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OK less than 2 weeks and things are moving along at a rapid pace!  We’ve covered Hostess Gifts, Cookies, Decorations, Gifts for Everyone, Candy Cane Dust, Holiday Advice, Holiday Humor and we’re not done yet!  Today the Christmas thought of the day is:

TREE TOPPERS

Isn’t the best part of decorating a Christmas tree putting the topper on?  Growing up I remember how my Dad would cut the tip of the tree to make sure that the Angel would fit.  She was beautiful (well have you ever seen an ugly angel?) and had a gold mesh skirt that had 4 or 5 tiny white lites wired into it.  And she held a candle in her hand.  We had that Angel for a really long time;  When I got married my parents gave me the Angel and I put it on top of every Christmas tree we had.  After I got divorced and moved to New York City, I gave the Angel to my daughter and hope she will continue the tradition.  The angel’s skirt is a little ragged but she’s still beautiful.

Just Like The One I Had

Just Like The One I Had

We didn’t always have that angel.  My earliest memory of a tree topper is one so typical of the 50’s.  It looked like this:

Retro Tree Topper

Retro Tree Topper

Then we had an angel with blonde hair and behind her was this reflector which was concave; This one has the reflector back however, I think our angel was not plastic but rather more like a doll.

Almost like half a disco ball

Almost like half a disco ball

So what was on your childhood tree?  What do you put on top of the tree now?  There are LOTS of options;  Vintage, retro, new-manufactured from all kinds of materials.  Here are few available for this year’s Christmas tree.

A Pinwheel of Stars

A Pinwheel of Stars

or A Mosaic Star

or A Mosaic Star

Really? Good Lord No!

Really? Good Lord No!

A Peace Dove

A Peace Dove

A Glitzy Lite Star

A Glitzy Lite Star

A Heavenly Angel

A Heavenly Angel

Very Kid Friendly

Very Kid Friendly

An Angel of Color

An Angel of Color

That’s quite an assortment and surely there’s one for every taste.

Please do write in and tell us all about YOUR Tree Topper!

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Decorating your home for the holidays is usually an annual tradition and one that often sticks to the same theme year after year.  While tradition holds a sacred place during the Christmas season, every now and then, a new idea comes along and this is one you might want to incorporate into your holiday decorating scheme.  Kitchens often get overlooked in the holiday decor, so this sweet treat idea would look terrific on a window sill or on a counter.

Fill a few glasses of varying size and shape with sugar and mini-marshmallows, add some peppermint sticks and you have a 5 minute decorating idea that is sure to evoke some sweet comments.

candy canes, peppermint sticks, mini marshmallows, sugar, glasses

Sweet Sensations

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I really am some kind of Christmas junkie.  For me the addiction is in decorating the house.  Over the years I have varied the look from time to time and when I had a large Victorian-style home in Connecticut, we had Christmas trees that were 9′ to 10′ tall and full of ribbons, flowers, bows, lace and confection.

Then there was the year of The Toy Story Christmas; My daughter and I were living in a bungalow-style small house and there really wasn’t room for a real tree.  I spent hours making a good size Candy Tree.  That was a treat (no pun intended), so colorful and sticky too.  Presents were piled on and around an old golden oak hall seat, stuffed animals sat here and there, Woody himself  was near the tree.

One year I went full-out Martha Stewart! I made the cookie ornaments featured in the magazine and a small flock of penguins hand-painted in blue and black frosting set in snow (salt), strung cranberries and popcorn and wrapped all the presents in brown paper tied with raffia.

When I married Peter (who’s Jewish), Christmas was still very much present, however, now I was living in a New York City apartment and soooooo;  the living room which has an Art Deco look became a silver and crystal wonderland.  Reindeer inhabited every room, shelf and nook – they’re so ecumenical, don’t you think?

Fast forward to the present and this year Christmas will be in our little cottage at the shore.  La Vie en Rose is a true confection of a cottage, at least I like to think so.  A small cottage can only handle so much decoration so again there’s no tree and by the way, that’s okay because over the years I have given all of the ornaments of their youth to my two now grown up kids.  The cottage is Victorian on the outside and eclectic on the inside.   Color is the key and this is what it looks like today.

 

La Vie en Rose, Christmas tree, Ocean Grove

A Pink Christmas is Perfect

The tree really isn’t supposed to have any ornaments and comes pre-wired with tiny lights but I guess I couldn’t resist hanging a couple and now that I see the photo, I think I’ll remove them.

 

flamingo, penguin, ornaments, bowl of ornaments

Flamingo and Penguin Co-exist at Christmas time

I love the reflections.

 

ocean grove,nutcrackers,wooden soldiers

My Army of Nutcrackers

Joel and Chiara Berti, pink ribboned tree

Pink Ribboned Tree

I have been looking at photos from other Christmases in the cottage and I see that this tree has been promoted to the first floor!

 

Christmas light bulbs, C-9 bulbs, canning jars, Ball jars, zinc lids, santa sleigh, pine cones

The First of the Ball Jar Bulb collection

There’s a few more jars and bulbs and a jingle bell wreath on the door.  I need to take a few more photos to do this all justice.

Merry Christmas to All!

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