Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A little bit of Christmas

My Christmas tree is still filled with ornaments we have collected through the years. Some stay in the box but still hold a special memory. Some are handpainted, some came from older family members, some from school, we have Disney, Harry Potter, Hallmark, handmade, store bought, craft fairs, hand me downs....each with it's own story, the wonder of Christmas.
All the Christmas home tours today are going to be such fun. I have to show you bits and pieces because I am still tweaking...ribbons, cleanup, still a pile of fresh greens to put in places. I cut tons from my yard and put them all around the house. We took a pile of Christmas plastic totes back to the basement last night. Not to mention I painted my living room last week...did I tell you I was a bit insane? I put up new curtains and fresh paint,( this was not the best time of year to do this, why not wait until Jan???) but I can't put the books back on the shelves for a while, so they went downstairs too in still more plastic totes. Have you ever wondered how many plastic totes this generation will leave behind...I mean cardboard boxes fall apart over time and those wonderful totes last forever! I can see what is in them.....I must have 50 of them, different seasons and then in general. Did I also mention I get distracted easily? I seem to be doing that more and more lately. Oh Christmas decorations, you ask? Maybe this is why it is taking me so long this year~

Oh my look at the little school decorations, the one on my left is my son from 1981 and the one next to it is his daughter from last year. Memory lane is so nice to visit.....hmmm. While we are up close notice that I have a fake tree!!! My first Christmas without a real one. So after 36 real trees, I went out and bought this tree....now hubby was not too happy, but after all I think we need a break. I cut real greens and stuff the house with them. This is such a huge thing for us, but the real tree is so dry when we take it out n New Years Day. SO I just went and did it. My son and grandson set it up and it was all done when he came home....I really did see a little relief on his face.

The baskets are filled with greens, hence the smell.....Can't you smell it?

One of my favorite snow men wishing you JOY!!


Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

The school decorations are so sweet on your tree! Our tree is full of things like that too. Your snowman is adorable!


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Donna! I always get all teary when I put the ornaments my kids did when they were younger on the tree.

carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

Everything looks perfect! I love your snowman and your greens everywhere! Just awesome!

Interesting to think about all the plastic totes left for future generations to deal with! LOL!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your tree looks just gorgeous. I love that you have so many meaningful ornaments. That makes a tree so special. How lucky to have so many fresh greens, I love the smell and it just says Christmas. Love the little snowman. Can't wait to see the new room and curtains. Hugs, Marty

KMfamily ;-) said...

very cute snowman!!
Have a great Holiday!!

Lori E said...

As a Santa collector I am coveting the ones in your banner. They are gorgeous.
I always say I wished I had bought shares in the Rubbermaid company years ago. I would be a rich woman today. Plus I might get a deal on more totes.

Cassie said...

Very pretty! Love your header pic with the santas!!
Happy Holidays!

Shelia said...

I've enjoyed my tour of your Christmas! Lovely tree.
Be a sweetie and Merry Christmas,
Shelia ;)

Rue said...

Hi Donna!! You always do such a beautiful job at Christmastime. I can actually feel the love :)

I've missed you and need to come back so I can catch up! Now though I need to get crackin' on all the party participants LOL


Merrie said...

I have one of those wreath ornaments with the school picture and dyed green macaroni too! Those are some of the best ones, they make me smile every year- even though my ornament is missing some of the macaroni, courtesy of the youngest of our 5 children- who ate it right off the tree and then pretended she hadn't. The green lips and crunching gave her away...

Your tree looks beautiful!