Thursday, December 9, 2010

O Christmas Tree, How Lovely Are Your Branches

"O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,"

"Your beauty green will teach me"

"That hope and love will ever be"

"The way to joy and peace for me."

"O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,"

"Your beauty green will teach me."

While we were decorating the tree, I couldn't help wonder why year after year we put a tree in our house! I know the tradition started centuries ago in Germany, but it amazes me that the tradition is so incredibly strong still.

We long for tradition in our lives, and look forward to the ritual of cutting down the tree with our loved ones, or picking it out at the Christmas tree lot. Of pulling out the ornaments, some passed down from generation to generation. We remark how lovely the tree smells and how beautiful it is with the lights all aglow.

Sometimes, it seems like an overwhelming task to put the tree up, especially now with the children all grown. But it's worth it!
Every year we always say, "This is the most beautiful tree we have ever had!"
I think this year, it's true!

I'm joining Cindy at My Romantic Home for "Show and Tell Friday."
I'll bet there will be a lot of Christmas Trees featured this time, so be sure to visit!
On December 15th, I'll join Sherry at No Minimalist Here for her "Share the Decor" party.

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On Crooked Creek said...

What a lovely O Christmas Tree!
Each and every ornament was a delight to behold. . . Thank you for sharing your beautiful tree with me!

Bonnie said...

Your tree is beautiful and I love the verses of the song," O Christmas Tree". You expressed so beautifully how we all feel about our trees each year and all the traditions.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful tree!

Julio said...

It is a very beautiful tree! your images remind me a Jcrew or Ralph Lauren holiday ad.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what a gorgeous tree. I love all the special ornaments and the topper is stunning. Hugs, Marty

Marlis said...

Love your tree.. It is the most beautiful. I am afraid I borrowed your idea with the webbing.. but what font did you use? I could not find one that beautiful. Merry Christmas.

Lila said...

It's a beautiful tree. I love that the door into the house has a beautiful wreath that just guides you right on in to more Christmas fun!
Lila Ferraro

Deserae said...

Your Christmas tree is all the little Santas!!!Just beautiful........

Low Tide High Style said...

Oh my, I thought your tree was artificial it's so perfect looking and I love how you have it decorated! I know what you mean about it taking time and being harder when the kids are older...or maybe it's that I'm older? But you are right, it is so worth it and your tree is simply lovely! So is your mantel!!

Kat :)

Kathy said...

This is just stunning and I know that smell and there is nothing else like beautiful Delores. Such unique ornaments they fit perfectly

Kathysue said...

Delores, I don't know what it looked like last year but this year it is a stunner for sure. It is so perfectly decorated with the tartan and rustic ornaments. Love it for your home oh so pretty, Oh Christmas tree Oh Christmas tree, xoxo Kathysue

A Toile Tale said...

Delores -
I am in agreement with you on your reluctance to begin putting up a tree. I know, for me, once it is up and those miseable lights on, I am sooo happy that I have done it. The rest of the decorating is so enjoyable. Each ornament makes me smile. Your tree is exquisite.
Linda @ A Toile Tale

NanaDiana said...

It looks beautiful! Well worth all the effort now, wasn't it?? Hugs-Diaan

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Your tree is beautiful. It has a perfect shape and your ornaments are fabulous. I especially love the tartan balls and the rooster in the nest.
Very Beautiful.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I just went back for another peek at your beautiful tree and noticed something very special...there is a picture of a baby with very precious! And I also noticed all the lovely little tartan trees. Beautful tree!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Delores, I LOVE all of your vintage looking Santa ornaments, and that tree topper is fantastic! Your tree looks so pretty, and I love that it has such a sophisticated, woodsy look. Beautiful. laurie

La Dolfina said...

Delores, your tree and home are stunningly gorgeous!! I love how it's seen from the entry... amazing!
Every thing you do is incredible. Your family is so blessed to have your talent and ability to make such beautiful traditions. I can't believe how fast this month is going. Enjoy your son coming home for the holidays. I hope we can somehow get together to toast the New Year before it's over!!!
Love you!!!

Lori @ Projects Plenty said...

Your tree is absolutely gorgeous. The way you have decorated it is traditional but so sophisticated. Love the vintage Santa ornaments. You never disappoint!

quintessence said...

I know how you feel - sometimes it feels like an overwhelming task at an already frenetic time of year. But once it's up and decorated, it's so lovely - as yours indeed is!

laura said...

oh your blog is exquisite! My friend who does not have a blog sent me over.. xoxoxo Laura

Lori E said...

We put the tree up so we have somewhere to put the presents. Gosh. You know me and my Santa fetish. I love this tree. Gorgeous.

Cyndy's BEACH HOUSE said...

Lovely entry. I can smell the fresh pine from here. You have to tell me where one can purchase the burlap tie Merry Christmas swag on your entry wreath.

I'm a newbie to your blog found thru BNOTP. I may not have a blog however, I subscribe to many talented & creative people's blogs like yourz. Gives me a fresh perspective for the retail business throughout the country.


Designs By Pinky said...

YOur tree is beautiful! I just LOVE all the Santa ornaments!!!! You KNOW I love Santas;):) XO, Pinky

It's a Wannabe Decorator's Life said...

Just wanted you to know that I featured you in a post toaday! You truly inspire me!

TheSmithHotel said...

Lovely tree!


cityfarmer said...

if you and Terry get together, I'm crashing the party.

lovely just lovely

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

What a lovely tree!


The Tablescaper said...

It is a beautiful Christmas tree and a wonderful tradition.

- The Tablescaper

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Delores, Thank you for sharing all your beautiful decorations at my party. Your tree and wreath are gorgeous!

Nook Cranny Gifts said...

Fantastic tree.
Happy Holidays

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