Saturday, July 25, 2009

Christmas Decorations

Decorating is one of my favorite parts about Christmas! I know, I know, I say that about every part, but it is true!

This is one of my first trees that I had in college. It is so puny and sparsely decorated. I don't know why I took a photo, but it made me laugh when I found it, so I thought I would include it. What's with the Teddy Bears huddled around the bottom of the tree? I do remember that year that I copied my wrapping from the Pottery Barn catalog. Everything was in silver paper with blue and purple ribbons.
This is my tree now. Well, one of them. This is the one in my living room. It is decorated exclusively in blown glass ornaments.
Here is the kitchen tree...
All of it's ornaments either have a kitcheny/foody feel or are ornaments that I have picked up on travels.
My mantle...
These topiaries just sit out at Christmas. I found them at Canton a few years back and they are frosted berries.
My White Christmas Bedroom Tree...
Garland over the entrance to the dining room...
The dining room...
I'm just going to lump gift wrap in with decorating, but I love to pick out gift wrap for Christmas presents. I WILL NOT let myself buy it on sale after Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about a sale, but I will totally change my mind before next year (same thing goes for Christmas cards). Recently I have purchased my paper at Hobby Lobby. They have great quality papers and a good price. I don't waste the unused paper, but instead, I use it to wrap my parents and the pup's stocking stuffers. I usually try to give each person an assigned paper for their stocking stuffers, that way on Christmas Eve when it is late and I'm bleary eyed, I can easily sort out whose is whose. I always wrap every single gift...no giftbags! I will go to The Container Store and buy odd shaped boxes so that I can wrap each and every gift.

9 comments:

Abby said...

You always have the most beautifully wrapped gifts of anyone I know. You are in fact my insipiration to go bagless.

laterg8r said...

wow, your decorations and trees are INCREDIBLE! i want to live at your house at christmas :)

roostreehouse said...

Now you're talking. Now we're getting somewhere-Christmas trees PLURAL! I am sooo with you! I have a kitchen tree, too (all white) a bedroom tree (pink and sparkly) a livingroom tree (or two) an outside tree, an office tree....oh yessss...we could be very good friends. LOL
Also, **loved** the post above-I dont think you were slow, it just shows you truly believed in Santa! (wink wink says the girl who didnt recognize her own GRANDPA)
Meeerrryyy Christmas!!
xoxoxoxoxox Rhonda Roo

Maggi said...

Wow, what a beautiful house to celebrate Christmas in, I love all of your trees and how they all have a different theme!

printersdevil said...

Love all your trees!

The Ffrench's said...

I always love your decorations and your gift wrapping. You got skillz woman !!!!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I love your trees! We have one main one and some little ones throughout at our home.

At one of the wedding showers for my older daughter, one of her friend's mom's hosted it at their amazing home (I'll have to find some photos). She has over 50 trees! It was amazing and hard to believe, but it all was so beautifully done, not as excessive as it sounds and they do have a huge home. So each are fully decorated with different themes, they are inside and outside, the family start putting them up after Thanksgiving. (If this were the case at my place, I would not want to take them down! Whew!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

oops, I meant to add...We got to marvel at the beautiful decorations, since they stayed up until the New Year's weekend and my daughter's shower was in Dec, with her wedding on Dec 31st.

I just thought I'd mention that, since like I commented in my last post, that if it were me and all those tress, I would have to leave them up ALL year round :o)

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