I look forward to Black Friday every year because for me it’s my day to deck the halls – NOT shop the malls! I’ve been enjoying the fruit of my labors all week – not the least of which has been that of my Christmas tree.
In years past I’ve done the real tree (when the kids were kids), and the artificial seven foot monster (when I had more patience for all those color coded branches), and then – the year I couldn’t decide what theme to use – I collected trees in various shapes and sizes and decorated a total of SEVEN in my living room – each sporting a different color scheme and theme!
These days, however, I’m going with “less is more” and sticking to one table-top tree and our very favorite ornaments. Starting with the centerpiece of the tree – the Center of Christmas – this lovely blown-glass and hand-painted Nativity ornament from Germany I have treasured for years.
I purchased it with my employee discount many Christmases ago when I worked at an antique/country store/upscale Christmas and collectibles shop in New England. It was a part time job – but I loved the atmosphere and all the wonderful things I learned about some of my favorite things! We were still using a huge cast iron antique coffee mill for grinding up all the specialty coffees we sold and the smells were marvelous!
I picked up a lot of tips on decking out trees working there, too. Lots of Victorian lovelies collected through the years.
Here’s an ornament I gave my mom one year – she always loved Victorian shoes. Since her passing, it is never absent from my tree.
The pink poinsettias fill in the blank spots . . .
And my vintage composition wood doll, circa 1940’s, topping the tree is so precious!
I found her in such excellent condition at a thrift store and pinned the craft store silver wings on to make her an angel.
Oops! All this pink Victorian splendor and what’s this blue caped fellow doing here?
Well, that’s my husband’s little bit of fun. He has his own collection of ornaments, too, and I would be remiss if I didn’t share the branches with him – even though his keepsakes don’t necessarily go with the vintage Victorian theme.
Erego – Groucho . . .
And, yes – that’s Indiana Jones in the background snapping his whip! Frodo is in there somewhere, too. And, on Christmas morning coming up, I expect he will have another treasure to hang of comic book fame.
Our childhood is represented. Here’s my Chatty Cathy . . .
And, Ed still boasts about his sting ray bike as if he was a kid again and found it once more under the tree Christmas morning – like that Christmas in the mid-’60’s . . .
Of course, with our tree being so accessible, the kitty-cats are curious . . . and rather photogenic . . .
Actually, I’m taking pictures of the tree and they want to be sure they’re the center of my attention.
I’m usually blogging with one of them camped right in front of me on the desk in front of the monitor, too.
Hope you enjoyed the tour of my tree today! Many more posts this month to come! You still haven’t seen my dining room tree! And, a little teaser of holiday fun in Pageant Wagon Village . . .
That’s little Gladys Billingsly loitering in front of the Doll Shop on Main Street, looking longingly into Mr. Curtis’ (he’s the village doll and toy maker) display dollhouse.
It’s on sale this week and Gladys has just come from the post office where she posted her wish list to Santa – with the aforementioned doll house at the top of the list.
Gladys has been a good little girl this year, and remains hopeful.
I pray that as we step into this month of holiday planning and anticipate the turn of another year, that you do so with hope in your heart. He for whom the Christmas bells chime is able to delight us with the desires of our heart – as we delight ourselves in Him – JESUS – the Reason for the Season!!!
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
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