Friday, November 30, 2012

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Well, outside the house anyway. Inside is another matter.

I spent a good portion of yesterday decorating my front yard.  I didn't get the Christmas lights up yet (that's a 2-person job), but I was able to get everything else done, courtesy of the 99 Cent Store, Dollar Tree and Big Lots (yeah, I'm a big spender). 

When I first moved in a little over a year ago, I was charmed by the pine tree in my front yard.  It looked like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, which I thought was a good omen, as I have collected Snoopy & Peanuts stuff for about 30 years (I have about 400 Snoopy Christmas ornaments alone. Plus a ton of other stuff).

This is what the tree looked like when I bought the house:

This is my tree now:

I had ornaments left over from a failed craft project (I have A LOT of failed craft projects. I think Goodwill has an aisle devoted entirely to my failures).  The large ornaments came from the 99 cent store and Big Lots.

I wish I'd been able to get ornaments on the top branches, but it was hard enough getting this much done (I'm only 5'2'').  I have a friend visiting this weekend, so I'm hoping that between the two of us and a ladder, we might be able to get a few ornaments on top. 
I love anything that sparkles, so this had to come home with me.  It reminds me of one of the old Shiny Brite Christmas ornaments from the 50's.  I'm always on the lookout for those at thrift stores and garage sales, but so far I've only found several boxes of the Christopher Radko Shiny Brite reproductions.  They look great, but there's nothing like the "patina" of a well loved Shiny Brite ornament.
How is your Christmas decorating coming along?
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  1. Someone visiting my house at Christmas time told a co-worker of ours that my house looks like a department store. No flat surface left undecorated, that's my motto! Press on! Waiting to see the cute insides! Using a dowel rod with a hook on the end of it you can hang ornaments up at the top, we put the lights in the outdoor trees that way too.

  2. Your tree looks wonderful!
    Be careful on that ladder now.Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas!
    Bellaboo X

  3. Wow Julie your tree has grown so much in a short time! I love how it is all decked out for Christmas!

  4. Julie, your tree looks great. In keeping with Charlie's tree, I think it's best that you don't have a bunch of decorations near the top! It's perfect:)


  5. Your Christmas tree is so festive and cheery. How nice to share this tree with your neighbors. I haven't done a thing outside. Just getting the inside done.



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