Friday, November 28, 2014

THE DAY AFTER!!.................................................

Like many of you, I start decorating with Christmas things the day after Thanksgiving.  We are in a much smaller home now so I cannot put out as much as I have in the past.
But....I do manage to set out a few of my favorite things....many I have made....some are things I have had for many years.

The wonderful old santa photo is actually the front of a magazine cover dated from the 1920's.  My adult children didn't want many of their dad's things when he I kept a few of the things I thought were special.  

The brass candlestick actually was an anniversary present to my in-laws for a important  wedding anniversary.  Both of them passed on many years ago...and no one in the family wanted this set so I kept it as a remembrance.

Here is the other candlestick and a wonderful Red Lion amaryllis purchased at our local Trader Joe's a few weeks ago.

Both of these little trees are made with vintage bulbs and things I have had for a long time....I wanted to consolidate into a more manageable mode at Christmas....hence...putting it all together.  The cross was hand made by an artisan at the Santa Fe market.  I liked its simplicity and yet wonderful design.

And last a simple wreath made with vintage bulbs that were my mother-in-laws....very few things from my family were passed onto me so I really can appreciate keeping those special things that bring back fond memories.  I will pass on these things to my nephew when I go and hopefully he will use them lovingly... as I have.

This is just the beginning of the Christmas season so I'm looking forward to the many lovely things everyone will be showing us as part of their Christmas decorations and customs.

Closing for now.



  1. I think simple sometimes is so much better than over the top. It's nice that you kept a few items for sentimental value. Very important in this day and age when everything seems to be throwaway. I do remind myself though that most of what I have now will not be loved by anyone after I'm gone. I have two boys and they already think I have too much stuff. Oh well! We must enjoy while we can. Bless you, happy holidays. Tammy

  2. Dear Jo,
    I love that you keep and display treasure that are handed down. And I just love your bulb trees that were made from special things..
    I love it all, Jo... Everything seems to have a special meaning..

  3. Hello Jo, l love the way you have decorated for Christmas. Those trees and the wreath really show off those pretty bulbs beautifully. Most of my parents and grand parents Christmas decorations were badly damaged by damp and had to be thrown away, l do have a couple of small items though. I treasure them greatly. Blessings, Pam

  4. Absolutely nothing evokes nostalgic memories like Christmas decorations. Each one gets invested with memories of the past. Funny how that works. Doesn't happen, for example, with Halloween decorations.


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