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My Christmas Treasures

Updated on November 23, 2016

Our Christmas Tree and Mantle

Our decorations are old but very meaningful
Our decorations are old but very meaningful | Source

Christmas Decorations In Our Home - My Christmas Treasures

Hi, Welcome to our home!

I want to share some of my very special Christmas Decorations with you. I call them treasures; not because they are worth much monetarily but rather because they have such special meaning. Most of our decorations have been used for many years and I look forward to pulling them out year after year. They hold special memories and they are important to me for that reason. So, come along with me and I will tell you all about them.

I lovingly dedicate this lens to my wonderful family with much love!

Our Christmas Door Decorations - A Remake of an old Christmas Door Decoration - A Christmas Treasure

Christmas Door Decorations
Christmas Door Decorations

About Our Christmas Door Decorations

When my hubby and I married in 1978, he had already been living in our home for about 10 years so he had many decorations. Our first Christmas together, he pulled out the door decoration. It was a large swag with 3 wicker bells, ornamental roping, fruit, pinecones, and artificial greenery. I asked about it and he said that he had purchased in when he first came to Pendleton in 1960 and the house he lived in only had one door. I loved the piece except for the artificial greenery and we decided to see if our florist friend, Karen Link could possibly make two wreaths out of the materials and replace the artificial with real greenery. This was the result and I have been so pleased. Karen took the large piece apart and I had told her that I wanted to use anything that we could from the old one. She managed to incorporate all the old fruit, roping, pinecones, and bells and added fresh greenery and new bows.Every year when I take them down, I put all of the parts in a box labeled for Karen with reminders and every year I call and ask her if she is ready for the box. Of course, she knows exactly what I am talking about and gets right on it. Karen has since closed her shop, Pendleton Flower Shop but still does special occasions and decorations from her home. She is a very talented florist.

Swag in the Breakfast Room

Christmas Decorations
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The Third Wicker Christmas Bell Becomes a Window Swag

by Florist Karen Link

Karen took the liberty of using the 3rd bell and the remainder of the original piece to make this swag for the window in our breakfast room. She adds the fresh greenery and freshens the bow each year.I try to save the bows on the door decorations and the swag as well as the ones on the lights by hanging them on a clothes hanger and storing them in our cedar lined closet. This closet has become the storage for all our seasonal decorations. Some things hang right on the wall while others are in storage boxes and tins on the shelves. Aren't we fortunate to have such a talented friend as Karen Link?

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Wicker Bell Swag for Breakfast Room

Wicker Bell Swag for Breakfast Room
Wicker Bell Swag for Breakfast Room

Light Up Your Decorations with Solar Lights - Do you use solar lighting at Christmas?

Pendleton loves for folks to use white lights all around town and encourages businesses and residents to use them. It is such a lovely sight. This year my husband is putting lights on a small tree for the front entrance.

We haven't had lights at our entrance for many years and I would really like to do this next year maybe around the front doors. These look like they would be easy to work with.

The Manger Scene - in the foyer of our home

Manger Scene
Manger Scene

Our Manger Scenes

This is actually one of the two Manger Scenes that my husband purchased in the 1960s. This one always goes in the foyer.When our son was a toddler, he would run full speed down the hall and without slowing down he would throw up his hand and holler "Hi ya, Jesus!" and keep on running. Of course, he is now 31 years old and denies that this ever happened but it is one of my fondest memories of this very special Manger Scene.The very beautiful wreath above was a gift from a friend who has worked with my husband for years. She purchased it from Karen and gave it to us one Christmas many years ago.

My Mother's Pine Cone Wreath from the 1960s - hangs in our den over the mantle every Christmas

Pinecone Wreath
Pinecone Wreath

Our Christmas Mantle and Wreath

In the 1960s, our mother began making gorgeous Pine Cone Wreaths. I remember helping her gather pine cones and watching her as she worked them into beautiful wreaths that she gave to friends and family. During the year, this wreath hangs on the wall of our porch and each year I wash it good, let it dry and spray it with a clear acrylic. It is still holding up very nicely and I enjoy thinking about my mom when I look at it. I know my mom is proud that I have gotten so much enjoyment from her pinecone wreath.

