Monday, 20 December 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

I think this is almost my favourite bit of Christmas. There is something so magical about having a tree in the house covered in twinkly lights (I'm not brave enough for candles) with treasure hanging from every little branch. All the memories. The magic. The smell. When I came downstairs this morning and walked into the sitting room I felt giddy with the smell and sight of The Tree. It's becoming a bit of a tradition in the Bean House to find a tree which is on a bit of a wonk. A straight tree just wouldn't be us.

This year I did a u-turn. I allowed the BeanSprouts to help me decorate it. Of course I didn't give them any of the precious glass baubles that were my grannies, or let them put on any of the more gaudy ones. Oh no. Just white and bright and silver and gold with the teensiest hint of red for me. The bottom twigs are rather well endowed but I haven't moved them- impressed eh? Before you think too harshly of me and stop reading because you think I am an utter control freak, we decorate other parts of the house and colour is allowed. In fact, the BeanSprouts have made a rather impressive string of beads which will hang in the hall with some more lights and the Christmas cards but they are not up yet.

I tried to take some close upish pictures of some of the decorations but with mixed results so apologies for some dodgy photos.

This serene angel has been gracing our trees for the last ten years or more. Wears it well, don't you think?

This is a wee holly fairy, bit tricky to see. He has a twin, the mistletoe fairy who is gazing out the window looking for love...
This angel belonged to my granny and I remember her sitting at the top of their silver tree each year. Every time I get her out she seems to be wearing a little less than the previous year. But she has to be part of our Christmas- the tree wouldn't be the same without her.

I tuck little white doves into lots of dark corners. I love them.

A string of big baubles hangs in the middle of the sitting room with more lights and a sparkling of stars.

And a bunch of this stuff just has to hang somewhere. SmallBean has learnt not to lurk underneath it...

Thank you to everyone who has read my posts and commented and become a bloggy-friend. I'm sorry I don't always reply to everyone individually, perhaps things will calm down a smidge in 2011. Not quite a blog birthday yet but it seems fitting to say these things at the end of the year. Have a fabby Christmas and an amazing New Year, lol MagicBean xxxx


  1. Happy Christmas to all you Beans too! We always have a wonky tree too - if you're going to go for perfectly uniform you might just as well have a fake one (and I simply can't.)

    And no, I don't think you're a control freak. My two "help" with the tree too - usually I can get away with rearranging once they've gone to bed, but this year they noticed and moved the decorations back again. Ah well.

  2. wow wonderful tree ;0) so beautiful, love the angel ;0) i love all your decorations and your sweet nannys one, my nannys was very similar and seems very naked now- in each years passing another layer off hehe ;0)x

    merry christmas happy beans x

  3. Thank you for inviting us in to see your home in all of its festive dress. Everything looks beauftiful.

    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  4. Our tree has a definate lean too!
    You have some lovely decorations - thanks for sharing.
    Hope you all have a great Christmas.

  5. The little beans did a fantastic job! I love those baubles which hang along the middle of your room, beautiful and sparkly. Happy Christmas and New Year.

  6. What a beautiful tree, it all looks just lovely and magical, thanks for letting us see. Your old and treasured ornaments are fantastic and it is so lovely to get them out each year. Have a lovely Christmas and New Year x

  7. Your tree and decorations are glorious!
    Such wonderful memories of years gone by and treasures you can pass on to your beans, lovely.

    Merry Christmas!

    your namesake xx

  8. Lovely pics. Mr J and P and daughter decorated the tree this year, as usual. They managed to decorate the front very well - some branches even have two lots of baubles on them - but they missed out the sides and back of the tree completely. I haven't said anything. V. puzzling though! Have a great Xmas.

  9. The decorations all look lovely! I think the Beans did a great job at decorating the tree. I'm a bit of a control freak with our tree, re-doing some bits the husband does (when he's not looking of course)! Just imagine how I'll be when we have kids trying to decorate it! :) x

  10. Very cunning plan only giving them toning decorations. I foolishly got the whole christmas box out and it got thrown onto the tree. I have to let it go & remind myself I will miss a messy tree when they are all grown up! We had one of those fairies once. I wish we still had it. I love that she looses her vestments each year. Thanks for being my newest follower! Merry Christmas x Jacs

  11. happy Christmas to you and all the beans xxx

  12. hello,

    love the angel at the top of your tree.
    I'm with you, I think the tree is the best part. Well the cookies are nice too.