Hi everyone! First let me say thank you for all the sweet and encouraging comments you have left here. I am always blown away and only wish I could return each and every one of them. There are just not enough hours in the day on this end for sure, but please know how much they are treasured. Because I am so appreciative of all of you, I am offering a great giveaway from Lifetime Brands/Mikasa, so be sure to enter. Details are below and on the sidebar.
But first, I wanted to share my Christmas tree.
I had so much fun this year with a new (old) color scheme.
I brought out the old Shiny Brites, restrung my great grandmother's glass beads, and added everything old I could find here plus some new paper snowflakes Luis and I made with the children. I used "Made in USA" as much as possible with a few post-WWII Japan and European ornaments. I try to avoid "Made in China" like the plague these days even if it means going without.
Vintage tinsel had never been out of the package and was very fragile. We had these Jewel Brite angels when I was a child. I always loved how they are nestled on the cloud of cotton. I found more of these on ebay.
This house is part of a Hansel and Gretel set I bought in Germany. Of course there are icicles dripping on the tree.
I was so lucky to be summoned to my mom's attic, where I found this angel in a box marked with my grandmother's handwriting, "Mother's Angel." Made in Japan, post WWII, she is a Christmas treasure for me.
As I have said before, Christmas is so much about family for me, and all these things really make the season not only a little brighter, but bring back so many fond memories.
I decided against placing the tree in the middle of the windows as I have in the past because it blocks so much light, and the children love to sit on the chaise to read or play games. I love where it ended up.
We are really enjoying the new colors and old, antique furniture in this room, but most importantly, we enjoy just hanging out here watching DVDs of old Christmas classics or talking about our day. I love so much about Christmas:-)
Thank you so very much for stopping by! I'll be sharing more Christmas vignettes over the next few weeks all including lots of vintage and family treasures.
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