getting our Christmas tree with our family. 

This is myself, the mister and the grandaughter Gracie. 

It was a blustery, cold day but we bundled up and enjoyed the occasion. 

Normally we cut our own, but there were so many beautiful trees already cut and on display in the barn, we couldn’t resist the warmth involved in choosing one inside.  

They had quite a display of fresh wreaths made also. 

 Gracie seemed to enjoy the festivities although I don’t think she quite understood why we passed her around for so many photo ops.

Our good friends came along to get their tree also, which made it even more fun. 

  

Being sure the tree was secure took a lot of deliberation…

 

But in the end, it was all good!

The perfect Christmas tree?  All Christmas trees are perfect!  ~Charles N. Barnard

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  I made This Chrismas tree from vintage pins that were given to me. vintage pin tree

Each one of them is so pretty and unique.  They remind me of the person who gave it to me which makes it more special. pin tree

 It is about 15 inches square and each one is pinned to the red velvet and then I framed them in a deep frame.web-pin-tree-007

   What used to be jewelry is now a cherished Christmas decoration I bring out every year to hang on my wall.    It never fails to add a bit of cheer to the holiday season.

  

web-pin-tree-012 ~It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.  ~W.T. Ellis

                 

 

 

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 and because we love the scent and feel of a real Christmas tree, we are going to go and cut one down tomorrow, put it up and decorate it too!   This year is special because we get to take my new little granddaughter along. I only wish it would snow tonight to make it perfect. 

tree   We have all been given advice on the many ways to take care of  Christmas trees, so if you are like me  you will probably be surprised how many of those rules aren’t necessary, so here’s a quick list of things to do when you’re picking out and bringing your tree home.

Before buying the tree, give it a shake or grab a branch of needles and slide your hand towards yourself.  Brown needles are ok to drop, but if green needles are dropping, then the tree isn’t very fresh.

 If it has been more than 6 hours since cutting it down, or if you bought a pre-cut tree, you will need to cut one inch off the bottom of the trunk because it heals over and won’t take water.

Make the cut straight across the trunk.  Don’t cut the tree at an angle or a V shape, or whittle away the edges to fit into your stand because the outside edges draw up the water most efficiently.

If you are planning on waiting before putting it in it’s stand, put it in a bucket of  water and keep it somewhere cool until you are ready to bring it in the house.

Place the tree in a stand with adequate water capacity.  Be careful because some stands allow there to be water in the stand without the tree being submerged and the bottom of the trunk needs to always be in water to prevent healing over.

Only give the tree plain water.  There is no need for aspirin or any of the other concoctions we have been told about.  Plain water works best.  Water temperature doesn’t matter either.

Don’t put it near any kind of heat source when picking your location.

Use miniature lights that produce less heat, this helps prevent your tree from drying out.

Your tree should last 4 to 5 weeks if you keep it watered and don’t let the water level go below the trunk.my grapevine/holly wreath

Remember ~ real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource.  They are farmed like a crop so no need for guilt when deciding on a real tree.web-tree-036 

 

  1. For more info about real Christmas trees, visit The national Christmas Tree Associaiton at http://www.christmastree.org/

  2. You can locate a tree recycling program by logging onto www.realchristmastrees.org

  3. To learn many myths about real Christmas trees visit http://www.christmastree.org/myths.cfm

 

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~It is difficult to realize how great a part of all that is cheerful and delightful in the recollections of our own life is associated with trees.  ~Wilson Flagg

 vintage pin tree

For the last Vintage Thingies of the year I wanted to show you my Vintage Rhinestone Christmas Tree.web-pin-tree-010

  Every pin is an old one from someone I know~ sister, friends, aunts.  Each one of them is so pretty and makes me think of the person who gave it to me. pin tree

 It is about 15 inches square and I pinned them to the red fabric and then framed them in a deep frame.web-pin-tree-007

   I used to wear them once in a while but this way I bring them out once a year and they are a treat that means so much to me.    

Happy New Year to you and yours! Have a safe and healthy holiday!

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~Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.  ~Benjamin Franklin

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I have the outdoors decorated and ready …web-j-039web-j-029

 and because we love the scent and feel of a real Christmas tree, we went and cut one down, put it up and decorated it too!   

tree   We have all been given advice on the many ways to take care of  Christmas trees, so if you are like me  you will probably be surprised how many of those rules aren’t necessary, so here’s a quick list of things to do when you’re picking out and bringing your tree home.

Before buying the tree, give it a shake or grab a branch of needles and slide your hand towards yourself.  Brown needles are ok to drop, but if green needles are dropping, then the tree isn’t very fresh.

 If it has been more than 6 hours since cutting it down, or if you bought a pre-cut tree, you will need to cut one inch off the bottom of the trunk because it heals over and won’t take water.

Make the cut straight across the trunk.  Don’t cut the tree at an angle or a V shape, or whittle away the edges to fit into your stand because the outside edges draw up the water most efficiently.

If you are planning on waiting before putting it in it’s stand, put it in a bucket of  water and keep it somewhere cool until you are ready to bring it in the house.

Place the tree in a stand with adequate water capacity.  Be careful because some stands allow there to be water in the stand without the tree being submerged and the bottom of the trunk needs to always be in water to prevent healing over.

Only give the tree plain water.  There is no need for aspirin or any of the other concoctions we have been told about.  Plain water works best.  Water temperature doesn’t matter either.

Don’t put it near any kind of heat source when picking your location.

Use miniature lights that produce less heat, this helps prevent your tree from drying out.

Your tree should last 4 to 5 weeks if you keep it watered and don’t let the water level go below the trunk.my grapevine/holly wreath

Remember ~ real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource.  They are farmed like a crop so no need for guilt when deciding on a real tree.web-tree-036 

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  2. For more info about real Christmas trees, visit The national Christmas Tree Associaiton at http://www.christmastree.org/

  3. You can locate a tree recycling program by logging onto www.realchristmastrees.org

To learn many myths about real Christmas trees visit http://www.christmastree.org/myths.cfm

 

frasier fir

 

It is difficult to realize how great a part of all that is cheerful and delightful in the recollections of our own life is associated with trees.  ~Wilson Flagg

 

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