Did your family cut a live tree to decorate each year at Christmas back in the day?
You had to leave pretty early in the day. (Notice no tree.)
If not, you’d return home after dark – or dusk, at best.
Street lights line the snow-covered road.
The current popularity of trees on cars inspired this tablescape. Spunky Daughter’s VW bus became the centerpiece. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation movie was on my mind immediately. Remember that, starring Chevy Chase?
Earlier this week, Mary Beth at Cupcakes and Crinoline shared her Pinterest board collection of Christmas Trees on Cars. You must see it!
I’d planned the tablescape and place settings, but the little matchbox cars with trees were added after seeing Mary Beth’s Pinterest board. Trees on matchbox cars. 😉
The family that built our home had a little boy who apparently loved driving his little cars in the dirt. Found and cleaned, they now line a bookshelf – a little history of the house I couldn’t part with.
I placed them over the snowflake plates to make them more visible.
They blended with the coloring of the Christmas tree plates, and we need snowflakes to fit the movie’s snow scenes.
The plates from T. J. Maxx fit the theme. Each matchbox car brings a tree to their “plate house”…
…just as the VW Van (aka bus) brings a tree to its own home over on the side chest. Like the movie, the tree will be way too big to fit!
Many years ago, a friend gave us this Snow Village house because it resembled our home at the time. It’s funny how, three houses later, we again live in one similar.
At Christmas, I place colored gems inside the tree holes for decoration.
At T. J. Maxx, I saw a house vignette inside a cold frame like this. I liked it a lot, but no need to buy it because I had most of what I needed already in The Land of Making Do.
I added the trees and water pump, all from Wally World for cheap. The water pump looks sort of farm-ish, and we have red birds every winter. Also, a farm dog.
I added deep red juice glasses from PAM to repeat the color in the tree plates. I’m back to the Dollar Tree dark grey stems again – and our everyday stainless flatware.
Ha! Did you notice the same Tartan table-cloth from last week’s Thanksgiving Dining on Tartan post? The pink-ish van and maroon in the plates wouldn’t have been right with a bright red Christmas cloth.
I tied the tree this (wrong) direction because the surf boards made the tree stems (arborvitae from the yard) go wonky.
We had dinner with family and friends last night at this table (another place setting added). Our table discussion prompted us to watch Christmas Vacation afterwards. HH pointed out during dinner my error in the direction I placed the tree. Yes, the branches would be blown to bits facing the wind!
That lively discussion made the movie even funnier when I noticed Clark Griswold also tied their tree backwards! (Not saying Clark and I think alike or anything – huh.)
Are you inspired to dig through your kids’ things for tablescapes of trees on cars? Fun discussions around the table produce laughter and memories. That’s what family time is all about, right?
I share this poem by Patricia Neely-Dorsey, a local Tupelo writer.
OLD TYME CHRISTMAS
A live tree from the woods
With popcorn trim and candy canes;
Apples, oranges, peppermints, and some nuts;
A doll, a ball, a truck, and a pair of skates to share.
Yep, memories of Christmas and other sweet memories of Southern life. (Find her on Facebook here.)
Here’s a recap – and the image to pin on your tablescape board on Pinterest. 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I’m so thankful for you!
Come along with me to Tablescape Thursday, where I’m joining the party.