Aside to Autumn, Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love the freshness of the winter air –cool and crisp! Living in the south with all the humidity and heat, you learn to take Fall and Winter as somewhat of a break. Seems like December has come fast and now it’s a week til Christmas! I enjoy decorating, especially during the holidays. I got a late start this year but a week ago, I put up my last tree……tree #5. Not all the trees I put up are full size, luckily! We’ll start here at the front porch steps. I used the flower pot for pine cones and needles to fill in and give color. It was also a great place to stick the ‘Santa’ sign.
I am thrilled to get my tree back in front of my window, as space has been limited in the past and it always had to be squeezed in by the fireplace. Outside looking in……………
Tree #1 — The tomato cage tree for the porch! My first time making one and I really enjoyed it. Read all about it on my snowman and tomato cage tree blog
Can’t forget the traditional garland around the front door! Got the idea from Pinterest to add the ornaments to the garland and they give it much more color. I use 100 count gold lights in the garland here.
The mantle / fireplace is really my focal point of decor in the living room. I enjoy finding new ways to decorate it during Fall and Christmas with just changing around the things I already have. Lots of my decor is ‘Home Interiors’ before the company sold to what is now ‘Celebrating Home’. Our fireplace is not wood but we sure do enjoy it just the same. Gas is nice and cozy warm during the winter!
This wee little tree is so life like and has a weighted burlap bottom. Tiny, with 45 lights. Just perfect for this spot….. Tree #2.
And what Mantle is complete without some kind of Santa? No, he’s not glass but it definitely looks like it. I actually forgot about having this due to packing it in another spot in the attic. I’m not very organized like I wanna be up there –definitely on the list of ‘to do’ things in 2015. Who knows, I may find more items I’ve forgotten about when I start digging around!
Here is the big ole tree you could see from the outside window. This is in it’s 7.5 foot display as the other 2 ft is up in the attic. I’ve only used it twice as a 9.5 foot tree. I tell ya, it’s really heavy and hard to get up and down thru a tiny attic entry. I find we can manage getting it down easier using it this way. Last year I chose a newer traditional tree that was not pre-lit with each limb having to be assembled. This year I was all about ‘quick’ so this partial pre-lit made things a tad bit easier. 🙂 Tree #3……..
As you can see, I went with a ‘whimsical’ look this year, having mostly snowman ornaments. I love using this theme –very cheery and fun. We all have a few favorite ornaments right? Here’s a few of mine………….
Now to the snowman table! Thanks to my sweet mama, I have three little tumbling snowmen to add to my collection this year –yes, she still spoils me 🙂 The snowman/ snow woman to the right are called ‘Patches and Patty’ and was a product of Home Interiors also.
Above the Snowman table, is the only Thomas Kinkade print I’ve ever owned. This one is called “MOONLIT VILLAGE”. I hang it at Christmas and leave it out through February.
I know you all remember the little ceramic trees made back in the 70’s and 80’s right? Well, I had a chance to get my granny’s ceramic tree she adored so much but before I could accept it, she was put in a nursing home and then passed away that following Sept of 2000. So, I missed out and it was my own fault. For years I’ve been searching for an affordable one. Not even necessarily vintage, just a ceramic tree to remind me of her. On eBay, they started at 50.00 and up. Finally on my birthday of 2013, I found one at a local antique mall for 24.99! I was stoked and grabbed it up fast. I love it because the little bulbs are birds and butterflies. This pretty will sit on my kitchen counter every Christmas……….tree #4.
On to the office and the four foot fiber optic tree. Remember when these were the rage too? I have had this little cutie since 2001. A dollar store find that is still serving me well. It has been in the kitchen also but it now has a place to display a more ‘girly’ look right beside my computer desk. Tree #5……….
I hope you have enjoyed the December Christmas tour of trees and more~ Feel free to leave your comments as they are linked to facebook and most appreciated.
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