Friday, December 12, 2014

Family tradition, shiny and bright and old and new

- I have to say, after so many years of decorating very little for Christmas, I do enjoy my Christmas tree and decorations.  It was the dividing up of my parents' ornaments that did it - how could I not put a tree up?   I like my little tree sitting on the apple crate and the first thing I do when I get home in the evening is turn to tree lights on.

- This shiny wreath, made up of tiny packages, used to go to work with me and hang on my cubicle wall. (It came from Roses Dime Store in Milledgeville, Georgia, where I grew up.)  But now I decided its colors go nicely with the hanging quilt and pillows in my home office.  The quilt was made by my paternal grandmother and was one of several quilt "tops" (that had not been quilted.)  We found them in a cedar chest after she passed away in the late 80s and her sister (my great aunt) told me that the pattern of the unfinished one I chose was called "Step around the mountain."  Its smaller, unfinished size made it perfect for a wall hanging.  Since the quilt tops were in a cedar chest, they looked perfectly new.  My great aunt told me that the squares came from flour sacks and all the sisters worked on them - circa 1920, or so.

 - This was the only tree I ever used to put up, but I still like it.  The Christmas card holder on the right (looks like a toy soldier) always used to hold the cards sent to my parents.  And the Santa on the left came from another great aunt - this time from my mother's side of the family. 

Well represented family members here, plus traditions all my own.  This is the part of Christmas I love the most.  I hope you are having a good holiday season so far and that you are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am.  :) 

11 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lynn .. it all looks lovely and you have certainly made the Christmas spirit all yours - I still have to do mine ... How amazing to have one of your paternal grandmother's quilts ... how exceedingly fortunate and how interesting to know the squares came from flour sacks c 1920s ... lovely history ... cheers and enjoy the rest of the Christmas build up .. Hilary

Elephant's Child said...

It is looking gorgeous. Tradition, colour and sentiment in a beautiful package. (Several beautiful packages).
Enjoy it to the max...

Lee said...

I feel like a bit of a Grinch now...because I gave up putting up Christmas decorations a few years ago. There is only me and my two furry rascals...all I put out on my coffee table now is golden paper mache reindeer - oh, yes and a Santa. And I must do that today. The Christmas spirit has hit me yet...it's running late, isn't it...either that or its aim is off! :)

Great story about the quilts. Have a great weekend, Lynn. :)

Munir said...

I like your sense of decor. It is so nice to save family memoirs in this festive time.

Stephanie Faris said...

I work from home, so I turn my tree lights on around 5 or 6 a.m. when I get up and they're on all day! It probably wastes electricity but it makes my day happier to be able to look over at the tree every now and then.

Granny Annie said...

All of your ornaments and displays are so beautiful. I love all the traditions wrapped up in my Christmas decorations. Probably won't put any out this year though.

Leonora said...

Your decorations are both unique and sentimental - a perfect combination to bring joy at Christmastime. I love the story of each one, especially your quilt. That is really a treasure you have hanging there! I've never heard of that pattern, "Step Around the Mountain". It's very name sounds beautifully old-fashioned and country-like.

Sparkling Red said...

Flour sacks sure were pretty in the 1920's. Too bad they don't make them like that these days. I'd certainly be more encouraged to bake!

Joanne said...

I love how so much of your Christmas decor has been passed through generations! THat makes it all the more holiday-perfect.

Riot Kitty said...

Very cheerful displays! I love the stuffed animals.

LL Cool Joe said...

It does bug me when your posts don't show up in my reader. I love seeing all your Christmas displays and I totally understand the way you turn the Christmas lights on as soon as you arrive home. I always turn the lights on as soon as I go downstairs in the morning so that when everyone else comes down in the morning they are on. Not that anyone seems to notice, but still.