Christmas

LIFE IN PHOTOS :: Our Tiny Tree

Our tree is tiny and simple — sparkling silver and white and blue, with an exquisite little porcelain doll my best friend brought back from Russia. The tree’s not huge, or even made of real tree, but it’s tucked away under the blue-light-wrapped windows, on a white woolen rug that looks like snow, and makes Aveline so happy.

To me, that’s perfect.

(Do you remember this feeling as a child?) Oaxacaborn / Gina Munsey blog

Oaxacaborn / Gina Munsey blog
Oaxacaborn / Gina Munsey blog

“Shaggy branches curve / Down to the heads of children / Beads shine richly / Overflowing with lights…” “Гнутся ветви мохнатые / Вниз, к головкам детей / Блещут бусы богатые / Переливом огней…” -Raisa Adamovna Kudasheva

Christmas, Monday's Pretty Things

MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Decorating with Christmas Tree Branches

Every Christmas tree doesn’t have to be a big, Costco-sized production. Here are some lovely ideas to use small, table-top trees — or even the extra branches you might have leftover after trimming to fit into the tree stand!

My Lovely Things on Oaxacaborn's MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Decorating with Christmas Tree Branches
Tiny tree in the hallway via Anna Truelsen / My Lovely Things

Nora Lill on Oaxacaborn's MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Decorating with Christmas Tree Branches
Fir branches in jar of water via Nora Lill

Christmas Tree Branches as Chrismtas Trees via A Barefoot Day on Oaxacaborn's MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Decorating with Christmas Tree Branches
Evergreen branches in mason jars via A Barefoot Day

waltherogco_dk on Oaxacaborn's MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Decorating with Christmas Tree Branches
Cut tree in glass vase via Walther & Co

Design Chaser - Tabletop Christmas Tree, wooden, and wire geometric on Oaxacaborn's MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Decorating with Christmas Tree Branches
Table-top Christmas tree with wooden and wire geometric ornaments via The Design Chaser

Princess Pine in Clay Pot Anna Truelsen on Oaxacaborn's MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Decorating with Christmas Tree Branches
Princess pin in clay pot via Anna Truelsen / My Lovely Things

Noralill Branch in Jar on Oaxacaborn's MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Decorating with Christmas Tree Branches
Evergreen branch in jar of water on tin tray via Nora Lill

Fika on Oaxacaborn's MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Decorating with Christmas Tree Branches
Small tree in Swedish enamel bucket on windowsill via B.I.B. And I spy pour-over coffee! The whole photo series is here, and it’s lovely.


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CHRISTMAS :: A White Tree with Red and Silver

Oaxacaborn blog - 2 - Red and Silver Ornaments on a White Tree

Oaxacaborn blog - California Flag under Tree - Red and Silver Ornaments on a White Tree

Oaxacaborn blog - 3 - Red and Silver Ornaments on a White Tree

Oaxacaborn blog - Red and Silver Ornaments on a White Tree

Last year we used all blue and silver ornaments; this year red won — and I love it!

I tend to only put out a portion of the Christmas box contents each year. Aveline, of course, still wanted to hang all the ornaments so we made a mini clothesline out of twine and let her decorate that with some of the extras.

Do you try out different decorating themes every Christmas, or is your tree more traditional?

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CHRISTMAS :: A Use for Trimmed Christmas Tree Branches

Christmas Tree Branches Bouquet in Vase as Tree - What do to with leftover trimmed Christmas tree branches -- via enjoyourhome.blogspot.com

How is it that I have never thought of taking trimmed Christmas tree branches and making another tree? Sheer brilliance from the Polish blog Enjoy Your Home.

(I spy a clever clothespin advent calendar, too, and glass yogurt pots!)

Babiekins Magazine, Christmas, Poetry & Words

POETRY & WORDS :: The Candle Tree

The Candle Tree, Illustration by Maia Larkin of The Voyagers for Babiekins Magazine

“Everyone’s Christmas tree is different. Some people have a quiet tree with tiny twinkling lights, silvery tinsel, and fluffy white snow. Other people have neon trees with bright garish bulbs, twitching and blinking against the backdrop of Santas in Hawaiian shirts, and elephants wearing antlers.

But when I was a little girl, our Christmas tree was very different.

Our tree was dotted with cookies.

And candles.

Candles with fire…”

To continue reading my story about Christmas in the former Yugoslavia, go to page 36 of the Babiekins Magazine gift guide.

(The accompanying illustration was created by Maia Larkin of The Voyagers, and is available here.)