Christmas Traditions!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

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…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

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.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

Then Wells started with all the lights! (thankfully he seems to enjoy doing lights…not me!)

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

I love doing all of the trees, but particularly the Irish tree!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

I have so many favorites on this tree…

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north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

And these newer ornaments…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

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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.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

And I cherish my set of Waterford Twelve Days of Christmas ornaments that has been on this tree for years!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

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!

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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!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

And then there is Mr. Duncan Macduff’s first Christmas tree…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

And we can’t forget that this was originally Bentley Greeley’s tree for 17 years!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

On to the great room…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

So many favorites on this tree also, it is difficult to even pick the favs!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

I love this Scottish Santa, holding a little Westie!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

Last year, a friend gave me this cute Kelly bag!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

This “Vixen” has a cute attitude!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

Wells , of course, loves his “Goldie Gopher” honoring  his football days at the University of Minnesota!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

For many, many years, my mother had this  ornament on her tree and after Mother’s death, I placed him on our tree…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

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!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

And last, but not least…the wine cellar tree!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

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!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

I love the new wine Santa.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

Wells’ favorite is the reindeer who appears to have had too much wine!

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Stay tuned for more Chestnut Cottage Christmas traditions.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

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6 Responses to Christmas Traditions!

  1. franki says:

    Ho, ho, ho…this was SO much fun!! The tree “fragrance” must be tremendous!! franki

  2. Mary says:

    Thank you for sharing pictures of your beautiful Christmas trees!
    I just sat down to read my emails after spending two hours making lasagna and cleaning the kitchen. What a treat to see your ornaments! You really put me in the mood – think I’ll finish my coffee and start making my Christmas cookies. Thank you for sharing your spirit! Merry Christmas from my cozy cottage to yours!

  3. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Mary,
    Glad you enjoy a little Christmas diversion! Enjoy your holidays and Happy Christmas to you also!
    Kathy

  4. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Franki,
    Yes, the tree fragrance is just wonderful! I love coming home in the evenings and smelling it when I open the door!
    Kathy

  5. Luke says:

    What lovely trees! The glass ornaments look great with your white lights. How wonderful it is to still have Frosty around after 59 Christmases! Do you have a pickle ornament? All my friends and family love to seek out the pickle to be the first to find it and win a prize. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  6. Kathryn Greeley says:

    I don’t have a pickle ornament! I will add that to my list! Merry Christmas to you Luke!

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