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My kids like to rib me a lot as I like to call my Christmas tree environmentally friendly…and I am proud of it. I can’t bear to cut a tree down. I am a tree hugger… so sue me.  The tree is 8 foot tall and with the angel on top it almost scrapes the 9 foot ceilings. It is a balsam fir and looking at it you would think it is a real tree. Well, it is real, just man-made.   It is pre-lit with over 2000 multi color lights, and it takes me three whole days to decorate the tree placing all the memories we have collected over the years just right.  How I wish I could rezz a Christmas tree in 1st like I do in 2nd.

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Christmas almost wasn’t at Lost Horizon this year. Given everything that had happened it was just too overwhelming a task.  Then I saw Tymmerie Thorne’s post about the Holiday Home Tour and as Lost Horizon’s Open House is ongoing I decided to dig out the decorations and get to work.  It was no easy task sorting through all the boxes and deleting items that were just to painful to keep.  After it was all said and done there wasn’t much left lol.  So what is a girl to do?  Go shopping of course!

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The Arcade Gacha Event was just the place to start.  Trompe Loeil gacha was my first stop and I didn’t quit until I got every single key for the sweetest Advent Calendar I have seen to date.  I sent a NC to C. Edo inworld to thank her for creating it. BTW, everyone should take the time to send their favorite creators a note thanking them for the work they do.  I am sure they would appreciate it.  My squeals of delight became louder and louder as I opened each compartment with the corresponding key.   I had no idea you got the full size version as well, and some of the pieces you can leave out year round, which is what I plan to do.

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Spunk, a new kindred spirit, had on display at her home this cute little momma deer and baby made out of twigs by Ispachi.  I had to have it and plan on displaying it year round. The Christmas tree from LAQ I have seen in several posts and I liked it so much I got one too. There are like seven different variations of the tree in the folder you get and I settled on the one that is decorated with multi color ornaments.

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The pieces I kept from Christmases past are from La Galleria and Finishing Touches. Instead of going all out (like I do in 1st), I decided to blend the holiday decorations with my everyday decor mainly using the holiday in spaces that were sparse. Believe me, I will fill those spaces up eventually lol.

Wishing you peace, joy, good times with friends and family and much love this season. Be kind to one another.  TWMA 🙂

Cougar’s Shopping List:

For non-Christmas items please see this post   and this one

1st Photo:

LAQ Decor: Christmas Tree

Dreamscapes: “letter to Santa” Table

Teddy Bear: gift from my little sis Anna

Tiz Kohime: Merry Christmas Teddy – NKA

Little Touches: Wide Mouth Jar Candle-NKA

Trompe Loeil: Branch Wreath- Arcade Gacha Event

2nd Photo:

Little Touches: Noel Blocks

La Galleria: Christmas Stocking, Xmas Cookies n Cocoa

Boogers: Rudolph Bear – Arcade Gacha Event

Ispachi: Graham Teddy Bear – Free Gift

3rd Photo:

La Galleria: Mesh Christmas Cards right and left, Burl Bombe Chest (top retinted)

TerraShop: Big Red Poinsettia

LISP: Candy Basket

Trompe Loeil: Advent Calendar 2013 – Arcade Gacha Event Free, Let it Snow Decorative Sled – 50L a pull Arcade Gacha Event

[Tia]: Winter Phrase Hanger: Gacha in store

R(S)W: Arts &Crafts plant Stand – Free

Kanga Store: Peace Blessings Wall Quilt Hanging – NKA

4th Photo:

Finishing Touches: Pine Tree with lights in red sack, Christmas Cheer, Pine cone basket with red bow, Painted Wood Sign – Peace,

La Galleria: Christmas Angel Quilt on rod

POE4: Holiday Memories – NLA

DragonLady Designs: Bleached Wood Easel- this came in a set. I apologize as I can’t remember the set.

Ispachi: Mother and Child Twig deer

Bazar: Arizona Wood Tables

5th Photo:

Addison White: Candy Cane Giver – NKA

Trompe Loeil: Tree Candle Holder- Arcade Gacha Event

Finishing Touches: Seasons Greetings table runner (from a set)

La Galleria: Christmas Tree Snow Globe, Snowman Snowglobe