My Collection of Annalee Mobilitee Dolls - adorn our mantle at Christmas

Annalee Mobilitee Dolls
Annalee Mobilitee Dolls

I love my Annalee Collection

Back in the 80's, I had a little shop on the square in Pendleton SC called Cripple Creek Crafts and then later went into business with two friends in our childrens clothing store called Beary Classy. We carried Annalee Mobilitee Dolls in both shops and I added many to my collection while I could get a discount. They make me happy and it is hard to look at them without smiling.Usually, I will put out a very large Annalee Santa near the fireplace but decided not to do that this year since we have a puppy in the house. Also, I usually fill in the mantle arrangment with fresh Magnolia Leaves and Pine but never got that done this year.

Website for Annalee Mobilitee Dolls - Annalees are very collectible

I have accumulated a good many Annalees and have some for about every holiday. I think the Christmas elves are my favorite! They are bendable so you can arrange them however you wish.

Our Christmas Tree - We always have a real tree - can you smell it?

Christmas Ornaments
Christmas Ornaments

Our Christmas Tree!

This year we had a much smaller tree and I only used the ornaments in one of the three containers that I have. It seems that the older we get, the smaller our tree gets but that is ok, too. Each ornament has a story. We have everything from a sock monkey to a pickle and each is special.I remembered seeing a picture of a white Christmas Tree in the living room that my husband had before we were married. I recently said something about it being a fake tree and he quickly informed me that it was a real tree that he had flocked using the vacuum cleaner. It was beautiful and had only gold ornaments on it. We still have some of those ornaments.This year our Utah relatives sent us a snowflake ornament that had been created from crystallized salt from the Great Salt Lakes. It is always fun to add a new ornament to the tree. One of my sisters always sends a special ornament, too. This year she found another frog ornament. I have several frog ornaments that are hung in memory of my brother who passed away. He used to tell a very funny joke about a wide mouthed frog so it is fun to remember him as I hang the frog ornaments. One year she made us ornaments out of old coasters that belonged to our mom.

Photos of many of our ornaments - click to see larger view

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lots of Santas and Snowmen and of course a cardinalOkra Dokey pig made from an Okra Podsock monkeyOrnament made from our mother's coastersStained glass ornament of old Hunters Store in PendletonChristmas Bell given to our daughter by a very special friendOne of several frog ornaments in memory of our brotherLeather baseball gloveChristmas PickleBirdhouse made from guord and a gold Angel from the white tree
lots of Santas and Snowmen and of course a cardinal
lots of Santas and Snowmen and of course a cardinal
Okra Dokey pig made from an Okra Pod
Okra Dokey pig made from an Okra Pod
sock monkey
sock monkey
Ornament made from our mother's coasters
Ornament made from our mother's coasters
Stained glass ornament of old Hunters Store in Pendleton
Stained glass ornament of old Hunters Store in Pendleton
Christmas Bell given to our daughter by a very special friend
Christmas Bell given to our daughter by a very special friend
One of several frog ornaments in memory of our brother
One of several frog ornaments in memory of our brother
Leather baseball glove
Leather baseball glove
Christmas Pickle
Christmas Pickle
Birdhouse made from guord and a gold Angel from the white tree
Birdhouse made from guord and a gold Angel from the white tree

Do you give ornaments as gifts to newborns?

Pewter Christmas Ornaments
Pewter Christmas Ornaments | Source

Two Very Special Ornaments

Given by a friend

The tiny pewter Baby Jesus was given to our son for his first Christmas by a very special friend. When our grandson was born, she found him a pewter Shepherd Boy with a dog. These two ornaments are placed in a small box each year with the story of where they came from. I always hang them together and look for them each day.

Our Christmas Angel Tree Topper - She moves and glows

Angel Tree Topper
Angel Tree Topper

The Angel

Years ago, our old Angel began showing her age so we retired her. I made a special box for her and gave her to our daughter as a keepsake. Then the search began for a new Angel. I wasn't having much luck finding just the right one and then one day a package came in the mail. One of my sisters had sent this beautiful Angel that would become our Tree Topper for many years.There is a fun story that went with the old Angel. This happened before my husband and I were married and according to him, one day a flying squirrel came down the chimney and got under the Angel's skirt. He lifted the angel up and there she was floating in mid air when Helen (Nanny, housekeeper, and very special member of the family) saw her. Helen went to her knees praising the Lord.

