My love for Christmas and decorating spans as far back as I can remember in my childhood and one that stands out most were precut wooden ornaments my mother introduced us to. We enjoyed painting then stringing them and then watching them hang with pride each time we strolled ny the tree.
Each year is enhanced by the traditions of years past and new acquisitions or my home does not feel complete.
I enjoy experiencing the decor be it in a new light and place and with those who are looking to create their own with my collections. So in essence sharing mine brings new one’s to others. How joyful is that…
My Christmas traditions take me to others homes to trim their tree. A tradition started by my former boss’ wife Elena aka, “Mrs Dr” whom you’ve met in a previous post… They built a lovely estate and Mrs Dr needed desperate help on trimming a tree that was at least more than double my size and stood between two spiral staircases that not even a ladder could reach so it was a challenge at the very least. So the annual tree trimming party at the Kurstin’s began there and has evolved to cousins homes and this year my very first paying customer without even looking for it.
I use to make corporate gift baskets and it took so much of my free time from enjoying the trimming side of Christmas. I recall how I’d be caught rushing thru to put my stuff up and lost the joy it brought me so I suspended the baskets & returned to what now is the love & essence of my holiday season feeling… decorating and sharing the view!
I collect and pick up old & new items yearly. The post Christmas sales are the best so the followimg year I’m all set to start anew. Yard and Estate sales are gold mines for vintage items like this golden santa sleigh set I fell in love with at one this year. It belonged to someones elder mom that passed so I do hope she’s happy its moved onto another lover of all things seasonal.
Here are a sample of trees trimmed in 2020 and some from past years I managed to find in my photo archives and a bonus of a few from my New Years trip to The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Enjoy this first week of 2021 gathering your thoughts and enjoying all the beauty of the season and have a Happy New Year all year long…cause at the end of the day it’s all anout what you chose to make of it…
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