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 15, 2015

O Christmas Tree

We're in no hurry to put up our tree.
We enjoy the beginning of December without all the fuss of 
"Christmas Decorations"
Well, we do put up the nativity set
And we do put greens on the mantle
But we do little else
Until around the middle of the month

When we get our tree
A real tree
A Frasier Fir!

There is just something about the smell of fresh evergreen in the house
No candle can replicate that smell
Nor can any artificial smell that you stick on a "faux" tree!

Nature is the only one that can make a Christmas tree
Smell like an evergreen!

We got the tree last Friday
And put it up on Sunday

Not a huge tree but a real tree
And perfectly formed methinks
We moved locations this year
It's mostly in the living room but you can also see the tree from the dining room.
We had a tree in that spot for many years
And it's nice that it's back in that space!

Unpacking the ornaments is like visiting with friends
Friends from long ago
Some gone forever and some just gone from our lives
It's not a Christmas tree but a memory tree
memories of our childhood, memories of trips, memories of friends

A wee ornament from Frankenmuth, Michigan
The Christmas Capital of the United States

A styrofoam ball decorated by me
when I was in grade school

A gift from the wife of our first couple friends after we were married
I always think of them, their shrunk which I coveted
and late nights playing bridge

And needlepoint, of course 
(although this is a Hallmark rather than a Martha)

And my dear mother who made these
lots of these
I still have two pair

 And silver bells for memorable years
For both Daughter Sarah and I adore "It's a Wonderful Life"
And every time a bell rings, an angel gets their wings!

 My latest which I brought home from our 
November trip to Key West
a remembrance of the Little White House
where President Truman visited a few times

It wasn't the most expensive of the ornaments for sale in the gift shop
But it "talked" to me more than the expensive ones did!

After all the ornaments are hung and the tinsel put on the tree
(real tinsel, lead tinsel, vintage tinsel -- there isn't anything that can substitute for it)

We put on a pot of hot chocolate
(not cocoa)
And get out the latest Christmas cutouts
Put a favorite Christmas CD on the player

Sit on the sofa, nibble a cookie or two or three and sip the hot chocolate
And declare that the tree is the best, the very best
of all of our Christmas trees!

We like our old fashioned tree
With the big colored lights
The real tinsel
The odd assortment of ornaments that have no theme
(except, perhaps,  for memories)

It goes well, we think, with our 1920s house
This old fashioned tree of ours.


Rondi said...

Memories are so precious. What a beautiful way to decorate a tree.

Rondi said...

Memories are so precious. What a beautiful way to decorate a tree.

Bernideen said...

That last photo is so lovely! What a beautiful tree!

Darla H said...

So nice that you take time to enjoy decorating the tree...making it a special occasion rather than treating it like another chore to tic off the list. It is beautiful!

Also, I wanted to tell you that I made a half batch of your Italian Sprinkle Cookies earlier this evening. It's the second or third Christmas that I've made them.
We like them. I thank you for sharing the recipe!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Such a pretty tree Martha, I enjoyed seeing your ornaments and the full room view look so nice too, with that new rug! :)
Have a great rest of your week,

Fox and Finch Antiques said...

Martha...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your tree.

Pondside said...

That's my very favourite kind of tree!
I love the moment when it's all done and you can step back to declare it 'the best ever'.

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Beautiful tree! I think you have what my husband used to call "too much fun"!

Pat said...

Dear Martha,
I l o v e your Memory Christmas Tree, dear friend!!!
Moma always bought silver (metal) tinsel for our Christmas Trees!!!
Once, she bought Angel Hair!!! What a mess!!!
Think it bothered her allergies too much, as we never had it after that one time!!!
The Chocolate Pot and the Christmas Tree cut~out cookies look divinely delicious!!!
Thanks for sharing!!!

Angelina at Petite Haus said...

I love your tree and all of that tinsel!

cj said...

love, love the tinsel, it speaks of my childhood, although I had an aunt who loved her angel hair tree!