Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. I love the fact that you can have eight houses on a block that all decorate for the holidays differently. Of those eight imaginary houses, there’s a good chance I’m going to like five or six or well, ALL of them! When I was a child, Christmas was a time of wonderful celebration in our home. Decorating the tree was an event and my dad loved to have lights outside. I was always drawn to blue Christmas decorations and wrapping paper and I was completely mesmerized by homes that were decorated in solid blue lights. My grandma, God bless her soul, would never decorate with blue lights and discouraged me from buying blue foil wrapping paper because “That’s all for the Jewish people, honey. Let’s leave that for them. We don’t celebrate Hanukkah.” I’m not sure how she explained the fact that our town Christmas decor consisted of large blue tinsel arcs with yellow lanterns attached to the light poles. They lined Main St. & the main thoroughfare that ran through our small town, Highway 25. Those blue decorations were beautiful in my young eyes and the one Jewish family in our town must have been especially proud. Yes, one. Needless to say, I now go overboard on the blue paper and decor and we have a bubble light candolier that resembles a menorah to such a degree that it prompted Wyatt, at three years of age to ask with a very puzzled expression, “Mama, is we Jewish?”
We are putting our fraser fir tree in it’s stand tonight and hope to start decorating it tomorrow. I’ve never been much on trees that look like they were decorated by a designer. Ours is a hodgepodge of vintage Shiny Brite and polish ornaments, antique russian clip-ons, Old World Christmas birds, Christopher Radko ornaments that Chuck and the kids get me each year and my favorite, ornaments that we have picked up on vacations to other cities. Several years ago Target had beautiful, multicolored glass garlands and I bought several. Those add a uniqueness to the tree & our finishing touch is an “angry” paper angel that Brooks, our youngest, made when he was about 4. Hopefully by the end of the week I will have photos to post but until then, I thought I would share some lovely trees I found online. They’re all different yet all festive and beautiful. Enjoy and be inspired!
This is the most beautiful tree I’ve seen lately! If you are not following Michael over at Inspired by Charm, you should be. This is just one of the beautiful trees in his gorgeous farmhouse.A similar tree that just happens to be in the White House……love those glass balls! Makes me happy just to look at it. Almost Dr. Seuss-like!
I absolutely love to get a heavy snowfall during the Christmas season. Living in Arkansas, we are not always guaranteed one but when we do it’s neat to see outdoor trees sporting lights with a layer of snow on top. They’re almost ethereal!
Last year, there was a snow-covered tree outside our condo in Keystone, CO and I loved going down to the hot tub each night (soaking my torn ligament) & relaxing in the green glow. (My grandma would have approved of their choice of green lights!) Right across from the condo was this tall, heavily adorned tree. We could go out on our balcony and enjoy it every day because it was right across from us!Someday I’d love to do a tree in shades of red, white and blue. This is another tree from the White House and I love the way it seems to be dripping with ornaments. Isn’t it cool how they used red and silver and just put a few blue accent ornaments?
This tree reminds me of my youth. Bubble lites & icicles, which were my dad’s favorite things. My dad could adorn a tree with icicles better than anyone!This tree is very different and being a lover of color, I’m surprised it jumped out at me but I love the simplicity and the sense of calm this room has with the white tree. The marshmallow strands and the logs in the fireplace add to the feeling of coziness.Of course I love this tree. It’s got a hefty dose of blue! I love having a small tree or two in addition to the main tree and this one would be perfect in an entryway or the corner of a kitchen. I think it’s so creative that they used a silver punch bowl to stand it in!Soon I will post photos of our tree(s). What’s your favorite color scheme for bringing your tree to life?