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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

wednesday- Hump Day

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I have seen so many beautiful trees up this year on your posts so I thought I'd show you mine. My little elf (grandson) is going to add all his ornaments tonight.

The first step for me is adding the bows and flowers - I don't know if this is something done in just in the south or in other areas too.

Some some people just have all red trees and some have white. Even gold. But mine is going to be mixed.



I have been honest - I really do not have any artistic talent. However, my mother did. She made this angel by hand that we put on top of the tree.



Magnolias and birds go on.



Next I put my Santa collection on.


I have a lot of Santa's - someday I want to do a Santa only tree - all red with red flowers.



I love pugs - I even have a pug Santa!



HO HO HO!



Merry Christmas



My mother hand made the 'his and her' mouse.




These were made by her - when my kids were in sports.



Here is Raggedy Ann and Andy - again hand made by my mother.



And here is Goldilocks and her two bears - I can't find the third bear! :(



Okay if you live in Atlanta - you have to know about Macy's Pink Pig ride - It has been going since I was a little girl.


When my elf is done I will take a picture of the whole tree. Now besides this, cookie exchanges, visiting friends, shopping, wrapping gifts - I am room grandma for my grandson - I was the only one who volunteered - we are having a party next week - so I organized last weekend and I am all ready to go except for the food. I've ordered the pizza. Lined up volunteers. Got some arts and crafts to do. Just have to get some food the day before. Whew.


Chatty has been busy with you and I do not want to forget the real reason for the season - isn't all the above - yet it is a part of it. Still have the manger scene to put up too.

Thought for the day:

We must not give only what we have; we must give what we are.

- Cardinal Mercia



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57 comments:

laurie said...

what beautiful memory keepers you have of christmas past.Your mum was very talented, those are priceless, your santas are really a beautiful,collection.
Very busy you are by the sounds of it.The flowers on the tree are lovely i really like that.Have a great day!

Changes in the wind said...

Wonderful you have all the ornaments your Mom made and they are cute to boot!

Sandra said...

i am exhausted just reading about all you have done and still have to do. for sure you will not be bored from now to Christmas. you know I love Santas and you have a ton of them. i like that star. that is a lot of ornaments for your elf to hang. can't wait to see the finished tree

Sush said...

Sandie, the ornaments your Mother made are beautiful! Looking forward to the 'finished' pictures of your tree! I have three creches that I display, only one is not for the children to play with.
Have a great Wednesday...hugs~

The Boston Lady said...

Sandy, your tree is beautiful and I love the treasures that are your mom's handmade ornaments.

Your grandson and his class are lucky to have you as room-grandma. I was always my kids' room-mom and while it was hectic, sometimes frustrating, I am so glad I did that - it's a wonderful way to get to know the teacher, classmates and the school in general. Not to mention the excitement your GS feels knowing HIS grandma is doing this.

Ann

Jill said...

Your mom was a very talented woman and how wonderful you have so many darling ornaments that she made you. The angel is just precious!

Your grandson and his class sure are lucky to have YOU as their classroom grandma!

Just love your tree and all of your cute santas!

Jeanie said...

I love that you still have and use the ornaments your mom made. Some of my favorite ornaments are ones that came from the trees of my childhood.

Loveforfood said...

that is a big christmas tree.. i like it.. many shoppings...

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

You were the "only" grandmother who volunteered!?! Red Flag, Red Flag. May I suggest that you wear padding and tred lightly. Kids with sugar plums dancing in the head can bring down the strongest amoungst us.

Have a merry!

My Journey With Candida said...

I love when people use memories on their trees instead of decorations that mean nothing to them.

Remington said...

Great post! I love seeing all the beautiful ornaments....

Desiree said...

Your trees looks so pretty and I love all the hand made ornaments, each with their own special significance or nostalgia attached. Otherwise, my gosh, but you have been and are, busy!!! You do sound as though you're enjoying it all though and that's what matters most :)

TexWisGirl said...

i love your mom's homemade angel and other decorations! so sweet!

Kim said...

Your Mom's hand made ornaments are beautiful. They are such special keepsakes. I'm sure each time you place one it brings back a memory. Gorgeous!

Knitty said...

Don't you feel great every year when you see those lovely ornaments your mom made?

