Sunday, December 23, 2007

O Christmas Tree


The Christmas tree is the center, the heart of our Christmas decorated home. What a delightful custom during the time of year when no bouquets are coming in from the garden, to "pick" a tree and put it in a "vase" and keep it for weeks in the corner of the living room. The smell is so fresh and outdoorsy. Our lights are the old-fashioned big ones, which happily seem back in fashion again. The colors are pure primary, nothing pinkish or purplish. Red, green, blue, yellow. In my heart, just right; the December lights of my whole life. The decorations are from all times - some from childhood, some from our time together before kids, some from our children's childhoods, some from now. Again, just right. Aren't all our trees "just right" for us? Each is individual and each is lovely. I admire all kinds of decorating when it comes to Christmas trees, though mine is always the same. At Christmas I am strictly traditional and nostalgic and warm-hearted. I like to sit in the living room and experience its physical and emotional glow. O Christmas Tree, indeed!




10 comments:

  1. Amazingly (or not so amazingly) enough, Nan, I have an ornament that matches your pink 1982 one. Guess for who? LOL

    Love your tree. Very homey and nice.

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  2. I wish you and your family merry Christmas and all the very best for the coming new year!
    Have a wonderful time!
    Barbara

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  3. Nan, What a very pretty tree and a perfectly "homey" room. A very Merry traditional Christmas to you and yours!

    much love,
    Aisling

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  4. I just want to comment to let you know how much I've enjoyed your posts, especially all the Christmas pictures and thoughts, like todays. You write beautifully.
    Merry Christmas

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  5. Merry Christmas to you, Nan. I'm glad we met in the Blog-o-verse this past year. I wish you a very peaceful and joyous holiday season

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  6. What a lovely tree, with such special memories. My best wishes to you and your family ... Merry Christmas!

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  7. Just wanted to say Merry Christmas, Nan, and what a lovely tree.

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  8. Beautiful decorations! Merry Chirstmas and Happy New Year.
    ~Lisa

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  9. So well said Nan! All trees are beautiful and very personal. I love yours and spied an amazing tree skirt. Is there any story behind it? It looks like it is partly a crazy quilt and partly a penny rug? It looks just perfect for your tree.

    Although I am comtemplating starting to take down some of our decorations, my tree is up until January 6th (Three Kings Day here in Holland). How about yours?

    ~~ Heidi ~~

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  10. Kay, I'm not surprised. Someone actually gave us ours that year. I'll bet it was a Hallmark ornament. They are so wonderful. The tree has been a delight. I so love the glow in the evening.

    Barbara, thank you so much. I'll be over and visit more after the holidays. I've missed reading your notes.

    Aisling, thank you very much, and I'm sure you had a wonderful time with your family.

    Raidergirl, what a nice, nice thing to say. Thanks so much. I'll be spending a lot of 2008 reading your blog!

    Cnd Reader, thanks. I feel the same way. Your poems are so wonderful. I hope you had a nice Christmas.

    Thanks so much, Robin, Geranium Cat, and Lisa! As Ellen says, the same back to you.:<)

    Heidi, it is an amazing tree skirt. Someone made it but not I. I think I got it at a craft show? The buttons are gorgeous. When we take down the tree, I'll email you a photo of it so you can see the detail better. I don't know what a 'penny rug' is.
    Our tree will come down before the first. As much as I am fond of the twelve days of Christmas, I'm afraid I am more of a modern girl than a traditionalist when it comes to taking down the tree. I like to start my new year without Christmas decorations.

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