Family And A Vintage Christmas Tree

DSC_0124This past weekend was super busy for me.  I finished up all my crocheting and gift wrapping on Saturday and did all my chores then too.  Sunday, I went to my hometown to celebrate Christmas with my entire family.  I had to leave baby Chester at home of course. My dad’s side of the family is rather large and we always eat lunch together for the holidays.  It was so nice to see everyone, especially my niece and nephew.  I don’t get to see them often and it was awesome getting to see them.  They’re both so precious.

My cutie niece :)
My cutie niece 🙂
My silly nephew, hiding under my brother's coat.
My silly nephew, hiding under my brother’s coat.

The day was so busy though.  I had to travel a lot and go to so many different houses.  We first went to my family lunch, then to my dad’s house, then to my mom’s house, and finally to my grandparents’ house.  I didn’t mind visiting everyone, but when I got home I was totally beat.

As soon as I got to my dad’s house, my stepbrother said that his fiancé was feeling better after being “sick” all day yesterday.  My heart dropped to my stomach and I instantly started freaking out.  Then it became obvious to me that his daughter had a cold.  I was freaking out more.  I texted my mom and she reassured me that everything was ok.  The house is not that big and there were a lot of people, some sick, in one room.  I didn’t like that, so to cope, I stepped outside and took some photos.  Here’s my favorite from that time:

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After lunch

Lunch with the family.
Lunch with the family.

The food was good, as always.  We had the traditional chicken and dumplings, which my grandmother used to make from scratch.  My family still uses her recipe, so that was special.

After lunch, we went to my dad’s and opened gifts.  I got quite a few things that I needed and really loved.  They gave me towels, lotion, money, a nativity scene, and a hurricane lamp.  My sister and brother-in-law gave me a new flat iron, which I desperately need and homemade laundry detergent!  I’m excited to try it.  After that, we went to my mom’s.   She also got me this really cool strainer that you attach to skillets and pots, so that you don’t have to worry about pouring it into a strainer.

After visiting my mom, my brother, sister, brother-in-law, brother’s girlfriend, and my niece and nephew visited my grandparents.  I always love going to their home.  It has a familiar, warm smell and it’s always cozy.  My grandparents are cleaning out their house because they have so many things, nice things, and decided that it was time to give us three grandchildren family heirlooms for Christmas.  My sister received a crocheted coverlet that was made by our great-great-great grandmother.  It’s beautiful, very intricate, and heavy.  It’s a treasure.  My brother received a shotgun that is dated 1914 and was the property of my great-great-great grandfather.  It too is beautiful in its own way.

I received something that I really, really wanted and love.  I don’t have much room for Christmas tree in my apartment, so I was looking for a ceramic Christmas tree similar to one my mom and grandma always had.  It turns out, they’re now vintage and quite pricey, so I gave up the search. To my surprise, my grandparents gave me one that my grandma made when she was younger.  I absolutely love it.  I will keep it and cherish it forever.  Here it is:

DSC_0024It’s so neat and lights up.  I hot-glued the lights in so that they didn’t come out whenever I store it and have to move it.

Well, that was my day in a kind of nutshell 😉  Thanks for reading!

Megan

 

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43 thoughts on “Family And A Vintage Christmas Tree

  1. Wow!! Love that tree. We found one in an opportunity shop during the year. It is missing some lights so I moved most of them the front. We put an LED light underneath it to light it up.
    I’ll try the glue gun tip for the lights. Thanks for that. 🙂

    1. Great find! I like the idea of putting an LED light in there and will definitely have to do that when this one goes out. The glue was a good idea and will keep you from losing any.

  2. We had one of those trees when I was little! I think I broke it….

    GOOD JOB!! Going outside to take pics was the perfect way to deal with sick people in crowds! Megan, I know nothing about OCD, cept what I have learned from you, but you have improved leaps and bounds since I started reading!

    Sounds like a great christmas!

    1. Thank you Tony! I love the tree so much. Don’t worry, I broke lots of things as a kid 😉 Your support and kindness over the past year has really encouraged me to keep writing and sharing. You’re such a good friend. I hope you and your family have a great new year! 🙂

  3. Ahhhhhhhh! I have the same tree!!!!!!!!! Mine was my grandma’s as well! Mom was gonna donate it or chuck it after Grandma passed away. And for some reason I wanted to keep it. I’m so glad I did! Congrats on receiving yours – family heirlooms seem kinda silly sometimes, but they really are just physical reminders of lovely people we keep in our hearts 🙂

  4. What a lovely day it has been. And you are doing better and better. no need to look down on yourself keep that chin up. (And no it isn’t a double one stop thinking keep reading) keep smiling and have yourself a wonderful new year filled with lots of love, laughter and smiles.
    keep smiling SUper Megan. ooh come on hug me 😛 have a good 2014

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