“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
~Norman Vincent Peale
It has been almost 18 years since the passing of my father….40 years for my husband’s father, when he was just 15. And 10 years ago, his mother died leaving a huge void in our lives. Our traditional family gatherings were no more. We seemed a bit lost trying to find our way.
We had just moved to our new house a few months earlier, but I just couldn’t open the boxes of decorations I had lovingly used in year’s past. We didn’t cut down a tree. Instead we put up a ceramic tree and a little faux tree, and lit them nightly. And I took whatever new decorations I was gifted, and scattered them about.
But this 10th year in our new house, I found a renewed energy…maybe because I was less stressed and had been retired now a year….maybe it was just time. This past February, I went through all my Christmas decorations, and saved only those I cherished and might want to use this year. And I promised myself to open those boxes, and put up some Christmas decorations. Those I did not use this year would go in the pile to give away.
So in early December, the 4 boxes and our 2 little faux trees came out of the basement. As I opened the boxes, a rush hit me, and I went about creating new scenes. Three hours later, the house took on a holiday feeling, and the spirit of Christmas seemed to pour from every corner. And you know what? I used every single decoration….coincidence, I think not!
So I wanted to share some of our holiday scenes this year, that mean so very much to us! With as few words as possible….
Here’s one of our little faux trees.
With some of my favorite old decorations…..some as old or older than me. The background is our ceramic tree that once belonged to my mother-in-law.
Sitting at the base of the tree, is this wonderful container of more old ornaments and garland.
This little tree graces our front hall.
It is also decorated with old ornaments, and my cherished garden tool ornaments given to me by a very dear, dear friend.
My favorite of these garden tool ornaments is the old-fashioned watering can.
And what better accompaniment for this tree, than my Christmas Garden Fairy.
The mantel was completely redone this year. I brought out our wonderful Mr. and Mrs. Claus stocking holder and our stockings…..they were missed. The wreath is one given to me by one of my thoughtful teachers when I first became a school administrator….I adore it.
Here’s another view of the mantel.
And a couple of more lovely scenes….
I leave you with a view from my front windows looking onto the porch…the glow of candlelight keeping the Christmas spirit bright!
I leave you with a bit more sentiment about Christmas. Feel free to download the photo and share.
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