Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Christmas Ornaments

We love Christmas ornaments at Linderhof -- and have been buying them every year since the first few that we bought on our honeymoon 40 years ago. Most are dear to us, many are gifts from friends, some are from my childhood tree, some were brought back from a German vacation when Daughter Sarah was in high school. It's always a joy to decorate the tree and lovingly put the ornaments on. Some are so old that they only shine with sentiment!

We love Christmas movies . . . the old ones -- Miracle on 34th Street, Holiday Inn, It's a Wonderful Life and Christmas in Connecticut.

This Macy's ornament, a gift from Daughter Sarah reminds us both of the evenings that we sat and watched Miracle on 34th Street together when she was a small child.
A Radko ornament -- the only one we have, but if you'll notice, it's not a snowman in the middle but rather the Pillsbury Doughboy! Another gift from Daughter Sarah who, since she works for General Mills, which owns Pillsbury, knows the Doughboy by his first name (and she won't tell us what it is!) This is a dear ornament and I hang it on the branch so tightly that it's hard to get off! It was one of those "Employee Only" ornaments -- available to purchase only by employees of the company!
We love German ornaments and this wooden Santa is by Steinbach (which makes those great nutcrackers) . . . alas, no nutcrackers for us but we have about six different Steinbachs. Not bought by us in Germany but they do remind us of that trip.
And one of our many Reed and Barton dated silver bells. The 40th Anniversary 2009 is now home and on the tree. It's a great tradition and like the first ornament, the silver bells are because of It's a Wonderful Life.

We used to watch that movie over and over again each Christmas season. Daughter Sarah and I were always fascinated by the bells . . . for "everytime a bell rings, an angel gets their wings". And we do hear the bells ring . . . and we know -- another angel has received their wings!
An old fashioned tree with old fashioned ornaments. Soon wrapped presents will be piled high beneath for it's almost Christmas.

All too soon, those ornaments will go back in their boxes and back to the basement. To wait for another year so that for most of December, memories will abound on our Christmas tree.

It's Wednesday, and time to join Susan at A Southern Daydreamer to see what everyone has been doing outdoors. With the blizzard in the East, I'm expecting (and hoping) for a lot of snow pictures! Snow makes it seem more like Christmas!


eileeninmd said...

Beautiful tree and ornaments. Merry Christmas!

Hootin Anni said...

I so loved this...I'm just a kid at a grown up suit.

I have a Christmas wish along with my usual Wednesday post today. [the Wednesday issue of posting is below my 'card' posted just for you....]


...for the permalink to my day's post, click here.

Erica (Irene) said...

What a beautiful tree so nice and full. Love your decorations and ornaments. I wish I was near by b/c I would love to see your home decorated for the Holidays.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Martha said...

Erica -- I'd love to have you visit Linderhof -- and I'd make a pot of tea and we would have a nosh as well!

Unknown said...

Love your ornaments.... and your tree. I enjoy when ornaments have a story.

Chubskulit Rose said...

You have a beautiful Christmas Tree.

Please come and see my Outdoor post. Merry Christmas.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What wonderful keepsakes you have!

Merry Christmas, Martha!

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

Merry Christmas, Martha! Your tree is lovely!

Unknown said...

Your tree is wonderful. Reminds me of an old fashioned tree, big and full. I love the tinsel, a beautiful touch.
Thanks for sharing.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh Martha, I loved the "tour" of some of your beautiful ornaments. I'm jealous of the German ones -- Howard and I bought German wooden and wax ornaments on a long trip we took 9 months after our marriage, in 1979, at the Christkindlmarkt in Rothenberg. Our first dog found and ate the wax ones. The rest were lost in the 1999 flood.

Your tree is fabulous; it looks as if it stepped right out of times past, I love it. Big lights and tinsel? Dreams of my childhood! Clearly we grew up with the same types of holiday trees!

We used to sit across the living room from the tree, and blow air as hard as we could ... and then wait, as, seconds later, the tinsel would gently sway in the "breeze."

Gorgeous. Looks like Ollie likes the tree, too!

Have a wonderful New Year! We are staying home on the Eve -- we invited my Dad to share beef tenderloin with us, but he'll be back home before midnight, and Howard and I will ring in the new year -- me with champagne, him with old Scotch.

Alida will be back in California by then -- leaving that morning -- but I think Annie will spend the evening with us.

The holidays are dwindling down....

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