Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas traditions!! Happy Pink Saturday, December 19, 2009!!








Today, for Pink Saturday, Beverly asked us to share our Christmas traditions. My family always gathers at my home on Christmas Eve. We have a Christmas meal and then open our presents. This way my sons and daughters in law and grandchildren can be at their own homes on Christmas morning to open their presents and see what Santa has brought. On Christmas day, my sister, niece and I have a wonderful Christmas brunch at a very nice restaurant in an old Victorian home in Austin, Texas. One tradition that we have always done each Christmas Eve is to read the Christmas story from Luke chapter 2 in the Bible. A new tradition that I started when my grandchildren came along is to have a "Christmas Treasure Hunt". I hide the grandchildren's presents in my home and then make clues which are hidden throughout the house for them to read and follow to their Christmas presents. They enjoy this so much that they look forward to it each Christmas Eve.

I recently found some very good buys at a local antique mall that was having a sale. I bought the white table shown above to go between my two white chairs in my living room. I also bought a lovely white table cover with very pretty cutwork to cover my lamp table in my living room. I wanted to share these with you today.
Please visit Beverly at "How Sweet the Sound" to see what she and all the other Pink participants have to share with us today. You can find Beverly here: http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/
Well, today Christmas is only a week away. I am wishing for you and your family the happiest of Christmases and a blessed New Year, my sweet friends. I am so glad I have come to know you this past year because you have been a real blessing in my life. Blessings and love to you!

Just a thought for today: Seasons change. God never does. His love is everlasting and steadfast.

36 comments:

Fairy Footprints said...

Vicki beautiful pictures, I love them all.

Happy Pink Saturday

Have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings



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Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Precious memories and traditions, Vicki! I can just see the children racing through the house looking for the Christmas presents all wrapped and ready to be found! Love your thrifty finds too! That little white cottage table all trimmed in painted roses is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your traditions! Hugs, Coralie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Vicki, what a great idea about hiding the presents for the grands, and I love the tradition is the lunch you share with your sister and niece at a Victorian B&B. Neat!

Sounds like a fun time with you and yours...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Marydon Ford said...

I am going to be a stinker ... I WANT THAT TABLE!!! It is awesome!

What a lovely write of your family & traditions. We used the bible verses to FIND the Christmas gifts for Joshua. He loved it. Last year, ae 17, he had an absolute FIT about our doing this ... took all OUR fun away. Up until then he loved the 'hunt', & lessons.

Merry Christmas ~
TTFN ~Marydon

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Beautiful post Vicki!! I always love visiting you :) I LOVE that table so much!!! That is just gorgeous, what a beautiful find! And it looks perfect in your cottage too :)
Have a wonderful weekend,
Amy

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

A Christmas Gift Hunt is such a great idea. Wonderful traditions with your Grands that they will remember for a lifetime. Beautiful Pinks and the table is perfect between the chairs. Have a wonderful Christmas Day with your Sister and Niece in Austin. Happy Pink Saturday and Merry Christmas....Sue

Connie said...

Vicki, did you paint that darling table, honey?!?! That is adorable. I want to do some like that, but I think I'll have to wait until it's a bit warmer to take them outside and spray paint them.
xoxo and Merry Christmas,
Connie

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Vicki! Hope you remember me?!.. It's been a while, since moving at the end of October! Glad to be back visiting and catching up with everybody though, at this happy time of year! I've really missed everyone!.. LOVE your post today, and LOVE your new table!! Enjoy your weekend, and hope to be visiting with you again soon! ~tina

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Vicki... I love all your Christmas traditions... how fun that you hide presents for your little grandchildren to find! And Christmas Day brunch with your sister and your niece sounds so wonderful... your white table is gorgeous! I would love one just like that! With the roses too of course... I keep forgetting to comment about the cute button on your sidebar... I think I must be from Texas too, I LOVE big hair, big earrings and bright red lipstick!!! Merry Christmas to you sweet friend... Bisous... Julie Marie

someplace in thyme said...

Hi Sweet Vicki, I missed visiting you last week. We were out of town so I am happy you are posting early and I can do some catching up. I love your table, what a perfect find. It looks just wonderful between your chairs and I love the roses painted on it as well. We too, read the Christmas Story on Christmas Eve. I hope you have a great Pink Saturday and the Merriest of Christmas' just in case I don't get back here before then, see you in the New Year my friend, Char

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Hi Vicki, I love your sweet traditions. And I love your pretty table. I have a lamp almost exactly the same as yours, except that my dear mother in love painted it for me. I also have it set up in our living room :-) Joyous and blessed Christmas to you!

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

sissie said...

Hi Vicki!
I am just lovin all that white and girlie pink!
Love the pillows on the white chair and the table in the middle. I'm sure you didn't find that table that way, did you? I'd say you gave it new life.
Love your family tradition as well.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

June said...

It's always a treat to come by and see what's new and beautiful in your cottage. I see you have found some wonderful treasures. Oh I do love that table cloth!
Christmas eve at your house sounds wonderful for the little ones. We celebrate with the children Christmas eve as well and then on Christmas day it's usually Landon and I spending a quiet day because Dale is usually on duty that day. We do enjoy the leftovers from the night before.
hugs

CC said...

