Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Decking the Halls with bough of holly... Fa La La La La

Although we've kept our Christmas decorations to a minimum this year, its been joyful walking down Memory Lane as we focused our attention to decorating the tree this year. It was fun to pull the ornaments out of their storage box, gently unwrapping the tissue paper anticipating the beauty that lies inside. This beautiful gold glittered skeleton key is one my favorite ornaments and I clearly remember the beautiful summer day that Don and I spent in Amish country at 'Tis the Season where I purchased it a few years ago. Isn't that fun of collecting Christmas ornaments, adding new memories each and every year?
This year we've added icicles in both acrylic and glass to our tree and I love the way the white lights and the other colors of the ornaments shine through them. Aren't they beautiful? The silver glittered and wired word, "Snow" is another 'Tis the Season purchase from that same visit a few years ago. As well as the inspiration for my "Winter Wishes" tag garland banner that I created for the tree.

This year we mainly purchased items to help fill in the tree and really focused our attention to creating the illusion of a tree topper. We've added in a lot of metallic red sprays, red, green, and gold berry stems, gold glittered branches, and faux palm fronds glittered in both red and gold. The silk poinsettias were used last year to decorate our home for our weddding, so this year I purchased another bunch to add to them. My thoughts are to keep adding red silk poinsettias to the tree every year, wouldn't a faux garland of them be beautiful gently cascading softly around the tree? And I love how the red and gold color scheme sort of evolved gradually coming into being over the years. It's so cheerful, lovely, and festive! Yet, elegant and refined all at the same time...

Our tree is 7 1/2 feet tall so there isn't room to capture the true beauty of the tree in its entirety but these photographs will be perfect for adding to a new scrapbook.

As you go about celebrating your holidays with your family, friends, and love ones, Don and I wish you and yours "A Very Merry Christmas" from our hearts to yours.
Merry Christmas!

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