Have you put up your Christmas tree?

I have truly enjoyed seeing your gorgeous Christmas trees you had put up for Christmas… I was just wondering how long you keep them up! Mine are still up…

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[Well, as you can see, mine aren’t REALLY the real big and tall trees. I didn’t put one up for Christmas last year. Instead, all I had were these blown glass tree ornaments. And I haven’t put them up yet.]

I generally leave my Christmas stuff up till about mid- to end of January just because I always ended up putting up and re-arranging stuff on Christmas Eve. Plus, I like the Christmas cheer to linger just minute longer… so, here are some more Christmas accents:

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Have a fantastic weekend, Everyone! See you on Monday!

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Blue Transferware and Traditional Christmas

When it comes to Christmas, my colors are definitely the traditional green and red, mixed in with just the right amount of gold.

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But I am also very much a blue and white type of gal, and would not even contemplate shelving my blue and white dishes for Christmas.

So, here is my compromise — mix in the red and green in the midst of the blue and white, and I still get to maintain a traditional Christmas look. The following pictures were taken from past Christmases.

1. I filled empty serving dishes with green and red Christmas balls, and added other accents like a Christmas-related book and a holly garland. The book was a gift from a friend years ago, and the reindeer ornament was a handpainted ornament from one of my first American friends when I came to the States 14 years ago.

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2. I filled unused teacups with some blown glass ornaments to create more of a focal point. Christmas sprays also come in handy in adding a little something. That Snoopy ornament always gets an honored place because it is from my husband’s childhood.

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3. It’s the little things that count. Those red/gold stripe balls are probably my favorite-st. They are only about 1″ in diameter, and are perfect to go with my tiny salt dish.

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4. I also like to use natural things to add to the festivity. Shown is a heavenly bamboo berry sprig.

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5. I also placed Christmas figurines that have red next to the blue transferware pieces to force a bit of red in the color scheme. The figurines are by Swedish artist Carl Larsson.

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So, with its “Christmas outfit”, my china cabinet that holds most of the blue and white dishes looks like this…

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Thank you for visiting my show-and-tell. I hope you have a terrific weekend! I will see you again on Monday!

Christmas in July: Part 5

I thought I would squeeze in the last “Christmas in July” post before August is upon us…

This is a pillar candle I have used for years and years and years at Christmas time – at least 6 years!!  Can you believe it?

One of my favorites – a German Christmas pyramid.  I had bought it from a lady who lives in Germany and had gotten it at an antique store there:

Being a “blue-and-white lover”, you can see I was determined to include them in the Christmas cheer.  The Snoopy Bell dates back to my husband’s childhood:

Another favorite – the Byers’ Choice Carolers, amid the red and green arrangement atop the mantel:

Oh, looking at these pictures makes me anticipate my favorite holiday with MUCH EXCITEMENT!

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I hope you have a wonderful Thursday!  I can’t believe the week is half way over.

I am moving beary slowly…

I am not particularly in love with teddy bears. Don’t get me wrong, I am fond of them and think they are cute. But by comparison, my sister is the REAL teddy bear lover between the two of us. Somehow for reasons unknown, I seem to have amassed my own collection of teddy bears – the pincushions, the “work-in-progress” teddy bear cross-stitch, my “LC” bear, and…. guess what I found this morning in one of the drawers of an occasional table in the living room — a blown glass TEDDY BEAR ornament that I had forgotten to put up after Christmas! I have shown the ornament with the beary slow progress on my cross-stitch:

Here is what I had shown last week:

As you can see, I am moving beary slowly! But I guess I am at least moving… :) Now, I am going to put up the ornament in its proper box lest I should lose it for Christmas this year!