These represent the street vendors of old England. The fishmonger is my favorite. She stands behind her cart and I can almost hear her yell, "Cockles and mussels, alive alive oh." The kitten beside her has a fish in his mouth. My husband's favorite is the organ grinder with his little monkey and tin cup. Once he was mistakenly referred to as the "monkey grinder," at term which brings us a laugh every year when we put these carolers out.
These carolers are true carolers, in that they are singing carols in the street. The clock above them is my favorite of all the many clocks we own. It is a rosewood schoolhouse clock. I love to imagine the children in the one-room school anxiously watching this clock each afternoon.
A closer look at the singers, shows the nurse on the left with her white uniform and navy blue cape. This was the gift from my son that started our collection.
So thank you, son, for this great Christmas tradition. It has added a lot to our Christmases over the years.
Hope all of you are still enjoying the season as much as we are. Tomorrow will be New Year's Eve! Imagine...it will soon be 2009.