Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Tree.....O....Christmas Tree

Our Old Fashioned Christmas Tree

I love the old fashioned trees...we've always had them and I never tire of the traditional colors of Christmas....

I am getting excited about CHRISTMAS ...

...not for the gifts (tho, they ARE wonderful)
but just the sheer wonderment of it all takes my breath away.
I am very olden and getting more olden by the micro second...
I'll be 77 at the end of this magical month.
You might think that when one is "of a certain age", she might not like all the hustle, bustle, fuss
so may I just say right here and now....
 (now, isn't THAT good to know..??)

Mr. Sweet likes to add another line to this...
"When you quit WANTING, we might as well dig the grave
'cause you'll be dead...'

 O, I love my little 4' tree
with all the old fashioned decorations on it....
Some are so vintage, I can't even remember where I got them.
(that could be because I'm vintage, too.....)
I have a few from our very first Christmas tree together...
and I have a few that were on our tree when I was a little girl...

my tree looks just about the same every year because I love all my
sweet decorations....they are a part of us.
Red and White have always been 

The little gateleg table my tree is sitting on belonged to my mama..
I love having it share in our Christmas...
(i miss my mama...bwaaaaa)
*MEMORY mother passed away just before our girl got married
and Stacy wanted to use this little table someway in her wedding...just so
she would feel at least a part of her Grandmother would be there...
she put the wedding attendance book and pen on it with a bowl of flowers...)
 That cute Santa, with the candle light in hand, was bought when our first grandson, DREW,
was born....well, I recall that it was for his very first CHRISTMAS...
" can have him any time you decide you want him ! "

OH, YES...

I do love

Don't we all...

 I am using the adorable SANTA HAT for my tree topper this year and
I really like the looks of it...
MR SWEET, on the other hand, is thinking I might need to go back to the
traditional STAR.....
 I use a lot of WHITE on this little green tree...
This is the 2nd year I've used these large, PAPER SNOWFLAKES...
They are one of my favorite things to go on our tree.

made all those amazing paper snow flakes and I nearly died, just looking at this lovely vision.
She said to just google PAPER SNOWFLAKE TEMPLATES,
I did...
and I made several of the larger ones.

I am working on some more for NEXT CHRISTMAS.
I think they are just beautiful....
I used some of the MESH ribbon on the tree this year and
let me say, right here and now...

It picks up the reflection of lights and colors and works very well....
no trouble at all in putting it on.
I decided this year that I'd do NOTHING that would cause STRESS.

 These two long legged girls are
favorite decoration for Christmas.
He says they are so SASSY and CUTE.

I love 'em, too,
and will keep them out to cheer us all thru the long winter.

Then, they will be packed away for the summer.

I bought these cuties at HOBBY LOBBY last year...

These long-legged beauties are just delightful to have in our Christmas room....

( some of these photos were taken last year)

 I have a lot of SANTAS
on my tree every year.

I am obsessed with Santa Clauses....

Other than the REAL Reason for the Season,
Santas are just............

Our tree is loaded with things our kids had in school...
little party favors in elementary school...
other things that's been on our tree all their lives...

You can barely see the tree for all the decos I've loaded on it...
just the way I like it. :)

 The magic of CHRISTMAS takes my breath away.
Thanks so much for coming by to see our tiny tree.
It surely is easier to put up,
 decorate and store for Mr. Sweet and my olden self
than the 7 ft. one we had for years. 

I AM DONE with decorating....
and happy to BE done...

just add delicious, creamy EGG NOG to your favorite waffle/pancake recipe
and, boy, are you in for a treat.



  1. BJ, your cottage and your photos are wonderful!

  2. Your tree looks great BJ! After years of collecting all kinds of crazy colors I decided it will be red green, gold, silver and white on the tree from now on. I'm glad to hear you're all set for Christmas, think I'll have some egg nog with you-enjoy:@)

  3. Beautiful, Beautiful and did I forget to say Beautiful! You would never know or guess your age had you not said, "Never Never stop having fun"!!

  4. Hi BJ, wow I LOVE your Christmas tree and decorations. It's so pretty and I love that you use all of your old ornaments. The snowflakes are really pretty and I'd love to make some too. Have a wonderful Christmas.
    Hugs, Julie

  5. Beauty all around! That sweet table and the memories that go along with it are priceless, both happy and sad! Enjoy your day dear B.J. Sending HUGS across the miles!

  6. I also love the traditional Christmas colors and your pictures are wonderful. I always think I might redo our tree with a more contemporary look, but I can't part with some of the ornaments that have been given to me by special people, etc. Thanks for the pics!

