Christmas decorating and a few of my favorite things

One of the things I like most about Christmas decorating is pulling out all the “special” decorations. They might not be the prettiest or coordinate with my homes colors but they are ones that are full of family history and have the most meaning. Now that my Christmas decorating is finished, I thought I would share a few of my favorite things.

My vintage Santa cookie jar, inherited from my mother in law, sits on the kitchen table and stands guard over the trays of Christmas treats.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

My grandmother’s champagne glasses are all ready for the Christmas Eve toast. They don’t hold a lot of champagne so the bottle is always nearby!

Linda Holt photo

Linda Holt photo

Our tree may not be magazine worthy or even blog worthy but every single ornament has some kind of special significance. It was either given as a gift, purchased while on vacation or hand made by the boys when they were little.

Christmas tree

This plastic Santa ornament has been on my Christmas tree for as long as I can remember. It was one of only two ornaments I asked to take with me when I got married.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

This paper origami whale has survived unscathed since 1991. It was made by a good friend of mine from photography school. Thanks Jill!

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Phot0

We’ve always loved this Star of David ornament, made by my now 27 year old when he was in the 1st grade. I guess it was the schools attempt at sending home a politically correct Christmas ornament.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

It must not have gone over too big because just 3 years later when my younger son was in the same class there were no more Christmas ornaments.

The angel at the top is over 30 years old. My husband and I bought her for our first Christmas when “Country” was really big.  I know she is really dated and every year I am tempted to retire her but I always end up giving her another year. For some reason my husband seems to be most fond of her.

What do you think, should I keep her going or replace her with something more my style?

My Christmas table is set and for the first time in a long, long time I went with a traditional red, green and white color palette.

Linda Holt Photo

The bottle brush trees and little figurines were part of a big snow village that I remember from my early childhood. My mom stopped setting it up by the time I was a teenager and after she passed away these few trees and figures were all that I could find of it. My favorite is the little skater and the glass “pond”.

bottle brush Christmas trees

Linda Holt Photo

I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

11 Responses to Christmas decorating and a few of my favorite things
  1. Jill Dippman Reply

    Hi Linda,
    Merry Christmas!
    I am so touched that you would remember me in your blog post. That was my first Christmas back in the City and I was so broke! I had forgotten about those card/ornaments I made. I have almost the same plastic Santa from my childhood, but mine isn’t an ornament, the sack is empty and had a couple of lollipops. I haven’t had time to put up a tree yet and may not this year. I think I am a ‘star on top of the tree’ person, but your tree looks lovely. Please give my best wishes to Jim and the ‘boyz’.

  2. Linda Holt Reply

    Thanks Jill. Merry Christmas to you too. I love that whale ornament. Every year I have such great memories when I hang both that whale and the prayer flags. It seems like a lifetime ago (actually it was) but they both hold such special memories for me.

  3. Kelly R. @ Interiors For Families Reply

    I love your tree and all of the old-timey decorations, Linda. I think you and I have a similar style and philosophy when it comes to decorating for Christmas. I have to get moving on my tablescape, baking and cooking – hosting 20 for dinner tomorrow evening! Happy holidays; I hope to see you soon in 2014!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Kelly! Merry Christmas to you too and yes, I am planning on connecting with you very soon.

  4. tracy aiguier Reply

    Love this post Linda! Ornaments that have a back story are absolutely the best! Your tree looks perfect.
    Impressed that your table is already set..
    Merry Christmas to you and the boys.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Tracy. Merry Christmas to you and the family too! Looking forward to seeing you and Chris in a few weeks for lunch!

  5. Monique Reply

    It’s absolutely lovely Linda! That’s what Christmas is about memories, relationships and love. I wish you and your boys the happiest Christmas yet!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so much Monique. Sometimes you have to just silence the “decorator” and let tradition take over…even if it is a 30 year old dated (somewhat ugly) Country angel.

  6. Kristie Barnett, TheDecorologist Reply

    I love all of your special Christmas decorations, Linda! I hope you have a wonderful holiday!!!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you Kristie and a Merry Christmas to you and your family too!

  7. Karen E Kelley Reply

    Merry Christmas! Great memories. I remember the first Christmas I met you!

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