If you've read my blog for any length of time, you know that I like to share my Christmas decorations with you. One post for the decorations in daylight, and one post for the decorations at night. So many of my decorations remind me of cherished friends and family. They could be handmade or purchased or gifts, but there are few of them that have little significance. This year a friend called my decorations "fancy," and I'm not sure that I agree with that. Fancy to me means someone with money and pretensions who can afford to hire a crew to buy everything and pimp their McMansions for the holidays. What about you? When you think of fancy holiday decorations, what do you think of?
Please join me for a tour of our holiday home. As always, just click on any of the photos to see them in larger sizes in a new window.
|The entryway. I'm happy to say there are more Christmas cards on the wreath now!|
|From the entryway looking into the living room.|
|The sewing tree|
Complete with pin cushion wristlets for a topper, this is my homage to sewing and needlework. Fabric in embroidery hoops, skeins of embroidery floss, empty spools, and my grandmother's buttons and one of her measuring tapes.
Themed trees are one of my favorite ways to decorate my holidays with memories of loved ones.
|The butterfly tree|
Denis thinks this one looks even better than it did last year. I just wish butterflies were as easy to photograph in the wild!
|The bookmark tree|
If I were honest with myself, I think I could decorate a six or seven foot tree with all the bookmarks I have.
The ones I choose differ from year to year. Some are gifts. Some are handmade. And some represent trips I've taken, like the one to the UK last spring.
|The knitting tree|
My mother loved to knit, and I still have the afghans and some other things that she made for me. My very talented friend in southern Illinois made the tiny sweaters for me, but I managed to come up with the topper and other decorations on my own!
|Christmas goes with everything|
Another thing that I love to do is to mix my Christmas decorations with the antique china and glassware I've collected over the years.
|My To-Be-Read shelves gussied up for Christmas|
|The bigger trees in my Christmas forest|
|60 years of ornaments...|
The largest tree in the house is not a themed tree. It contains sixty years' worth of ornaments and represents three generations of my family. The ornaments are a mixture of store-bought and handmade.
I have so many that I can tell little stories in small areas all over the tree!
|The bird tree|
I got my love of birds from my grandmother, so this is a very special tree for me-- and what better bird for a tree topper than a peacock?
|The dining room|
|My craft room with the two Christmas needlepoint window valances I made.|
|Standing in the craft room looking into the dining room.|
|Christmas tea (and possible crime?) in the kitchen!|
|In the family room. I made the white tablecloth and napkins 30 years ago. *gulp*|
|The kitchen tree|
This is the time of year when I wish I had someplace to put that exercise bike, but I don't think either one of us wants to pedal away out in the carport!
The kitchen tree also holds strong memories for me. The Mary Engelbreit teapot ornaments remind me of my nieces in the UK, and the other ornaments bring back happy memories of the two marvelous cooks in my family: my mother and my grandmother.
|Another look at my Christmas forest|
Believe it or not, this is a very abbreviated tour. For any of you who may be Facebook friends, I've posted a lot more photos-- beginning with the process of bringing all the boxes out of storage at the beginning of November.
In a week or so, I'll share what our house looks like at night, inside and out. Until then, I'd love to know (for those who celebrate Christmas) what your favorite decoration is? Please share!