Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Past In The Present

It's time to deck the halls!
There are some advantages to living in the Pacific Northwest like....growing your own Christmas trees in the backyard.
At a glance the trees outside always appear smaller to me than they actually are.

So, harvesting at the perfect time is tricky.
Because they look small.....I always want to wait allowing them to mature.
Which inevitable means we'll be chopping down treezilla!


The Christmas magic begins with the nostalgic decorations.
We are fortunate to have inherited (my hubby) Paul's childhood ornaments.

They're so very precious to us.
So, to avoid the possible mishap when my sons cat is playing ping pong with the Christmas trimmings I will create a vignette where they're safely spotlighted.

Although these are from Paul's Christmas past, I grew up with the same style of ornaments on my tree.
They bring back a flood of cherished memories.
I remember how each one twinkled among the
(old fashioned) tinsel.
We had a color wheel that spun round projecting an array of reflected colors on the ornaments.
I loved sneaking into the living room, (at bedtime) with a cushy blanket and pillow in tow.
I'd lay on the floor in front of the Christmas tree watching the light show until I fell asleep.

I love A-L-L the shapes and colors of pink or teal, with touches of gold and silver glitter. I especially adore the little details in the written sentiment
of holiday cheer.

Whats your favorite ornament or decoration you look forward to displaying each year?

I was searching for an affordable solution in giving a little something to those who live in various (distant) locations.
With the mailing cost it adds up quickly.
I'd like to show you what I've found to solve my dilemma.

Walgreens has several style options of (flat) glittered ornaments that easily tucked into my Christmas cards.
They were on sale at $1.49 for 12 so....I stocked up for next year and then some.

Before finding the deal at Walgreens...I'd purchased these majestic looking (gold glittered) reindeer at the Dollar Tree.
They were a little more expensive than Walgreens at $1. for a pair.
The reindeer went into this years cards with a few added embellishments and a hang tag that read...
"A Pacific NW Rain-dear"


Kristina P. said...

Your place looks great! I really love glittery things.

Florence said...

What a great idea with the ornaments. Florence

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

So cute==but the vintage ornaments are definitely my favorite.

Anonymous said...

LOVE the trees in your backyard! Please mail me one! :) the reindeer ornaments are so pretty! I'm heading over to our Dollar Tree to see if I can find myself some.
Much love,

The Kay Family said...

Beautiful pictures, Aunt Sara!! I love seeing the little vintage ornaments that are so special to your family. I hope you have a great holiday (and I do wish we were closer to be able to see you!) Can you send me your boys' (+ daughter in love, of course) addresses for me to send them Christmas cards to my e-mail pretty please? Love you, Janene

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Love all the glitter! Merry Christmas!

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Sara! I hope you had a lovely Christmas. I've been thinking of you and haven't been visiting blogland much lately but wanted to tell you how much I've enjoyed visiting and having you visit during 2011. I hope this is a wonderful New Years weekend for you.

Hugs...Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute :)

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Happy New Year to you and yours Sara!

Hugs, Sherry

Love all your holiday glitter.

wendy said...

Love all these decorations.
I am going this week to spend some time with my mom and dad (about a 4 hour drive from my place)
and I am going to ask her for all her OLD VINTAGE Christmas ornaments.
They don't put a tree up anymore.
and I'd love to have them. said...

I LOVE your vintage ornaments. I actually do one small tree in our family room that holds those same type of ornaments, some are from my childhood, some are from my hubbie's childhood and my sweet granny passed away this spring and some are from her tree. I love it more than our big "fancy" one in the other room because of all the memories. Hope your new year is off to a wonderful start.