Saturday, January 3, 2009

Goodbye to the Holidays

If I had the space and a fake tree I would leave it up indefinitely till Valentine's Day.  I have been know to do that in the past.  Now that we have been getting live trees the amount of time the Christmas tree stays up is limited.  
As I vacuumed up a trillion and one pine needles today I realized it was time to start to put the Holiday's away.  I go through the same process when I put the decorations away as I do when I put them out .  I talk about where I got it, who made and gave it to me and why I like it.
Last night I had an inkling that the tree and decoration would make there way back to storage so I was playing with my camera and took some pictures. Each one of them is special and each one I put away carefully for the next year.

This is an Angel from an Old World Christmas set that my mother gave me for my wedding shower.  She is for God's guidance in the home.

This is the teapot from the set, it's for Hospitality.

This is an egg ornament that Mary (they wonderful lady that took care of Francesco at his first daycare) made for me.

This is a Christmas bulb that my very crafty and talented mother made for Francesco last year.  I will have to take pictures of my mother's crafts and do a post one day.  She is amazing.

This in one of the  many ceramic ornaments that I hand painted one year, I think it was 2003.  That was definitely before 2 boys.

This is a Santa Clause made out a paintbrush.  This was made and given to me by the little girl I use to babysit (she is now in college).

This is my Nativity, it was given to my by my awesome Aunt and Cousins for my wedding shower.  I still haven't put this away.

This is just me messing with the camera and a Christmas bulb.  I swear I see dust around the edges.  The tree has only been up a month and the bulbs are already dusty?

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Holiday and that the New Year bring you all health and happiness.

I had said that I wasn't going to make a new year resolution in my last post, but I am going to make a goal.  I am going to try and take at least one picture a day (if not more) with my camera.  I am hoping that it will teach me much and make me look at the world around me a little more.


  1. What a beautiful collection of meaningful ornamnets!

  2. That is so great that you remember all that. I can never remember those details.

  3. The last one is my favorite! Great shots, Cara!

  4. First of all - we have the same nativity - my MIL got it for me - isn't it the most beautiful one you have ever seen?? I love it.

    Secondly, I was hoping J. would take the tree down for us because it is kind of a pain (although we have a real one and a fake one!) and we don't get home til tomorrow - but I realize I didn't take photos of all the maybe I'll tell him I'll do it on Tuesday instead!

    Happy New Year my friend (I'm only a few days late, right??)

  5. What a gorgeous collection of ornaments!

  6. Love the ornaments. I'm currently working on building a collection of meaningful ones that I can pass down to my daughter one day. Our tree was on the lawn on New Years Day. I love Xmas and I love the warm & cozy feel it brings to the house, but I was just in the mood and all of the decor is down. Oh, and today I bought garland at target for 59 cents! Now I need a new storage box! woohoo!

  7. I love the last picture! VERY cool!

  8. Gorgeous! All the pictures!
    I am so not a leave the Christmas stuff up kind of girl :)

    Happy New Year!

  9. Love your ornaments. And last year I left my tree up until Feb. 1. It was real, too.

  10. Wonderful shots of your Christmas ornaments and memories. Love that last one, too. :)

  11. I love that you have so many ornaments on your tree that are so special to you!

    Great resolution...I want to photograph more too, it is really hard some days...the boys keep me busy!!