Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas Past

As we all begin our decorating for the approaching Christmas season reflecting on Christmas past reminds us of the sparkle and festive atmosphere of our homes. I love the glittering lights.

Decorating with  live poinsettias is a tradition at our house. Finding nice healthy ones can be a challenge sometimes but you can never have too many.

Simple and natural is so elegant to me.

 Mama's vintage nativity is very special to me and I always enjoy it. I have a good many nativity scenes and always enjoy finding another special one. After all that is the real meaning of Christmas. I have them in every room.

Vintage Christmas ornaments in various containers are also nostalgic to me and are quick to assemble.

Another Christmas  with vintage ornaments in a rose medallion cake plate.

The same vintage ornaments in a modern bowl changes the look.

This cabinet was handmade by my Father-in-law's grandfather circa 1900-1920. It is very special to me and I felt so blessed to receive it. The post from a Christmas past  that includes this pic may be viewed here.

I enjoyed showing you a few glimpses of my home from past Christmases. There are more and hopefully I will get this years decorating done and post too. I started  pulling out a few things yesterday ( Still putting up Thanksgiving decorations lol!) Last year we went out of town for Christmas so I didn't put up our big tree. We missed it so much. I won't do that again purposely unless something unforeseen hinders me.

Linking to: Seasonal Sundays, Inspire me Tuesday and Wow Us Wednesday.


  1. Beautiful every one of your Christmas vignettes decor! I love the Antique heirloom cabinet and how you decorated your C'mas past. I can't wait to see what's new this year at your house! Have a lovely first week of December Bonnie.

  2. I love everything! Beautiful Christmasing.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. How pretty and elegant! I love the front of the house decked out for festive and inviting:) And the poinsettias in the silver bowl add beautiful Christmas elegance! Gorgeous heirloom cabinet perfect for creating holiday vignettes! Thanks for the holiday inspiration! Hugs, Poppy

  4. Your Mom's nativity scene is so sweet and special. I like the wise men in the second photo, too. I just put up my nativity scene on Sat. I'm having trouble getting good photos of it because it's been dark and rainy today...maybe tomorrow. :)
    Poinsettias have always been a part of our Christmas, too. My dad would get one for my mom and I still have one each Christmas. Yours are really pretty and the vintage ornaments, too.

  5. So beautiful! I love how your front is brightly lit, very festive and welcoming....Christine

  6. Such lovely treasures you shared....your mom's nativity scene, oh wow! I also loved the way you decorated outside...

    Looks great!

  7. Bonnie,
    So beautiful..I love the way you have your Mom's nativity displayed and the cabinet is gorgeous...Pretty, pretty pictures...I just finished one tree this afternoon..lots more decorating to do....
    Love, Mona

  8. Seeing all the Christmas decorations going up is scaring me to death. I've done nothing, including putting away the Thanksgiving stuff. Maybe tomorrow.....

  9. I enjoyed seeing your pretty home all decorated for Christmas. I don't blame you for not putting up the big tree if you weren't home for the holidays. It's a lot of work! We switched over to a table top tree this year so that we could enjoy more of the season and not dread it every year for all the work to decorate! Some people love it, but we don't. I'm happy to have Christmas greenery and colors sprinkled around the house not worry about the size of my tree. LOL! Your poinsettia's were pretty too!

  10. Your home is stunning and all of your decor is beautiful. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  11. Hi Bonnie, your home and decorations are amazing. I love all the vintage ornaments that seems to become dear friends through the years. Enjoy the holidays and thanks for stopping by SWB.

  12. I share your vintage ornament love Bonnie! I have few that are flocked and have Christmas phrases or messages on them that I've collected over the years. What a handsome heirloom cabinet too to house your china, just beautiful!

  13. What a beautiful post!!

    Thanks so much for your visit!!



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