Friday, July 24, 2009

Come on in out of the cold....

Welcome, we're so glad you could join us....if you're looking for the Christmas Party, you've come to the right place! Come on in the front, or the side, it's up to you....

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, well this is the scoop - it's party time! Maggi over at Just add glitter and Stir decided to organize a Christmas Blog Party. Since Christmas is my favorite time of year, I thought, hey why not!
Last year, we had a great time making ice lanterns filled with fun things like cranberries and bits of pine boughs, we tried some with candy canes too! They looked so beautiful burning in the dark. Too bad I didn't take more photos!

I took this one two years ago when we went out hunting for a real tree! Isn't it just so tranquil? We had a great deal of fun and hope to do it again this Christmas.

This is the fabulous tree we brought home from that tree-hunting trip. I know, it doesn't look quite like what you might call the perfect tree; however, in my eyes it was since this is the sort of tree my Nana always had. My Nan's been gone awhile now, but I'll never forget how much she loved Christmas and she always had trees that were sort of fat and misshapen. Besides, trees like this provide a great space to display all those fabulous hand-made greetings I receive from friends and family!

Here is the tree from this past year. Unfortunately, it was just too cold to go hunting for one this year, so we went and got one from the tree lot. It did the trick and filled our house with the aroma of pine, but the shape wasn't quite what I had been dreaming of......

Check out the cuite my Mom bought me for my Birthday! My birthday is at the end of November, so I often get cute Christmas decor from my Ma and this is the one she got me last year. I found the vintage Christmas balls at a yardsale last August. Yes, August, but I just couldn't leave them there!

I just had to photograph the freshly fallen snow on our apple tree in the back yard...."Oh the weather outside is frightful, and the fire is so delightful. Since we've no place to go......
I won't continue lest it comes true. The weather here in the North is not exactly seasonal this year -we're talking at least ten degress below seasonal most days - so I won't keep singing as there is a possibility that it may just happen......let's not go there!

And last but not least, you can't let a year go by without a heartfelt letter to Santa. My boys love making cookies especially for Santa and of course, leaving carrots out for his reindeer!
I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:
"What if Christmas doesn't come from a store,
what if Christmas means just a little bit more."
The Grinch
Drive safe now, and Happy Holidays!
I have shared my project in the post below.......
also, dont' forget to check out all the other parties in progress - you can link to it here on Maggi's Blog. The party officially begins on Saturday the 25th, but I wanted to post early as I'm not good at scheduled posts.

Shanna :)


  1. Beautiful photos, beautiful words and all from a beautiful person.

    Happy Holidays!

  2. Love it, thanks so much for having me over...and merriest christmas ever :)

  3. Merry Christmas in JULY

    I love the photo searching a tree, it's beautiful.

    xxx DJ

  4. Merry Christmas in July! I'm here visiting from maggi's :-) Love the pictures!

  5. merry christmas in july! :) loved you post...wonderful pics! and the letter to santa is precious!

  6. Thanks for the cookies and photos, Merry Christmas in July.

  7. Thanks so much for your lovely comment at my place and just to let you know you are included in this once-in-a-lifetime random draw on July 31st for such a coveted Christmas in July giveaway!! Can’t stop ‘cos got to visit the 60 odd other participants and other visitors!

    Have a wonderful weekend and see you again soon!

    xxLOL LOLA:)

  8. love the pic of the apple tree - beautiful! merry christmas in july!

  9. That note to Santa is too precious!

    I've always wanted to try those ice lanterns - maybe this year I'll actually remember to. :)

    And I love fat, natural trees - why would I want a tree that was sheared to look like an upside-down cone?

    Enjoyed your photos very much!

  10. Oh my I love the picture of all the trees when you went to cut down your own tree! Very pretty! Happy Christmas in July:)

  11. HO HO HO!

    I came in from the warm and sun,
    To find that Christmas has begun!

    I love your misshapen tree, those are the most special trees to have! And what a beautiful apple tree all covered in snow! Thank you for a lovely party, I so enjoyed my time in your home!

    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Rest of Your Year!

