I have ALWAYS loved Christmas!! I've been collecting decorations since I got married, and needless to say, I have way too many. Each year I drag out the boxes and decide which ones I will use. One year the theme is cranberry and silver, the next is red and gold, and some years it's just the earthy, natural feel like this year. Since my tree is in the livingroom, that is where most of the decorations are, BUT I also do the other rooms, in colors to match their decor. I am nuts!!
Up until three years ago, I always insisted on a real tree. But age finally brought me to my senses, and I no longer wanted to clean up the "needle mess" and deal with the strings of lights. I came upon a 50% off sale at Hobby Lobby and bought myself a prelit tree that really does look real. The only problem is that it is SO heavy that only my big strong son-in-law can drag the three sections down and up the stairs each year. Fortunately, he does that. I also have lots of tree ornaments and sometimes use glass balls and sometimes not. This is a not year.
My favorite ornaments are the handmade ones. Many years ago, when she was still a teenager and I was into gnomes, my middle daughter made me a hand stitched felt gnome and it still holds the place of honor on my tree.
Several years later, when she was into scherenschnitte, she made me a set of paper ornaments which I also cherish.
Recently I received another special one, sent to me by a dear Etsy friend, Liz of twolefthands. I have admired her work and her patience for "tiny work" for so long, and am honored to own a piece of her art.
I hope you have all enjoyed "visiting" me this holiday season and that you will have a happy, healthy Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!