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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas tree, Oh, Christmas tree...♫♪♪

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Hello, Bloggerdudes,
I am joining in with another of these wonderful CHRISTMAS BLOGGER BLOCK PARTIES...
this time, it is with SONNY
at 2805.   

She is having a CHRISTMAS TREE PARTY.
I hope you will go over and visit..and see all the beautiful trees in Blogland.
When we go on trips, I try to bring home a 
CHRISTMAS ornament....this cute
CANDY CANE is from our cruise to ALASKA.

♥♥♥ Our two sweet children and grandchildren gave us this amazing and "will remember to our dying day" trip for our 50th anniversary, back in 2010

We had such a good time and a trip to ALASKA was Mr. Sweet's
NUMBER ONE on his Bucket List.
We enjoyed it so much....
 Our Christmas tree is just so full of MEMORIES....
Like most of you, a traditional tree with things we have loved over the years,
is the only kind of tree that could be at SWEET NOTHINGS.

I am just like YOU....just to hold some of these precious ornaments floods my mind and my heart with some of the sweetest pictures of Christmases past.  

Of Christmases when we had all our loved ones with us...
of those that are gone now, the memories are always strong but stronger, it seems, around any of the holidays..ESPECIALLY CHRISTMAS TIME.... 
 

  Our little 4' tree sits in a bright red produce basket....I got the idea years ago from a photo in WOMAN'S DAY magazine.

We've always had a 7' tree but due to
AGING...(US aging...not the tree :) it got too hard to move it up and down the attic stairs.
Now with this little cutie, it is no problem at all...it doesn't HURT to put it up and down and Mr. Sweet and I sure do love E.A.S.Y. now.

 ♥ ♥ ♥

I have lots of cuties hanging around the basket...

and I have tons of RED and WHITE going on  here....my favorite
CHRISTMAS COLOR COMBO....



RED....
what an awesome and pleasing color to my eyes.
Such a fun...happy...FEEL GOOD color to use at CHRISTMAS
and all thru the year.

This adorable TEA POT tassel was made for me by one of my best blogging friends...
GLORIA.
I use it all year but I always like hanging it on my Christmas tree...
I would love for you to go over and say hello to GLORIA ...she has had a rough year, health-wise, and would love some kind words to cheer her sweet heart.
She is such a lovely lady and
generally full of fun and mischief.
When you go, would you tell her bj said HEY ?


I have a few colorful, HAPPY clowns on my tree that belonged to my mama.
She, like me, loved whimsy and color at CHRISTMAS TIME....

She was such a fun lady...and seldom got really mad...but, when she did, LOOK OUT, SAM.
She would tell ya off in a hurry.
When she was mad about something,
I stayed OUT OF THE WAY until things were ALL BETTER. :)  

THAT'S her...

this little photo stocking has hung on my tree since 1988, the year she left to walk and talk with JESUS.
♪♫♫...and HE walks with me...
and HE talks with me....<><

One sweet memory...
she used to call me just before I would get off work and tell me to be sure and STOP BY on my way home.
She would have a big pot of
CHICKEN AND DUMPLINS
and a Chocolate Cake for me....
SWEETNESS from my mama.....
 
I think all of us OLDEN ladies and gents most likely relish the memories of Christmas times when our kids were little.
 
OOO, the delight to see the sparkling eyes and big, toothy grins when they discovered their wondrous gifts from SANTA...
....how good it made us feel that we could make them so happy for so little.
Then, it was such with our grands...
All you young people out there that still have babies at home...enjoy each and every Christmas...you can't BELIEVE how fast the years fly by.

I am truly grateful for my fond memories...
and I take this time to say how GRATEFUL I am to have GOD choose me to be the mother of his wonderful children,
DAVID and STACY.....I pray every day that HE has not been disappointed in choosing ME.

I can always find hundreds of adorable gifts for my adorable girls...

but for my adorable guys, it is MUCH harder.
I really don't know why...they appreciate everything they receive. It's just that I love WOW gifts at CHRISTMAS and BIRTHDAYS.
It seems to me that "they" make more WOW girly gifts than hunk gifts.








Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.  ~Norman Vincent Peale 

I hope you will have a wonderful CHRISTMAS this year...and remember THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.....
and we will all be mindful of our many many blessings.
♥ ♥ ♥
I am also joining in the fun with

Thanks to all the hosts...
and love to all...
XOXO bj 
 

33 comments:

Honey at 2805 said...

What a delightful and festive tree! Just looking at it makes me feel happy!

Thank you for linking to the Christmas Tree Party at 2805.

Marydon said...

Ahhhh! The memories! What a beautiful tree sweetie. Love your wee tree filled with such wonderful memories.

Merry Christmas
TTFN ~
Hugs & love,
Marydon

Olive Cooper said...

The tree in the basket is divinely inspiring BJ. You are so cute about you two aging and not the tree. I cannot get our dad blame tree down the stairs either.

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

So sweet Bj! I am so into the red too this year. I am still tweaking my tree here and there. I feel a bit behind this year. YIKES! Happy Holidays my friend.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Needless to say the visual delight I got from looking at all your pretty pictures and memory ornaments brought great happiness to my eyes but your words will live in my heart a long long time.

