Thursday, December 13, 2012

The 2012 Christmas Tree(s)

 The 2012 Christmas Tree!

 After days of searching for the Christmas lights, I finally remembered that we threw them all away last year when we took down the tree!  Really?  We did?
They say how a person deals with tangled Christmas tree lights tells a lot about them.
Don't judge!

So, off I went to OSH for lights.
Not only were they all 30% off, but practically everything was, including these little red lanterns.
I bought five to tuck in to the tree.  Battery operated votives keep the house from burning down!

This year, I used the same burlap ribbon that I used on the outside garland to circle the tree.

Not as many ornaments as previous years, just my precious Santa collection...

... and a few chosen ornaments, like this new tartan star from JoAnn's Fabrics.

And this old one that I "love!"

This is the first year I decorated the whole tree by myself.
Usually Mr. A puts the lights on, but I couldn't wait another week for his schedule to clear up!
It is definitely a man's job, and I did a crummy job.

But made up for it with the decorations?

 The family room got a little tree which I decorated with family photo ornaments.

 I started this tradition over five years ago.

 As I was hanging the ornaments, I realized that they need updating.
We have grandchildren now and two sons-in-law!

 With all our photos imprisoned on the computer, it isn't easy to get hard copies.
That will be a project before Christmas Day.

 Costco used to carry these ornaments years ago, and I'm sorry they discontinued them.
Photo ornaments are hard to find!

It feels good to get the trees decorated.
I'm not sure they are worthy of entering them in Tartanscot's contest though!

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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love your trees. I send off my photos from my computer to CVS and they are ready to be picked up in an hour and sometimes less. Very cheap, too.

Jacqueline said...

How wonderful. I can't believe you did it all yourself. The lights are the worst! The photo ornaments are so fun. Glad you were able to get so many things done!

Nancy @ The Headmistress said...

Your trees (AND lights) look fabulous! I send my pics to Walgreens...ready in an hour!
I adore those little red lanterns - saw them on your FB page. Pinning for next year!
Beautiful, as usual, post!

Karena said...

Gorgeous! I love both trees. The photo tree is darling and the Santa tree with burlap very special!

I would have thrown the old tangled lights away too!

2012 Artists Series

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Delores your tress look beautiful!! I love the red little lanterns with all your Santas!

laney said...

...perfect...perfect...perfect...blessings laney

Marlis said...

I love your trees and I think you should enter. Just because. I mix photo ornaments on our tree, too. I have some in small silver frames, some in clear glass balls, and some in sachets. Even the pets have their own ornaments. The big tree is gorgeous with just your Santa's. I can see why the batteried candles would take a bit to turn on.. go get yourself some battery powered votives that come on on timers. If you can't find any, I'd be glad to send you some! Just because..
Your merry-making makes me smile! xo marlis

The enchanted home said...

Wow beautifully done, love seeing all the family pictures on the tree....just stunning!

Anonymous said...

Hi Delores! OH, your tree is so pretty! I love your little lanterns! Merry Christmas and you're always a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Babs said...

Delores, Your trees are beautiful and just what I think they should be...filled with love and decorated with ornaments that have special meaning to the whole family. Love the one with the family photos in the cute frames.

Haus and Home said...

Beautiful! I love the woodsy look and all of the Santa's.

carolyn bradford said...

Beautiful! simply beautiful! My mother in law has always done photo ornaments of her grandchildren and they have a "section" on her ginormous tree! It is always fun because even though some of them are married and have kids of their own…they still like to find "their" section of picture ornaments! Love your tree! You did a marvelous job!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful trees, Delores. Those little lanterns are wonderful!

I especially like your family room tree.

Kathysue said...

Hi D!! I love it!! the red lanterns are such a wonderful addition to the burlap and tartan plaid. Perfectly executed!! Of course the little Family tree is a favorite of mine. You know what a sap I am about Family memories. That is why I call my tree a Memory Tree, too many wonderful sweet memories on it, to be called a Christmas tree.
Enjoy all your efforts and make more memories this year with your wonderful family. Love you friend,
xo Kathysue

Anonymous said...

Look beautiful! I'm still decorating. My friend tells me I need to limit decorating to 24 hours. Maybe next year.

Terri~terrileeauthor said...

Both trees are just adorable, Delores. Your main tree looks just fine, even without Mr. A to string the lights. ha ha. I do love those little red lanterns tucked among the branches. And your little tartan tree is too cute. I love the idea of phot ornaments. Very sweet.

Sheila @ Maison de Cinq said...


It looks great! And if you ever need more photo ornaments, Exposures catalog (and now website) carries a ton and they are exceptionally beautiful! And usually on sale after Xmas too....

Merry, merry!

Sheila Irwin

Sheila @ Maison de Cinq said...


It looks great! And if you ever need more photo ornaments, Exposures catalog (and now website) carries a ton and they are exceptionally beautiful! And usually on sale after Xmas too....

Merry, merry!

Sheila Irwin

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Your trees are gorgeous! FYI I received a Daily Deal email from Michaels craft store, and they have the ornament frames! They are 2/$5 today. I hope you have one close by :)
Cheers, Andrea

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