Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmastime is Here

After Christmas last year, I decided to give away my Christmas tree. I'd only had it a couple of years but found it challenging to decorate, not because of its size, but because of the way the branches were put together.

So, that left me with no tree this year and since I wasn't in the mood to shop for a new one, I borrowed one from twin sister.

It's called a "pencil" tree, and for good reason. It's tall and skinny. I'm still getting used to the thinness of it, but I think it works just fine.

I wasn't able to put all of my ornaments on this skinny tree, but in keeping with tradition, I used my dated ornaments collection. This collection started in 1980 and gets added to each year.

Can you guess what 2014's dated ornament is? I bought it during our October getaway to Pigeon Forge and I'd say it perfectly depicts the highlight of the year. I'm calling it the "year of the bump." There's also a dated ornament that holds one of cupcake's ultrasound pics.

As always, my tree includes some of the homemade ornaments twin sis and I made almost 40 years ago. The gold and bead trimmed mirror, and the little hat, are two of those ornaments.

It's obvious that I love a tree that has lots of ornaments.


In the dining room, I draped a garland with lights over my old pie safe and hung the little cupcake ornaments I bought in Pigeon Forge, in honor of the upcoming arrival of my granddaughter that I will call my cupcake. (Cupcake's arrival is only two-and-a-half months away! Eeeeek! I'm excited!)

Someone adorable graces this end-table. That would be my precious baby girl who is fixing to have her own baby girl.

Christmastime is here.

Until next time, dear friends, may we never lose sight of the reason for the season. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)



  1. Good morning!
    I so enjoyed sharing your beautiful Christmas home with you...
    I adore the tree, and all the meaningful ornaments. : )
    Enjoy spending the time with your loved ones!

  2. Beautiful!! I love the way you decorated it with precious memories. :)

  3. I love the dated ornament idea. I'll have to share that will my son and his new wife. So much excitement with a new baby on the way!

  4. I am giving my big tree away, too, Dayle. I am just tired of the huge size of it..and how I have to move things around to accommodate its girth. I think I will get a really good one after Christmas when all go on sale.

    I love your dated ornament collection and that you have crafted ones that you and your sister made. What fun. Hope you have a great Monday- xo Diana

  5. How nice to have pretty things from years past! Holiday hugs, Diane

  6. It lovely, warm and inviting. I love the tree. I bought one like it this year and it fits perfectly in my "tree space". Can't wait for Cupcake to get here! Merry Christmas to you and yours my dear sister-friend.

  7. Beautiful and sentimental, all at the same time...that's what I like. Not only do I have a very similar tall & skinny tree, but many of my ornaments are homemade and many I have had for years and years. Next year at this time your little cupcake will be wide eyed with amazement at all of those lovely decorations! How fun!

  8. Everything is so festive! I am looking for the perfect first ornament for my sweet baby. Enjoy your week!

  9. I love your attitude Dayle, why not use twin sister's tree? It looks perfect because you've got all those wonderfully sentimental ornaments on it.... I still lug out my homemade ornaments the kids made too. Sounds like another baby is on the way, I'm so happy for you and your family!

  10. That pencil tree is so wonderful, Dayle! What a wealth of memories it contains!

  11. Such a beautiful tree! I'm not surprised, though. It was put up by a beautiful woman with a beautiful heart!! Love the "bump" ornament - too cute!


  12. I just love your tree! I've always liked those 'pencil' trees, and one of these years, I shall put one up in our home... somewhere.
    For now, my sweet husband is loving his giant tree, that just about fills the entire library **smile**.

    I love your tradition of having dated ornaments. We started that tradition as well, many years ago, and each year it is a treat to remember the ornaments and the meaning behind each one .

    This is a wonderful time of year. May you feel the blessings that are part of the magic of Christmas.


  13. So, so pretty and cheery!
    I could use a pencil tree... :)
    Thanks for linking up, my friend.

  14. Hi Dayle...Don't know if I lost the comment I just wrote or if you are checking them before they are published. Anyway, I had said your photos are lovely and the pencil tree is darling. And little cupcake coming! Ohhhhhh, so exciting. We have a baby grandson coming to our lives THIS MONTH. So thrilling. Susan

  15. I love when every ornament tells a story . . .

  16. Hi Dayle, the pencil tree is perfect and your photos gorgeous. Doing things differently this year too. No snow for us, or cold. We're heading south for the first time. Changes are good. Have a great rest of the week.

  17. Your tree and the story behind it is lovely! Thanks for "inspiring" us this week at Create With Joy! :-)

  18. I could sit for hours looking at your tree!
    All those ornaments, with history or story. It's beautiful!

  19. Your tree is really pretty, all those handmade ornaments from years ago are such lovely keepsakes. I have a pencil tree too but it is even smaller and skinnier than yours. I love it! We also have a big tree that is more work to put up; I don't think our kids would "let" us get rid of it ! haha!


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