Thursday, December 8, 2011

Family Heritage Christmas Tree

Hello all!

If you know me very well, then you know that I love to incorporate family and history into everything that I do.

This year’s family Christmas tree holds so many wonderful memories of family members past and present. 

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Our engagement photo 22 years ago.

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Our three precious kiddos.

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My mom and I when I was a little girl and my in-laws in the background

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Sweet hubby and his twin brother.

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My brother and I.  (love my bubba)

My full tree..

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I am going to use  this basket and galvanized tub to put some of our presents in this year.    The rest will just be piled on the floor like usual.  My kids love the piles…

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I found some beautiful vintage blue green ornaments this year as well as white and silver ones.  I also used some blue that I picked up at Hobby Lobby.  I love the pop of blue here and there throughout the tree.

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I have to tell you that I am loving my tree this year.  I have never really had a “grown up” tree before. 

All of my trees over the last nineteen years have had gobs and gobs of “Hallmark” type ornaments, colored lights,  and  just been very busy.   

I got permission from my family this year to do our tree a little bit different.  They were a little reluctant at first, but can I just tell you that they LOVE it.  They have told me many times how pretty they think it is and how happy they are that we did something different.

We are all happy.

Now I just need to wrap some gifts and get them underneath and they will really be happy.

Heading to some parties tonight…



Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

It is so beautiful and I just love the tubs!

Prior said...

Your tree is so lovely, very clever and unbusy way to clip the precious photos on your big ole gorgeous tree. I love the blues and burlap, too.

Olive Cooper said...

You have taken it up a notch with this tree and the galvanized tubs are wonderful. Happy Christmas from Olive Out

Mary said...

I'm just loving the pictures on your tree. I've never seen that done before, great idea!

Pattie said...

How wonderful is this tree? love all the photos makes is very special.. It's perfect....

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS my friend!!! It looks just stunning!!
And I absolutely love that you have old photos tucked in your tree, that makes it all the more special!
Your children are so beautiful and I love that you call your brother "Bubba", that's what my little one calls my oldest. It just melts my heart!
Hope your enjoying this wonderful season.

NanaDiana said...

Amy- It looks just beautiful! I love the family photos on your tree...what a great idea~a wonderful memory maker. You and your hubby were just adorable 22 years're still pretty cute, if you ask me!

Hope you are having a wonderful Season! xo Diana

Jann Olson said...

What a fun idea. My grandies would love seeing old pics on a tree. May have to try a small one next year. Visiting from 2805

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

I love your tree Amy! I, too, have all of the Hallmark ornaments and would love to do a simple tree one year--maybe after my kids go off on their own and I give them all of their special ornaments. :)

The burlap, the pops of blue and the galvanized buckets are great, but especially those special family photos--very well done!

Have a great day.

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful, Amy!! I love the idea you have with the photos and the sentimental value that you are showing. The blue ornaments really do pop...everything meshes very well!

The galvanized tubs are so cool! A great idea. Visiting from Honey's party!

Happy Holidays!


Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

What a beautiful tree with those precious photos! I love how you just clipped them on. I put photos on one of our trees, too. I wish I had a galvanized tub like yours!

Pamela@ Our Pioneer Homestead said...

I LOVE the large tub that your tree is sitting in! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. I will have to thrift shop around for one for next year!

Romantic Farmhouse said...

Love the personalized photo Christmas tree! (I have a white chippy tree tub too! wink) I'm thinkin of 2 trees next year one for the kiddos & a grown up tree!
Oh and I moved my blog now :)

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

What a special tree. I especially love the brown and blue together.


Maria Elena said...

Just gorgeous! Love the tubs!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

In love with your tree! I love all the nostalgic touches. So charming! I put a small tree in a painted galvanized bucket this year too. Your rustic one is perfect for your tree.
Merry Christmas!

Mary said...

your tree is beautiful!
thinking of your mom and saying a prayer for her this morning.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Good morning Amy! Your tree looks BEAUTIFUL...I love the family photo's and the burlap ribbon and the galvanized tub to hold the tree. I did that last year and again this year and I love the look. It would be a great idea for a real tree as it would catch most of the needles! Very nice indeed. Thanks for stopping by last was nice to 'see' you. Have a great day!
Maura :)

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I think it so pretty!
I love the photos, great idea. I see why your family likes it.


Passionate for White said...

Your tree came out beautiful!

Becky C said...

Oh how I love your "grown up" tree! The colors of blue and burlap are beautiful together! I also really love the two galvanized tubs side by side. It makes it really special with all of your family cute to see the black and whites of younger days :)
It is simply gorgeous, and looks perfect in your farmhouse :)
Lots of hugs!!

Deanna said...

Sweet Holiday Blessings to you!
Hello from Kansas.

May you have a blessed Christmas and a great new year.

I love the photographs of your loved ones on your Christmas Tree. Really neat!
Thx for sharing.

Honey at 2805 said...

Your tree is beautiful with all the wonderful family photos on it!

Your tree and ornaments are so sweet and festive!

Thank you for linking to the Christmas Tree Party at 2805.

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Susan said...

What a gorgeous tree, and wonderful idea to incorporate those lovely family photos!

Ginger said...

So pretty! I love the photos in the tree.

Deb said...

Beautiful tree ~ and the galvanized tubs are fabulous & such a great idea ♥

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Oh it is a beautiful tree Amy and I love the burlap garland. What a fab idea with the photos too!! It's unique and beautiful.

Tiffini Kilgore said...

change is good yes?
beautiful amy
i love the idea of the past
on a christmas tree
makes it special
have a beautiful weekend

white life© said...

What a wonderful idea - so are your loved ones not only in your heart, but also in your living room.


Connie (aka LOU) said...

Amy -
Your tree is absolutely beautiful. Caught a glimpse of it at work on my lunch hour but just got a chance now to sit down for a little while to read your post and take it all in. What a nice touch with the photos. The blue color is just right, and the galvanized buckets are perfect. Thumbs up!
Connie LOU

blessedmom's simple home said...

I love your tree! I'd love to do a grown up tree too, but my kids can't wait to put "their" ornaments up, especially the younger ones :) We're going to put ours up tomorrow. We haven't been able to find time when everyone was home to help :)
My kitties are going to go crazy!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Just love your tree, the simple natural look is gorgeous. So sweet how you've used family photos, love those baby photos of you all! thanks for always linking up to the party! xoxo

The Mustard Seed said...

WOW!!! Everything is SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I just love your Christmas tree! Hope your Christmas season has been so nice and Merry!


saltbox treasures said...

Hi Amy,
I love, love your tree!!! It is gorgeous and so full of family memories and history! I love that idea!
~ Julie

Revamped French Maison said...

Your tree is beautiful! I love the metal tub you have it in and the pictures of your family. So cute!

Merry Christmas,