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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

As the year draws to a close I can’t help but take a glance back. It was not exactly a peaceful year for our nation or even our world. But how thankful I am to those who are the peacemakers. Those who keep the peace and aid others selflessly. 

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Earlier this year I spied this vintage Santa at an estate sale. He instantly reminded me of someone I knew.

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Can you see the resemblance?


This is my brother Craig. He is an amazing husband, father and grandfather.

He is also a firefighter with plenty of crazy, hair raising, stories to share. 


So back to this Santa. I knew I needed to send him to my brother after several members of our family, including his lovely wife Mel (shown above), all agreed the resemblance was uncanny.

But I didn’t want to just send the Santa by himself. He needed something more.

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One day I was in Country Garden Antiques and spied this wonderful old box that used to contain a pair of ice skates.

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The box was the perfect size and ice skates…. well, they aren’t too far of a stretch from Christmas and Santa.

So a red, white and blue patriotic Peacemaker Santa idea was born.

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I very carefully painted the interior of the box white. Then, I added a layer of glitter. Once that was dry I glued in some faux snow. All the while, as I sat creating, I thought of my brother and his family. Smiles and prayers came easily to my mind.

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Mr. Decor cut a small plywood platform for Santa to rest upon inside the box. It was painted white as well.

A traditional Santa sack wasn’t quite right so I transformed a piece of antique blue and white striped ticking.

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Once Santa and the tree were in place I added in a few vintage Shiny Brites in a patriotic palette that my daughter helped to select.

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A flag also seemed quite appropriate.

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Of course every good fireman needs a firetruck. So a vintage engine, that my son happily offered from his collection, was placed under the tree.

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This special package, that the entire family helped create, is now on its way to Phoenix.

But it has gotten me thinking. Couldn’t I also do something more for my local peacekeepers? As our family marks the third week of advent, focusing on PEACE, we plan to bring a little holiday cheer to the station around the corner from our home.

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May all the peace of the season be yours,


“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” ~ Matthew 5:9


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Laura, Santa does look like your brother. What a precious and loving gift.

Stacey said...

Gosh, that Santa was meant to be for your brother. I love the idea that you put together.:)

Fox and Finch Antiques said...

Your brother looks like he is teaching the little blond girl how to measure oatmeal. I met quite a few young people who don't know a lot about what we need to know to get by day to day. How to measure, how to balance a checkbook, how to save money, you know, the basics. When a young woman asked me recently, "Where does a person buy a paint brush?," I wonder how that subject never came up in her life. So, your brother looks like a nice man and a great guy to have around. He will love his imaginative gift made with the help of your entire family.

Jeanie said...

What a perfect find and what a special gift. I can't imagine anything more perfect. And it's so darned cute, it would have been tough to part with!

sarah said...

I guess I didn't know you had a brother! But too cute that it looks like him. I have a question, on your kitchen countertop is it just the solid slab of quartz or whatever without the built up edge? I am finally doing my kitchen!!!!! Merry Christmas Laura

Decor To Adore said...

Hi Sarah, I hope you check back here as you are listed as a "no reply" blogger and I have no way to contact you. While I do not have any biological siblings I have several brothers and sisters I love with my full heart.

You can read all about the countertop details HERE:

Thank you for your kind comments!

sarah said...

Hi Laura I checked back. Thank you

Katie Mansfield said...

I love this. What a cute display.