Trim the Tree Thursday

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We’ve always gone with the traditional red and green theme for our Christmas tree. We have thrown in some gold with the red and green. If I’m going to change up anything for Christmas it will reflect itself in our table settings and not the tree. There are so many ornaments we’ve collected over the years that we’d miss if they didn’t appear on the tree. I really love my Beatrix Potter ornaments. These are Hunca Munca and the Amiable Guinea Pig.

Here are some of my vintage Christmas goodies that we inherited from Dear’s mother Verna…


So here’s my dilemma this year. I live most of my days in Southern California because of my husband’s job but we celebrate Christmas where all my Christmas goodies are, in my home in Washington. My children all live in Washington. The last couple of years I’ve been home in Washington the whole month of December so I can decorate and get ready for Christmas. This year is an odd year because we decided it was time for our kids to come down and spend Christmas Eve with my extended family in Southern California. My parents (their grandparents) are 85-ish and we haven’t spent Christmas with them since about 1990!! So I’m only in Washington for 10 days which included Thanksgiving. I leave for California on the 6th of December. My kids fly down on the 23rd of December and spend Christmas Eve with my family. Then we jump on a plane Christmas morning at 6:30 am to fly back to Seattle for 10 days. Josh and his wife Laura will need to spend Christmas Day with Laura’s family since we hijacked them on Christmas Eve. So in typing all this out I have come to the conclusion that a Christmas Tree is just not going to work out for us this year. I’ll put up all the other decor and we’ll just concentrate on Christmas Stockings and forget the tree.

So…any photos you see of a tree will be my tree from last year!

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Photobucket is holding all my photos from 2007-2015 hostage and demanding a ransom for me to access them. I’m slowly cleaning up many of my posts where PB have added ugly black and grey boxes where my photos used to be. So frustrating!

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

23 thoughts on “Trim the Tree Thursday

  1. Last years tree is pretty enough for two years!! You certainly are making the most of living in two places! Years ago I discovered “The Christmas House” in Bellvue and still have many of the wonderful ornaments I bought there. Have you been there..or is it still there in old town?
    I’m looking forward to all you have to share during this season!!

  2. Well, I’m sure we’re all glad we could help you make your decision. 🙂 I can’t imagine living in two places. How wonderful though that the two places each have family close instead of clear across the country.

  3. Some years we haven’t put up a tree because we knew we’d be gone for at least a week and then the tree would dry out, wither and die, or burn up. And of course when we lived in the jungle, there were no fir trees. One year we used a bamboo bush for a tree. Whatever works, it’s still Christmas!

  4. Ah yes. . .the dilemmas of how to coordinate the holidays. . .I think you are wise to concentrate on the people and throw the a few decorations in for good measure. . you obviously have a family that loves being together and nothing can top that . ..even the star at the top of the tree.

  5. Hi Ellen,

    Love your Christmas tree! With the traditional green and red and gold, you are definitely a gal after my own heart!

    My husband likes your kissing Mr. and Mrs. Santa… 🙂

  6. Ellen, I think you are doing a good thing to spend the time with your parents this year. It will be different, but will be a memory to treasure.

    I love your collages filled with all of your wonderful decorations.

  7. I don’t blame you! Sounds hectic, but you have to go where the family is!
    I think I have a couple of little chior cherubs like yours…. very cute.


  8. I am finding it difficult this year to prepare one home for Christmas – but two, forget it!! Family dynamics at Christmastime can be work, figuring out the time for everyone! I love the pictures you’ve shown. I think my mother had the kissing Mr. and Mrs. Claus and maybe the three sweet angels too.
    Merry Christmas…Kathy

  9. Wow, I didn’t know that we were so good at helping you make a decision. I barely even thought about it!
    Your tree is very cute. I know you will be anxious to see it again next year…that is, if you can stand not putting one up!

  10. I love your Christmas past tree..beautiful! I enjoyed seeing all the wonderful photos of special ornaments!

    We put our trees up, but at the end of the day, it’s not the trees that make Christmas.

  11. I love the little Christmas mice! I think that a Christmas without a tree is just fine! Just changes things up a little. Thanks for sharing your decorations!


  12. I love your Beatrix Potter ornaments…adorable!!!
    It’s not the tree that makes Christmas…Christmas…I think you’ve got all the necessary elements right in your heart!

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