I love the Christmas card tradition. I enjoy and appreciate every single card we receive. So I send a fair amount. Then, as my reward, Albert brought in the tree and the boxes of Christmas decorations.
I was shocked to see there were only three cartons of Christmas crap (was that my outside voice?). Albert reminded me last year I went through all the decorations and ornaments and got them down to my very favorites. Everything else was packed away to be given to our son, to start his Christmas traditions. Good for me!
A fake Christmas tree from Roger's Gardens takes center stage. Do you like fake or real?
You are loving that elegant green velveteen sequins skirt? Target a few years back.
"Yay! They brought it back." Best cat toy. Ever.
I like groups of ornaments. Many of the groups tends towards children's stories or Disney. We live only a few miles away from Disneyland so of course it has an impact. I love the look of a House Beautiful cohesively themed and decorated tree. But I'll never do it.
Alice in Wonderland.
Winnie the Poo.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Proud owner of a Shiny-Brite tree topper.
Christmas mantle scene.
Stockings with Jack Skellington (Nightmare Before Christmas). Stockings are also from the Target run a few years ago. A-Albert, A-Alex, B-Becky (they were out of R's) and C-Cats.
Lenox all white nativity. It is a replacement for the FULL SET of the Lenox Renaissance Nativity that I painfully collected piece by piece. We were awakened one morning around 5AM to a dreadful crashing sound. A certain cat had skidded through the set like bowling pins, breaking half the pieces. I didn't cry. Much. I sold both the broken and whole pieces on eBay and used my proceeds to buy this small set that I now keep on a high shelf.
I added a little to my buffet console arrangement. I spotted the metal trees on the Corona del Mar Christmas Walk. They hold candles (a two-fer)! So after pairing down my Christmas stuff, I immediately began building it back up (which is half the fun of throwing things out).
I ordered one more thing on eBay and it should be here soon.
At work, we are having a pole decorating contest (structural poles in 60's office building). Here is my pole below (decorations by Target).
My pole is BY FAR the least decorated pole of them all. I promise an office pole feature in the near future (with the artists' permission).
Don't you love a tree lit up at night, with all the lights in your house out? I do.
Check out all kinds of amazing Christmas decorations at The Inspired Room and The Cottage Magpie.