beach, Christmas tree, Sand dollars

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

I’ve recovered from my home’s split personality!  You can now barely see my discarded pumpkins at the edge of my woods and you can now see the Christmas trees!  Since we’re out of town for Thanksgiving, I am one of those sick individuals who decorates early. It always takes me a few weeks to decorate and then tweak things in time for our annual Cookie Swap. Here’s Mason on the ride home from our Thanksgiving trip to Gatlinburg:

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I wanted to share a small project I did last weekend for the lighted tree on my porch.  First, let me share a back story: I have lots of real sand dollars on my tree in the living room. These sand dollars were found in an old tin in my daddy’s workshop when my mom sold our family home more than 20 years ago. Mom was walking me through the shop to see if I wanted anything before things were packed up and sold, and on his tool bench we found an old coffee tin with about 20 sand dollars tucked inside. These were apparently brought home from one of their trips to the beach or possibly from a  trip to visit us in South Carolina. Now, while I’m not terribly sentimental, that little treasure could still make me cry. The thought that my daddy saw and kept those fragile little gems touched my heart then and still does!  I cleaned up the shells, bleached them, and started using them as part of my Christmas decorations. That started my love for white and delicate ornaments on my family tree in the living room.

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As for the project, I always have a lighted tree on the front porch (as millions of others do!) but I wanted to add some more natural and light decorations this year. My yard has PLENTY of twigs, so I collected them in a variety of sizes, spray painted them white, glued them together…..and VOILA…… ornaments that remind me of my sand dollars!

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The tree and ornaments join my Christmas wreath (the initial is from my sweet sister) on my front porch.

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This is a picture of my family from many years ago – I tend to think I can blame (or thank) my mom and dad for my love of Christmas decorating!

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Enjoying Home!

Linda

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