When it comes to celebrating Christmas, I am an unashamed traditionalist! I say very often when speaking on The Collected Tabletop, that establishing traditions for family and friends is a real gift. Familiar family rituals set the tone of our holiday celebrations at Chestnut Cottage. So I thought I would share a series of our Christmas traditions and our “key ingredients” that go into making Christmas such a special time of the year. I know that each of you have your own traditions and “key ingredients”. And I would love to hear about your traditions as I go through each of our traditions. The real opener for Christmas at Chestnut Cottage is live trees…seven live trees to be exact! So today we will start with…
All of the wonderful smelling fraser fur trees were delivered on Sunday morning from Boyd’s Tree Farm in Waynesville. Each one was hand selected by my friend Amy Spivey, who works at the tree farm. Perfectly shaped, the trees looked wonderful with nothing on them! I decided that all of the trees must be secured…just in case Mr. Duncan Macduff got any ideas to pull on the branches! Wells and our friend Ron Leatherwood secured each of the trees with a strong monofilament line.
Then Wells started with all the lights! (thankfully he seems to enjoy doing lights…not me!)
I love doing all of the trees, but particularly the Irish tree!
I have so many favorites on this tree…
And these newer ornaments…
I also enjoy looking beyond the Irish tree to the tree in the office, which is mostly blue and gold and has lots of fun “designer” items.
And I cherish my set of Waterford Twelve Days of Christmas ornaments that has been on this tree for years!
A couple of years ago, my wonderful friend Julia Molloy, made me these incredible tiny ornaments …one with an image of The Collected Tabletop and another with a tiny place setting! What a gift of love!
I put the “garden tree” in one of our guest bedrooms and hope that guests of Chestnut Cottage will love having a tree in their room! All of the garden ornaments are delightful!
And then there is Mr. Duncan Macduff’s first Christmas tree…
And we can’t forget that this was originally Bentley Greeley’s tree for 17 years!
On to the great room…
So many favorites on this tree also, it is difficult to even pick the favs!
I love this Scottish Santa, holding a little Westie!
Last year, a friend gave me this cute Kelly bag!
This “Vixen” has a cute attitude!
Wells , of course, loves his “Goldie Gopher” honoring his football days at the University of Minnesota!
For many, many years, my mother had this ornament on her tree and after Mother’s death, I placed him on our tree…
This is “Frosty”…59 years old…I made him in the first grade!! Frosty is a real survivor, however, he is looking a bit worn!
I love waking up in the morning and sitting in bed with a cup of coffee enjoying this wonderful tree! This tree is all buildings…from the sweet Nativity, to lots of churches, to #10 Downing Street, to the Eiffel Tower and everything in between. Little buildings, big buildings, grand buildings, and humble buildings…all on this Buildings By Design Tree!
And last, but not least…the wine cellar tree!
Wells has so many wine ornaments, I think next year he is going to have a full sized tree! The tree is so full, one can hardly see the cork garland!
I love the new wine Santa.
Wells’ favorite is the reindeer who appears to have had too much wine!
Stay tuned for more Chestnut Cottage Christmas traditions.