Monday, December 25, 2006

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas ....

Merry Christmas!

I enjoyed reading Pamela's blog post where she shows some of her ornaments and memories attached to them. I felt as if I'd stopped in for a visit even though she lives 'across the pond'.

This is our tree this year. We placed it where it could be seen from both sides of the house and I like it there. I can enjoy it all day long. The second photo was taken this morning when I was the only one up and enjoying a cup of coffee at the kitchen island. The photo is a bit blurry, but you get the idea of how it looks with just the tree lights on.

Normally we put old toys under the tree instead of gifts, things like trucks, baby dolls, etc. Most of these toys aren't safe for very young children and with 2 grandchildren under the age of 2, we decided to leave the toys out this year and the gifts in place so the kids couldn't easily reach all the ornaments.

Our Tree Topper.. We've had this for quite some time and every year it's getting harder to keep her upright, but I like having both a star and angel at the top of the tree.

Another angel, this one from when I collected porcelain dolls and learned how to make them. A couple of older and smaller angels can be seen, one a beaded angel and another made of porcelain. And a jointed teddy for all of Eve's Bears made for more than 20 years. Hubby likes Norman Rockwell things and so there is an ornament behind the teddy with an Rockwell theme.

When the children were little we made ornaments every year. One year we made the folk style Santas from aluminum foil, paper clips, papier mache and paint. Another year we made lots of peppermint candy. The drummer boy in the photo is part of an older Avon metal 12 days of Christmas ornament set. The kids like to look for each one of the ornaments on the tree.

Tina made this ornament in grade school and you can see another peppermint ornament.

The little stork ornament was given to Tina as a baby and the ballet bear was from her ballet days

For the year Tina performed in the Nutcracker. As you may have guessed, she like ornaments more than the other kids.

Mom has been gone 11 years now, but on my tree hangs a little doll made from one of her hankies. It reminds me of how much she loved flowers.

A spider because I like buggy stuff and because I like the story of the Christmas Spider

Another just because I like it.

Each year I like to add a new ornament to replace one that has broken, been given away or become so fragile that it can't go up on the tree. Last year I was given this one.

And this year's new ornament from Pamela, a Cicada bug tiny bag.. adorable!

Since trees in our house have been known to be wiped out by kids or dogs getting just a little too frisky, we keep our very favorite and fragile decorations in a curio cabinet and not on the tree..
A gift from a friend... a carved santa holding an Eve's Bear.

Tree decorated with glass beads Tina made. Blown glass ornaments made by family membersat a local studio. Mr snowman there now has a girlfriend and living happily ever after.

And little snowbabies made by a local doll maker. Connor has been checking these out and trying to figure out how to open the cabinet... uh oh.. There remind of playing in the snow, something we may get to do soon as snow is predicted for tonight.


Blogger Cary said...

Oh Eve, I really enjoyed looking at and hearing about your ornaments...there is certainly love lighting your tree!

Merry Christmas, my early morning friend ;D

8:11 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

I loved seeing and hearing about all your decorations. The photo with the tree lit looks like it is from a Christmas lovely!

12:20 AM  

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