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A Pretty Little Christmas

December 15, 2008

Each year, I put out our handmade stockings and Christmas tree skirt that my mom and sister, Sherri, lovingly made. Each has special trinkets that are from my childhood. Oh, what a treasure they are!
I just love our bigger tree this year. Normally we cut down a tree that fits in our front window area, but this year the kids so wanted to get a larger tree so we decided to give me a treat and let them pick out a bigger tree - an 8 1/2 foot tree. So with ladder in hand we began decorating our tree.
Each year we add more handmade ornaments and are now decorating 3 large trees with them. As we place each ornament on the tree we are reminded of the person who made it and the significance of the ornament.
This year, I made the lighted house inspired by childhood memories of The Small Mall where children were able to pick out special presents for their parents. After choosing that special gift, the cashier would wrap it and we would go home and put it under the tree until Christmas.
When our children were smaller, we would take them to The Small Mall. Unfortunately, several years ago The Small Mall closed, so now I will always have a special reminder of all those wonderful Christmas memories with this lighted house.
I combine antiques that graced our Christmas tables as a child. Thanks Mom for these Santa cups and pitcher!
and handmade ornaments...
and handmade decorations...
to transform my house.
Christmas would not be complete with this soda pop bell, my Grandma Jones made oh so many years ago. My DH can't believe that this takes center stage in our main living room, but I couldn't imagine Christmas without it.
I hope you enjoyed my handmade Pretty Christmas... Come back tomorrow as I will be having a giveaway for a handmade snowflake ornament!
Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Sheila, your Christmas ornaments and decorations are so sweet and I love how each one holds a special memory. What a beautiful post! Have a very Merry Christmas! Thanks for joining the party. xoxo

KathyJ said...

All of your decorations are beautiful. I too love how everything is so special and sentimental to you.

Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.

Shawn said...

I love your stockings. They are wonderful! Bethany's school just had a gingerbread village where they bought small gifts for family. I can't wait to see what she got me. :) Whatever it is I'll sure treasure it. Take care over the holidays.

Marilee said...

What pretty handmade things you have for Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing.
Merry Christmas

Secondhandrose said...

I am really fond of the santa mugs. Thanks for sharing. come for a visit.
karen

Leah C said...
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Leah C said...

Okay...major typo in the deleted comment! What I wanted to say was everything looks so pretty & wonderful:) And I really like the "bigger" tree, too...but then, I love all your trees!
"Where are you Christmas?" Right here at your house:)

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Oh, are those crazy quilt stockings? THey are so pretty!

Marina Capano said...

Hi! Nice to meet you!nice ornaments step by step!It was lovely visiting your christmas home. It was fun visiting your home. Wishing you Merry Christmas and you and your nice family, Marina at Only cute things!From Far...from summer
visit me anytime...
Marina

SL said...

How did you manage to get 3 trees up? I didn't! Love the santa mugs...how did you get them? Tee Hee! Love you sis!

LW said...

What a lovely post and a pretty Christmas home.
I love the homemade stockings. Amd I understand
why your sweet soda pop bell takes center stage.
We have a paper yellow glitter star that sits atop of our tree and
It does not become Christmas until the star is placed in its spot.

Merry Christmas,
Louise

Sandy Michelle said...

Your home is so comfy and I love that each ornament has a memory. The Santa cups are too cute!Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Sandy

Sandy Michelle said...

Your home is so comfy and I love that each ornament has a memory. The Santa cups are too cute!Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Sandy

Kara Ward said...

Everything just looks so warm and cozy. I love the mugs. So cute. I wish I would have saved mine from when I was little. Kara

Barb said...

Your Christmas Decor is wonderful.
So nice to see someone cherish the hand-made memories, and not have floor to ceiling store bought glitz.

Blessings to you and yours.

Barbara Jean

Christina said...

Everything looks so beautiful!

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