Sunday, December 4, 2011

FABBY: Tree, Mantel & Nativity

 The den with our tree, mantel and Nativity scene all ready for Christmas 2011.  My mother, our two daughters, Alexandra and Sofia,  Giancarlo our sil and grands will come for the hollidays to our house.
I copy cated this mantel with the snow from our local Christmas store and I liked it cause  it contrasted the decorations better against the wood panneling.
 The middle part down of the tree with some of my fav ornaments, actually I love them all!
 I always take out this ceramic frames made at our formal Ceramic Co. where I keep pictures of our daughters in Disney World and another with hubby holding both our infant girls, wow, where did time go to?! This is our den's end table.
 The native Nativity that my grandgirls love to play with so much, like feeding the piggies and chicken and some of the musicians playing Xmas carols have fallen...oh, those girls!
Below is my St. Patrick's Cathedral a small replica from the NYC has little lights to it too, I don't know if you can notice them, they're so tiny!
     In a couple of posts back I showed where I had my tree last year and for many years before that; although it was great because you could see it from all over the house, now we had to move it next to the fire place in the den, or our family room... all because the space it used to be was the foyer which now it's ocupide by our "French vintage table".  We love it in the den because it's next to the fire place where the Nativity is, as the weather around my neck-o-da woods is 70-75 and more, dry, so because of this we use the fire place to set a small Nativity with folklor pieces of indigenious people's, a little town with farm animals, dancers and musicians for Baby Jesus's birth celebration. My grandgirls just love this the best, they play with it and move the pieces around every day, lol!   Today Sunday, their parents came to fetch them and they went home, we're already missing them, they're so sweet, smart and well behave, they're a joy to be with.
 Our den, or family room with our Christmas tree for the frst time here, along with the mantel and Nativity scene.
 We're enjoying the new place of the Christmas tree as now it's our Christmas room.
 I fixed a snowed up mantel that I copy cated from the C'mas store's faux mantel and I loved it, so to give a contrast to the arrangement against the dark wood panneling. I fixed it with my tall and thin angel  the same tone as the St. Patrick's Cathedral resembling the one in NYC.  The skinny long legged Carolers I have for several years and were a present from hubby's, they're one of my fav things for Christmas decor I have. I love the golden raindeer too. The brass angel candle holder I have for ever; I really don't buy much each year, except a tree ornament as it's my tradition since our first Christmas in 1975, the year we got married.
The Christmas stockings are one for Victoria and Cayetana, the doggie one was from our beloved Pug Ben,  who died last year...but now it's Chloe's, the grands's Chihuahua.
Inside the fire place we usually fix our Nativity scene with folkloric figurines, like the cute houses, farm animals, trees, musicians and dancers for the upcoming celebration of the birth of Baby Jesus.   My granddaughters love it the best, they play and re-arrange the figures every day while they were here and they add some modern ones, like Barby pieces, like dogs and magic figures, whatever, lol!
Our tree started at our first Christmas back in 1975, the year we got married and since I've been collecting the ornaments, there are ceramic figures made by our daughters when they were children, gifts from friends and family, some of the people are not here of my little girls and little grands too... of course, I can't show them all otherwise you'll never leave this post, lol! 
Here are some made by a dear aunt who's long passed in NY.  The cute sweaters by Russ I bought in NY a long tme ago.  At left there's a little C'mas tree picture frame where my younger daughter Sofia is, the mother of my grands, wow!  A figure of a pug to remind us of Ben and because I collect dogs and I have some in my tree too...some where.
Here are a crystal candy in a wrap I won years ago, along with a few great things for holliday decor. In the little wreath picture frame is my darling daughter Alexandra when she was 1 year old.
A pretty tin angel was a gift from my hubby.  The vintage glass German santa in the cloche.
Most of my tree ornaments are from several and many years ago. I love the angel at the tree top, she has such a pretty green velvet dress.
The santa lady with the red skirt was made by our daughter Alexandra when she was a young girl at our former Ceramic Co.  The blue and white Delf porcelain ball with Dutch scenes.
 A look at part of the snowed mantel.
 I'm so happy to have a replica of St. Patrick's Cathedral from NYC.

