December 12, 2016

Our Christmas Tree, 2016

Welcome, and come on in! 

I am finally done with our Christmas tree. 

It was not a hard job ...but I did it in stages, 
with lapses of time between decorating sessions. 

Our tree is not a designer tree, 
but one I put together bit by bit, step by step. 

We used to have a ten foot "monster" tree in our other house. That took quite a while to decorate! 

We not only downsized houses, we downsized our Christmas tree. 

I have so many ornaments that I have to pick and choose which ones to use. It occurred to me that I might need to rotate my ornaments from year to year...and make a list, or a chart, as I doubt I can remember from year to year. 

I don't think this year's tree has a specific style. :-)
I put sprigs of berries, pine, and lots of white burlap bows all over the tree. Then I added glitter sprigs to the top of the tree, and randomly around the tree. I like the sparkle!  All of the sprigs of this and that help to fill in our tree branches. 

The last thing I did was to add glass ornaments...and then special family ornaments. 

I looked at the tree and it occurred to me that I just did not have any more space for adding more ornaments. 

We gave daughter her childhood ornaments a couple of years ago, after she married and had her own tree. 

The ice skates ornaments are mine. I used to ice skate... growing up with colder winters. It has been so long now that I don't know if I could still stand on ice skates these days...but maybe. :-) 

So many of my ornaments remind me of a special person, place, or time in my life.

The little plastic snowman is an oldie. And his little light still works after nearly ten years. Amazing! 

After all is said and done, and the Christmas tree is finally finished, it is so much fun to sit by the glow of the lights on cold evenings leading up to Christmas. 

It is nice to get comfortable under a soft throw, with a cup of hot tea, and maybe a bowl of popcorn...and just sit, and look at the tree. 

There is magic in the air...
whether you are young or old. :-)

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My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. You have a very beautiful tree!

  2. Love your tree and all the special ornaments! The golden ornaments is very special, even to your readers. xoxo

    1. Thank you Donna! We still remember designer dog. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. Beautiful Sheila. It all looks so welcoming.

  4. Everything looks so elegant and beautiful!

  5. You have a beautiful tree. I love how full it is and the sprays and sprigs really help with that. -Jenn

  6. Your tree is stunning and I love the ice skates! I think I might revise the top of our tree for next year. I love the look of stuffing twigs and other items into the top of the tree.

  7. Sheila your tree is beautiful! I know what you mean about having too many ornaments for one tree. I have a whole collection of other ornaments that I didn't use and need to rotate them too. I go with my mood. Love each special ornament you used and the spot where you put it is perfect. You can view it from various locations and people are greeted by it when coming in the door.

  8. Everything is so beautiful Sheila and your Christmas Tree is gorgeous. I love those skates too!
    Merry Christmas,

  9. There IS magic in the air, for me, especially at Christmas. I LOVE sitting in my living room, in the evening, with the lights glowing and just drink it all in. Your tree is beautiful and I love that you see it as soon as you enter. Merry Christmas, Sheila!!!

  10. Gorgeous!
    Thanks so much for sharing st AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  11. Your tree is magnificent Sheila!...what a most wonderful way to welcome guests as they enter your home and see that gorgeous tree!!!

  12. Hello Sheila, wow you did a beautiful job decorating your Christmas tree! It looks so nice lit up at night time. I hope you are enjoying the holidays.
    Thanks for sharing this at C&C with J&J.

  13. Your tree is just beautiful Sheila!

  14. Beautiful! I love all your ornaments but the ribbons just made me all giddy!

  15. SO pretty!! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


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