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Monday, November 28, 2005

Christmas Collection

This weekend we put up Christmas decorations. I do solemnly swear not to leave them up until February this year. Okay, I take that back. I will probably leave them up until February or maybe even March. And it's not just laziness. I love Christmas decorations. I admit it.

For me, the highlight of our trip to Gatlinburg was the hour I spent in a Christmas store. Every year I go shopping the week after Christmas to get ornaments and decor 75% off. Yes, I'm becoming one of THOSE people.

I have a three-part theory about my love obsession for buying Christmas ornaments.

1. They are fairly inexpensive, so I feel I can buy them impulsively.
2. Unlike other decorative items, I don't have to think about where to put them or whether they match anything in my house.
3. They're just pretty! Each one appeals to me visually, and all together on the tree it's almost more prettiness than I can bear.

This year and last, I bought so many ornaments that *gasp* I'm now out of room on the tree! I've been trying to enforce the rule that I will only buy it if I truly truly love the ornament. I try to do that with clothes, too (with mixed results in both cases).

In Gatlinburg, I tried to make myself buy only ornaments that I couldn't find at home. Like the mermaid and the blown-glass seahorses, the glitter-topped cupcakes and the watermelon slice. The miniature mandolin for Darwin.

Still, I love my old favorites best: the globe and the pink rose that reminds me of the rose in Beauty and the Beast, my favorite Disney cartoon.

For your viewing pleasure, a (very) small part of my collection:





And last but not least, the tree:



We'll just pretend that woodwork behind it is finished. Christmas is the time for using your imagination, right?

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7 Comments:

Joan said...

You have the same approach to Christmas decorations that I do. We now have way too many to fit on our tree; I was almost relieved a couple years ago when the tree fell over and a bunch of ornaments broke. And the only thing that ties them together is that they're all Christmas ornaments.

I like your style!

1:36 PM  
kris said...

I also LOVE christmas decorations, especially for the tree. I love collecting them from different places we travel. I also get a number as gifts. Isn't it great when an ornament has a story? :-) We're getting our tree this weekend--can't wait!

2:49 PM  
JLynnette said...

Love your tree.

Every year I buy L. and I a new ornament. If I could afford it, I'd go hog wild. Last year I bought them even though we didn't have a tree up so this year I get to add four new ones. :)

7:32 PM  
Patricia W said...

Kristin,

They are so pretty! I love beatuiful ornaments too and am especially attracted to musical instruments, leaves, pinecones, acorns and walnuts. Strange, I know. I looove the globe and the rose! We haven't put up anything yet. I've pretty much completed my Christmas shopping (thank goodness) and will most likely get a tree this weekend. I can't wait!

7:04 AM  
halloweenlover said...

Beautiful tree!!! I love the gingerbread ornament and the watermelon. Very cute! I love seeing Christmas decorations.

9:12 AM  
Kasmira said...

Everyone in Cinci RAVES about the Christmas store in Gatlinburg.

Believe it or not, I have never had a Christmas tree. In college, I did decorate a small potted conifer a couple times, but that's it. I have no ornaments. Every year, I plan on getting a tree, but I'm intimidated by all the STUFF involved. I just ogle other people's trees instead.

2:30 PM  
Jocelyn said...

I like your ornaments! I have been feverishly buying up ornaments during after x-mas sales as we had basically nothing. This year is the first year for a tree and I am getting the tallest tree that will fit in our living room I am so excited.

I have been trying to have an animal theme as I like nature and critters, but it's not 100%.

can't decide on vintage colored lights or white- I think I'm going color this year. I always used to like white, but now I'm more into color.

10:38 AM  

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