What is on top of your Christmas Tree?

What do you put on top of your Christmas Tree?

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Kurt Adler Animated Angel Tree Topper

Kurt Adler 14-Inch Fiber Optic Ivory and Gold Animated Angel Treetop
Kurt Adler 14-Inch Fiber Optic Ivory and Gold Animated Angel Treetop

This angel not only lights up but also moves and is very beautiful.

 

Our Christmas Quilt - Given to my Husband by his very talented niece

christmas quilt
christmas quilt

About This Wonderful Christmas Quilt

My husband's niece made this beautiful Christmas Quilt and every year I have it over the back of the sofa. In the middle is the Christmas Tree that is decorated with buttons that came out of my husband's mother's button box. It is so special to us. It is one of the first things I pull out every year.

Elf on the Shelf - a New Tradition began 2011 - Our Grandson named him Nuke after the Clemson Tiger football player

Elf on the Shelf Photo: I have lots of elfs on our mantle so Nuke claimed them as his kin and here he is visiting with some cousins.
Elf on the Shelf Photo: I have lots of elfs on our mantle so Nuke claimed them as his kin and here he is visiting with some cousins.

When do you take your decorations down? - Please join in this poll

Nutcrackers
Nutcrackers

Do you have a specific time that you always take your tree down?

It is time for me to take down our Christmas Decorations especially anything that contains fresh greenery. Our tree is beginning to drop it's needles and the other greenery is turning brown. The nutcrackers will be the last thing to pack up. I like to enjoy them a little while longer so will leave them out until after the first of the year. They are each packed in individual boxes and stored in our cedar lined closet.

When do you take down your decorations?

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...And here are our priceless treasures - our wonderful family!

Hellams Family
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Wishing you many fond Christmas Memories from our home to yours

New Additions to Our Family

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Thank you for visiting in our home - and I hope you enjoyed!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We have two new additions to our family since I first made this page so this will be the first Christmas with our twin grandchildren. I will be updating with new family memories.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      What fun to see all your pretty holiday trimmings. I especially like your beautiful door swag. Years ago, my sister gave us a gorgeous Ponderosa-pine cone wreath similar to the one your mama made for you. Alas, it did not survive after many, many holidays and several moves. Handmade decorations are the best, yes?

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      beautiful christmas displays :) - I understand completely how you feel about these treasures :)

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      Merry Christmas!

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      aishu19 4 years ago

      Merry Christmas!!

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks much for sharing your Christmas treasures. So much of history and wonderful memories attached to them. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year 2013 ~ stay blessed! :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Wishing you a very, Merry Christmas!

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      Now I know what to do with my "button box." This is such an inspiring lens. Thanks for sharing your memories.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nancy, you Christmas treasure are lovely, cute, and colorful. Lovely pictures and a visit into you nice home, thanks for the Christmas tour. ~ Thanks for the eggnog. ;)

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Beautiful.Wishing you a happy holiday with your family.Poutine from Canada

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      All very beautiful. Merry Christmas and happy new year.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very beautiful. I love decorations old and new too. Great picture of the family. Merry Christmas. Happy new year.

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      Your tree is lovely and I feel like you do. While my decorations are not worth money, they are a collection of things I had when I was little, my husband's favorites, my kid's favorites and those my grandson has as his own for his tree. It is the traditions of the holidays that brings us the most pleasure.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Ohme, you already know I'm snowed over this squidoo--it is second only to Doc's. I have the same love of my ornaments and decorations, and every year I have let my grandsons pick a favorite ornament from my tree to hang on theirs. I have also given away some ornaments that I love, to people that I love. As I age, my tree gets smaller and smaller, but it is still a live tree. I know the day may come when I have to get a fake tree, and even then I will love it. It is interesting to see which ornaments that I am able to part with--which will be the last, the most precious???? Also, I loved seeing the 2 pewter ornaments that your friend gave you when your son and grandson were born....My tree is still up, and I will probably get it down tomorrow. And love every second of it. I just relive the beautiful memories as I decorate and undecorate each Christmas. You have motivated me to take pictures of my decorations and ornaments and I will make a scrabbook. Maybe I should wait til next year when the tree is fresh and green! Thank you so much, Ohme. I love you. You have blessed my life so much over the years. I now have your family's Thanksgiving prayer framed as a part of my T'giving tradition....

