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  1. Legallyblondemel
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    9:24 am

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    Legallyblondemel said...

    I distrust Christmas decor that looks too "Martha"-style done. As my family did, I do red, green, gold, and kitschy, the more history behind the ornament, the better.

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  2. Miss Whistle
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    9:59 am

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    Miss Whistle said...

    The chubby elf house gets me every time.

    I'm a fan of silver with red at Christmas time. This must be an English thing, but definitely no on aqua or lavender.

    Ho ho ho & all that,

    Miss W x

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  3. Town and Country Mom
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    10:04 am

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    Town and Country Mom said...

    Dear LPC,

    Of course I am smiling as I look at the photos of your tree. We have the same pinecone lights, the satin covered balls with the pearl pushpins (which the Mister's great aunt made), old glass ornaments, a leather camel from Egypt, and lots of child-made decorations. To top it off, a perfectly awful plastic star–but it was Granddad's. Thanks so much for the mention! Enjoy your Scotch!

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  4. Maya
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    10:45 am

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    Maya said...

    I have to hang fish next year! Gumps' sea ornaments are adorable.

    Have a very Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year.

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  5. Deja Pseu
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    10:53 am

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    Deja Pseu said...

    Your tree and decorations are lovely.

    My mother had a "no tinsel" rule. She had plastic icicles that she'd purchased in 1955 right after she and my dad got married. One year in the 70's, we discovered they glow in the dark. Wish I knew what happened to those…

    But yes, everything red and green, some scary reindeer sculptures on the mantle (picture reindeer as conceived by El Greco), some pine boughs scattered on various horizontal surfaces, and at least two open boxes of See's candy at any given time.

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  6. LPC
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    11:07 am

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    LPC said...

    Oooh. I forgot the candies part:). And gingerbread.

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  7. Maureen@IslandRoar
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    12:24 pm

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    Maureen@IslandRoar said...

    Well, I must say I didn't expect the High Wasp tree to be so family and user-friendly. My apologies.
    Love the fish ornament! And bowls of festive ball, gotta have 'em!

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  8. Sher
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    12:51 pm

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    Sher said...

    It's all about family. Beautiful Christmas tree!

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  9. Town and Country Mom
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    1:05 pm

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    Town and Country Mom said...

    I've been informed that the above link is actually to a post about a gift wrapping party. To see the "bowl of balls" and other Southern low wasp decoration visit http://townandcountrymom.blogspot.com/2009/12/boughs-of-holly.html Thanks again, LPC.

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  10. LPC
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    1:33 pm

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    LPC said...

    Oops. I will change it.

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  11. BonjourRomance
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    2:18 pm

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    BonjourRomance said...

    The little ornaments handmade with care by the little ones are always the best!
    Wishing you a very Merry red, green and gold Christmas!

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  12. 88highburycorner
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    2:27 pm

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    88highburycorner said...

    I love your blog, I think I've been to your Christmas before… what about the size of the tree? In my family it was always the bigger and fuller the better…

    Cheers and have a lovely Christmas.

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  13. QueenBeeSwain
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    2:35 pm

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    QueenBeeSwain said...

    the family silver always shines a bit brighter this time of the year, doesn't it?! LOVE the ornaments in the silver bowl. LOVE. Also- your Q&A on all things cashmere was amazing and is my future go-to whenever anyone needs to know everything about it!

    xoox

    kHm

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  14. Headbands and Hand Bags
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    4:01 pm

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    Headbands and Hand Bags said...

    You could not have put it better, or painted a more perfect holiday picture! Happy holidays!!

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  15. Duchesse
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    4:04 pm

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    Duchesse said...

    That would be straight WASPS, LPC? GASPs will do aqua, or gold and silver, or even coordinated ornaments.

    In my parents' time they would never defer to the safe "Happy Holidays". Merry Christmas, L!

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  16. hostess of the humble bungalow
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    8:16 pm

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    hostess of the humble bungalow said...

    Trees and decor….LPC, you and I share much!
    I have the silver bowl, not monogrammed, local silversmith. Lots of silver…see my last post! Family silver!
    I have the baubles, no fish…vintage birds with feathery tails.
    HIGH WASP turns RETROGRADE…Humble Bungalow goes out on a limb and adds more lighting to the dark wainscoting with the help of fairy lights.
    Are we having fun yet?

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  17. Anonymous
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    9:09 pm

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    Anonymous said...

