Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My 2010 Family Christmas Tree

The title of this post says, Family Christmas Tree because this tree is full and I do mean full of so many Christmas memories.

 As I unwrap the precious ornaments each year I wind up crying bitter-sweet tears without fail. Oh the wonderful Christmas Eves and mornings that have been spent around this very tree.

I do have a little disclaimer that I need to mention. I have been done with the tree for over two weeks, but I had a few problems getting this post up.

I struggled so much this year getting the lighting right in my photos. I have finally given up!

 After all Christmas is only six day away!! So without further dialog, here is my Christmas tree. Shall we start at the top and work our way down?!!!

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This shows the ribbon that I made to repeat the element of black and white stripes that are in my Kitchen dinette. Oh no! I just noticed I don’t like the way the tail on the ribbon is looking stiff. I better get a step stool and fix that.

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I love a little whimsy so you will find candy-like ornaments on my tree.

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Notice how Santa’s arm is broken? He fell off his skateboard.

Actually this is one of my son’s ornaments and as a little guy he use to play by the hour with this ornament. Even though it is broken it holds special memories and will always be on my tree.

You will also see a Christmas Spider web on our tree. Have you read the legend of the Christmas Spider, you can read it here.

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The ornament on the left is one that was on my parent’s first tree.
We added snow on the branches. I love the look, it is so frosty looking.

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For my packages I  use my black and white stripe signature wrap mixed with red and lime green and one other multi-colored stripe.

I keep it whimsical by adding polka dot ribbon and sparkly curly ribbon to the packages.

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My 2010 Family Christmas Tree

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So my dear sweet friends there you have it!!!  I hope you have enjoyed sitting around my tree with me?!

Merry, Merry Christmas to Each and Everyone of YOU!!!!



Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

I love your tree Kathysue! It reminds me of "Grinch Who Stole Christmas"...but in a good way!

La Dolfina said...

It's so beautiful Kathysue!!!
I love the ribbon on it... it really makes it pop!
Everything is just magical.
You are creating such wonderful memories for your family and especially your beloved grandchildren!!
Absolutely gorgeous my friend!!!
Love your tree
Love You

vignette design said...

Your tree is gorgeous, and your photos really captured the beauty of the tree in all it's glory! I love the black/white ribbons and the packages. So Kathysue! Terri is right, you are creating wonderful memories for your family. Have a Merry Christmas my dear! Love, Delores

Muffy said...

Such a pretty, full tree! I just love the black & white. It looks so classy, but different. Merry Christmas!

Marcus Design said...

Your tree looks so pretty Kathysue, and the best part is all of the memories that it holds. I love it. And PS. the ribbon looks divine.

Missed reading your blog while I was gone, I've got some catching up to do now!!
Nancy xo

Mariette said...

Dearest Kathysue,

You've got it all pulled together and don't fret about the photos not being 'perfect-perfect'. There is a time of work and a time to RELAX! This is looking great and with all the memories you wrapped up many memories inside your heart as well.
Wish you now an enjoyable time together with family around all your creations that are so dear to you!

Merry Christmas,

Mariette's Back to Basics

Morning T said...

Your tree is incredible Kathysue and I love your coordinating ribbon and packages. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and blessings in 2011.
Big hugs to you~

Party Resources said...

This tree is just what I pictured for you. Love it! Happy and Merry! xx

chisenfam said...

Kathysue, Your tree and your mantel are just breathtaking and perfect in my opinion! Love your family ornaments, it makes me wonder what happened to my parents ornaments and why I dont have any as a keepsake. I don't know about the other pictures you took but the lighting in this one is just gorgeous and shows off your tree to a "T". Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

It's very festive! I absolutely love the introduction of black and white...and the wrapping paper is fabulous!!!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

You have captured the magic of Christmas! Your tree is absolutely gorgeous. I love the star and the black and white ribbon and all the wonderful ornaments. I can only imagine all the memories that must have come flooding back as you placed each ornament on the tree. And Terri is absolutely right...you are also creating new memories, especially for your beautiful grandchildren.
There are just not enough words to express how beautiful your tree is. Absolutely gorgeous!
You have truly captured the magic of Christmas.
Merry Christmas.

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

I absolutely love your decor, your packages are wrapped beautifully and your holiday music has been the very best this year. Knowing how much you put your heart into all of this makes it even better. Merry Christmas! Mona

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Very, very beautiful it all goes together so beautifully. And, as your usual trademark very elegant! The packages are each a work of art. Merry Christmas!

The Buzz said...

You take our breath away, Kathysue! Your tree is beautiful and we love the heirloom touches. It almost has a MacKenzie Childs vibe with the brightly colored ornaments and packages and the black and white bows. Hoping you have a merry day!

Designs By Pinky said...

I like to coordinate my wrapping to the tree too!!!! Love how you have done it and included your SIGNATURE black and white!!! It looks beautiful and would love to sit by the tree and that AMAZING fireplace of yours and share a cup of whatever!!!!! Wishing you and yours a VERY Merry Christmas! XO, Pinky

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Cashon&Co said...

I love your use of black and white. SO chic!

electric fireplace said...

So wonder. I have brought a LED lamps especially for Christmas. I have decorated my fireplace with all LED lamps. But Not same as You decorated. I am really impressed.