We put up our tree a littler later than some people. Usually it's up about a week before Christmas, since we leave it up till mid January we still have plenty of time to enjoy it. I finally finished decorating it and thought I would share it on this Christmas eve.
We didn't have time to get a live tree so we're using our old standby tree with the rather sparse branches. Cedar trees were plentiful where I grew up in the Midwest, so we usually had those. My favorite memories of Christmas trees was the red cedar at my grandparent's with all their vintage ornaments. I always enjoy visiting the past for my Christmas decor ideas.
I wanted to do a silver and white tree this year, with little touches of color, so I added some simple ornaments and a few vintage ones as well. I made a banner to fill in some of the open spaces and I like the old fashioned appeal of a banner. I stamped out snowflakes on some tags and pinned them to a strand of tinsel garland.
I've had this filigree metal star for a few years, and even though it's a bit large for this tree, it looks perfect when we have a live one. The simpler the better.
A closer look at my banner and clip on wood candles.
A bit of turquoise blue to brighten things up.
I also added just a little Christmas to the front door. This Christmasy winter basket has a variety of faux red and green Christmas branches. We've been having some overcast days, so when I brightened the photos a bit, the door came out looking too orange. I've been leaning toward painting this door an antique looking red, so that is being added to my list!
I love the cheerful color it adds to our front door.
I made a simple little garland of snowflakes for the front of the basket.
I wanted to add a bit of a personal note to my post today. Although, Christmas is a time for celebration for many of us, for others it can be a depressing time and a reminder that life hasn't been kind to those mired in poverty. I always think of them, especially the children, this time of year and donate through the Salvation Army or other charities. Donations and volunteerism are needed not just at Christmas but all year through.
We are very grateful to have our own home and all the things that we need to have a comfortable, although a bit frugal at times, lifestyle. I look upon Christmas as a time to be thankful for our many blessings, not just for the material things we can buy. It's also a wonderful time to reconnect with loved ones, especially those we haven't seen throughout the year.
I would have loved to have a light dusting of snow this Christmas but none is in the forecast. I know many of you have gotten more than your share of ice and snow.
On a lighter note I wanted to end with my favorite holiday cartoon character, Miss Betty Boop and wish all of you a Merry Holiday Season! See you next year!