Is the holly that will be on your own front door!
(Name that tune.)
I always say that fall decorations are my favorite...
Until it's time to drag out all of our Christmas decorations, and then I realize that these are my favorite decorations. I love the fall for the colors, and the change from blistering heat to energizing cool weather...But I love my Christmas decorations as they are surrounded with happy memories, and many of them were made with love by friends and family.`
My mom made this snow man for me one Christmas. How cute is he?
A lady at work was talking about putting her tree up yesterday. Her theme is cowboy with hats and boots and ropes. She asked me what my theme was. She literally laughed at me when I said my tree is hodgepodge..."I suppose you have hand made ornaments on there too?" I replied, "Of course!" and she laughed even harder...
I decided she had never seen my tree, so she is unable to understand the simple beauty of a tree bursting with ornaments.
Could this tree or this girl BE more beautiful? The girl was all dressed up for her very first band concert. Can I just say, she totally rocked some "Jingle Bell Rock." I love my tree, and I love my hand made tree skirt from my mom! And I love all of the homemade gifts I can see in just a glimpse, complete with all of the ornaments my husband and I've exchanged through the year.
I love this little glimpse of love. The Santa and Mrs. Clause, who obviously takes better care of herself than good ole Saint Nick...And the tree made at some Christmas party by Bookworm in 2006. And then I see the snowman that appeared in my stocking one year. I was trying to remember who made me the crocheted stocking. I know I've had it since I was a child. Any input from my mom would be helpful here. You can see that instead of sparkly tinsel we use wooden bead garlands, that I bought the year I graduated nursing school. I know when I bought them because I had a real income, and it was the first year we weren't using a tree we got from Brent's grandma, and we had money to buy ornaments! Our hand me down tree was hideously lovely affair with the thick stove pipe cleaner branches.
These adorable ceramic snowmen were from my Grandmama Dolly's house. We lost her this past January, and her birthday is December 21, so they will always make me smile.
See the wreath? My family has a homemade gift exchange tradition (which the men are trying to rebel and stop, but I vote we women stand firm and united.) My sister made that lovely wreath for me! The tall ceramic angel was a gift from Grandmama Dolly one year. The tea cup was a gift from my sister Dawn several years ago, the tree cut out of old barn siding was made early in our marriage alongside my mother in law...Read here: She told me step by step what to do, and wisely allowed me very few tasks. Translation: I think I mostly cheered her on! Also, if you enlarge the picture you can see a cute little Santa painted on a piece of drift wood, again made by my mother in law! Finally, the Nativity. I just love Nativity scenes. I have four scattered through my house, from this ceramic one given to us on our first Christmas by my mom, to a wooden folk art Nativity, and even an inexpensive one I bought solely so my girls could have one to play with. It is a cheap little resin affair I got at Walmart for about five bucks. But the girls look forward to getting out every year!
So. There is more than you ever wanted to know about my Christmas ornaments. I have so many I find it ridiculous when I try to pack it all away, or have to hall it all out. But then, as I start scattering them around, and packing away our "every day" decorations in order to give our house a celebratory feel, I can't help but feel you can never have too many Christmas decorations!
Oh, and I feel I MUST respond to KiteFlyer's comments on my previous two posts: First of all, that TV is the largest one we've ever owned, and when we got it, we thought it was ginormous! And by the way, that was only a few months ago. Second, my husband DOES use antlers in all of his decorating, and his favorite character from Beauty and the Beast is most certainly Gaston. Third, the balls are still there!
What about you? What are your very favorite ornaments?