Monday, 20 December 2010

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree

I’m sure some people wonder why seemingly sane, sensible and quite frugal middle aged adults turn into Tragic Christmas Nuts on the 1st December each year.

We don’t deny it – our house is a bit Christmassy.

Our Christmas decorating each year depends on what is happening and who will be here. This year we have the grandchildren from Canberra visiting for the week before as well as over the Christmas period, so it’s over-the-top Christmas throughout the house.

This year each room has a different theme with it’s own tree.

In the lounge room we have the blue tree. 
There’s a white tree in the TV room (to contrast the wall colour) and a white fibre optic one.

There’s the original “family” tree with the presents piled beneath it.
Many of its decorations honour various family members (including Missy).

There are also a collection of Santas.
The Christmas goodies tree.
On Christmas Day the kids will pick the candy canes and gingerbread from it to eat.

We transformed the office into a Christmas Cave - the Magic Bear Cave.
There are quite a few animated or singing teddies they can play with.

There are teddies and other soft toys of all sorts that can be cuddled and touched.

Why do we do it?
As they get older our grandchildren will understand the meaning of Christmas, but while they are tiny we want to make it a time of magic and wonder. We want them to vividly remember their childhood Christmases, especially the ones spent at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.

It began slowly - a tree, a train under the tree, then some teddy bears with Christmas hats.
The next year there were more teddies and we purchased a couple of animated decorations.
Then we made a cave designed to make a child’s eyes widen and sparkle … and so it grew.
Friends give us Christmas decorations or teddy bears as gifts to add to the collection. We also buy a couple more each year… and so it keeps growing.

Why do we do it?


Because it’s FUN!!

Have a Merry Christmas everyone.

I'm joining in Mosaic Monday at Dear Little Red House. I'm sure today many will have a Christmas theme. 

15 comments:

  1. Fantastic! I bet your grandchildren LOVE it. Have a great Christmas.

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  2. Tragic Christmas Nuts? Not at all. This is what I miss the most ... celebrating Christmas at our home with our own family. It hasn't happened in a couple of years now ... as we usually visit them or they visit the other side of the family!

    Enjoy your Christmas as I know you will. What a wonderful Christmas wonderland you've created for your grandchildren ... I know they will have fond memories of these times for the rest of their lives. That Magic Bear Cave will be a big hit!

    I hope there's something special for you Missy, as well as those darling grandchildren!

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  3. Love it! Such festive fun at your house! Love all the collections!
    Merry Christmas!

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  4. Oh my what darling Teddies!!! Delightful Santas, Too! Merry Christmas! Cathy

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  5. This mosaic makes me smile! The children's eyes will light up when they see the decorations!Christmas Wishes to you and yours.

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  6. Wonderful. We were discussing the other day the advantages to doing several smaller trees through out the house rather than one big one! Love all the different colors!

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  7. Lot of Christmas in all your ornaments. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  8. Missy, you have some beautiful trees. I am surprised how many of them too. I really like the ornaments on the blue tree. Very different. Your collections are really fun and interesting. Have a very merry!

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  9. So nice to see so many Christmas ornaments on the Christmas trees. What a wonderful time it will be for the kids to spend Chistmas with the grandparents. I'm sure the memories collected will last a lifetime.

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  10. Oh you are right, they will love it. What lucky grandchildren you have to experience such a lovely magical world at Christmas time. I have always really loved Christmas, and now with young children of my own I am just loving it even more, Merry Christmas Missy!

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  11. Oh, I love your themed Christmas trees! The blue is my favorite. Tell Missy her pawprint ornament is adorable.

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  12. Beautiful decorations Missy! If you're in the mood for Christmas then why not :)

    Happy Holidays!

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  13. Your grands are going to have a great time at your house again this year. It certainly sounds as if you've made it fun for them. What beautiful trees and in every room...wow!

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  14. Great mosaics! Your trees and collections are beautiful. ~Cheryl

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  15. I love all of your trees! Your grandchildren are lucky that you spend so much time to give them Christams memories!

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