Sunday, December 12, 2010

2010 Christmas Tour Of Homes

This year we put up the wrong tree.

See, we have a pre-lit tree that weighs as much as an elephant. We bought it around eight years ago. We haven't used it in at least four.

When we got to Michigan, we purchased the most beautiful artificial tree. It's the same height and fullness as the heavy monster. And no, we don't do real. I'm allergic.

Hubby thought for some reason that I wanted the pre-lit tree this year. I think he forgot about the other one. I'm not sure why. I think the packing tape that hadn't been touched should have indicated that the elephant hadn't been opened for many years, but by the time he'd gotten it to the second floor, it was the one getting put up this year.

On top of that I planned to put the colored lights on and already had them out. So you know what I did?

I mixed them! White pre-lit and multi-colored LED lights all on the same tree!

It makes for lots of lights, which we all love!

Here's the view coming down the stairs from Chatty's room.

And an early morning dark view with snow falling outside.

Here's a small mosaic of some ornaments. I did an ornament post talking about some of our special ones here.

This cross-stitch stays out year-round. I stitched it on navy fabric so it would stand out. I did it before kids in the early '90s.

This is on the top of our game cabinet. I added the garland of berries to the leaf garland from the fall.

I've had this little doo-dad since Hubby and I first got married. The Santa goes to the top of the wire and jiggles down. I took the picture fast, but he got halfway down in the second picture.

My greatest treasure from this year is my new Nativity. My maternal grandma passed away in May. She and my grandpa travelled to the Holy Lands in the summer of 1976. They purchased one of these Nativities for my mom, my aunt, and themselves. Since I am the oldest grandchild, my aunt and my mom decided that I should have the first choice as to whether or not I wanted it. I can't tell you the amazement I felt at that moment, and the pleasure I feel owning this treasure. I put it up the first week of November as soon as Hubby and Buddy brought it back from Arkansas.

Those are ornament ball trees on the side, but I haven't quite gotten the hang of them like my mom yet. As soon as I get them figured out where they look a little better, I'll do a separate post on them.

I'm linking up to the Christmas Tour Of Homes at The Nester's and also at Kelly's Korner.


Mom of the Twinkies and Tot! said...

Wow! Look at that tree! Love it!

Mari said...

Everything looks so nice! We have a prelit tree but add lights through the middle of it too.
I love, love, love that nativity! It's a treasure!

It's me said...

O my !!!! i really like all your christmas deco.......wowwwwwwww!! you did a great job darling !!! love it !!...happy week Ria....

The Stylish House said...

The nativity is very special and a real treasure. Your tree is festive and beautiful. I'm impressed there are even wrapped presents under it with as busy as you've been!
Thank you for sharing your lovely home!

Linda said...

Very warm, and homey...and oh so nice!

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Betsy said...

It's huge! I like the mixed lights...very beautiful!

I can't put gifts under the tree...the boys just can't resist ripping them open! I do miss doing's nice to look at them there for a few weeks!

Anonymous said...

Love all the lights on your tree! Pretty, pretty!

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS tree and I love the vignette on top of your gaming cabinet. AND the Nativity? How sentimental and wonderful are you that you were so thrilled and honored to receive it?! It is beautiful, no doubt, but it truly was meant to be with YOU. It had to remain with someone who treasured and appreciated it. God bless you.

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Very lovely - thanks for sharing :)

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