this is a music box my grandmother (you know, the super talented one who just got a computer?) painted for me when i was two years old.
you can see where it says "to sarah, 1984." you can also see the carved in "piland 1984" just to the right of that if you look really close. (click the picture to make it larger.)
ellie is in love with this little beauty that features santa and mrs. clause dancing to "rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer." she loves it so much, she requested a music box all her own from the north carolina elves. lucky for ellie, those n.c. elves were happy to oblige.
though grandmother did not paint this one, it is lovely just the same. it plays "here come santa clause."
it came today, and ellie could not be happier.
thank you, north carolina elves!