Saturday, December 3, 2011


Sissy Dog and Santa 

This is the real Santa, he like Clarksville and visit us every year.

In  honor of  Santa coming, we decorate the City Hall and give him a special spot to meet the little children.
Santa Claus Collection.
Snowman Collection.

The Clarksville,Mo. City Hall, transformed into Santa Land.

Mountains of snow men await the little ones who have came to see Santa.

Santas of all sizes and descriptions are on display.

      Santa arrives in our little town today.This is the first of his many visits.  Several of the  citizens, guided by our Mayor, have decorated the meeting room at city hall here in Clarksville,Missouri for his arrival. This is about 6 years now that we have been doing this. When we first started we had very little to work with. I donated a Santa and a Snowman collection, that I once used to decorate my house  and the Mayor has added to this for many years now. Some town folks bring us and donate  Santa or Snowman every now and then, making this project bigger and bigger. Several trees are decorated, a mantle and the entire meeting room is transformed for Christmas. The Mayor does most of it, she is devoted. Some town folks help out and I usually place the Santa and Snowmen. This year the meeting halls looks more beautiful than ever. It is a little thing we all do for the Children.
    I ventured down to the city hall shortly after Santa arrived, taking Sissy Dog for a visit. She had her letter ready and made her list and checked it more than twice. After a long wait in line, of which Sissy was a very good girl, it was our turn. It didn't take much to get her to jump up on the old jolly mans lap. He was so delighted to see her and remembered her name. After several Sissy Kisses, Santa took her list and promised that if she could be good till Christmas, some of her dreams would come true. We thanked Santa and went back to our shop, where Sissy greets all the customers. So far, she is holding her own and seems like she might be trying extra hard to be a good girl. I am sure she can do it, as she always is a really good girl.
   When we got back to the shop, Sissy fell asleep and started to dream about what she had asked Santa for.
Rabbits to chase. I try and discourage this habit, but she loves to chase them. When her uncle Bruce,the Clarksville Dog Walker, walks her, he encourages her to chase them. I guess that is why she is so excited when Bruce shows up. 

Sissy would be happy to get anything from her favorite shop in New York. It is on 5th Avenue and is the latest in dog fashion. However, I would never let anyone call Sissy  by that name. No! No! 

A new  warm coat would be nice for our winter walks. 

Lots and Lots of good dogie treats would be appreciated.

A new collar, nothing too fancy,

This little darling princess dog bed would be tops on my list.

I don't think Daddy would like this idea, but a little brother or sister would suit me just fine.

Santa please bring my Daddy lots and lots of customers and lots and lots of readers and friends on his blog.

And Santa, please don't forget my two best friends. Shotgun and Basil, they have been awful good as well. They live next door, so they are easy to find. 
       I will leave you now and I hope you will come by some time for a tour. I will leave the lights on and Sissy Dog will always greet you with a jump and a kiss. And from me and  Sissy, I sure hope all your Christmas Wishes come true. And remember all the fur babies out there, they are helpless and always give so much back. God Bless the Little Children and the Animals.

Merry Christmas from Sissy Dog!

Welcome to Richard's Great Stuff in Clarksville,Mo.

A girl has to take a break sometimes.

There just might bea bunny rabbit in here.


Sweet Old Vintage said...

Oh my Sissy... You have quite the Christmas List...

Gary said...

Miss Sissy is absolutely adorable and seems to have a tendency to mug for the camera. I feel there is some star quality going on there, it’s hard, but I think she has upstaged Santa, bless her.
The City Hall decorations would put the most stoic of “Grinchies” in the holiday mood. As always, a wonderful post. – gary

Robin's Egg Bleu said...

LOVE that collar...I want one!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This post is so cute Richard!

Sissy you are a doll baby!xoxo

Marcia said...

