11.30.2010

Second Tree from the Corner

Excerpt from the latest Vintage Nest newsletter:
 To perceive Christmas through its wrapping becomes more difficult with every year. There was a little device we noticed in one of the sporting-goods stores…… a trumpet that hunters hold to their ears so that they can hear the distant music of the hounds. Something of the sort is needed now to hear the incredibly distant sound of Christmas in these times, through the dark, material woods that surround it. 


I just read the above paragraph the other day and assumed it was talking about the present times. Imagine my surprise when I learned it was actually taken from the short story, “The Second Tree from the Corner, by E. B. White, written in 1949. With the holiday time officially here, thoughts of magical moments are in my mind, despite the gaudy and shiny excess of the season from commercial excess. Those moments come from our faith, family and friends. With that in mind, the upcoming holiday is the perfect time to use vintage religious pieces in our decorating such as shabby white crosses, a beautiful old and worn French Bible, ethereal Madonnas,  gorgeous old German die cut nativity calenders, charming vintage song books and chippy chalk ware statues. Place on an old decorative silver plate, add some fresh greenery and you have something so simple, exquisite and a reminder of the reason for the season. The Vintage Nest has just listed a number of these fabulous old pieces and here's a peek at a few.  If you wish one of these unique pieces please enter the code "special" in the coupon box at checkout for a blogger's  holiday special discount. :)  I spotted this same cross in an issue of Country Living magazine and the other pieces are so Jeanne d'Arc'ish....don't you think?  A little chippy, a little shabby and all with fabulous old patina.  And speaking of Jeanne d'Arc, I just got my Christmas issue and have slipped it in my big black bag to enjoy on the flight to visit my son and his family.  We will be celebrating  a happy 1st birthday for sweet cherub Ava, celebrating an early Christmas, heading to downtown Chicago to see Santa and all the fabulous lights and decorations and a little antiquing on the side just for you and me.  :)   I'll see you when I get back.....and I know when I do there will be so many blogs with all their holiday finery and I can't wait to see.  xoxoxo






Hooking up this week to  Kathleen's fabulous blog 'Faded Charm' for WHITE WEDNESDAY.  Lots of beauty to see over there.  Be sure and check it out.

19 comments :

NanaDiana said...

Oh have fun visiting and enjoying Baby Ava. I agree - but am surprised to think they thought so in 1949- that we get too caught up in all the commercialism and forget the true meaning of the celebration.

Blessings to you and your family- Nice post- Diana

Rebecca said...

I agree-we should have more of the real meaning of the season with things that reflect that. Interesting that they would think it was too commercial in 1949-it's horrible today!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Traveling mercies sweet friend... I know you will enjoy your visit ! (just don't enjoy that airport pat down too much :))

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Blondie's Journal said...

I, too, thought this excerpt was from something recent and I agree with you wholeheartedly. My decorating and gift giving is much more simplified this year and I hope that gives me a better perspective on the 'reason'.

I hope you have a wonderful time here in my hometown. Dress warm! :-)

XO,
Jane

Tete said...

Very nice post and remembering the true meaning of Christmas. Have a safe trip, takes lots of photos and hurry back!
Love your photos!
Tete

The Polka Dot Closet said...

You have a great time with your grand baby Lynn. I am leaving Saturday to see my son in DC. It's going to be a little colder than I am use to! What a sweet post

Carol

NanE said...

I love that first Madonna and Child, so sweet! have a wonderful, safe trip filled with lots of new memories. :) Nan

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, I hope you have a wonderful time with your family! Enjoy your grandbaby and I will see you when you get back.
xo,
Sherry

Dana and Daisy said...

I imagined they were talking about present times too! Part of my joy this year comes from keeping things simple!

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Lynn...I couldn't agree more! When I started showing my home for the holidays on Monday I got to share my Nana's rosary which I am so happy to show off this holiday season!

Have a great day!

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

I can't imagine anything more wonderful than visiting a precious grandbaby! Enjoy...

Happy WW,
Judy

Miss Sandy said...

Oh my goodness, we were on the same vein of thought in our posts today. Lovely items to represent the true meaning of the Christmas season. Enjoy visiting your sweet grand, there is nothing better!

Rebecca said...

Very inspirational... blessings to you and your new baby...what a joyous time for you
Rebecca

Trotter said...

Hi Lynn! 1949? Couldn't remember that: three months old... ;)

Blogtrotter Two is in the Valley of Kings waiting for you!! No photos allowed inside the tombs, sorry… Enjoy and have a great week!

Nisha said...

Hi Lynn,
Great post to show meaning of real Christmas.
Hope you have a great time with your grand baby. :)

Sugar Bear said...

Hope you had a wonderful visit with your grandbaby!
Karla

shirley said...

Happy First Birthday Ava! Hope it was as sweet as any first Birthday can be...

Margaret Cloud said...

Have a nice visit with your son and family, especially little Ava, one year already, my.

Beverly said...

I hope you had a wonderful time. Your trip sounds very exciting and like so much fun.

Our theme for Pink Saturday this week is favorite holiday movies. I hope to see you there.

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