Oh Christmas Tree

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Well, 3 days until the big day!

Are you ready?

All shopped out, wrapped out, baked out? 
I’ve been doing a little bit of all three. I’m about done now, thank goodness. 

So, how about a little down time? Go grab a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea and just relax!
Some favorite friends and I thought it would be fun to share a little about our trees and special ornaments with you.
A nice way to unwind from all of the hustle and bustle of the season… hope you enjoy!

If you didn’t catch my Christmas tree in my Christmas Home Tour, here it is….

Oh Christmas Tree - 2014 - #Christmastree #ornaments #holidaydecor #holidays #Christmas artsychicksrule.com

And here with the rest of the room….


Christmas Home Tour 2014 - Red and Teal Themed - Family Room - View from Kitchen - #christmas #hometour #holidays #holidaydecor #redandteal artsychicksrule.com

It’s a real tree. We always get a real tree and usually a Fraser Fir but went with a different one this year.

A few close ups of some special ornaments….

Like this one….Oh Christmas Tree - 2014 - I love NY backwards - #Christmastree #ornaments #holidaydecor #holidays #Christmas artsychicksrule.com

It’s backwards and I didn’t even notice it until I took the photo! Oops.

Oh Christmas Tree - 2014 - I Love NYC -#Christmastree #ornaments #holidaydecor #holidays #Christmas artsychicksrule.com

Better. This came from our trip to NYC for our daughter’s 16th birthday in December 2008. 

And this one….

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Rudolph…and his red nose….and ONE eye. Haha..poor fella lost an eye somewhere along the way. 
He’s probably about 9-10 years old now. My son made him in 1st or 2nd grade. 
I love him.

Sweet Santa….and his teal colored naughty/nice list. ;)

Oh Christmas Tree - 2014 - Santa with Teal list -#Christmastree #ornaments #holidaydecor #holidays #Christmas artsychicksrule.com

Perfect for my house, right?

My kids and I made these cinnamon ornaments, gosh, probably 10 years ago. 
Somehow they have survived multiple Christmas decorating, packing, unpacking etc.

Oh Christmas Tree - 2014 - Cinnamon Star - #Christmastree #ornaments #holidaydecor #holidays #Christmas artsychicksrule.com

Oh Christmas Tree - 2014 - Cinnamon Candy Cane - #Christmastree #ornaments #holidaydecor #holidays #Christmas artsychicksrule.com

See my backwards NY ornament….before I flipped it.

My babies…who aren’t babies anymore. 

Oh Christmas Tree - 2014 - My Babies - #Christmastree #ornaments #holidaydecor #holidays #Christmas artsychicksrule.com

Miss those days!!

The days when we got ornaments like these….

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Oh Christmas Tree - 2014 - Bear -#Christmastree #ornaments #holidaydecor #holidays #Christmas artsychicksrule.com

Aw well, time moves on.

And of course, you can’t live at the coast, so near the ocean, without having something made out of a crab shell, right?

Oh Christmas Tree - 2014 - Crab Shell Santa - #Christmastree #ornaments #holidaydecor #holidays #Christmas artsychicksrule.com

Santa crab. ;)

And this little lovely I picked up at the thrift store last year. 
I don’t know why I love it so, but I do.

It’s so pretty with the church on top and winter scene painted on the jingle bell….

Oh Christmas Tree - 2014 - Thrift Store Bell Church -#Christmastree #ornaments #holidaydecor #holidays #Christmas artsychicksrule.com

One last shot of our Christmas tree ….at night.

Christmas Home Tour 2014 - Red and Teal Themed - Family Room - Night Time - #christmas #hometour #holidays #holidaydecor #redandteal artsychicksrule.com


I’m getting ready to make our family favorite for Christmas dinner… Red Velvet Trifle.

Red Velvet Trifle Recipe Modified

If you need a festive looking (and delicious tasting!) dessert for the holidays …try this one.
Your guests won’t be disappointed! :)

Be sure to visit my friends Christy over at Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer, Christy over at Our Southern Home and Shanna at Restoration Redoux to see their beautiful trees!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays friends!! 
Wishing you many blessings, joy and time spent with the ones you love!


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  1. Thank you for all the pics, especially the I Love NY. As the granny of two NYC police officers it warms my heart to see that on your tree. Blessing to you and your family. Judi

    1. Thank you Judi (and you are welcome!) :) We love NYC, the energy of the city etc, it’s just one of my very favorite places to visit! I will say a prayer for your police officers Judi! It’s such a scary time out there. My heart is heavy at the loss of those two recently shot down.

  2. Most of the ornaments on my tree have a meaning also. Those are the best type of ornaments that bring back memories. I still have two bird ornaments that were on our tree when I was a little girl, and that was a long, long time ago!!! I also have ornaments my children and grandchildren made – they mean a lot to me! xoxo

    1. Thank you Aunt Jo! I totally agree, they are the best and just make such a meaningful tree as time goes on. Oh the bird ornaments….how great!!!
      I would love to see all of it! You will have to send some pics to Dad!! :)
      Merry Christmas to you and the rest of family!!

    1. Oh no, really?!!! You must have a crab!!! lol Maybe I’ll paint one and gift it to you next year…it will be teal!! ;)
      Merry Christmas to you all!!!

  3. Absolutely beautiful, Nancy!!! We have a few similar ornaments. Love gathering those on trips and all those treasured ones the kids have made. Merry Christmas, friend! Looking forward to the continued blogging journey in 2015! XXOO

    1. Thanks Christy! Yes, they are the best..the ones my kids made are my favorite! :)
      You and I are both about the same stage…our little ones aren’t so little anymore so those ornaments mean even more!
      I am looking forward to this year too! I think it’s going to be a great one!
      Merry Christmas Christy!!

  4. Your tree looks beautiful Nancy! I love the red and teal together! It’s so sweet looking back at all of the ornaments that bring back memories of your children! Merry Christmas my friend!

    1. Thank you for the sweet words…made my day! :)
      Merry Christmas to you Chris and many blessings for the New Year! xoxo

  5. I have too many ornaments for our tree so this year I just put up ones that other people gave us and that makes the tree mean so much!!!

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