What a great blog entry, Richard! And Sissy has such good taste! I hope Santa brings her (about) everything she's wishing for!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Hi Richard, Sissy is a real doll! Something tells me she'll be having a very merry Christmas this year! Your town is amazing, the kids are so lucky you all care about them and Christms so much. Hope you and Sissy have a wonderful holiday! xoxo

Curtains In My Tree said...

This is the cutest post you have done. Sissy looks scared sitting on Santa's lap. But oh how cute and I absolutely love her dream list , I hope she gets all of it.
She is such a joy for you . I keep thinking of when I can get me 2 new puppies, yes 2

Wish I could come over and help with the teachers party for Marilyn & Haines.
You and Nancy will have it all under control i know

xoxo to Sissy

oh if Sissy gets that great big diamond collar and I know it will be to large for her, I will just adjust it for me LOL

Shirley said...

Look how behaved Sissy is with Santa..Most would be barking and know how some can be with a visit to Santa..good job dont forget your good and no pouting!

Stacy Leigh said...

I can vouch for Sissy that she has been a perfect angel all year long. I hope she gets everyting on her list. She got her wish for a wonderful "Daddy" and it is almost her 2 year anniversary :) She is a "Christmas Girl" for sure!!

Barbara F. said...

That Sissy is so cute, very photogenic. I love all your Santas and snowmen. And a very nice Mayor, too. Happy Holidays to you and Sissy, xo

Babs said...

Cute post, Richard. Sissy is such an angel. I know Santa will bring her all her wishes.

rosebud said...

Sissy, I hope Santa grants all your Christmas wishes ~ you are such a sweet little girl! I know your daddy loves you so and you will have a wonderful Christmas!

xinex said...

Awww, Sissy is such a cutie. Great pic with Santa! Love the City Hall decor, so festive...Christine

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Wonderful post Richard! I never tire of seeing great pics of Sissy. She is pretty lucky to have 2 friends right next door. Happy Sunday!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...


What a charming post and I certainly do hope that Sissy and you get everything on your lists from Santa!!


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Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Sissy looks so sweet on Santa's lap! I am sure she has been a good girl and will get everything on her list! Enjoy your Sunday!...hugs...Debbie

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Richard, oh my goodness Miss Sissy dog and Santa are adorable.. priceless picture.. Love the mantel and all the snowmen. hugs ~lynne~

Victorian1885 said...

My Sissy you are so sweet! Since you have been a good girl all year I am sure Santa will bring you everything on your list. Have a wonderful time visiting Santa!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

These are THE sweetest shots ever! You MUST frame Sissy on Santa's lap.... have never seen a photo like that and it is too cute!

I am blown away by the vintage displays in your city hall that you helped put together. Such great collections and what a wonderful thing for all to see!

Seems like a very special town to live it Richard. I have a feeling you are quite a town celebrity there. You do so much to make it a special place to live.

Give Sissy a hug.

bj said...

Oh, Richard, this is such a great post. Sissy is so cute...and her dreams are precious. Hope she gets them all. :))
Have a wonderful Sunday.

An Historical Lady said...

Hi Richard,
We love this post! You did it again~
You sure brought smiles and sunshine to our day!
Sissy, what a princess you are---so cute!
Hugs and best wishes to you both,
Mary and Adam and the yorkie girls!

Priscilla said...

What a beautiful Santa with Sissy! Sissy is one lucky dog.

Shelia said...

Oh, that little Sissy getting to sit on Santie's lap! She looks adorable and I'm so glad she's such a good girl too.
Now Santa's sitting area is so sweet! Love all of the vintage looking Santies! How nice to know your mayor is so devoted to helping with this and you too! ;)
I hope little Sissy gets everything on her list. Thanks for popping in to see me, Richard, and if I lived closer, I would certainly pop over for a visit and bring you some cookies! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Bohemian said...

