Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve Tree

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!

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  1. Love your tree...it's so pretty!! Love the winter basket on your door too!!
    Merry Christmas.

  2. Your tree looks so pretty :) Merry Christmas!

  3. Such a sweet post! I love your pretty photos of your tree! Merry Christmas! came over from Rooted in Thyme-aimee

  4. Your tree is so pretty! I love the banner and that star is perfect! Thanks for joining TTF!

  5. Everything looks beautiful.

    I like that families have their different traditions. I had a friend whose family bought their tree on Christmas Eve to leave for Santa who decorated it while the family slept.

    I love your banner on the tree. I made a little JOY banner for a table setting, but when I changed the table setting, I didn't know where to put the banner. I tied it onto the tree and loved the look. I am going to make a long banner for next Christmas.

    Hope you had a lovely Christmas.

  6. What a lovely post, Diane. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  7. Stopping by from Sweet and Simple...love the snowflake banner and all the white on your tree! I did a fair bit with snowflakes this year as well...love it!

  8. I am visiting via Amaze me Monday... I love the banner on the tree.. Its my fav! Your front door is gorgeous too. I am so glad to visit with you. Come on over for a visit.. Be blessed!

  9. By the way I am following you too. Blessings!

  10. Hi Diane,

    Such a lovely, sweet tree! I find it calming, as I find all your decorative touches to be quietly charming. Your words today speak of the spirit of Christmas, and it couldn't be more true that this should be part of our every day awareness.

    Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy 2014; all the very best!


  11. A lovely post Diane and a sweet reminder about what is really important at Christmas. Your tree is really pretty. Thank you for sharing it.

  12. Wishing you the best NEW YEAR EVER!!!!!!! Hugs...


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