My Living Room Tree…finally!

Finally…”better late than never”…the living room is finally all decked out for Christmas…

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It takes a lot of going up and down a 10 foot ladder to deck a 12 foot tree…

…..I am getting too old for this…need a smaller tree!

However, it looks so “majestic” with the height of the ceiling.

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I overlaid the green ribbon with a gold glittered ribbon…

…..for a little more bling!

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Rather than line the foyer with poinsettias as I did last year..I chose a more natural look…

……I can hear my friend Linda applauding me now…

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Rather than embellishing the garland with ribbon, etc..

…..I chose to leave it natural..adding a few birds here and there.

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The tree is filled with many sentimental ornaments…

…..like this “vignette” for my son…he played soccer…still does!

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Another “vignette” of “Florida” ornaments given to me by friends…

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The train “stained glass” ornament was my very first Hallmark ornament purchase!

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I love Christopher Radko ornaments…especially the “911” tribute collection…

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And then there are always the “travel momentos”…

…..bought this one on one of our “Christmastime” trips to NYC.

My friend Linda and I were browsing in the gift shop before the show…We spotted this beauty…but there was only one!…The clerk said that there were more across the street from the show…the show was starting soon…but we ran out of the Music Hall..crossed barricades and darted into traffic..to get another ornament!..What we do for a great ornament…We made the show just in time!…:)

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Tavern on the Green…so enjoyed our lunch there…so sad it is gone!

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I recently received this beauty from a friend…

…..she knows how much I want to go to France…She has been there many times…

So if I concentrate on this enough…I may someday go…hope so K & K!!

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I love my set of carolers that I place around the tree..

…..this is the other side of the tree…

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And now I am going to share some more “vignettes” around the room…

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I embellished my existing decor..something that I am going to do more of next year..

…..more natural….less is more.

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The top of the secretary..I made the swag/garland..

…..and the print is a gift from my friend Sherry…the artist is from N.C.!

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Hard to get a good pic of it due to the reflection…

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Glad you are hanging in with me with all these pics…have lots to share..

…..before Christmas!

Down the stairwell are two vignettes of Byers Carolers…

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Many of these have been generous gifts from family and friends…

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My Salvation Army Collection…below the Thomas Kincaid limited edition he painted after 911.

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Here is my antique Salvation Army Hat…

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A few more tidbits around the room…

My fruit collection..

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A poinsettia in my Red Wing crock on the hearth…

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And I leave you with one of my favorite Radko Ornaments….

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See you later with my large upside down tree in the sunroom…

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Oh Christmas Tree…

I love having multiple trees in my home for Christmas. It is fun and rewarding decorating them and finding ways to make them different from year to year. Other than changing out ribbon and other decorative floral adornments, my large tree pretty much is the same as it is my sentimental family tree full of ornaments gathered over many years. I collected many Hallmark ornaments in the past and I have displayed many of them in the tree in the media room. Many I have stored away…

So the following are many (not all) of the trees I have throughout the house. I always say from year to year that I am not going to do as much..but I cannot seem to live up to that promise.

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The Great Room Tree…It is 12 foot and we had to place the lower branches into the ballaters so that it would fit in the area..the lower branches hang over the stair well and you can see the ornaments dangle.

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I placed my carolers around the tree as if they are singing around a tree in a town square.

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Among my more sentimental ornaments, I love to use Christopher Radko ornaments.

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I add a garland of ribbon, usually two (a metallic over a flocked) that will connect to a large bow and various ornamental picks.

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My upside down tree in the sun room. It is flocked and I used red ornaments with glass crystal icicle ornaments. The red shows up so nicely against the white flocking. Owls are perfect for that woodland look. I place berry floral picks and garland at the front top edge.

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The base of the tree with pine cones, holly sprigs and a “visitor” the infamous furry squirrel.

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The kitchen tree with Santa take out chefs. This has been there for the past few years, so I will change that around a bit next year.

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The small vintage cookie cutter tree that sits in an old A&P grocery shopping cart.

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The media room tree decorated with Hallmark ornaments and a few handmade ones by my son many years ago..

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The topper…with silk ferns and hydrangeas. I used a metallic glittered garland band that twists nicely amid the tree.

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The corner wall mounted upside down tree…I used brown and copper ornaments to coordinate with the mantle. Floral and leaf inspired picks are inserted on the top portion of the tree.

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A close up of the top portion of the tree

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When decorating the top portion of the 12 foot tree, I place (actually my hubby does) it in a bench with a vice so that I can decorate it completely from the workbench. The hubby climbs up the ladder and places the top portion in the tree fully decorated. Saves me from being up on the very top of the ladder!

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A Hallmark miniature tree purchased many years ago and a train goes around the base of the tree…a favorite of my granddaughters.

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My granddaughter’s tree. It is a themed tree every year of her choice. This year it is Legos..

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The toy shop village made of legos..The tree and village sits in an antique wagon

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An old Dept 56 faux “feather tree” with white and gold acorns. A symbol of Raleigh, the City of Oaks. Sits on the dresser of the guest room.

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The tree in the Master Bedroom. I wrapped a lighted white flocked garland around it and placed silver ornaments and decorations on it.

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A close up..I also used up all the silver ornament hangers I had. I thought they were cute by themselves.

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The guest room tree..A metal tree with a brass finish. I added the green berried twig garland through the middle to add a bit more texture. Used white, blue, and green ornaments to coordinate the colors with the room. Added a few owls for more texture…

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Placed white glutted ferns and antique Japanese fishing net balls that are green and blue under the tree

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A small nutcracker tree in my hubby’s office. Only able to take picture from one side as the window creates such glare…

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A magnolia and pearl tree in the other guest room.

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A closer look..I used magnolia floral stems and garlands with pearl picks. My friend Pam took those pearl picks, stuck them in a styrofoam wreath and turned out gorgeous..next project…

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The dining room tree. Decorated with various fruits, fruit garland, and pineapples. It is raised off the floor and I placed an evergreen garland at the base.

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Another close up view of the dining room tree.

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And finally, one of the greatest trees of all..the tree on Main Street at Disney World. You can see some of the “snow” that they spray through the air in the evening. It was a beautiful enchanting night.

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