Today is a wonderful day. There are just eleven days until Christmas; we are expecting highs in the low 40s; and at 3:00 I will be done with finals!
*Shameless update - I got an A in anatomy - Merry Christmas to me!*
I am so excited to showcase my Christmas tree for you. I have had my tree up since the Sunday after Thanksgiving and have been enjoying the glow of the lights and Christmas memories all month long.
The best part of decorating my tree is that it is like looking through a scrapbook. I have amassed quite a collection of ornaments through the years.
Many are from my childhood.
Many are from my travels.
And of course, there is my collection of Wallace Candy Canes (thanks Mom!).
I decided to highlight some of my favorites, new and old.
I love this dollhouse.
I don't even remember how long I've had it, but it always gets a prime location.
The best part is that it reminds me of the pink dollhouse that my Dad made for me.
My brother gave me the RV from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
(He knows it's my favorite Christmas movie!)
My friend brought me this ornament of George Frederick Handel, from London.
(She knows he's my favorite composer!)
Such a cute little ballerina.
A handblown glass choral singer!
I can't put up my tree without hanging a picture of my sweet Harley.
I miss him a lot.
Le Tour Eiffel, mais oui!
Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland, all decked out for the holidays!
This one harkens back to my days as a Disneyland Cast Member.
A Venetian glass Santa, imported from Venice, by me!
My friend's Mom made me this cute mouse in a mitten.
I had a friend bring back this ornament from London,
commemorating the marriage of William & Kate.
I bought this wooden carving of the Globe Theatre when I was in London with my Mom.
I love to fill in small spaces with these sparkly snowflake ornaments.
I bought them at the cutest shop in Chesterfield, MO, with my Mom.
Glittery words, like peace, joy, noel, ho ho ho and merry & bright also adorn my tree.
And don't forget the hidden pickle!
There is a German legend of hanging a pickle ornament on the tree.
I'd like to say that I hang a pickle in homage to the part of my heritage that is German.
But I just bought it this year at Crate & Barrel!
It was difficult to choose just a few ornaments to share. And as you can see, even with a narrowed down list, it's still pretty long!
I don't have any presents under the tree, yet. Just a couple of pretty boxes.
O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum, wie treu sint deine Blätter.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, how lovely are thy branches.