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 17, 2011

O Tanenbaum, O Tanenbaum . . .

The "tanenbaums" of Linderhof . . . through the years from 2008 to 2010 . . . I'll post this year's tree later in the week.

The Christmas tree is very important both to Husband Jim and myself.     They're the focal point of the Christmas decorating and take center stage.     They're a labor of love and Husband Jim's theory is the bigger the better!     (But then he was Christmas tree challenged as a child -- his parents had an "aluminum Charley Brown kind of a tree")

Being German (and living at Linderhof) Christmas decorations should be about the tree!!!    They are, after all, the ones who started the Christmas tree and Queen Victorian embraced it when her German husband brought the tradition with him to England.

It's Sunday and I'm joining Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites and The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday.

Christmas 2008

Lighted with big bulbs, our collection of ornaments and shimmery tinsel

Christmas 2009

The tree takes pride of place in our living room.

Christmas 2010

It's always on when we're home, we love to look at the cheerful colored lights.

It was a step down memory lane to see three years of Christmas trees.     


Bookie said...

Oh, Martha, your trees are beautiful! I am sure you do enjoy them!

Does Ft. Scott still have the homes tours during December? It seems a long while since I have seen anything about it. This year we were in St. Charles, Mo as they decorated for Christmas. They celebrate so heavily in that town and it made me think of the fort and the brick streets of your prairie town.

I hope you have a wonderful pre-
Christmas week ahead!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

must be the Germann in tree looks so similar to yours. Got have big lights, tinsel and family ornaments.

Martha said...

Yes, they do still have the Homes Tour -- the first weekend in December -- Linderhof has been on the tour twice!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your trees are beautiful and I am sure they are a labor of love! Just last night I was looking at my posts for December of 2009 and was I ever surprised at how small that tree compares to this year!! You would think by now we know how big or little to go!


Anonymous said...

Your trees from the past are beautiful Martha!

Pondside said...

I'm sure this year's tree will be every bit as pretty. Like you, we have the lights on the tree whenever we're at home, night or day, as we love the atmosphere.

Southerncook said...

Each year your tree is always beautiful. I'm sure this year is no exception.

I always do colored lights as well. Thats what we had on our tree when I was a child and it is a special memory so I have continued the tradition. We also have the family collected ornaments and of course, those special ornaments that were gifted to us but I never put the tinsel on anymore. My tree has been up for a week and I am contemplating putting some gold ribbon. It seems to be lacking something which is why I have not taken any pics yet.

Beautiful trees!!!


Babs said...

All your trees are so beautiful...and large! How wonderful to have high ceilings for a tall tree. Thank you for sharing them. Cute Corgi,too.
Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by.

Barbara said...

Your trees are totally enchanting, Martha! I haven't had a big one like that since my kids were little. Can't wait to see your tree this year.

podso said...

Beautiful trees! I love seeing the tinsel.

CJ Foss said...

Ooh-la-la! Gorgeous tree and home. What a joy it must be to live in a home with such history. Thank your for taking such love and care with your home. Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas. ~CJ

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

It's so funny that you mentioned Queen Victoria and her German husband...the reason for England's embrace of the Christmas tree. I just came from Sarah's (Hyacinth for the Soul) where she also talked about this very same tradition.

Well dear lady, your three Christmas trees look absolutely glorious! What beauty they bring to Linderhofs! Thank you for sharing this wonderful Christmas post with us for the Sunday Favorites party today!

Warmest wishes to you and your family for a wonderful and blessed Christmas, Martha!

Have a super Sunday!

On Crooked Creek said...

Your trees are lovely! I once took the Candle Light Tour at the Old was enchanting! All the characters were in Traditional dress costume. My favorite was the Officers Home with all the ladies in their bustle party dresses sippping tea! A magical evening for me! Merry Christmas, dear friend!