Winter Blues

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas is Coming...

A sweet collection of Christmas trinkets & nostalgic pieces
my Mom has been collecting for years.

Christmastime has a special place in my heart. It's a combination of time with friends & family, decorating the house together with my sisters, music, cooking, etc. Traditions big and small that make up a warm & fuzzy feeling when I think of Christmas as a child. My sisters and I would all agree that our Mom & Dad really made the holidays magical. Now we feel it's up to us to make it special for them.

My job since I was five has been to set the table- I still enjoy getting out the nice dishes & glasses. Ribbon in as many places as I can put it...look out candles, here comes the ribbon!

My folks love their round table for entertaining, fun talks for hours and eating wonderful food! My mom wants ribbon everywhere- what mamma wants, mamma gets!

Me, sister Beth, sister Ann & our cuddly kitty Booboo.
Photo taken Christmas 1979

The hearth in our Christmas photo when we were kids...

The jar on the table are ornaments from the 20's, 30's, & 40's that my mom loves to collect. Some are from her parents and others found
at antique shops, gifts from friends & family, and a yard sale or two.

This garland we hang every year of our childhood ornaments. We don't have enough of them left to decorate an entire tree, but the garland is the perfect size to hang our little ice skating girl, stars, bows, and other special ornaments I remember when I was young.

The way we decorate my Mom & Dad's house for Christmas has remained a tradition year after year. We try and decorate in one evening while playing Wynonna Judd's Christmas CD over and over again to get us in the mood! Some things never change.
Are you all ready for Christmas?


  1. Your Mom is a lucky woman! I'd love to have some help putting up my decorations! What does your house look like during the holidays with a little one at home?

  2. Thanks for sharing this Whitney. I love that you are showing Christmas decorating that honors your family's history. (I just HATE-and know I shouldn't use that word in connection with Christmas, but that's how much I can't stand--themed Christmas decorations with no nod to family traditions, and cherished memories. To me that makes it just "stuff"!) Beautiful!

  3. Merry Christmas to you and your family Whitney! Your parents' home looks so warm and cozy. Great job!