    I hope you like it, so here you have it!  The red velvet skirt is from Spain from many years ago.

Thank you my dear friends for all your visits as they make me so happy to read your comments an I love to visit you, so I will be joining some Christmas parties from now on so we can meet and share our holliday decor.     All my love to you.

Thank you lovely hostesses for giving us the chance to share our Christmas decking at your fun and great  parties!

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  1. Oh, wow! Fabby you have some incredible decor here!! Your mantel is just spectacular; and the many ornaments on your tree...gorgeous! You have so much eye-candy in this room, I could stare for hours!! LOL!

  2. Fabby what a warm and inviting room you prepared for the Chirstmas... It looks so lovely and feeling of coziness and friendship I can smell very well ... your mantle decor looks great specially the touch of snow is simply beautiful...I love it...
    Thanks for your sweet comments on my another blog...In fact it is only the collection of ideas for my newly constructed home... I collect all the ideas which inspired me in a way or another ...
    Happy if you come to see me at
    with love from

  3. My, that is a beautiful display of Christmas,and sooo traditional. Lovely. Hope you have a nice week Fabby xx oo jeanetteann

  4. wow.....woww.....lovely post ....and a great blog....following now:)

  5. Bellissimo e accogliente il tuo albero!Baci,Rosetta

  6. This is an absolutely gorgeous post Fabby. I love every bit of it!

  7. A very warm feeling to see such a beautiful setting, merry christmas have a joyous season~

  8. Hi darling, what a fun and festive room you've created, it is so magical. The mantel is incredible! Love all your beautiful ornaments on your tree, how sweet the grands love to help decorate. :-)) hugs ~lynne~

  9. Good morning Fabby! Everything looks so warm, festive and beautiful. Thanks for sharing with the party. Please add my little link too. Thank you.

  10. Hi Fabby, Your home is aglow with beautiful Christmas decorations! I love the tree with its beautiful ornaments. It is a lot like what I have only yours is much prettier. I love the angel on top and the traditional ornaments. Your mantle is lovely. I love your Cathedral with the twinkling lights. Everything is picture perfect. I'll be back for a second tour!

    The French Hutch

  11. I love to see the bits of blues.

    Happy Blue Monday to you, Fabby!

  12. Oh Fabby! I love all of your Christmas decor, it's all really gorgeous, especially the snow mantel with the long skinny legged people and the tall, thin angel. Your tree is gorgeous with so many lovely ornaments.
    Hugs, Cindy

  13. Oh my, Fabby!! Everything is beautiful and I love the Nativity scene. What a gorgeous tree and mantel.

  14. Amazing decorations it was a feast to my eyes wowwwwwwwwww

  15. Your Christmas tree is very beautiful Fabby! I'm sure you'll get lots of enjoyment out of it in your den. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Pamela

  16. oh my goodness, i bet you have a fabulous time thinking about all the memories from the ornaments as you decorate! how wonderful.

  17. I absolutely adore a tree that's loaded with all type of ornaments, old and new..... like yours.
    You've created a masterpiece in your living room. Everything is gorgeous!!!

  18. Oh, my goodness, Fabby! This is just amazing! I love your tree - it's so full and sparkly and your mantle is gorgeous. Your room is so petty!! You really know how to make pretty!
    You're fantastic! I love it.
    be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  19. beautiful christmas decorations!

  20. Beautiful blues.

    Come see the Blue at my page when you get a chance. Thank you!

  21. All of your decor is so beautiful, but I love the ST patricks Cathederal the most. It is just beautiful.What a wonderful nativity and that you let the children play with it is great.

  22. Fabby everything looks wonderful! Thanx so much for taking the time out to visit my party! If would please include a link back to the party. I would much appreciate it. Again just beautiful and happy holidays!

