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Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas decorations up

On Saturday I decided to put my decorations up. I usually put them up on the 1st of December but since I was away I could not do it. So inspite of feeling tired and still a bit jet lagged I put everything up, now I can relax a bit. For the past 2 years I have been putting two trees up. The large one is an artificial tree and the small one is a real one. I love the fragrance of the real tree. It is not strong but I can still get it when I go close to it.

We have decided that once the big tree has served us enough we will just get a small real one like this.
It is potted so I hope it will survive until next Christmas

Over the years I have collected many Christmas tree decorations. I just love them and love the inspiration they give me. When I was working I would take a walk on Oxford street and visit the Christmas decoration section in all the shops. My favourite shop for decorations used to be Selfridges. They used to bring out some amazing decorations. Even though they were a bit pricey I would buy a few every year because I knew I wouldn't find anything like them anywhere else. Sadly those days have gone and the shop has stopped stocking large amounts of decoration. I can understand why though because every garden centre and little shops bring out some nice ones now, and undercutting the big stores with their prices and selection.
Many of my decorations are doll related and you know why but I do have one favourite from amongst them which is this one. Isn't it so very cute? So which is your favourite decoration from your collection?




20 comments:

  1. Your trees look beautiful! I usually do two big trees, 1 real and this year I did a little artifical and a big real one. I think my favorite decoration is the mice I made of felt like 40 years ago!
    hugs Karen

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    1. Wow 40 years ago is a long time. It must be adorable and or ament and I am sure it must be lovely because you make such lovely things

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  2. Beautiful trees. My favourite decoration is a gold bell shaped one my daughter bought me when she was six. She had gone on a visit to her dad's and spent her pocket money on me. It is over 30 years old now.

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    1. Oh wow another antique ornament! What a treasure. I must try and remember how long I had mine.

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  3. nice looking trees :) the real one should survive, but will eventually need a bigger pot or to be planted outside (at least that is what gardener told me when I thought about buying a real one lol)

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    1. Well I hope it will survive. But I am so forgetful about watering plants that I am surprised any of my indoor plants survive. But I must do something right because they do survive :-)

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    2. put it outside if you have the space, should be fine outside and wouldn't really have to worry about watering it :)

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    3. Yes will do that and hope it will survive without problems

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  4. yes the last one is so cute and has that calm expression which comes from a pure heart ... loved the trees. A happy festive time to you friend :)

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    1. Thank you Kokila and I wish you too a Merry Chritmas and a peaceful and prosperous year ahead

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  6. We always have a real tree, one year we thought we would be clever and brought an artificial one. We hated it, it was up for a whole hour. Then back to a real potted tree.
    Your tree looks beautiful. Have a very Happy Christmas.
    :-) x

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    1. Yes nothing to beat a real tree. All these years we never had one thinking they were very messy but now a days one can get trees which do not shed a lot.

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  7. Love your trees - they look wonderful - nothing like the smell of a real one which I haven't had for several years so i spray mountain pine around the room. i just use a small table top tree - it's just my husband and i now so we don't do it for the kids anymore. The only reason i put anything up is for the grandkids when they visit. I use to buy special ornaments a long time ago and still have them. love the idea of a potted tree. Here in the mountains i just have to look out my window to big trees all around. have a wonderful holiday.

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  8. and ---your drapes are gorgeous.

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  9. Sandy your place sounds heavenly. Oh to be surrounded by pines. You don't need one in the house. Thanks and have a Merry Christmas you too.

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  10. Felices fiestas y que el Año Nuevo traiga deseos cumplidos.

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    1. Thank you so much and I hope you have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas

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  11. Hello Shashi, I can see why that decoration is your favourite, it’s adorable. I’ve got so many favourites its difficult to pick just one. There are some that I really love, like the fairy that used to sit on the tree when I was a little girl and still has pride of place today. She is over 55 years old and has had a couple of new paper skirts over the years, but she is still (almost) as good as new. Then there are little things that our son made when he was at school and other thing’s we’ve bought while on holiday or on days out. There are hand knitted angles (made by my husband's mum), tiny golden bells from Hong Kong (purchased on the way to Australia) and even a painted shell from our honeymoon. I usually put the tree up on the 8th December, but I did it earlier this year, and I’m glad I did because it’s been hectic few weeks. We’ve still got to do the food shopping and buy a couple more presents, so we will be busy up until ‘the’ day.
    Have a very Happy Christmas, see you in the New Year, Barbara x

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  12. Hello Barbara isn't that wonderful to have a decoration from your childhood. There must be so many lovely memories attached to it. When I was a kid we did not have pretty things to hang on a tree let alone a lovely tree. We used to cut branches from pine trees from the forest and assemble it roughly in a shape of a tree and then hang balloons paper streamers which were made by us and some tinsel and topped with some cotton for snow. No tiny lights but one light bulb wrapped with coloured paper to give a nice pretty glow. Oh how our cats loved it. They would often hide in there and once almost brought the whole tree down. Another time our Siamese cat who was very lazy decided it was wonderful to use it as an indoor toilet and sprayed it ofcourse this gave our dog ideas and he decided what a wonderful idea an indoor toilet! but I caught him in time and had to banish both of them out as punishment. After that I never had that problem.:-)

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