Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Decorating Update

Contrary to popular belief, I did not end up passed out underneath the Christmas tree last night! Wine consumption was limited to one small glass because manual dexterity tends to decrease as the amount of alcohol consumption increases. It's tricky digging out new ornament hooks and twisting the wires properly when you're tipsy.

By the way, how is it that every year you need to put new hooks on several ornaments...while the old hooks are nowhere to be found? Where do they go? Is there a Bermuda Triangle for ornament hooks like there is for socks put into the dryer?

I took a lot of pictures for you with the old camera that I keep at home, but only a handful turned out well enough to share. Tonight I'll take home my new digital camera and try again. Unfortunately the pictures of the entire tree were very blurry, so I'll just share a few of certain ornaments today.

This ornament is one that I bought when Hubby and I were talking about getting married. He asked me to marry him the day after Christmas that year...a story for yet another day.

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This is a shot of various ornaments; I just liked the way that it turned out.

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Here's a wooden teddy bear ornament that I picked up after Christmas a few years ago. Isn't he cute?

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Here are a few of the White House Christmas ornaments that I bought while I was in D.C. The Secret Service operates a gift shop in the basement of the Old Executive Office Building next door to the White House; these ornaments are some of the souvenirs that they sell there. Every year I'd buy a handful of these ornaments and give them out as Christmas presents to family. If someone on your list might like one, the White House Gift Shop is now online so that you can order them here.

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This week wouldn't be complete with a kitty picture, so here's a shot of Stripe guarding his spot underneath the tree. Osira spends a lot of time under the tree as well; if we're missing a kitty these days we check first under the Christmas tree. Unfortunately there's no room for presents under the tree with all the furbabies taking naps there!

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Guess you can tell that my Christmas decorating isn't prim (sorry girls!). When the kids were little the tree was always a hodge-podge with no theme at all. The year that their dad and I separated, I started over and created a "designer" type tree...nothing but burgundy, gold, palest pink, and pearly white. It was beautiful but it lacked a little warmth and personality.

So last night when I was decorating the tree, I put every single ornament on it that we own: all the designer type stuff, the first ornaments that I bought when I grew up and had my own tree, the ornaments that my children made, the ones that I brought home from DC, ornaments we've been given, absolutely everything. And I think it looks kind of neat!

We'll see what Baby Girl says when she sees it today...

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10 comments:

  1. LOL at the fur babies under the tree! I put my tree in a container of some sorts, just for that reason, dogs would think it is their bed! Glad to hear you enjoyed your wine and there was no passing out involved! LOL

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  2. Marvin the cat would love to join Stripe underneath that Christmas tree! LOL! That ornament of "our 1st xmas together" was beautiful!

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  3. I love having one tree that I just put anything and everything on. Usually I have a few trees in my house but this year just a real big one and a white tree my daughter wanted to decorate (PINKS!)
    Love your tree!
    Robin~♥

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  4. Love your tree - so many memories from each and every ornament! Absolutely beautiful!

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  5. The SeCreT service ru a gift shop!!! Are you serious? Crack me up! I can see it now, I'll bet there is never any shop lifting!! We haven't got a tree yet. We need to get it soon! Thanks for checking in even when I couldn't get over to see you.((hugs)) Your tree looks fab!

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  6. My cats think we put the tree up just for them too! I think yours look so cute-he looks like he is saying this is my spot don't even get any ideas! LoL! I bet your tree looks beautiful-looking forward to seeing the photos! Glad you didnt pass out under the tree last night! lol!
    ~Tam :)

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  7. Pam, your tree is so pretty and your ornaments are lovely, such special memories they hold. Thanks for sharing.

    Pam

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  8. LOL with your work schedule, you deserve a teeny little glass of wine (or 2 or 3!!) And your tree looks wonderful!

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  9. Absolutely love your selection of ornaments. You should also view the blown glass ornament marketed by Friends of the White House. It is based on exploring historical events of the White House and its Presidents.

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  10. Pam,
    Love it!!! I think those are the best kind of trees!
    Rondell♥

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