Saturday, December 31, 2011


After Christmas while others are getting ready to take down their trees I get filled with the beauty of mine. Before Christmas it's all about getting the decorations up, shopping, wrapping, getting our cards in the mail and baking. Then the day finally comes, the day after Christmas and suddenly I can breathe. That is when the magic happens for me. My tree glows bigger and brighter, takes my heart away to a place of awe and amazement. I live in that beauty for a few weeks and it's a nice place to be.

After almost 40 years of decorating my own tree, starting with only plain colored glass balls and growing into what it is today with over 800+ ornaments on it, I am not afraid to say it is gorgeous. It has earned these words flowing from my mouth. I put so much love into my tree, it is my masterpiece each Christmas.

The last few days when I walk into our family room at night I am just taken in by its beauty. I wish all of you could see it in person. Pictures cannot capture what the eyes see. It is meticulously knitted together like a beautiful afghan. It will capture my heart for a few weeks and then eventually start to fade. Then it's time to take it down but not a moment sooner! I know when its purpose for this year has been served and I will pack away the magic until next year.

Praying that 2012 brings you excellent health,

hearts full of happiness,

magical moments

and the joy that comes from big belly laughs.

See you next year!


Sonya said...

You do have some pretty amazing ornaments!!

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

Debby your tree is gorgeous!!!! Wishing you a Happy New Year my friend.

gigi said...

Debby it is a piece of gorgeous art! I would be so proud too and you have every right!
Blessings on your new year too!

Cherie said...

Debby your tree truly is stunning! With all the hard work and love that you put into collecting, putting it up and taking it down (I know that is a ton of work) it is nice that you leave it up and enjoy it till you get your fill of its beauty!

Happy New Year!

Keetha Broyles said...

It is lovely indeed and I SOOOO agree about keeping up the Christmas decor AFTER the day - - - mine will be up AT LEAST until January 9, and then we'll see - - - - I may keep it up until mid January. I mean, some people have theirs up from October on, so what's wrong with us enjoying it well into January????

nancygrayce said...

Love, love, love your tree! You have beautiful ornaments and it's evident how much love goes into putting each one one that tree. Enjoy!

Mine is down and packed away for another year.

Have a very Happy New year!!

EmptyNester said...

I do the same thing- it's the hours, days, after Christmas that I can truly enjoy the beauty of the trees.

Your tree is gorgeous in the pictures and I can imagine its glory in person!

SassyModernMom said...

It really is magical!! Happy New Year Deb!

CiCi said...

Really liking the wish for big belly laughs. We all could use lots of those.

Your tree shows the love you put into decorating it. We cannot see it as clearly as if we were in front of it in person, but we still feel some of the joy spilling over into your post.

Bestest and dearest wishes for a year of more joy than ever before.

Love Of Quilts said...

My tree is nothing like your but I understand what your thinking is. I do enjoy my tree after christmas is over and I love the lighting at night. Wishing big belly laughs for you too. See you next year. Trish

xinex said...

Your tree is really stunning, Debby. I don't blame you for not taking it down any sooner. What a feast for the eye! Happy New Year!...Christine

Garden of Egan said...

I am still stunned by how absolutely beautiful your tree is!

I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

Chatty Crone said...

Your tree my dear is exquisite. Happy New Year! sandie♥

Laura said...

I love your tree! I get ornaments for everyone each year so I imagine one day I'll have quite a bit too! (between those and the home made ones the kids make... love those too!)
Happy New Year!

Renee said...

Happy New Year! Debby :)

Kathy ... better known as Nana said...

That tree is gorgeous! I can only imagine how beautiful it is in real life! Happy 2012 to you and yours!

Shandrea said...

Wow! The pictures alone make me wish I could see it in person.

Joyce said...

I really enjoy my tree after Christmas too. Life slows down and I find myself feeling reflective, the tree encourages that.

Happy 2012!

Unknown Mami said...

I have no doubt that your tree is a sight to behold and I do wish that I could see it in person.

Katherine said...

It truly must be quite the feat to get all those ornaments on your tree! It's beautiful!

Kerri said...

ur tree is the best tree ever!! it is magic!! u should just leave it up all year but i know that would decrease the magic

love the cupcake theme now!! soo cute!!

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