  23. Your mantel and your Christmas tree are gorgeous, Fabby. It looks so cheerful on your home, I bet the grandkids love visiting.....Great job decorating, my friend!..Christine

  24. Hi lovely lady.
    Your room is Gorgeous sweet lady.
    You have Treasures all over looks so Beautiful. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new Tablescape.
    XXOO Diane

  25. Another WOW Fabby! There is so much to like here and comment on that I will restrict myself to just saying I love it all!
    You have such a wonderful collection of ornaments! I have a lot of ornaments I didn't even use this year.
    Your chubby tree is beautiful! Your grand kids must love your home!
    Love it!

  26. Wow! You like to decorate don't you? Love it! Have a great day!

  27. I love your Christmas room, Fabby. Especially your tree. It's wonderful to have a Christmas tree that's full of memories.

  28. hola!
    me encanta!!

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  29. Oh, so merry!!!

    Visiting for BM! Hope you can visit mine too..

  30. Fabby,
    The tree and the trimmings look great! My daughter (19 now) loved to play with the Nativity set when she was little too. We have the same set as my parents and sister, so whenever we visited my parents, they would find their set rearranged after we left.

  31. Every element is lovely! The tree is amazing with all the beautiful ornaments you've collected through the years!

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog & leaving a post. I look forward to following your blog.


  32. Fabby your nativity is wonderful!! I love it that your grandchildren can actually touch and hold, and experience that nativity too! Thank you for visiting Take Six!

  33. Your tree is fabulous! I love all the many different ornaments!!

  34. Fabby, this is breath-taking! I love the nativty in the fireplace - what a great idea for an unused fp. Your tree is glorious, and your mantel looks beautiful too. laurie

  35. Good heavens, I am gobsmacked! Your tree is the most fabulous thing I have ever seen.

    I like that snowy fabric or whatever it is you have used to create the illusion of snow -- where can I get some?

    Isn't the imagination of children wonderful -- Barbies in the Nativity? LOL


  36. Hello there... I am also partying at Ivy and Elephants and came over from there... your den is so pretty, I just love seeing your beautiful natural woods and your tree is just stunning... your nativity is beautiful as well... but my favorite part of all is that you treasure all of the memories that go with each piece, just like I do... Christmas blessings to you, xoxo Julie Marie

  37. Fabby, how beautiful! I love your tree, it is so full and beautiful! I love your mantle too. I really like your dark wood paneling, and the snow you have created. You have done a fabulous job!

  38. It looks,Fabby lous! So pretty! I love your St. Patrick's Cathedral, and yes I can see the lights!
    Off to see the previous post I missed.

  39. Fabby, What a warm and inviting Christmas you prepare for your family. This is a dream come true for any lover of our Lord's birthday. I love the beautiful nativity and It is so precious that you let the grands play with it. What better way to learn the story of the Christ Child. The St Patrick's Cathedral is so special. It looks fantastic in it's place of honor.
    Your tree is a family treasure and a family history. It is so wonderful that you have so many things that your girls made.
    Everything looks ready for the arrival of family. What a wonderful time.
    We celebrate at my house every second year. The other year we visit one of the girls and spend New Year's with the other .

  40. Fabby, your tree is gorgeous. That is a lot of fabulous ornaments.

  41. Your Christmas tree and decor is beautiful! A sweet story about your grands enjoying playing with the Nativity, etc.


  42. ... & I thought my tree was full! Yours is magnificent! What a beautiful home & decor, Fabby.

    Have a beautiful week ~
    TTFN ~

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  43. Your decorations are fabulous, Fabby! All of your dark, rich wood really sets off the lovely colors and sparkle of all the Christmas decor. Have a wonderful holiday!

  44. Oh Fabby, Your family room is so festive. You have so many beautiful tree decorations that obviously mean a lot to you. It is a tree of memories :)

    Thanks for sharing at my Bunny Hop Party!
    xoxo Bunny Jean

  45. Oh Fabby everything looks wonderful, and as my grand-daughter sits on my knee we played eye spy on your tree, thanks for the few minutes. I can imagine how much the children love to play with the figurines yes time does go by way too fast.

