If you were to use one word to describe my style, I'm guessing "simple" might be the top choice. I live a simple life, and it shows in everything I do. This year was mostly about the Christmas tree, as I chose to scale back on my decorating. Although I do miss my big one, this is the second year that I decided to go with the skinny tree. It serves the purpose and doesn't take two days to complete.
Can you spot one of my dated ornaments for 2015? It's below the ornament that I made marking my daughter's birth 29 Christmases ago. If you look closely, you can see a reflection of me holding cupcake while taking this photo. Memaw is multi-tasking.
More 2015 ornaments, purchased and personalized at the amazing Christmas store in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
I've written a few times about my tradition of collecting dated ornaments. You can find the backstory here. I've also written about my homemade ornaments, which some have lasted 39 years and are still found on my tree. You can read that backstory here.
It all started with this one.
Every year since has found me purchasing one dated ornament, sometimes more. They generally relate to an event or milestone.
My adorable grandniece, the one I call sugar plum, born in 2010.
Me, holding another precious grandniece, the one I call pie, born in 2013.
A very special fire captain retired in 2008.
I'm in the market for new Christmas stockings this year, but I can't find anything I like. The mantel looks odd without them.
Here's my daughter's first teddy bear, Fuzzy Joe Bear, wearing the Santa outfit she wore on her first Christmas in 1986. The bear was almost as big as she was.
Since my daughter was only six months old her first Christmas, and a preemie at birth, I knew the little suit would never fit cupcake, who just turned nine-months, but I managed to squeeze the hat on her, 29 years after her mommy wore it. I'll consider it a success.
The Reason for the season, a baby born in Bethlehem, the Savior of the World, God with us. This cardboard nativity has been in the family for 75 years.
Until next time, dear friends, I leave you with a sweet image my sister captured earlier this week. To share life with my precious granddaughter, to see the world through her eyes, is a joy like no other.
Should I be scarce in blogland in the coming days and weeks, may your days be filled with the love, joy, and peace that only Christ can bring, and thanks for sharing a part of yourselves with me. It means the world.
There's a Christmas open house party going on, and you can link up your Christmas posts (old and new), or just go mingle with the party people. I'm linking from Brenda's Cozy Little House.
Also linking up with:
Home Sweet Home
Foodie Friday and Everything Else
Simple and Sweet Fridays
Cindy's Show and Tell