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Monday, December 17, 2012

Our 2012 ChristmasTree

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow".
♥ ♥ ♥

Hello, everyone... 
I couldn't find my tree skirt I bought on clearance last year...and the cloth I ordered this year came in but was the wrong color...(remember HERE), bwaaaa...
so I ended up using RED and WHITE for my Christmas tree table.........and I love it.




I always use the little antique GATE LEGGED table that belonged to my mother for my little tabletop tree.

I made a round, white cloth out of a sheet and added a bit of trim....

I took the shown burlap topper off and....
...added this little cloth that I already had.
My tree is usually decorated with mostly RED and WHITE
so this little tablecloth fit right in.
I SWORE I wouldn't buy one single new things for my tree this year
as we are so busy packing things and I didn't think I needed another piece to pack...
But, then, I went to a local craft mall and saw this 
awesome BURLAP with POINSETTIAS  BOW
and just couldn't say NO to my silly self....I am sooo greedy....
I think it's so classic and pretty...festive for a festive time of the year.
This DAVID stocking was made for him in 3rd grade...
He is about to turn 49.
It has hung on our tree since he got it.
 
I love a classic, old fashioned Christmas tree sooo much.
I love for MY tree to remind me of my childhood Christmas trees 
because I firmly believe that MY mama could decorate a tree
prettier than any I've ever seen in fine magazines...or high-end stores.

I remember that she loved putting the tinsel ICICLES  on our tree every year.
She insisted that they go on, one icicle at a time...
now, those are THIN and took FOREVER to get them on....
  as soon as she walked out of the room,
my little brother, KEITH and I would stand back and just
throw a handful at a time....:)
If I have a theme for my tree, it would be SANTA CLAUSE...


Santa Clause has always been the most fun for Christmas....

O, I do love angels and such....

but, for MY tree, it's gotta be mostly 
SANTA  CLAUSE.










That little CLOWN with the tall red hat hung on my mom's tree for years and years...

It's those kind of things that make CHRISTMAS in my heart.








I don't have to have her photo hanging on my tree every single year to remember her....

but it's just a nice JOY for us when we see her sitting there, smiling,
looking all cute in her black and white stripe shirt....

I can almost hear her infectious laugh right now.......*sigh

I sure am thankful that God gave me HELEN FREDERICK HAWKINS
for my mother.
Little elves....


little clowns...

Red and White Santas

red and white ribbons tied on the branches  with a little cloth clown with RED and WHITE polka dots...this little clown hung on my mama's tree.

Yes, ma'am...I love this kind of decorating.








 The little PINK stocking ornament made for daughter, STACY, when she was in elementary,
2nd or 3rd grade.
It has been on our tree ever since, too.





28 comments:

Kathleen Grace said...

I really love the red and white (I know, you're shocked aren't you? lol) Your tree looks just gorgeous and festive and beautiful:>)

Michelle said...

Wonderful that you still keep your children's childhood items on the tree. Very sweet.

Vee said...

A memory tree makes a very neat Christmas tree. Love all the red and white and the burlap ribbon...well, no wonder you couldn't leave that behind!

Wasn't Debbie's post good?! I hope that a lot of people will read it because what she said is the honest truth. Some might find it scary, but it is the bottom line.

Annmarie Pipa said...

your tree is just beautiful!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love your tree and all the 'memory' ornaments! Santa's are always cute!
hugs,
Linda

Beth said...

Your tree is beautiful and everything looks so festive!

Linda said...

Your tree is SO beautiful!!

I LOVE 'Ellen from Oregon!' She is popping up everywhere and becoming famous!!!

PLEASE, Ellen!!! BLOG!! WE.WILL.FOLLOW!

Pondside said...

What a pretty tree! I love an old-fashioned tree best too, and your little red and white tree is perfect!

middle child said...

I love that you always have such a bright outlook on life. That is something I aspire to.
I have a couple santas I like but snowmen are my thing!

doodles n daydreams said...

Your tree is lovely, bj. I love an old fashioned tree as well and my little mother still does a beautiful one. She loves Christmas. The red and white cloth does the trick perfectly on your table top.

blessings,
Diana

Maureen Wyatt said...

How sweet to have your mom's picture on you tree that is so full of happy memories!

Robin said...

Very pretty tree, full of memories and love.

Sharing Shadymont said...

Your tree looks wonderful BJ! I love it, and the red and white table cloth looks beautiful! Merry Christmas!

Theresa said...

Beautiful tree! Love all of those Santas and the picture of your precious Mama! Have a blessed day dear BJ, HUGS!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Looks very cheerful and festive.

Irene said...

Thanks for sharing your sassy Santa tree. It is adorable and I love to see those vintage ornaments.

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

The tree is wonderful, BJ! We were allowed to hang the icicles 3 or 4 on a branch.....my mom would tell us about how she stood back and threw them on! but my dad likes things nice and neat...
Debbie's post was terrific. She certainly has a gift with words, and a beautiful heart.

Madeline's Album said...

Love your Santa Claus tree. It is decorated with your favorite ornaments. I really like the picture ornament of you mother. Thanks for sharing your memories with us. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Your little tree is the cutest and so is your table clothes and new bow. SWEET!
I especially loved the photo of your mother. My mother was a huge lover of Christmas too.

Not sure how the prayer chair works..but it's such a nice idea.
There didn't seem to be a place to sign..or anything like that. Are we supposed to post it??

Jane Craske said...

Looks just lovely! What a beautiful post about the horrendous happenings in Ct.

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Thank you Dear One, for taking us on a tour of your memory-filled Christmas Tree.

And how inventive you are! I'm sure this way of putting something under your tree, is prettier than what ever you couldn't find. :-)

Hugsssssssssssssssssssssssss...

Whimsey Creations said...

It looks beautiful. And we are tinsel sisters - my mom did the same thing as did my brother and I. LOL Merry Christmas to you BJ!

On Crooked Creek said...

BJ,
AMAZING!!!
I adore your Memory Tree, dear friend!!! These are the memories that warm our hearts and our home at Christmas...and all year through!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Looks great! I love the David stocking. How sweet that you've kept it all these years! And somehow it still looks brand new haha!

Rita Huneault said...

Your place looks perfect for Christmas; love that cure Santa, the mitts, everything red.
Rita

Lady Jane said...

I love your "sassy" tree!!! Have a wonderful Christmas...

Audrey said...

bj ... Your tree is wonderful. Love the bright colors and all the Santa decorations. The memories of your Mom is so special.
Christmas Blessings.
Audrey Z.

Kathleen said...

Your tree looks beautiful, BJ. I am sure your whole house is warm and cozy and full of spirit!