  46. All your family gathered in this fabulous home will really be in for a treat. Stunning.

  47. Helo, certainly have some beautiful and cherished ornaments on your tree and on your mantle, too. Your NYC church is a real treasure, I am sure. I think the new ides of an all "pink" or a "white" Christmas decor is great and so striking...all the color the same, but the REAL old-fashion
    Christmas decor are the ones that tug on my heart-strings. Some how Christmas always means family...
    those here with us and those who have passed away. Each ornament connected with them makes them feel close with us again, for a little while, doesn't it?
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful "Christmas room" with us
    Hugs, Francy

  48. Hola mi bonita amiga Fabby,

    I so adore the abundancy in your home. So warm and welcoming.

    Hope you're enjoying your time with your lil angels. They are so adorable.

    Hugs so much & Greetings from a slippery & freezing Stockholm,

  49. Your home is so beautifully decorated.. Your holiday guests will certainly enjoy it. Thank you for sharing your inspiration...

  50. What a gorgeous tree. I love trees that are packed with ornaments like this one. They are so much fun to explore.

  51. Flabby, I'm late getting here but I just had to tell you how lovely your home is. The tree is really beautiful and is my thought of what a traditional Christmas tree should look like. Our trees are decorated with things from Christmases past. Isn't it fun to walk around the tree and have old memories of good times pop up when a certain ornament is seen? You have done a superb job decorating.

  52. Fabby, Your home for Christmas is magical. Everything is so beautiful and I love the nativity scene and that the children are allowed to play with it. Wonderful!!

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  54. Fabby, Love your tree ! You have so many pretty ornaments !

  55. Your tree is filled with fabulous ornaments and treasures.
    Everything in the room is beautiful and festive. I really love the carolers on your mantel.

    Sharon @ mrshinesclass

  56. Hi Fabby...

    Wow!!! Your family room looks sooo very beautiful all done up for Christmas, sweet friend! It just feels sooo warm and cozy...and very festive for the season! Your tree is GORGEOUS! Ohh is so full of beautiful ornaments! I could stand all day and night...just looking at them all! I love your tree beside the just feels like Christmas with it there. By the way, your mantel is really beautiful! I love that you added the snow. I think you're helps the decor to stand out more! I love that you have placed the Nativity and village on the hearth. It's wonderful! I can just see your sweet granddaughters playing with the little animals! Hehe! These will be sweet and very special memories for them...their family Christmas! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and beautiful Christmas decor with us, dear friend!

    Love ya,

  57. Your trees are simply stunning! I love all the attention to detail. The mantel is beautiful too, and I love the way you tuck a nativity village inside the fireplace.

    Since it's not cold enough here for a fire either, I would love to try to use that space.

  58. Fabby--WOW! What a tree! It's obvious you've been collecting them over the years, and that makes for my very favorite kind of tree decor. I love to see trees filled with ornaments that are near and dear to the owner's heart! I love your miniature St. Patrick's Cathedral--that's lovely! And I think you're brilliant to use the fireplace as a spot to display your wonderful Nativity set. What a wonderful way to create a focal point!

    Thanks for sharing all your pretty things! I'm with you--traditional is my favorite, especially at Christmas!

  59. Your trees are lovely! The mantel is beautiful too! I love the way you tucked a nativity village inside the fireplace. I've been know to tuck seasonal items in the fireplace too. Just had pumpkins in there for fall, and now switched over to five red candles. Soon we will be using the fireplace. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home!

  60. Fabby, wow is the word. Like Shenita mentioned, "your mantel is spectacular." I love it and thanks for telling us the history on your cathedral, dishes, etc. I love all of it. Thanks for the tip about keeping the plates from slipping on the chargers...I'd not ever thought of that. Merry Christmas, Helen

  61. Dear Fabby,


    What a fabulous series of rooms, ornaments and richly warm, Christmas decor.., Just magnificent..,

    Thanks for joining us for our Gingerbread Christmas Tea party this week also..,

    Hugs, Wanda Lee


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