Wednesday, December 16, 2009


At our house Christmas doesn't have a "theme" or a "color". Nor does it change from year to year.

Each year the Bedford Falls "It's a Wonderful Life" village is placed on the mantel.

Our nutcracker collection is placed on the bookshelf.

As is our collection of miniature nativities.

Our tree may not be the most beautiful, but it is full of priceless memories ~ ornaments from my mother, mother-in-law, grandmothers, antiques, vacation souvenirs and those handmade by little hands. Each ornament brings back a flood of memories...

I did decide to try something different with our second tree. Usually it holds mainly ornaments that I made over the years. This year instead...

I took my favorite folk art birds and placed them on the branches along with straw ornaments from a dear friend in Germany, prim pipe cleaner candy canes and a few antiques...

A Schneeman angel tops the tree.

And creations by some of my favorite artists: Jenn of Rabbit Hill Primitives, Stacy Nash, Audrey of Bay Rays Child, more Schneeman and Ginny Henson just to name a few...

And the base of the tree is gently skirted by an antique wool quilt.

Another new idea for this year...

I pulled this wonderful old victorian window (with every glass pane intact) out of the garbage down the alley a few years ago. It hangs in our hallway. It finally hit me that I should decorate it this year :)
Traditions are what memories are made of... but I guess it doesn't hurt to try something new from time to time...

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice!" Philippians 4:4
Blessings, Patti


corinna said...

wonderful holiday decor
esp love that prim tree and
the rock house behind santa

Diva Kreszl said...

it all looks so beautiful...Merry Christmas!

bayrayschild said...

Good Day Patti!

I really enjoyed seeing your christmas decor and I love your tree!

Blessings for a safe and happy holiday season.


Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

Thanks for sharing. Boy, that window was a real find. Merry Christmas and much happiness in the New Year.

corinna said...

hi patti
just answering back
i have had the little german carolers for years
however the snow came from POSH
as did the little tan and red pitcher behind the "be merry"
I think that was one of my favorite stops while in chicago
thanks again for the recommedation

Suzanne said...

So pretty, Patti. I think the most meaningful and beautiful trees are the ones that hold our memories and special mementos....literally!
Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

Sherry said...

What a wonderful tree and all the decor!

COUSON said...

So lovely pics.Congratulations& happy Christmas.Couson