Monday, December 22, 2008

Le Sapin

So I got us a little sapin de noël (christmas tree) the other day. I liken it to a little Charlie Brown tree. Small, not so pretty, but needing a home. So it has one.

Under the tree.

We didn't put up a tree last year because Callie was still a little puppy and we didn't know how she'd react to a tree in the house. So I just strung some lights on my Eiffel Tower.

Apples, glass, and wooden ornaments.

But it's time now that she learn about holiday trees. So this year I got one and put it up. She's not sure what it's all about. She sniffs the low branches, but so far doesn't seem to mind it at all.

The santa was painted on an oyster shell by Ken's aunt.

It's fun to get out the ornaments. They always remind us of times past, when we got them, or who gave them to us. It's nice.

A stuffed reindeer, a wolf from Yosemite, and wooden cranberries.

So here are a few photos of the tree and the decorations. I know you all have more important things to do this time of year than look at blogs. But if you're looking, Ken and I both wish you a healthy and happy time.

My mom knitted the stocking. The Eiffel Tower I got in SF, and our friend Sue made the frame that holds a photo of our late dog, Collette.

And, if you still look later, you will see my holiday yule log, burning brightly just for you. Ho ho ho!

I bought this ornament at Macy's in Albany, NY, in guess which year?


  1. Awwww, wishing you guys a merry xmas too. And an exciting new year!

  2. A very fine collection of Christmas ornaments.

  3. Oh, I love the photos, Walt :) That's the kind of tree I like-- an eclectic mix of lovely ornaments that bring back memories. Whole-color trees that look "designer" are beautiful, too, but just don't have the wonderful warmth of a tree full of memories. For the last two years, we've just had a very small 2-ft tree, but I've found lots of lovely little ornaments, and I love the result!

    School is off for 2 whole semaines, so I have the luxury of time in my preparations for our Christmas Eve fest. Grocery shopping today!


  4. What a pretty tree!

    Our whole-family Christmas party was yesterday, so we feel calm this morning. Ahhhh! Our regular Christmas morning with the part of the family that's visiting through the big holiday will be quieter.

    Merry Christmas to alll!

  5. I see it's 48 degrees, wouldn't that be nice! And I love that old fashioned tree stand with the little screws that go into the trunk! I haven't used one in years. I wish for you the happiest week ever!

  6. I love the tree and all the ornaments... looks great. Hmmm in 1980 I was umm err, nevermind ;-)

    Merry Christmas to the both of you! I hope you have a wonderful holidays and a very Happy New Year!


  7. evol, many thanks, and same to you and Andrew.

    susan, thanks!

    judy, enjoy your two weeks off!

    chris, calm and quiet. That's what it should be like.

    alewis, the stand is pretty new, I got it last year, but it is that retro style. My regular stand is too big for these tiny french trees!

    justin, thanks, youngster, and you enjoy yours with your family!

  8. Your blog is like a Christmas gift to me all year long. I enjoy 'living in France' through your posts and pics. I hope you don't mind... Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a beautiful New Year from central Louisiana.


  9. robbie, thanks for visiting. Hope y'all in Louisiana have a wonderful holiday and new year!


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