  12. Merry Christmas in July! Just stopping by from Maggi's. :)

    <3 Gina

  13. What a GREAT idea!! :) Especially since it's going to be in the 100's this week :( I could use some snow right now, lol. AWESOME PICTURES Shanna!! Thanks for sharing your Christmas past with us! :)

  14. ooohh my goodness what a sweet wonderful post-and looky, a letter to Santa! Gosh i miss those :( PLEASE take more pictures this year, i think you have quite the eye!

    Er, i mean, you know, for that other christmas in december!
    Happy holidays!!
    xoxoxoxox Rhonda roo

  15. Great post, I enjoyed all your photos and the Santa letter is the sweetest thing! Merry Christmas in July!


  16. Love the pictures, Merry Christmas in July :)

  17. Thank you so much for such a lovely visit, and well as the memories of your sweet Nan. Merry Christmas!

  18. Your trees are lovely and I could totally steal that snowman your Mom gave you. :) So cute!! Have a Merry Christmas in July! Stop by for a visit any time.
    ~Bella (Beauty Does Matter)

  19. Love, love, love your family memory albums! The snowy apple tree photo is beautiful. My two boys have December birthdays, so I can appreciate the Christmas lullabies, too. Silent Night, especially Mannheim Steamroller's version, is one of my favorites as well.

    Thanks for visiting me today. Merry Christmas in July!

  20. Wonderful CIJ party. I am finally getting to make the rounds. I did a quick check on my party and visited with guests there, so please excuse me if I missed you. I will be back home later to mingle some more. Right now, I am trying to fit in all the blog parties. This is such fun!!!!!

    Merry Christmas in July from Texas!

    Your first tree was gorgeous. That is my favorite kind. Your kid's Santa letter is perfect. TFS this wonderful post

  21. Love your Christmas in July! It looks so homey and inviting!


  22. a fat tree and snow on the apples, sounds perfect. HiHoHo, Heidi

  23. Merry Christmas and what lovely photos!Thank you for being such a wonderful hostess!

  24. what a great day to go tree hunting! love the santa letter as well!

  25. WOW I felt so welcomed here, it's gorgeous, thanks for having me! :) Marry Christmas in July!

  26. Thanks for sharing your Christmas. I have only been once or twice to cut down our own tree. Since I live in SoCal & it is sometimes in the 90's at Christmas, live trees die too soon, so fake tree for me (boo hoo). I loved seeing all your snow since we don't get snow here. Plus it has been in the 100's the last few weeks. So I felt cooler just looking at the snow. Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment. It really means a lot to me.

  27. Merry X'mas! I love that picture of your snow-covered apple tree! :)

  28. Wow, beautiful photos! Love the snow on the apples. Your tree looks so pretty too!

    Merry Christmas in July to you!

  29. The snowman doll is sooooo cute!
    Must. Have. One.
    Merry Chrstmas!

  30. Shanna!

    I am loving your blog and Merry Christmas in July. Man, I'm still hopping party to party. It never ends...what great festivities. I love your front porch and I've always wanted to make those ice lanterns. I think I will try my hand at it this year.

    Thanks for stopping by. I am following you now!



  31. What a sweet letter to Santa and I love the snow on the apples...brrrr...Merry CIJ!

  32. Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful festive Photographs, how lucky you are to have a tradational white christmas...sigh...maybe this year? Debbie x

  33. Shanna! YOU WON!

  34. Hi,
    What a delightful Christmas party. I have enjoyed my visit.Thanks so much for visiting my party and leaving the sweet comment. 8-)

  35. Mele Kalikimaka! Maligayang Pasko!

    (still getting around to visit the Christmas parties…since this was our daughter’s last weekend home before flying back to college today!)

    Oh, I would love to see your ice lanters burning bright. love the snow pic of your tree hunting day and your beautiful tree. ( of our fav memories is our son, my hubby and my dad hunting for the perfect tree in the "way-up" northern woods of Wisconsin, where my dad's place is at.)

    ...and such a cute Santa letter!

    Blessings & Aloha!
    Thank you for stopping by my family’s Christmas memory party :o)

  36. Love the pictures!! Especially the snowy ones!!


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