Love and Holiday Blessings to You

We are back from upstate NY, (not the city), and it is good to be home. The house isn’t as messy as I envisioned. I mean, it isn’t in dying order, but it isn’t horrible. We stayed with Todd’s parents, who gave Riley and Seth the things they wanted most in life, Nintendo DSIs. Kept them busy for hours on the ride home. We likey. I want to show you some photos of the holiday decorations at the O’Neils. They are too beautiful not to share. I couldn’t capture all of them, but these are some that I loved. The one above. How could you not love it if your last name is O’Neil? The one below, that belly. Enough said.


There is something about an Irish Santa.

2000 was a good year. Riley was born.

The one below on the right looks like he’s been going a little heavy on the egg nog if you know what I mean.

Next we have the nativity set.

Look at the detail!

What does this wise man’s expression say to you?

To me he’s saying, How is this baby, born in Bethlehem, lily white? Not bloody likely!

Keep the guy on the right in mind. We’ll get to him later.

The reason for the season.

I rode a camel once. At the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Baily Circus when I was a child. It was scary and thrilling. Not that it has anything to do with Christmas.

Look at his pipes. He’s been working out. I thought it shouldn’t go unnoticed.

And now we’ve reached the end of our holiday tour. We had a lovely time. We’re home safe. The little ones will wake up tomorrow in their own beds, eager to see what Santa brought them. I’m going to stay up and spy to see if he’s really Irish. I’ll keep you posted.

Happy holidays.


The O’Neils

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14 Responses to Love and Holiday Blessings to You

  1. *m* says:

    Love the nativity scene especially. Merry Christmas, Team O’Neil!

  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  3. Chloes Mom Mary says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. I love the pictures – those decorations are so beautiful!


  4. amber says:

    Love the Irish Santa!

    That wise man looks to me like he might be trying to tell his wife why he was out all night– “look baby, Ima tryin’ telllll you I SAW a star, an’ I followed it to this little white baby in the desert. No no, I ain’t the baby daddy…”


    I hope the kids had a wonderful Christmas, and you too.


  5. Sally says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New year O’Neills. thanks for sharing. I was trying to determine which of the 3 had the gold, the franchincense, and the myrhh, but hard to tell. I think the dark wise man was chillin, and wondering why he was with all the white people, who didn’t look Hebrew at all.
    Bless you.

  6. drama mama says:

    Merriest of merries, darlings!

  7. pixiemama says:

    Yes, the decorations are certainly noteworthy, but your notes (esp. the lily white wonder of the season) had me in stitches. Never thought about whether Santa could be Irish. Guess it’s possible. Have to find a decoration like that for Popi O’Griffith next year.


  8. Yeah, I’ve never been a fan of the lily white blond-haired Jesus look either. C’mon — how likely was that?

  9. Adorable post! Thanks for the laughs.

  10. Carrie Link says:

    “To me he’s saying, How is this baby, born in Bethlehem, lily white? Not bloody likely!”

    Me, too!

    Love the photos – you’ve got an awfully nice collection going!

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