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Memories of the Ceramic Lighted Christmas Tree

Ceramic Christmas Tree copy

How many of you have memories of your Grandmother’s ceramic light up Christmas Tree? I sure do. 

I am sure at one point I use to think the tree was tacky and would never imagine wanting one for my own. I saw this cute tree last week and I knew I had to have it as brought back so many fun memories of my Grandparents around Christmas time.  I remember the ceramic tree coming to Christmas dinner and my Poppa carrying it in to the house in a box with special care. 

When my tree was being packed up in a box with special care to come home and I realized all those little light bulbs come out, it brought back a memory of how my Grandparents had glued those lights in place on their tree.  I remember this tree being very special to my Grammy and I wish I remembered or knew more about her special tree.  Now that she has been gone for 10 years I am glad I came across my own special nostalgic tree. 

Everyone that see’s it says “my Grandma had one like that!” I had an older lady tell me “every old lady has one of those!” I laughed and then of course realized I guess I am now one of “those” old ladies!

I hope your family is building special memories around the holidays like ours is. We celebrate Christmas as the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.  I have been trying to instill in my kids to look at ways to spread Christmas Kindness.  We have a jar that they have been writing down ways they’ve helped spread kindness and we will read them on Christmas Eve.  On Christmas day, if everyone is feeling better from their colds, we have plans to go help the homeless and hand out needed supplies like gloves, hats, coats and toothbrushes with other families.  My hope is to continue the tradition so that the kids grow up remembering the real reason for the season and not just a time of getting gifts.

Merry Christmas from Real Southern Living!


Holiday Home Tour 2012

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After about a week of Christmas Tree stand drama and trying to get the tree to stand without falling over it is finally looking like Christmas around the house.  The stockings are hung and the Christmas Tree has been decorated 3 times!

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I was rather frustrated last weekend trying to get into the Christmas spirit of decorating and kind of thankful now for the chance to re-do decorating this weekend.  It was much more peaceful and I love the added changes I made.

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Even Mokey the monkey has gotten into Christmas spirit and finding how a cute 8 yr old boy left him hanging on the bench put a smile on my face to remind me what Christmas is really about.

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Yes, the tree saga was enough to have driven this Mom to want to just skip Christmas this year and throw out the tree but, in the end it was all meant to be.  Even if I strung the tree with lights 3 times and had pine needles and ornaments everywhere all week long the final result is that it improved each time I decorated the tree. 

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I got to reflect on the special ornaments that have special memories on our tree and thankfully nothing was broken when the tree went timber.  We added Mr. Christmas this year to the tree and he is fun.  He turns your lights on and off with voice activation but, he also plays Christmas Carols and blinks the lights to the music…okay he can be really annoying but, again the kids LOVE him!

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I tried to keep things simple and just put out things here or there around our existing decor to remind us it is Christmas time and to remember the reason for the season.

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Happy Holiday’s and a good time to remember "Your home is about how you feel when you walk through the front door.  It is about your family, life and dreams together.”  All the other ‘stuff’ isn’t what is most important, it is about the cherish memories you share together and what better time to remind us of that then Christmas.

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Christmas Memories–2011

We started the morning with the kids busting through our door waking us up…I just thought what the heck it is still dark and yet it was 7am!  They took the traditional picture together before ripping open the gifts.

Santa did a very good job this year with surprising the kids with some unexpected gifts that sure brought smiles to their facesSmile!
We hung in our P.J.’s until it was time to get dressed to go to church and when we came home we all climbed back in our P.J.’s. It was a rainy yucky day outside but, inside it was warm and cozy.

It was amazing to me how quiet it was in the house with everyone content playing with new things! We read new books, played new games, watched new DVD’s and we also ate a yummy Christmas dinner together.

Now that Christmas has pasted I’m reflecting on the new year and the goals I want to set for myself.  The Christmas tree has been hauled out to the curb and the decorations are starting to be packed away.


Count down to next year has begun and I’m determined to make good things happen in 2012 to reflect on next Christmas!

Elf on the Shelf–10 Day of Fun Recap!

This year our Elves (Nickolyn Joe & Jingles) came a little late with only 10 days left until Christmas Eve.  Usually our Elves are pretty boring but, NOT this year! The kids had lots of fun…and so did a few other Elf helpers even though they won’t admit it publically!

DAY #1 – Snow Angel Elf

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Day #2 – Zip Line Elf


DAY#3 -  Elf Bungee Drop


DAY #4- Elf Room Barricade


DAY #5 – Elf Duck Tape Hold Up


DAY #6 – T.P. Elf


DAY #7 – Rudolph Elf


DAY #8 – Heckling on the Mirror Elf

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DAY #9 – Elf Underwear Hang


DAY #10 – North Pole or Bust Elf


Jingles stays with us throughout the year but, Nickolyn Joe our 1st Elf On the Shelf always returns to the North Pole.  This year the Elves were so entertaining…I wonder what they will do next year?!!!