and thanks for a great blog to share with us.

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 23 days ago

Merry Christmas to you Will Hamm.  Thank you for also making a point to drop by so often.  Thank you!

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 23 days ago

Hi Ray... I so get it... I've been collecting my Christmas ornaments for some 50 years and they hold special meaning for me. Each year as I unpack them to put on my trees it's like finding "old friends." I've had the same creche since 1971... paid $5.00 for it at a seasonal Christmas store in New York City on Fifth Avenue... I was a grad student and that was all I could afford. I've cared for that creche since and it still looks as good as it did 50 years ago.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 23 days ago

Our ornaments are in a box in the closet garage.  Last time I opened it was in Napa when I decorated the fireplace mantle...with 3 cats who can leap talk fences and walls, a tree was out of the question.  I have kept a few out, and bought a few since.  They will be probably go to my nephew eventually.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 23 days ago

We put up a smaller tree this year and only used ornaments that had memories of family or vacations we have taken.  It was a tree adorned with memories

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 ) 23 days ago

Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI I have very special memories of Christmas past, 2020 has mix memories for me.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 23 days ago

I like that description, Nina Hollander.  They are like old friends.

I remember our cats used to love Christmas too, Ron and Alexandra Seigel.  They did create a little chaos for sure, but they are 100% worth it. 

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 23 days ago

Those are the best Christmas trees, Ed Silva.  I hope you have the chance to make more great memories in 2021.

Hi George Souto, I hope next year has only great experiences for you.  Hopefully, 2021 will be better for all of us.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 23 days ago

You touch on a very important point, the memories that are brought back each and every year with the decorations is very important.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Vacasa) 22 days ago

It is remarkable all the memories that flash back each year, Brian England.  It looks like I need to find some AZ decorations to start some new Christmas traditions.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 22 days ago

Unpacking Christmas ornaments is part of the Holdiay surprise. Remembering where, when and who you were with brings back such wonderful memories!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo and Home Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 22 days ago

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, I agree with you 100%.  We need a bigger house, though.  We can't get all the memories out!  Thank you for taking the time to comment.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 22 days ago

Raymond it is not Clutter it is memories, and decorations both equally important, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 21 days ago

Each time I help a family get their home ready to sell and we have a household of things to clean up, I wonder what the late homeowner valued and what memories went with all the things, Endre Barath, Jr..  To me, it is a sad day when the dumpster shows up.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 20 days ago

Enjoy your fond memories of Christmas holidays.

It is a shame when the special stories are not recorded.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 20 days ago

I love just about everything about Christmas except shopping 🙃

Happy New Year's week Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) 20 days ago

Roy Kelley, that is a good idea.  I miss the ones my grandma used to tell me.

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Happy New Year's to you as well!

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 20 days ago

Hi Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - we cherish our old traditions as we make new ones.  Just gave me another idea for a blog.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 20 days ago

I agree, Grant Schneider.  Sometimes those traditions are not apparent until you look back.  My wife made me save some ceiling fans that I removed from a rental this year.  More junk, I thought.  She painted one just before Christmas of a snowman juggling snowballs.  It is so cute and is a perfect addition to our traditions.

I look forward to your blog with the new idea.

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 20 days ago

Raymond, when do you start putting Christmas away?   Looks like a lot of work!   Happy New Year - may 2021 be a good one for you! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 19 days ago

It depends on the year, but this year we will put things away after the 2nd.  The real work is the decorating.  It takes us about three days to get everything in place, but it is fun and Russell just loved it.  Happy New Year to you Joan Cox.  I hope the New Year is a special one for you!

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 19 days ago

Hi Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - thanks once again for the inspiration.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 19 days ago

Hi Raymond- thanks to Grant Schneider for mentioning this post in his!!!  Those ornaments and decorations are not clutter but memories to be shared.   I love the idea that you made handmade gifts this year. One year my cousins and I did something similar although the gifts had to be consumable. (we like to eat) 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 19 days ago

Grant Schneider, thank you for all you post.  I know you inspire many, including me.  

Hi Kathy Streib, I definitely like the consumable gifts too. I was not a big fan of the only homemade rule the year we did it, but after the fact, it seems as though we all enjoy those presents the most.  

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 19 days ago

Good Thursday morning, Raymond. I hope you are enjoying the holidays.

Happy New Year!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 18 days ago

Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - It doesn't look like clutter to me! I wish I had Christmas with decorations, a Christmas Tree, and a Christmas meal. It has been a long, long time since I did. 

I see happiness, love, and celebration in your photographs. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 18 days ago

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP!  Thank you very much.  If we lived closer, you would definitely be sharing a meal with us.  I hope you have a Happy and successful New Year!

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 18 days ago

Happy New Year to you, Roy Kelley.  I hope this year brings you much happiness!

Posted by Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277)) 17 days ago

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