One more week! How is everything coming along? All your shopping done and your presents wrapped? Or are you a last minute person? I understand completely, we just put up our tree last week and I still have a bit of shopping to do. The last couple years we have been cutting our tree out of our front yard and oh how easy and fun it is! After cutting it down, Karl hauls it inside and we spend an evening decorating it together. I look forward to this special time every year, and I want to share our homegrown, country Christmas tree with you. Can you smell the fresh pine yet?
I wrapped our country tree with grapevine and stuck red sticks and berries into the top. Last week, I walked out to the woods and cut these berries for my homemade pine garland and I had a couple extra twigs that look perfect in our tree.
Our tree ornaments are very special. Every year, at Christmas since I was born, my mom and dad gave me an ornament with the year written on it. On our wedding day, my mom surprised me with all of them as a wedding gift. Come to find out, Karl's mom had done the same thing for him as well, so our Christmas tree has never been empty and bare. I have continued on the tradition and still buy an ornament each year to add to our tree.
My little sister, Carla made me this ornament out of toothpicks many years ago when she was in grade school. It is one of my favorite ones.
My dad was very sick in 2008 and spent the holidays in a far away hospital. My mom gave me this ornament that Christmas. She attached the small round hang-tag with Mark 9:23-24 written on one side.
Growing up on a dairy farm, this ornament is very appropriate!
I just received this wonderful feather wings ornament from a new friend and blog reader sent with a Christmas card all the way from Washington! Thank-you so much, Sheree, you are so sweet!
Since I don't have all my presents wrapped yet, I put my collection of antique children's sleds under the tree. Each one is different, some out of metal, some wood.
This wonderful wooden sled came from a friend's garage sale. She said it came all the way from Germany. I told her it was going to a good home! I love it!
I am so glad I was able to share this year's homegrown Christmas tree with you! Thank-you so much for stopping by and taking a look.
Happy last minute Christmas preparations,
Maria ~Rusty Hinge
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