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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Tree Parade


The holiday season is a welcome excuse for adornment in this house where we love to decorate. Trees and their themes vary year to year. As soon as the Halloween costumes are tucked away...we launch the official tree planning committee (that’s me and my kids) to discuss "this year's tees". The kids love it...and ridiculous ideas abound...Oh, Mom...let's do a tree with all cow ornaments, or all orange, or all cars...and so on...

Yes, we use traditional decorations, but all sorts of collections, keepsakes, toys, utensils, and odd accoutrements find their way onto branches. Last year we had 10 trees -- some large, some small (the record is 15)...this year there are 14 -- some real, some faux, some bright and some softly sweet...

I'll start with my favorite, the wonderful real tree in my bedroom -- it's birds, nests, blue and white. I've wanted a real one in my bedroom for some time -- I love the smell of the pine...




Twin pencil trees flank the fireplace. These host the kiddies’ handmade treasures from school and sport a few Christy Silacci Christmas cuties as well…


The front hall tree is tall and grand greeting everyone with creamy whites and vintage baubles and Bling… look carefully and you’ll see some creations by Jennifer Murphy, Stacey Bear, Wendy Addison and Jody Battaglia among the boughs...this is Micah's fave.



In the dining room a tinsel tree dons Dara DiMagno’s one of a kind photo ornaments and old beaded candy canes nabbed at the Sis Boom sale.



This year's "odd use" award defintitely goes to the one in the guest room where gloves and playing cards adorn a white feather tree. I cannot tell you how this combination happened but I love it!



Here's our angel tree to remember those loved and lost. There’s a bell on the dresser to ring each time we pass to help those angels get their wings…


Now when it comes to the kids, I just have to let it happen...
What a surprise! Charlotte must have pink! Last year we had a white tree and "Hello Kitty" lights - this year she is seeing RED and she's glopped it up with white lights, pink feathers and anything glitzy we could gather from the drawers and shelves...oh so girlie and fun.

Aidan is one for tradition, so for the past few years have hosted a "Star Wars" tree in his room...sharing his collection of ornies and intergalactic toys with Rory who goes along for the ride. Maybe it’s a good thing the image didn’t turn out so well..it’s a might bit garish!


Here's a tree load of my treasured Bakelite bangles in the bathroom...

Hope you enjoyed the tour! A big thanks to Allie for her help with all of the decorating fun. And a very merry, merry holiday to all...best wishes to enjoy the festive spirit of the season

xxoo Jen
Earth Angels

9 comments:

Deb Baumann said...

Happiest of Holidays to you, Jen! The house looks beautiful :)

ByLightOfMoon said...

Thanks for sharing so many beautiful Christmas trees and photos. Awesome!

Smiles, cyndi

Theresa said...

All the trees are delightful... but I must admit my favorite is your bedroom tree. Happy Holidays to you and yours!!! :)

Hugs,

Theresa

elma said...

Wow thanks for the tour!! Your home is beautiful!! I love all the trees and all your decorating. That must have taken a long time to do all those trees. I love the bangle tree:) Merry Christmas and a blessed new year.

Thea said...

Jen, Thanks for the tree tour! You've again outdone yourself! I have only three, four if you count the potted one at my mom's which will return home to my garden... And none is as interesting as yours. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Love, Thea, Alexander and Hillary

Melissa said...

Fantastic! I've been hearing about your trees these last few years. Thanks for letting me finally see them. They are truly wonderful!
Hugs,
Melissa

diane allison-stroud said...

oh how wonderful....you have inspired me once again... hope you all have a wonderful christmas and lots of snow to play in!

laurie meseroll said...

Okay, that does it--I'm going back to Odd Lots to get the pink tree...everything looks beautiful, Jen--really, really pretty!

Jennifer Paganelli said...

Amazing shots of Beauty!!!!

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