This is one of my favorite months of the year. Who doesn't LOVE the hustle and bustle of Christmas? In particular, though, this has already been a tough holiday season since the loss of my grandfather this year to colon cancer. He absolutely LIVED for the holidays. I never met a man who loved them more than he did. They were an opportunity to do this two favorite things, a) have the entire family over and spoil them and b) eat! I miss him dearly but I really do carry his love for all things holiday in my heart. And I think my husband may be a close second to grandpa as far as loving the holidays goes. I love that about him. I'm trying to carry my grandfather in my heart this very first Christmas without him, and one of the ways is through our tree.
I want to take some time today to show you the best parts of my tree, which aren't necessarily the ones that cost the most or are the most beautiful (though they may be incidentally), but they mean the most to me.
First, let me say that my color scheme is awesome. My former boss and mentor picked it out for me and is responsible for half of my ornaments (not including bulbs)! She knows me really well and couldn't have gotten a better scheme. I think that was about 5 years go. Then, there weren't white trees for sale in the store and I KNEW that my bright colors wouldn't look good on anything else. I finally found a tiny (3 foot) tree that came in white and decked it out for the first 3 years. Last year I was able to finally get a full sized white tree, just in time for our first Christmas in our new home. So, many thanks to Rhonda for the beginning of beauty!
|Vintage Swan Princess|
|The much-coveted pickle|