    Funny, I didn't find anything surprising in this post, but I feel rebellious. Right now, my decorations are red, gold and green. That's because I have a housemate that would break out in hives if I decorated in my colors. I would love turquoise, silver, and pinkish-red, with some lime-green thrown in. I saved a magazine photo of a Christmas tree belonging to a woman who was the president of Waterford in the U.S., I think. And her tree was full of aqua-turquoise Waterford ornaments. They reminded me of little planets.

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  18. Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    9:32 pm

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    Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

    Lisa, thanks for stopping by tys even though I haven't been able to comment on your blog for so long–I'm using the vio tonight instead of the mac, so I'm hoping this will work. I just wanted to say that I love green trees, wreaths, etc. for christmas and couldn't believe how many of your ornaments down to the angel looked just like the ones at my house growing up.

    Hope you are having a very merry christmas!
    xo Mary Jo

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  19. SLynnRo
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    9:43 pm

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    SLynnRo said...

    I'm not a fan of super matchy trees either.

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  20. Jeanne
    December 22, 2009
    12/22/09
    11:48 pm

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    Jeanne said...

    We love Christmas ornaments, the more the merrier. White lights is my first rule and memories follow as they are displayed before being hung. We started a tradition of buying an ornament for each of our four children so that they could have a collection when they set up their own tree someday. We display them all every year. Twenty years on and we have more than I could count! Lucky for us that they are still coming home for Christmas! Love your blog..Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas…
    Jeanne

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  21. Jill
    December 23, 2009
    12/23/09
    3:21 am

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    Jill said...

    Gump's…my kind of retail heaven!

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  22. What a Splurge
    December 23, 2009
    12/23/09
    7:31 am

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    What a Splurge said...

    My biggest requirement for Christmas lights: they must twinkle. They must not race or flash.

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  23. LPC
    December 23, 2009
    12/23/09
    9:40 am

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    LPC said...

    I think a little rebellion, done with ultimate taste or none at all, is what keeps traditions flourishing. As in the rule is strengthened by its exception. Ornaments every year are a lovely tradition. And I have trouble with flashing too. Life is exciting enough without flashing lights.

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  24. Tish Jett
    December 23, 2009
    12/23/09
    12:34 pm

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    Tish Jett said...

    Precisely. Always white lights, but the rest is a mess of relics collected over the years with sentimental references. In fact, we add one of those things every year.

    One year when I was a little girl our basement flooded and years and years of ornaments were inundated. I thought my mother would never recover.

    Loved this post. Love all your posts.

    Also, I'm always thrilled to see when you've visited.

    Merci encore for adding joy to the season chez moi.

    Tishxo

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  25. Bumby
    December 23, 2009
    12/23/09
    2:32 pm

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    Bumby said...

    Love the tree. The one thing missing is the tinsel, Grandad would wait until everyone was asleep and then place one at a time ,a single piece of silver and gold tensel every two inches(someone measured one year).As a child it was magicial. And it still is.

    Bumby

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  26. Buckeroomama
    December 23, 2009
    12/23/09
    9:03 pm

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    Buckeroomama said...

    I love the bowl of ornaments.

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.

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  27. Reggie Darling
    December 24, 2009
    12/24/09
    6:45 am

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    Reggie Darling said...

    You nailed it again. I grew up in such a household, but being the "artistic" son I was never quite satisfied with my parent's mix of "dime store" and "it's been in the family since the 1930s so we must put it out" Christmas. The unspoken rule was don't go to much effort at all, snigger at those who do (TTH), and drink your way through the disappointment and settling of old scores…that way you won't remember much of it the next morning. Being 100% WASP myself I am happy to report that there are those of us who broke ranks and actually don't use granny's pre-war German ornaments (unless we like them), and have banished the color red altogether when decorating our houses for Christmas. Check out my blog over the next several days and see what that means as I post about decorating our house, Darlington…

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  28. Mouse
    December 28, 2009
    12/28/09
    7:35 pm

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    Mouse said...

    A very merry Christmas to you!

    I like your mismatchy tree. Ours is mismatchy too, but in more colors (since only half of us are WASPs).

    xoxo

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  29. Lauren
    January 2, 2010
    01/02/10
    8:19 am

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    Lauren said...

    It is so funny to read your posts where you examine something that I would never think of examining. Because Christmas to me just means red, gold, and green. Period. And for the Christmas tree – the bigger the better!

    Great post!

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