This is our first Christmas at the new Grey Havens! To make it easier on ourselves as we stumble into our senior years, we downsized into a home this year that is 40% smaller than our former cottage. As a consequence, we have much less room for our accumulated Christmas decorations. Now, more than ever, it is nice to use small trees to tuck into cozy spaces.
Feather trees are one of our favorites. This cute one is decked with glittery pinecone-shaped glass ornaments and rests in a rustic holiday basket. I made a little wire topper for it years ago. This tree resides on a side table in our master bedroom.
A twin feather tree sits upon a large antique crock in the dining room. It is decorated primarily with miniature Hallmark ornaments. An old Fontanini angel sits near the apex and plays a mandolin.
A tiny artificial tree complements the snowman plate on the bakers rack in our great room. The addition of pinecones, red berries, and a Salvation Army bell (earned from our bell-ringing duties) make for an effortless display.
A diminutive bachelor’s chest used to be a side table, but it is now employed in our entry hall. A sturdy grapevine tree rests here, decorated with tiny greenery, red berries, and a gold ribbon topper.
A primitive, handmade Marty rabbit faithfully watches over the kitchen activities from his perch on an antique jelly cupboard in the breakfast room. The tree here is similar to the feather trees but is made from silk-like threads in a delicious taupe color with a hint of gold. No decorations are ever necessary for this tree. More pinecones, greenery, and another Salvation Army bell complete the scene.
I didn’t put out my extensive Santa collection this time - maybe next year when I have a bit more time and patience. But we were energetic enough to put out some other decorations and embellish two large Christmas trees. You’ll get a peek of those later on this week!