Oh Richard how adorable are those pictures of Sissy Dog on Santa's Lap... and her Wish List made me Smile. I Hope Santa makes all of her Wishes come true... knowing what a spoiled precious little Girl she is though I have a suspicion that she'll be as indulged as these G-Kids will be at the Bohemian Valhalla Residence this Christmas! *Winks*

And I Hope Santa also brings you everything on YOUR List too my Friend... Thanks for stopping by!

Christmas Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Ivy and Elephants said...

What an absolutely adorable post.
That Sissy is one lucky lady and a real Daddy's Girl, so I have a feeling she'll get most of her list filled, ... and then some!
Thanks for sharing with us at "What's It Wednesday". Hope to see you again this week.
Give Sissy a pat for me.

debchester said...

Merry Christmas to you and Sissy!

The Town Hall looks enchanting. Good for you and the mayor for making sure the children of Clarksville grow up with some very special holiday memories.


LANA said...

Oh Sissy is so adorable, I'm sure she will get lots of goodies from Santa. My two doggies, Laci and Dudley, send their love to her all the way from New York.

Shelia said...

Hi Richard, please post about your place being in ME Home Companion! You know we would love to hear all about!
Chloe Dawn is sending Christmas puppy kisses to Sissy! ;)
Continue to be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

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Beverly said...

I think Sissy has a good life. I am certain Santa will bring lots of goodies to such a sweet pup.

I love how you all decorated City Hall. The children must love it, too.

mississippi artist said...

Well of course Sissy will get everything on her list and it is so nice of her to remember her friends and family too! Great pictures of her by the way. I love the fact that your town decorates city hall for the children, what a nice gift for the town.Kiss Sissy and tell her it won't be too long till Santa comes.

red.neck chic said...

LOL!!! She is gorgeous and DEFINITELY needs that sparkle collar!!!

The Santa collection is AWESOME! I think I felt my jaw drop when I saw it!

Sissy needs a brother or sister... I'm gonna write Santa on her behalf.

;-D robelyn

Shelia said...

Hi Richard! Oh, I'm so glad you'll be doing the ME post tomorrow! I can't wait!
Thanks for popping in and you and little Sissy have a nice evening.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)


I came to tell you that I love Sissy dog's friends and specially Sissy with santa, I think you can make a great post card for us dog lovers. I love the mantel and all the city hall decor. Thanks for sharing. Hope you come by for a glass of hot-wine, I make a good one! Merry Christmas! FABBY

we three dogs and me said...

Your post put me on a happy face as I just got out of the hospital for 6 days and needed a little laughter. Your pictures are just great. Send some more Christmas joy. Merry Christmas from me Bambi and Peanut.

Butterbean Row said...

Awww, Sissy Dog is too cute! I hope she gets all that she wishes for!


lvroftiques said...

Awwwwww could this post be any cuter?!!

Miss Sissy deserves to have all her Christmas wishes come true! And so does her daddy *winks* Vanna

Lizabeth @ Infuse With Liz said...

This is adorable Richard! Sissy is a sweetie! What a cute idea taking her to see Santa! I love her wish list too! After all a hound dog is supposed to want to chase rabbits! Rabbits are pretty fast, it would be a lucky moment if she ever really caught one!! Merry Christmas Sissy :-) Hope Santa brings you what you want!

Honey at 2805 said...

Hi Richard! This is a delightful story and a lovely post! Thank you so much for sharing at the Christmas Party at 2805!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Richard, Shelia is the dearest person and I don't think there is anything you might post about that us fans would not love. that being said, I am going back..and slowly look at everything you posted. :)
Take good care..and Merry Christmas.

Sissy is precious..beyond adorable! :)

A Romantic Porch said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I enjoyed finding yours and it was so fun to read about your feature in ME's book. Have a Merry Christmas. rachel

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Good morning Richard and Happy New Year friend!
Just posted my Linky Party since today is the first and did a shout out to your link from last month to thank you for participating!

If you want to link up an older post sharing one of your collections, you could? Maybe the cow creamers or Staffordshire dogs?

If you have time, friend!
Love ya!