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed seeing all your beautiful Christmas treasures!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed seeing all your beautiful Christmas treasures!! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!

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      Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

      Love your beautiful treasures and traditions!

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      So glad I had this glimpse into your lovely home and family.

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      I feel like I just visited your home Ohme. I guess I kind-of did! I learned lots about you through your decorations stories (I didn't know you owned a couple of businesses). You are quite a lady Ohme. And I agree with Mimi, the black lab in the picture above looks a little...ahem...spoiled rotten! Just like we like 'em. Happy New Year to y'all!

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Thoroughly enjoyed visiting your home and hearing about the memories and background of your Christmas treasures. ...That Christmas tree on the quilt is so special, and good that you kept big Santa from Bruno. Sure he'd think it was a chew toy. : D Love the family portrait and the dog's pose with the gingerbread toy in his mouth. : D

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      RuthieRu 6 years ago

      Nancy, what wonderful stories and legacies, thanks so much for sharing!! Have a blessed New Year!

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      sittonbull 6 years ago

      Not surprising, but certainly an endearing feather in your angel wings, to learn more about the traditions, ornaments and decorations that have earned value and meaning for you at Christmastime. Loved the picture of the kids, Tate, & dogs. Every picture tells a story they say... and you and Joan have combined your pictures and stories very creatively into the craft of expressing yourselves through your lenses. Already legendary on Squidoo, these are/will be enjoyable, historical treasures for your children and for Pendleton long after you are gone. Congratulations on another winner.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nancy, I really enjoyed your trip down memory lane. It really touched my heart. It sounds a as if it was as much fun making those memories as it is kinda reliving them now. Those. are really great memories. Thank you for sharing. them!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Beautiful traditions and stories and determination to keep they is wanderfulBlessing on your wayHappy New Year.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Your house must be a Christmas Show Piece (peace!)! Thank you for sharing this with us! Happy New Year!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Loved reading about all your keepsakes and their history...also loved the photo of the children and the dogs...it should win an award.

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      KathrynGrayson 6 years ago

      Aunt Nancy!!! I loved reading this! Soooo special!!! Love love the Helen story!!! Smiling now!!! You have a lot of treasures for sure!!!! Good job! and thanks for sharing! awesome!!!! oh - the quilt too - how cool!!!! love it all!!! love you!

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Beautiful, Nancy! Thank you for sharing your Christmas treasures!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens. I see these decorations every Christmas but never knew the history behind some of them.

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      pkmcr 6 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Absolutely delightful and thank you for letting us into your home to see the displays. May the Baby Jesus lay in that lovely Nativity in the Foyer fill your house with love and laughter in the coming year Nancy. May you know His Love and His Peace which is boundless and eternal

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I love this tour of your Christmas decorations. What a great idea! Blessed and added to my December Blessings lens.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Lovely tour of your Christmas decorations and their meaning to you. It inspires me to dust off an essay I wrote about my Christmas decorations and possibly turn it into a lens.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Momtothezoo: The bird wreath in the foyer was given to us by Martha Bowman who works in the office

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Momtothezoo: My mother made the pine cone wreath back in the 60's

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your stories - some I knew, some I did not. You do have a beautiful collection of Christmas décor!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      Oh, Nancy, who gave Doc the pinecone wreath? Just curious!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      I remember Doc's first house on the corner of Crouch Drive just before the curve and big hill that led to Greenville Street. As children, we were all very curious about the new doctor who lived there. Funny how some things just never leave your conscious memory. And you are as sentimental as I am! LOL I loved the lens.