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Monday, December 6, 2010

Last Year's Christmas

If you've followed or read me since last Christmas, you've seen my first froufrou tree. We don't do Christmas anymore because there isn't one thing in this world I need and I have very few wants. Well, to be perfectly honest, I have a lot of wants; it's just that I've learned to bridle my wants and desires. Nothing in this world or out of this world compares to my hubby, kids or grandchildren or great grandchildren. They are what life is all about.

Hubby and I don't exchange gifts anymore. We buy for our youngest grandkids and will now buy for Caroline, our great granddaughter, but we've talked with our son and daughter and told them not to buy us anything. We don't need it! But once in a while when our daughter comes to visit I'll buy her a box of Good and Plenty and that's her gift. You have no idea how freeing it is. Being Christian, we celebrate it in church and during the day on Christmas but there isn't the need for us to buy gifts. We don't have the hustle and bustle others go through and at our age that's very important to us. So the season is very easy for us. We do have a Christmas dinner however. Love Bunny won't let me get around that. ;-)

So last year's photos are below for you to see. I just had a little Canon point and shoot back then so the pix aren't very good. But this year I hope to be able to do better photos with the Canon Rebel I got in February of this year. And when I do get it up, I'll photograph it for all to see. Our artificial tree is green and I don't know if I can talk hubby into a white one, but I'm gonna try! Again, we'll see. [Update! Since I wrote this blog post the very end of November, hubby insisted I buy a white tree. Squeeeeeal, I couldn't believe it. The other night we were at WM and he actually mentioned buying it. I am just thrilled. Now we have 2 choices each Christmas—white or green.] And since we downsized we have to move furniture in the living room around since hubby wants it by the front window. Sigh...

If you'll recall, I spent several weeks making, painting and buying pink and white things for this tree. Yards and yards and yards of tulle went into it. Flowers galore were purchased and hung on it. Gifts people have sent me went on it.

I later put some pretty boxes under it to look like presents, but they were all for show. There were NO real presents under it.

And I ended up making this little topper for it. It will go back on the tree again.

Merry Christmas and may your holiday season be wonderful and filled with love and the Spirit of Christmas. Ooooh, and since I'm feeling a lot better, I'll be posting more now. Aren't you just thrilled?! :-)


  1. How wonderful!!! I have a white tree and I love it! Most of my decorations are simple and hand made, my hubby does a lot of them.....I just like white.
    Your pink tree is stunning, can't wait to see it on the white tree!!!
    Margaret B

  2. Ohhhhhhhhhh Connie...I do remember your beautiful tree from last year and the gorgeous topper you created!! I'm sooo happy for you - that hubby suggested buying that white tree you wanted so much!!

    Tom and I don't "do" Christmas anymore either. We're like you in that there is nothing we "need"...and choose to celebrate with a dinner...and a celebration at church. I'm glad to know there is someone else who doesn't "do" Christmas!!


  3. I always look forward to your posts Connie, and am so glad you are feeling better.

  4. Yes, I am thrilled! So glad you are feeling better, my friend. We haven't started decorating yet! This week, I will start to trot out the decorations. It's only Don and I at Christmas - we just buy each other a little something.

    I remember last year's tree well!


  5. I love your tree. It's so pretty.

  6. Your tree is beautiful and I am so glad you are feeling better!!!


  7. I am so glad you are feeling better! I love reading your blogs. Love the tree. I can't wait to see the new tree for this year. I have a little one put up and one piano is decorated (the one I don't use for lessons, I have 2 pianos). I wasn't going to decorate this year because I lost momma in October, but my friend, Julie and her daughter Lily, (whom my momma just loved, she considered Julie's chidren her grandchildren too) came over and did a bit. I am glad. She told me it would help me because momma loved Christmas and to honor her I should do some. Although, I will be spending Christmas Eve in church. Not sure where I will be for Christmas day, most likely my uncle's.

    Can't wait to see your stuff!!!!! I will be posting mine later.

  8. Hi Connie,
    It's good to hear that you are feeling better!
    I keep trying to get my family (adult) members to stop the gift giving...I have plently and need nothing! Your tree is very pretty!
    deb :)

  9. Oh Connie! That tree of yours is gorgeous!!! It has your name written all over it! It must look stunning in person. You did a superb job decorating it. Just beautiful! I love it!!!!!

  10. Connie, I remember your tree very well and it's gorgeous. We didn't do any shopping either. My children love to go out and eat, so we made money evelopes for them all. No hustle and bustle trying short cuts to the mall. I only have to shop at the store for my cookie makings and my share of Christmas dinner. I hope you enjoy skipping Christmas and just going to church makes it that more special after all it is the reason for the season. Love Ya, Pat
    ps. I hope you get your white tree---mine won't be used until next year.

  11. Hi Connie...

    The Hubbs and I don't exchange gifts either and I always tell me daughter I don't need anything, but she'll always sneak in a little something.... :-) It has cut down on a lot of the stress, that's for sure....

    Love all the pink foooooofieness!


  12. It is always fun to see the different ways people decorate their trees.
    I love them all.
    shows their peronality and flare.


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