I wonder if "room grandmas" will be around when Colton starts school in a few years. I enjoyed being a room mom most years but the nature of parties has changed so much with so many restrictions, they don't seem the same to me.

ArtyMarti said...

Your mom sure was talented, and how nice to have so many handmade decorations. It is good to be involved in your grandson's activities. Those are the things they remember.

Cheri said...

Your momma does have some serious talent and how nice that you have these ornaments she made. So what is the craft you are doing? I remember those days of being room mother, fun times. You will need to take pics of the room party and post it for us.

Debbie said...

I love those ornaments made by your mom! I'm like you in that I didn't inherit the crafty gene. I do my best, but I have to depend on my mom too.

Godspeed with the room mommying, or room grandmommying as the case may be.

DeanO said...

Sandie - that's the way my Mother decorated the tree - She would line up all her different collections and us kids would put them on the tree...under her watchful eye! Beautiful

Stacy said...

That elf-decorated tree is great! Now if I could just get it together with my tree...which has the bottom section cleared repeatedly by the hound's wagging tail...I'd have a good looking tree. ;)

Life is good! said...

i love the ornaments your mother made! i'm worn out just reading about all you have done and still have to do. have fun doing it all!

Wanda's Wings said...

What a wonderful tree!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

it's really great you have those precious ornaments that your mum dae.

they are all beautiful!
and i LOVE your xmas tree!

wonderful photos as well.
xo love

blueviolet said...

The angel is so beautiful! How wonderful that you have her. I love your cheery tree full of Santas!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your Christmas Tree is Beautiful with all the Treasures your Mother had made for you all. You did a lovely job putting this all together for Christmas. I hope you find the third Bear !!! I hoping to see the whole Tree. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Christmas Blue Tablescape. I also hope you and your family have a wonderful week.
XXOO Diane

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Love the cartoon! And your tree is pretty. Your mother was very talented! So nice that you have quite a few of the items she made! Enjoy your day!

Eva Ason said...

I like the cartoon and the tree looks lovely - can't wait to see the finished result :-) I can see that you have been busy indeed. Sounds fun though. Have a great day my friend! Hugs x

Just Stuff From a Boomer said...

All of your memories on your tree reminded me I need to share with my daughters. They are adults. I think it's time to pass on their memories to them to enjoy. We don't have room for a tree in our condo, so they are just stuck in boxes in storage. Thanks for the idea....

Sarah (Nikki) said...

I love your tree and your mom...wow...she had amazing talent. I'm like you....little artistic abilities...I definitely couldn't make what she did. Love the the dolls and the mice. It sounds like you're having a ton of fun.

Ginny said...

Your mom's angel, Raggedy Ann set, and especially mice, are ADORABLE, she was so talented. I have absolutely NO talent or vision for this sort of thing! I have never heard of the Pink Pig ride, but it is cute! And I love your unusual Santas, especially the Santa Star, that is too cool! Your tree is beautiful!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

HI Sandie, You are so lucky to have had a talented Mama --and still have all of those tree ornaments which she made. Wow--that is awesome. Love the angel she made also..

AND your Santa collection is neat. Can't wait to see your Nativity.

Hugs,
Betsy

Flora said...

Love your decorations!! Had to laugh at the Santa and elves decorating...after my GD left.. I looked at my tree and the bottom was just COVERED with decorations... I left most of them as when I see it...I can see her putting them on!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love your tree and all the ornaments. Looking forward to more pics after your elf gets done. hugs, Linda

Ann said...

Love all your ornaments. Your moms ornaments are awesome.
You sure are the busy one too. Hope you get some time for yourself in there somewhere.
Looking forward to seeing your nativity. I've always wanted one. I had a really small, cheap on years ago that didn't survive the years of storage. I always loved the set that my dad had when I was growing up. It was my favorite thing to put out at Christmas.

Terra said...

Your tree is looking fantastic, and I like the handmade ornaments you have. The school room party will be fun, that is cool that you volunteered.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Hmmm... the pink pig ride, I haven't heard of that before-sounds interesting. Cute ornaments, have fun with the elf:@)

Shug said...

Your mom was very talented...What a super great job on all the ornaments she made, and I know that the angel must be something you have cherished.