  7. cool tree and other Christmas stuff

  8. Hi BJness! I love your sweet Christmasing! I love your darling tree and all the memories! Christmas is like that, isn't it?
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. Hi BJ, sorry about trying to reach my blog. It's called Julie's Lifestyle
    Have a nice weekend.

  10. Everything looks beautiful. The tree glows and your red and white look perfect with all the black and white in the room! I love decorating, but I love it even more when it's done and I can enjoy all the other fun things about Christmas!

  11. BJ your home looks happy, Merry and bright. Wonderful time of year to rejoice in the celebrations.

  12. B.J. I love, love, love it.

    Hugs from Oklahoma

    P.S. Did you get the email I sent you?

  13. Your little tree is adorable I love the Santa hat at the top. I am going to be 79 in March and I still love Christmas and decorating. Your decorations are just wonderful. Have a blessed day and a wonderful weekend. Madeline

  14. What a charming and sweet tree, BJ! Your ornaments are adorable :) Hugs to you!

  15. Wish I had your spirit. Mine has been crushed this year. Your decorations are lovely and you have done a super job.

  16. Wish I had your spirit. Mine has been crushed this year. Love all your decorations and you have done great with them.

  17. I wish I had your energy! Everything looks wonderful!

  18. I enjoy Christmas so much and even more now that I have a Grand! Love your home! I'm a red,white and green girl also!

  19. I don't know...after seeing the Christmas tree, I'm thinking you're very good a Christmas tree photography, too. I'm glad that we're never too old for fun. Must stir some up!

  20. Bj, I Love all your photos. Cute decorations and the Santa and long legged Dolls. Christmas time is magical....or should be. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  21. just checking to see if that dreaded word verif has been added to MY blog like it has so many others....

  22. Oh Bj love all your decor, and your sweet memories! You have lots of Christmas spirit that does not get old! Merry Christmas!

  23. Thanks, BJ, for the very inspiring and fun post! My favorite Christmas decorations in your photos are the long legged ladies. They are SWEET!!! Oh, did I just write that? Guess I did. My concession to Christmas celebrating at my house is to keep taking photos of Christmas vignettes and shopping for gifts for my granddaughter and my 3 grown sons who live in Georgia. Love the colors and the fun in all your photos. Yippee!!!

  24. I love your paper snowflakes, bj! Congrats on being done with decorating...

  25. BJ, thanks for sharing your darling tree. Like you, it's the Christmas ornaments from through the years that bring me joy. It's like old friends come to visit when I pull them out of the boxes.
    Merry, Merry!

  26. Beautiful tree bj ... I know you really enjoyed putting it all together.
    Wishing you and Mr. Sweet the best Christmas ever.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  27. BJ, I love your attitude and your little 4 ft. tree. Just because we are "olden", I'm only one year behind you, doesn't mean we can't enjoy the hell out of any situation. And this Christmas is shaping up to be lots of fun..Happy Weekend..Judy

  28. BJ, your tree is lovely! I am so happy to see that someone "olden" still LOVES Christmas. I know too many who just can't be bothered! Sad. But you've given me hope! I love Christmas and I want to ALWAYS love it. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Merry Christmas to you and Mr.Sweet!


  29. A delightful post BJ. Felt like I was reading a lovely magazine. I'm glad we never stop wanting to have fun!

  30. I love it! Your tree and decorations are gorgeous. I just love the magic of Christmas. Everything about it. Merry Christmas to you and thanks for stopping by my blog!

  31. BJ, your words of wisdom were just what I needed to hear tonight. Love your husband's saying, too! I wish you the happiest birthday every!!!!

  32. BJ,
    I LOVE your Christmas Tree!!!
    I LOVE Christmas for all the right reasons, too!!!
    Thanks for sharing the sweet story of your Momma!
    Now, about those egg nog waffles. . .
    I'll be right over!!!

  33. I made eggnog pancakes this morning for the kiddos. Oh man are those things good. One of the best parts of December!

  34. Everything is so pretty and festive! EVERYTHING!

  35. My mom had a Santa with candle in his hand, like yours.
    I love to come by here and just re-live life and past Christmases.

    Well, either FedEx or UPS are making their daily rounds in our area.
    All the neighbors look out to see which house the package is going to today.
    Getting just a tad bit antsy if the carrier is slow in getting the package out of the

    Such a fun time of year, even though we won't have a white Christmas this year.

    Merry Christmas!! xoxo


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xo bj