My Sentimental Christmas: Cherishing old traditions and welcoming new

The day after Thanksgiving I always dread taking up all the decorations from the basement but once I open that first bin it all gets exciting. For me, Christmas brings back so many memories. Christmas 2014 was no different.

NYC at Christmastime

I did however mix it up and went to NYC for the first time during the Holiday season to see all the lights and amazing window displays. Our NYC trip wouldn’t be complete with out a trip to Rockefeller Center to see the ice rink and tree, a stroll along Fifth Ave. window shopping and a trip to Radio City Music Hall. I always love to travel but for me there’s no place like home. I love the comforts of my home and to see my beloved cat Mitsy greet me at the door.  Here are a few snapshot of the fantastic Christmas season along with a few images of my sentimental Christmas….

The bead brigade. Crafting at Gramma house 1978



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New Traditions

Every year we cut our own tree down. For me there is no better smell than fresh pine.  Our living room tree is fresh while the trees in our kitchen, bedroom and daughter’s room are artificial.  The living room tree is decorated with a collection of glass ornamaments and for me there are never too many ornament on a tree. The majority of the glass ornaments are made by Christopher Radko that I began collecting once I got engaged with my husband Ross.  The skinny kitchen tree is a combination of hand made ornaments from my daughter and her class photos along with memorial ornaments of the loved ones that are no longer with us.

Christmas Eve

This Christmas we hosted both Christmas Eve for 42 and Christmas Day dinner for 15. We move all the furniture from the kitchen gathering room into the living room and set up banquet tables in the kitchen. This year I had fun making a Christmas Photo booth with props and all. I took out my grandmothers Swedish collection of Santa’s and set them up on the piano. Also my cherished snow globes collection is growing! We had the best Christmas ever and although it’s sad to see the decorations go, its time to get organized start fresh for 2015. I hope that the New Year brings you all good health and happiness! xoxo Amie



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