Thank you for always sharing YOU with Us.. It makes my moments here special long after I leave my comment and go..

You are a most lovely lady and I consider being part of your blog world a wonderful gift I have every day of the year.

Merry Christmas

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your tree is adorable! I love a tree full of memories! My big tree is like that...although like you I'm getting so I like the smaller trees and ease of getting them up and down the basement stairs! hugs, Linda

Madeline's Album said...

What a cute little tree, very festive. I love this time of the year, with all the bright colors and decorations. I enjoy baking for my family and friends. I like reading other peoples blogs about all their traditions this time of the year. As I grow older I have many sweet memories of all the Christmas in the past. Wishing you my friend a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Madeline

Sweet Tea said...

I am enjoying seeing beautiful, small, trees this year since we put up a smaller tree this year. Yours is beautiful and shows that a small tree can be gorgeous and full of memories. Like you, memories of my children when they were little are so special to me.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love all of the red and white and all of the feeling of cheer! Enjoy the season...with memories and fun! ♥

NanaDiana said...

BJ- I love all your Christmas decorations. The red and white is just lovely and cheerful and bright.

I am going to pop over and visit your friend right now while I am thinking about it. Thank you for the lovely post today! xo Diana

NanaDiana said...

Hey BJ- It says Gloria's site HappyToBe is currently under construction and can't be visited...at least not by the link you have posted. Thought you would want to know.

Vee said...

Yup. Couldn't agree more with the whole granddaughters are easier to buy for and I don't have any. I just know the grandsons are a challenge. I don't think like little boys. =)

Oh, BJ, that tree is scrumptious. It's so cute that it looks 7 feet tall. Wonderful produce basket, too.

I enjoyed seeing the photo of your precious mom and hearing more stories about her.

Party on!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Your tree in the basket is so cute. I did the same thing in the sun room this year. See we think alike!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your tree is very sweet..decorated very much like mine. Each ornament brings back memories. I love all the red and white and whimsical ornaments! Just wonderful, BJ!

Happy Holidays!

XO,
Jane

Phyllis@Around the House said...

Love your tree and the cute ornaments collected from your travels...lots of great memories...hope you've had a great year...loads more to come...

doodles n daydreams said...

I agree wholeheartedly with you, it is so much harder to buy something 'different' for the men in the famly. But we keep trying. Your Christmas tree is lovely, even if it's not 7' tall.
Blessings
Diana

Zondra Art said...

Very beautiful Christmas tree, I like it!

Have a great weekend, kisses:)

The French Hutch said...

bj, Your tree is gorgeous! I love your ornaments and how they bring sweet memories with them. We share the love of ornaments from trips. My tree is full of treasures from trips and gifts from family and friends. And of course it's full of hand made special ornaments from my son when he was a child. Thanks for sharing your beautiful tree. The Alaska trip must have been amazing.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Pretty trees full of sweet memories. The way it should be, Beeeeej!
Merry Christmas to you!!!

Kelly said...

Loving all that red on your tree! Looks like a lot of love went into every ornament.

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Pondside said...

That was lovely, BJ! Your little tree just reflects your brilliant spirit!

Shay said...

You certainly have some gorgeous decorations BJ! I love the idea of sitting the tree in a basket. That's so cool.

I too love all the memories associated with bringing out decorations each year and recalling all the fun things associated with the very special ones.

Jenn "Rook No. 17" said...

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful holiday trees and meaningful ornaments!


So glad you were my "neighbor" at Tickled Pink!

Best,
Jenn/Rook No. 17

Kathleen Grace said...

Your tree is wonderful, all 4 feet of it! I know your home is decorated in the happiest way, and I'm sure your kids couldn't be happier with the parents God gave them:>)

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Remembering Christmas' past is still difficult but me, but it happens whether I welcome them or not. Music and as you say, my collection of orniments from Christmas' past trigger memories. Seems I always end up crying or they make my throat hurt..but..that's part of life.
My orniments are sitting on the floor..waiting..and waiting.
:) I will do it soon. Very soon.
love and hugs to you, bj!
Mona

Shelia said...

Hi BJness! What a sweet and lovely post! I love your little tree with all of your precious ornies on it! Love hearing some of your memories too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Buying gifts for guys is and has been a frustration for me. First it was my husband, now it is my son also. I am always done with all the "girls" and am still thinking on the guys!
Your tree is sweet and full of memories. Don't mention the small tree to my hubby just yet ok....he would think that was a great idea!

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Love your Christmas Memories tree! Not only does it look festive and cheery, it conjures up the best memories. Thanks for sharing them. Happy FTF! ☺

Suzanne said...

What an absolutely stunning tree and such lovely memories and thoughts!

Debra from Bungalow said...

I love love love your little tree! and the poem in the above post. I'll be pinning it and stumbling it!

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On Crooked Creek said...

BJ,
This post about your "little" Crhistmas Tree filled my heart! In the past we have had those same kinds of ornaments; however when my son built his own house, I passed them on to him. He and my daughter~in~law use them eevery Christmas. It gives me such grat joy to see them on their tree! Thank you for posting this memorable tree for us all to enjoy!
Fondly,
Pat

Sherry said...

Very pretty! Such lovely sentiments from a lovely lady! Merry Christmas! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry