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.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Reprise -- The Christmas Tree

Christmas at Linderhof is behind. The mantles are decorated, the poinsettias bought but alas, the tree remains in the garage and the boxes of ornaments and lights in the basement.

But we can enjoy last year's tree . . . . our tree is a husband Jim project -- he is a perfectionists and our tree is a bit old fashioned but we both love this type of tree.

It's Sunday and time for Sunday favorites. Join Chari at Happy to Design to see other other favorites there are this Sunday!

The Christmas Tree is the centerpiece of our Christmas decorating. A tall tree, 9 feet tall even though our ceilings are only 8 foot 3 (because the last foot of any artificial tree is a branch that sticks straight up to put the star on). Because it does touch the ceiling we've never put a star on top of our tree.
After the lights and beading go on, three big bins of ornaments are brought up. An almost 40 year collection of ornaments go on the tree.
And after the ornaments, the final touch is the tinsel. A see through tinsel rather than the silver kind gives the tree what we consider a nice shimmer.
The lights are not the tiny white ones but rather the big old fashioned colored ones and bubble lights as well.

It is a huge tree and does take up a good bit of living room real estate but we wouldn't have it any other way.

This year we put our tree up the weekend before Thanksgiving and I think it will be a new tradition. Especially this year since December came hot on the heels of Thanksgiving weekend.
In December, at night with the fire roaring in the fireplace and the Christmas tree alit and carols in the air, it's great to sit with husband Jim on the living room sofa while we sip cocoa and reflect on the season.


Pondside said...

There's no tree in our living room yet, either. Today I put cedar, holly and pincones in various urns and pots outside, but inside nothing's been done yet. I'd better get moving!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I just got mine up, but a lot of decorating still to do. Thanks so much for sharing. Your tree is just gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Penny said...

We are waiting to return to Lake Lure to put up a tree. We have a lovely articial tree here in Fla., but since we will be spending Dec.21st thru Jan. 10th in NC we decided to forego it in favor a Balsam fir in NC. Hope it snows. Looking forward to big fires and bubbling stews. Your tree is beautiful and nostalgic with your collection of ornaments. I have fond memories of colored lights and bubble lights.

Maggie said...

Finished tweaking my first ever all white & silver tree this afternoon. It's a tabletop tree but quite tall and resides in the sitting room.
The very tall tree for the library still has to done...........and I haven't started wrapping gifts or writing cards.
Still, 'tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la lala la!

katrina said...

Oh, how beautiful, Martha! You're way ahead of me, though I've managed to get out the two boxes of ornaments. I wish I was there to watch your bubble lights! Those are so magical - takes me right back to being very small and lying under the tree, watching the bubbles burble.

Peg said...

You are wa-aaay ahead of me! I am going to put up my first decoration when I get home tomorrow! Then I will need to start shopping.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

My friend, it's hard to believe that ya'll are just now getting your first snow of the season! I guess I just assumed that Kansas always had snow by now! It's snowing like crazy at our place's sooo pretty! But that's easy to say since I don't have to go out in it! Hehe! I bet you're wishing that you were back on that fabulous cruise liner about now!!!

Well my friend, thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous Christmas tree from last year with us for Sunday Favorites this week...what a treat!!! Your husband did a marvelous job with its decoration! I just adore the olden time Christmas the big colored bulb and bubble lights! And...all of the sweet ornaments! Your tree took me back to all the trees of my childhood Christmases...what sweet memories for me!!!

Thank you for joining in with Sunday Favorites today, Martha!!!

Warmest wishes and Christmas Blessings to you and your family...
Chari @Happy To Design

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

I have my tree up but not decorated yet, love your tree it is fabulous. My kind of tree.
Merry Christmas...

Erica (Irene) said...

Martha.......very nice tree. I love those lights, they remind me of when we use to decorate when I was lil'.
I managed to get one tree up, this week will work on the others later.
........thanks for sharing.