Saturday, December 21, 2013

Almost Christmas

The year is drawing to a close, and we are in the middle of storms and snow here.  At least, the air is clearing out and we had some sun yesterday and probably some tomorrow.  

I did manage to get a tree up this year, but it was a close thing.  I put new garland on the shelves and almost let that go as the greenery for us this year.  For several years, I have missed having a hutch or cupboard in the kitchen to put greenery on.  I finally found some cabinets that I liked and this year I put the nutcrackers and greenery along the top.  I made so new bows to add color and painted some of the pine cones that I have had around.
My favorite nutcracker...the Linen seller
The new bookshelves in the living-room have new garlands.  I saw one at the store, came home and put it up then went back the next day for another one.
This is how the first one looked
After I got the second one, I also got some red ribbon and wound it though for some color.  Maybe next year I will make bows like I added to the nutcracker garland.   The pine cones on this garland don't show at all.  I will need to take them off next year and then re-position them for a better look.

I put up a few of my favorite decorations on the tree, and talked my DD and DS to put up some of theirs.  

I had to put up one of the funny little gnomes...They are probably 70 or 80 years old, they were on my great Aunt's tree years ago.  I have two left, although the red one needed repair this year and will not be on the tree.

I also put the plastic nativity...I remember putting these on our tree when I was little.  It is probably 40 or 50 years old.

This one is from a kit that we bought when we were first married to decorate our tree.  It is a metal frame and came with plastic beads to put in the spaces.  Then you heated them in the oven to melt the plastic.  These are only about 30 to 35 years old.

It is fun to get out the old decorations and relive the memories that they bring.  We never did get any old ornaments from my DH's family and the decoration he had as a child, so I like to have mine there.

I quite a number of sheep that I have collected over the years.  I only put a couple of them up this year...the tree is so small it did not need to be over-run by sheep!

So many little things to remember and enjoy this holiday season.  I hope you all enjoy the peace and wonder of the holidays.


  1. You and I have the exact same Nativity ornament, mine is over 50 years old and is one from my childhood. I always hang it at the top of our tree front and center along with a red and green plastic elf ornament also from my childhood - it is ugly but I love it anyway.

    Merry Christmas to you!

    1. Isn't it fun to see them each year and remember all the wonderful things that have happened.