12 December 2008

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

I must say, I get a little giddy when the tree is up and all decorated. It just makes me feel like a kid again. In the evenings when all is quiet, I like to sit by it for a few minutes and look at the ornaments and remember where and when we bought them or think about who gave them to us (this drives my husband crazy because if he's anywhere near he has to hear the story of each ornament for the 100th time!).
I am not a color-coordinated-fancy-Christmas tree kind of person. I love a tree full of memories and sentimental ornaments. So with all that said, I'd love to share my tree with you today...(and be forewarned--it's picture overload today. I sort of got carried away. Sort of.)

my tree

I love my huge star!

And, look! I even have some presents underneath!

Now, on to some favorite ornaments......

Joseph, Jesus and Mary

a tiny stocking from a great-aunt when I was three years old

Vince gave me this cottage the first Christmas in our first house
(that house also had a red door!)

a memento from the beach this past summer

a NYC taxi cab from our first trip there together

an ornament from my parents' trip to England this past summer

Razorback Santa--Whoo Pig Sooie!!

(Vince's) Darth Vader

a giant peppermint handcrafted by my sister

a favorite Father Christmas--I love that he's wearing a blue coat!

this is one of several *vintage postcard* ornaments on the tree

a souvenir from a vacation in DC

a Blue Willow teacup

Well, I could go on and on (don't tempt me--I have more pictures!), but I'll be kind and let you go visit some more blogs today (hehe).

Visit There Is No Place Like Home for some more fun show & tell!


JanMary said...

No such thing as too many photos on a blog, especially of lovely christmas decorations. I love to hear the stories behind them.

I love to see other people's Christmas goodies. Thanks for sharing yours.

I am blogging daily until Christmas Eve about my decor, traditions and food here in Northern Ireland.

Heather and Reese said...

Beautiful, Lora! Thank you for sharing. I miss not putting a tree up (not this year or last). It's so much fun and I love sitting by it after the kids go to sleep, while I sip a tea and reminisce.



Walking on Sunshine... said...

Love Santa flying in an airplane instead of his sled. Very nice ornaments and your tree looks great!

A Hint of Home said...

Your tree and ornaments are gorgeous with all the presents ready for Christmas morning.

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh oh....my dear son would love the Darth Vader ornament. I love all the warmth and glow of your photos!!!

My show n tell this week is a holiday story...come by if you can find some time, won't you? Happy weekend.

Betsy said...

Lora, you do your tree like I do mine...overflowing with ornaments and lights...you just can't have a skimpy looking tree! LOL. Beautiful...it looks great against the paint on your walls, too!

Mrs. Trixi said...

I too love that huge star. I love all the decorations. So pretty.

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! Love all the ornaments. I too love to sit by the tree with the lights on.

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Your tree is a feast for the eyes! One can never have too many pictures of a special tree like yours.

Christmas blessings to you!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

What a wonderful tree! I love all your ornaments and how they have a story :0)
Thanks for sharing and have a fantastic day!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful christmas tree. I love your ornaments and how they each have a special memory. That's exactly what we do also.

Linda C said...

I love all your photos! Beautiful tree and ornaments! My kids would especially like your Darth Vader ornament- what says Christmas more than Darth Vader:) anything StarWars!
Linda C

Kari said...

Too bad I'm not there to talk about the ornaments with you. Mom and I have already had several memory sessions with ours. =) I am proud, though, that one of "my" ornaments made it to the blog. haha

Lora said...

Y'all, thanks for all the wonderful comments about my tree! My hubby is loving that some of you are commenting on his Darth Vader ornament:)

And, yes, Betsy, I am of the *the more ornaments, the better* school when it comes to Christmas:) There's hardly a bare branch!

Julieann said...

OHHH--Just glorious!!! I love your beautiful star too--and that peppermint ornament is darling!


the pleasures of homemaking said...

That's a beautiful tree! I enjoyed seeing your ornaments too! We don't have a color coordinated tree either. My daughter and I go shopping for a new ornament each every year. So we have quite mish mash of things on our tree!


Anonymous said...

Looks like a pretty fancy Christmas tree to me. I think you've combed fancy with sentiment. It's all very lovely. Love the pictures of the kids playing in the snow. They look like they're having such fun.
Christmas hugs,

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

Your ornaments are fabulous! I love the glass ones, especially the cottage. Your tree looks beautiful.

JudyBug said...

Everything is so pretty! I just love "visiting' the homes and seeing your pretties!

Mrs. Miles said...

I think your tree would be elegant enough to grace a shopping mall LOL!

My favorite ornament on your tree is the seashell - now THATS unique.

Thanks for sharing with all of us!

Musings of a Homeschooling Mom said...

I love the pictures of your tree. You have some beautiful ornaments! I love sentimental ornaments that give you a reason to remember something! Our tree is full of sentimental ornaments. I let the kids decorate our's, so it's not perfect, but we think it's beautiful!

Lisa Ann said...

Your tree and ornaments are beautiful!

Alice said...

Your tree is lovely! I think the nativity hand blown pieces are my favorites. I like that each ornament has a story. And, I like the Shakespeare one also, being partial to him :). Great post and you can never show too many photographs for me :)!.

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Michelle M. said...

Your tree looks beautiful. It makes my little tree look pathetic :) We bought a tiny two-foot potted tree that we are going to replant on Christmas Day. I let Punky pick the ornaments to put on it; so it looks a little off. But I love it because Punky picked out the tree and helped decorate.

shopannies said...

I love that star at the top of the tree just makes me wonder what the shepherds thought so many years ago when they saw the star that led them to bethleham