Friday, December 26

santa calls. . .


i told my kids this year i had a direct line to the big guy himself. this little phone was my link to the north pole. as it turned out it was rather handy to be able to chat whenever i had an idea. the speed phone was manufactured by the gong bell mfg. co. in 1942. a little childs play phone that simply enchants me.
it may be the wonderful red paint worn by so many little hands. . .


one of our favorite christmas traditions is to buy a new holiday picture book each year. we read them all through the season. 'santa calls' by william joyce c1993 is one of my favorites. the illustrations are whimsical and fun. there is an adventure to the north pole, a battle with dark elves, a black licorice candy bomb, and little ester aimsworth gets her christmas wish.


try to find a copy that has in the back the lift up letters that ester wrote to santa and the one he gave to her on christmas.



it has been snowing almost every day for over a week. the big white flakes have covered everything in sight and we have huge piles of snow all around for the kids to play on. if you can believe the kids and matt are working on a big 5 foot hill in the front yard. they climb up the bunk bed ladder to the top and sled down with plans to make a run that goes through the gate at the side of the house and down the hill into the back yard and under the trampoline. it should take us all vacation to build it.
i hope your holiday is warm and filled with laughter. cheers, julie

7 comments:

HollyDoodleDesigns said...

Oh, I love that little red phone, Julie! And i'll have to look for that book. We rarely have snow on Christmas, we usually get snow in late January. My three year old was devastated, he thought it was some kind of rule that you had to have snow for it to be Christmas! I hope you had a lovely day and enjoy your snow-sled-ramp-building vacation.

Wanda said...

Julie, you are actually making me miss Utah. :) I miss all the snow. I love that phone...I saw it's sisters at an antique mall yesterday...they were a set of green ones out of my price range. :) I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Happy New Year!

Jenn said...

That red phone is just delightful! I have never seen one like that. What a treasure!!

Biotica said...

Wow! I would love to see that sled run.
The phone is absolutely charming. If I were Santa, I would be very glad to have a direct line to your house.

Jerusalem said...

Great phone - I love it! I have always told my kids that all the red phones in Target are direct lines to Santa. It helped their behavior in there tons! Happy New Year!

cindy said...

Love this book. Bought for my hubby (who is a big kid at heart) ages ago and it continues to be a fave read during the holidays.

c

KathrynAntyr said...

Red has been my favorite color of late and that phone ---- oh my I'm all a twitter. How cool!

I'm sure your kiddies love the stories you share each year. What a great tradition.

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