One of my favs is the piggy...so cute!
Get REST..
shug

A Quiet Corner said...

Memories are the best...good job on the tree, Kiddo!...:)JP

SweetMarie said...

Sandie, You are one busy lady! I love your ornaments from your mom. How special that must be for you. Your tree is looking so lovely. Hope your GS has a fun time decorating the tree. :)Looking forward to seeing it finished.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

That's wonderful that you have all those things your mom made. Can't wait to see how the elf finishes off the tree!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Your tree looks so nice, i like all the nostalgia hanging on it.
I have a few ornaments from my Mom and Grandma, but I did something totaly difffernt this year and went all white. Speaking of white I love the flowers on your tree.

How nice for you to volunteer for your grandsons room mother. I guess things have changed and Moms are working. Lucky they have a grandma that can fill in.

It's gong to be a great party! I remember how excited the kids get..such a magical time
Have fun
*hugs*deb

Susan said...

Lovely tree, Sandie. Please show us photos when it's completely decorated!
Wow, being room mother is a lot of WORK, too, eh? Good job! You'll make a lot of kids happy. Susan

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We think your tree looks magical and happy! We can feel how special all the decorations are! Its good to see you have a tree. It seems some are getting away from it.
We love that puggy santa!
love
tweedles

Journeyin' Lady... said...

You are a Superwoman! Love your Mom's ornaments - great talent there! And a nice collection of Santas. I love Christmas trees.

That corgi :) said...

I like the bows on the tree, Sandie! And your mom's ornaments are so precious; you will be able to hand them down to your kids and then their kids, etc. I like the angel tree topper too!

You have been busy! You were so good to be the room (grand) mother. I am sure the party will go well!

betty

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Wait..so what's the secret. I think a Santa tree would be..really, really nice! Yep.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Hi Sandie, I love your tree and you have such beautiful and special ornaments! Having precious ornaments that your mother made is so wonderful! Enjoy the rest of the week!

FishHawk said...

Wow, what a wonderful tree!!!

Clint said...

Perfect! A tree of memories, creativity, beauty and love.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

LOVE the tree, Sandie!! If that little star shaped Santa goes missing, please don't come look at my house. LOL! Whew! Could this time of year be any busier? But, I am enjoying it!! Brother and wife coming in town tomorrow. The gatherings begin!! Woo hoo! blessings ~ Tanna

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I love that pink pig ornament - how fun!

The elf cartoon cracked me up :-)

Life 101 said...

Our little tree is a little sad. We have a live tree each year and last year it was small but shaped nicely.
We kept it in a pot with plans to use it again this year.
But this year, it took a growth spurt and after we decorated it, it seems to be leaning to starboard.
We'll plant it after Christmas and let it grow as it wants.
I like it anyhow :)
Rick

Kathy ... better known as Nana said...

I love all the hustle and bustle and decorating of Christmas ... but you're right, it is not the real reason for the season.

Loved seeing the ornaments made by hand by your mother.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Your tree is so pretty. You have some awesome ornaments and the angel is precious. Hope your week is going well.

Stella said...

I lucky you are to have an elf to help you decorate the tree. How wonderful you have so many memories to hang on your tree as well. What a lucky grandson to have a grandma room mother. Bless you!

Sharon said...

Ah, your mother made the sweetest little ornaments! I love your tree - isn't it fun how we each have our own *style* and traditions? You're right, all the "trappings" of Christmas aren't the REAL reason for the season - but because of that baby in the manger, we are able to enter this season with tremendous JOY - and the ability to enjoy all the fun stuff...

GOD BLESS!

Angela said...

I love all of your homemade ornaments that your mother made! Those are all so sweet. You could do a Santa tree and another tree that just has the ornaments she made. I can't believe you didn't inherit the crafting gene! lol The last picture I almost thought you came to my house and was sneaky and took a picture of all the bags and things I have piled up in my kitchen! lol I'm the homeroom mom in my sons class. It's hard to believe but it is hard to get the parents to help with the party. I've got juice and one snack lined up so I'll be doing the rest. I also have to come up with all the crafts and or games for the party. I've got 2 crafts to do but need another 1 or a game. I even requested a parent to possibly read a book. No response for any of it...

Merry Christmas!
Angela