November 29, 2011

Be Cheerful

For the first time in many years, I have a real LIVE tree in my house. The smell of pine welcomes me each morning as I come downstairs to make coffee. Almost all of the ornaments on this tree were handmade by my beautiful and talented daughter. She has been the source of so much cheer in our house and is my own personal elf decorating the house for the holidays.
 The decision to buy a real LIVE tree was made on the spur of the moment last week. We were out and about getting last minute things that we needed for Thanksgiving and went past Home Depot, where they have real LIVE trees lined up outside. We parked the car and were about to head into the store and decided to take a detour to look at the trees. Hmmm we said. A fraser fir tree for under $18.00? That can fit into the budget. We decided to think it over, and head back later that evening. So after dinner, we went back, headed to where the trees were, and it started to rain. And by rain I mean pouring down rain. But we were not deterred.  No. We were cheerful .We were dragging trees and holding them up to see what would not only fit in the house, but in our tiny little car. And can I just say how awesome the staff at Home Depot are? They baled the tree, and the cutest young man helped us put it in the car and gave instructions on how to tie down the trunk.  They were cheerful!

So as you start this wonderful holiday season, please "Be Cheerful and  Pass It On!"


  1. What a beautiful tree! Pleas send your daughter to my house when she's finished there.

  2. We have gone back to live trees the last couple of years and while I miss a pre lit tree that doesn't shed...I love the real thing even more. Your daughter has done an amazing job getting your home ready for Christmas. What good are decorations if the cheer is missing. Have a joy filled day. Patty

  3. Hi Debbie. :o)
    Your tree is just beautiful! And how heavenly, the scent you wake to each morning. :o) I absolutely love how you have decorated with handmade ornaments. Those are my very favorite! We have cut way back this year, but have those few extra special ornaments on our little tree. Even one my husband made as a little boy. I think that is one of my very favorites!
    Your tree skirts is super cute! Did you make that also?
    Have a wonderful week.
    love, Trish

  4. Debbie, your house looks so Cheerful. I love all your decorations and the TREE. Up already, I'm impressed....I need a helper too. Have a great week.
    Cheerfully, xoRobin❤

  5. Your tree is lovely! :)
    I love your snowflakes in the windows. You home looks like it is filled with charm. I love real trees. We will be getting ours this weekend. I can not wait to smell our tree and my coffee brewing too! Two of my favorite smells. Yum! :)
    Hope your week is filled with cheery things.

  6. Thank you for such a warming cheerful post, Debbie! I L.O.V.E all your delightful festive pictures today, how pretty your home is looking and the tree and decorations...just gorgeous!
    Hope your whole week is filled with good cheer.
    Helen x

  7. Your tree is so pretty. I can just imagine how it smells, Debbie. And thank you for the reminder about being cheerful. Two ladies who were total strangers were cheerful and showed me kindness when I was shopping yesterday. Now, I need to do the same.

  8. Your tree is looking soooo pretty. There is nothing like a real tree.

  9. What a gorgeous tree. Like Walt Disney perfect!

  10. Gorgeous tree, breathtaking dining room, I love those beautiful windows. Nice to meet you I am new to your blog.




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