Hi Vickie,
Ooo..how lovely your home must be. I love the table between the couches and I love the cutwork cloth. It's just gorgeous. You've shown some beautiful pinks today. Happy Pinks and have a most wonderous and blessed Christmas.

Ginger said...

Your pinks are just beautiful, I love the table with the roses on it. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Apparently my family isnt the only one that did the Christmas Gift thing, it must have been a tradition for many families. I like your idea of having a hunt for your grandchildrens presents. Very fun.

Ginger

Maria said...

Hi Vicki!
I love the traditions you are building as your family grows. How wonderful that everyone has their own special time.
Vicki, I also read your Christmas surprise story in the last post. What a beautiful act of kindness by your fifth grade teacher. That was inspiring~
It reminds me of this quote:
"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." ~ Robert Brault
The sum of all those 'little things' make us into the people we are today~
no wonder you're so sweet ♥
Merry Christmas to you and yours ~ Maria

peppermint said...

Hi Vicki, this is the first time I've visited your blog. Beautiful blog. Thank you for sharing your Christmas traditions. Please stop by and visit me this weekend.
Merry Christmas, Patti

Julie Harward said...

YOU HAVE THE CUTEST CHAIRS IN YOUR HOME! I THINK I'LL START HIDING FOR GRANDS TOO..FUN! :D

Miss Rhea said...

Love that tradition !!! :) Your tables are so sweet :) Great finds ! I hope that your Christmas is Blessed !! Hugs :) :)

T's Daily Treasures said...

That little painted table looks perfect between your living room chairs. A Christmas treasure hunt sounds like soooo much fun! And Christmas brunch at an old Victorian home sounds absolutely divine! Your home is lovely as always and your hospitality second to none. Blessings to you and yours :) Tammy

Duchess of Tea said...

My darling I wish you and yours all the joy, love, hope, blessings, peace, laughter, miracles, good health and boundless wealth during this holiday season and always.

Love & Hugs
Duchess

Couture de Papier said...

OH My Gosh I love the handpainted pink roses makes me want to get my paintbrush out!
Beautiful..HPS Happy Holidays

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Vicki,
Such precious memories! Wonderful traditions too. I so enjoy reading everyone's stories. Thank you for sharing yours and Happy Pink Saturday. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Christmas blessings,
Sandi

A Rose Without A Thorn said...

Dear Vicki, I loved this post and your previous post about your dear teacher. I hope that you continue to have many wonderful Christmas holidays with your family. Blessings always, Maureen.....

Elena@EPtreasures said...

Oh that table plus the pretties on it are gorgeous.
Brunch at an old victorian home would be wonderful - a delightful eating experience.

Have a happy pink saturday and a fabulous Christmas.

God Bless,
Elena :)
http://epdesigns.com.au/blog

storyteller said...

Lovely traditions and beautiful photos with delightful pinks! My Pink Saturday is at Happily Retired Gal
Hugs and blessings,

Regina said...

Beauitufl find and a living room!
Such a a wonderful tradition similar to mine.
Merry Christmas.
Happy PS.

Regards.

Regina

The Pink Birdhouse said...

I really love your pretty things for Pink Saturday! What a lovely home you must have. Some how mine turned out decorated in rusts and golds and beige, which at the time was very popular and I loved it, but it is starting to wear on my eyes and my senses now. :-) I enjoyed hearing about your Christmas traditions. It has been soooo interesting to read on many blogs what others do for the holidays. What a fabulous thing blogger is, to open up our eyes to others and their lives. ~~ Debby

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Hi Vicki,
Beautiful pinks. The table is just lovely, it works so well between your two chairs. Sounds like you have fun on Christmas eve and Christmas. I like to have some kind of event, seems like it makes it a little more memorable. The treasure hunt sounds like a lot of fun!
Valerie

MiniMadWoman said...

Vicki, it sounds like you have a very busy and fun time at Christmas with your family. It's nice that they all gather at your home for Christmas Eve . . . the stuff that memories are made of.

Your new table is just gorgeous and your pictures are beautiful. Thank you for sharing and Happy Pink Saturday!

Wishing you and your family and blessed, happy and safe Christmas.

Blessings,
Teresa

Sares said...

What great finds! That little table is adorable. We used to ope our gifts on Christmas Eve too. I love the treasure hunt, it sounds like so much fun! Happy Pink Saturday and Merry Christmas!

Kathy said...

What wonderful family traditions you have for celebrating Chrsitmas, Vicki. And I love your new table!

Merry Christmas...Kathy

Our Back Porch said...

What wonderful traditions. Thanks for sharing. Come by if you get a chance. Happy Pink Saturday and Merry Christmas!

Back Porch Blessings,
Rebecca

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

great post and great finds too! love the table & the cover too.. but my fave would be your lamp and teacup Lady Carlyle.. thanks for sharing.. Happy Pink Saturday & Merry Christmas

Willow said...

Your Christmas plans sound wonderful. I just love the table you bought. It is so pretty.

Willow

GWENDOLYN said...

How wonderful your traditions are. I love the idea of hiding the grandchildren's gifts for a treasure hunt. When my son and his cousins were young, we would get together at my parent's home on Christmas eve and one of the things we would do is read the nativity story to them. That was so many years ago.... They are all grown now..some with their own new babies to start their own traditions with.

I think your new table is darling!
Blessings!
Gwen