About a year ago, I signed up to be a part of the Clever Cookie School of Blog, and since then I’ve gotten to be good blogging friends with some incredible bloggers from around the world. Each month on the 10th, some of us form a 10 on 10 photography circle. We share 10 photos from our life – a day of our life, generally – and one of us link to another. Our visitors have the opportunity to make their way around the circle. Some of you may have made your way here from Steph at Steph’s Joy, and if so WELCOME! Others of you will leave me and head on off to visit with Jo at You Had Us at Hello. I hope you enjoy!
One of my absolute favorite things in the world is having a Christmas tree up to look at and enjoy. I don’t know if I’ve always loved the Christmas tree or if the tree took on more importance after the multiple tragedies occurring between Thanksgiving and Christmas that befell our family multiple years in a row. I can’t remember now, but I do know that I absolutely love the Christmas tree. I always think that we will put our tree up and have everything decorated the weekend after Thanksgiving, but it just doesn’t work out that way. A week into December and we are just now getting everything together.
And by everything I mean everything from the tree in the house to the multiple nativities (I collect nativities – I find something beautiful and peace about them. I’m always on the hunt for a new one to add to the collection) to the decorations outside. We finally have the tree almost decorated and some of the nativities are out, but the outside is nowhere near done.
With the new house, we decided that we wanted a bit more traditional outside decorations. That means green wreaths and red bows in the windows. We still need to get a couple of spotlights so that we can illuminate the wreaths…and we didn’t actually get these hung tonight. We ran out of daylight. 🙁
We’ve also decided to do white lights in our palm trees, live oaks, and crepe myrtles as well as around the columns on our porch. I’d like to go around the top of the fence, but I think we are going save that money right now since we have so much fencing. I’d also like to outline the windows and the front of the house.
We do have a less-than-classical decoration in the front yard as well. I love it and couldn’t wait to pull it out of the garage.
We picked up our tree this weekend. The tree this year isn’t as full as we’ve had in past years, but that doesn’t matter much – there’s plenty of room for the lights and for all of our ornaments.
This photo was taken before we added some more lights to fill in those bare spots and before the ornaments were added.
Up at the top of our tree is my red star. I’ve been in love with that star since I was 19 years old. Over a decade ago, a friend’s husband soldered the holder back to it because the one originally attached broke off. For the last couple of years, the holder has been getting weaker and looser. The other night, it finally broke, and instead of crying about it, I was very calm…it’s lived a good life.
Along with the very beautiful lights, there are all of the ornaments for the tree. Every year I think we will be short and that we need some of those cheap decorations to fill in. And then more ornaments and more ornaments kept coming.
One of hardest things about being married has been deciding what to hang on to and what to let go of. I brought a ton of ornaments into the family. For me, even though they are mass-produced and generic, they were lovely and quite sentimental. Most of my ornaments were purchased for our first tree after my step-father passed away. We already don’t put many of those ornaments on the tree, and I think it might be worthwhile to see where those might find a better home. We add new ornaments each year – soon we won’t have room for those other ornaments any way.
That little candle mouse is from my childhood. Sweet Husband has all of his childhood ornaments as well.
And this guy is marked as SH’s baby ornament (His momma called him pooh bear).
Most interestingly, SH and I both had one of the same ornaments. What are the odds of that happening? We were across the country from each other, on completely different wave lengths. Seriously – a little spooky.
I have a ton of other pictures – meaningful ornaments, lights, nativities, and other 50-60 year old decorations. Make sure you come back tomorrow for more of those photos and to join the Photo Friday link-up! Are y’all ready for Christmas? Do you do a traditional tree with mismatched ornaments or is it more contemporary and modern?
Please don’t forget to make your way around the photography circle and leave us all some love! (bloggers love it when we get comments!) You’ll leave me and make your way to Jo at You Had Us at Hello. If you’re just joining us, you will be through the circle when you make your way back to me!