Sunday, December 23, 2012

My Favorite Christmas Treasures

This tattered little tree has always been my favorite Christmas treasure.  It was given to me by my grandmother on my very first Christmas, and for a few weeks every year it always finds a special place in our home.

I usually don't do much to it when I bring it out every December because it's so fragile.  Just last week I was thinking that it needed a little face lift, so I replaced a few of the worn out ornaments with some of the mini ornaments from my aunt's collection.  I removed a few of the broken sections of the original bead garland, then left it alone so it wouldn't shed any more needles.

The needles are so dry and drop from the branches every time I touch it.

This sweet angel standing on a crescent moon is original to the tree.  

The ends are bare and the wire is showing, but I love it just the way it is.  After all, it has been around since the Eisenhower Administration.

I couldn't do a favorite Christmas decorations post without including some more of my vintage glass ornaments.  Several of the ornaments on the silver tree in the background were on our family tree when I was a child.  The smaller ones in the makeshift cloche are some I've been collecting for years.  See the stocking hung by the chimney with care?

It was made by my mom for my first Christmas.  Fourteen years ago she had to replace the
 top part where it says BETTS after Buddy thought it was a new chew toy; good thing I discovered it before he got down to Santa's face.  He was just a puppy then, but now that he's older and wiser, he'd be happy to just snuggle up next to it.  

~ ~ Wishing everyone a warm, cozy, safe, and very Merry Christmas ~ ~

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