Monday, December 21, 2015


Ready.......  Or Not....!

Like it or Not, Dear Readers, the Christmas Celebration is nearly here, and the hectic pace of attempting to be "Ready" in Time has some of us in a "Tizzy"! And what do you do when you have too much to accomplish in too little Time? Do you go Full Steam Ahead and pull it off in the nick of Time? Or do you declare it an impossible task and give yourself "Permission" to relax and just enjoy whatever happens? Or do you vacillate and Procrastinate until the last possible moment before managing almost everything anyway? I have not yet decided which strategy is mine for this year... which I think only points to the last option! So here I am Procrastinating for a Tiny bit.... because painting the Christmas Card is the chief task I am attempting to complete, and I am Late this year! Again! I cannot show you a preview, so I am going to take you around the dollhouses to see if Anybody else is as late as I am! The Cloud Palace has put up the lovely silver Tinsel Tree again! and this year it has the Added decorations sent by Birgit!

"What decorations...?" I hear you ask. It looks like there are none on the tree! Until you look very closely and then you will see there are Tiny gold "Wishing Stars" all over it! And this year there are several New and Very Glittery Wishing Stars that came with the package from Birgit! I was sure at once that they were meant for the Tinsel Tree in the Cloud Palace! If you look carefully you can see one of them glowing! And this was not the only Tree that was put up this week!

In the Shabby Sister House, Chip has put up
 the other Silver Glitter Tree that Sally May loves!
Her In-laws are not so excited.
I think Sally May is going to want to fix the ornaments...
So many went missing while in storage!

And in the Lovely Old Dollhouse, 
Arthur and Charles have put up the Tree....

The Same old Tree in the Same old place!

They are so pleased when the lights all work as soon as it is plugged in!
They wanted to please Helen and Pollyanna 
who have gone shopping for the afternoon.
They found a charming old shop in the newly re-developed "Old Town".

It looked like a Trendy Artist Studio open for seasonal business...

It was rather disorganized and messy inside....
They almost weren't sure it was a shop!
They decided to look at some other shops too...

They could always come beck here on their way home...
Helen didn't want to carry too much as they walked.

There was even more on display as they returned later...

But by then they had their arms full and didn't want to stop again. 
They had found some "Fabulous" deals at another shop nearby...!
Now they were tired and just wanted to get home and put their feet up.
The sun had already set and it was dark by the time they were home.

"Surprise!" declares Charles 
as they return home to find the Tree up and decorated!
Pollyanna tries not to be disappointed, as she loves to put up the tree... 
but it is the season to share these joys too!

"We left the creche for you" says Charles, 
"because we know how much you love to set that up yourself!"

So Pollyanna pulled out all the familiar figures 
and set them up in their accustomed places...

He was right. She did love to put up the creche every year!

It was somehow comforting to see the figures 
in their rightful places year after year!

So while Time is Flying by, Dear Readers, 
I hope you have enjoyed this little Tour of the Tannenbaums 
on this Shortest Day of the Year!
Ready or Not, the Yule Season is here!
Happy Solstice!


  1. Hi Betsy, so nice to see your Christmas tree collection displayed so nicely.
    Have a wonderful Christmas.
    All the best
    Regards Janine

    1. Thank you Janine! I hope you have enjoyed your Christmas as well!

  2. It's nice to see your residents are all ready for Christmas. I'm a frantic rush-at-the-end type a gal so bring on the anxiety =0P
    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year Betsy =0)X

    1. Hi Pepper! I hope you got it all done in Time! (I am still drawing my card....!)Late Late Late!

  3. Quel plaisir ce festival de sapins.
    Malgré ces journées plus courtes j'espère que vous aurez le temps de faire tout ce que vous avez prévu.
    joyeux solstice Betsy.

    1. Hi Jean-Claude! I am still drawing my Christmas card, but I have found time to peek into the little people's houses too! Merry Christmas to you!

  4. what beautiful x-mas trees
    good solstice

  5. Hello Betsy,
    Happy solstice day. What wonderful Christmas trees. they are all great, but I think the one in the clod palace is my favorite...the most magical. I get ready for the holidays well in advance. the house was decorated the second week of November, my presents were bought by December first, my baking is done and we went grocery shopping for the 24th yesterday. It should be smooth sailing until 2016!
    Big hug

    1. Merry Christmas, Giac! I hope you have had a wonderful time with all your family and now you are on to the mini constructions! I just have to finish my Christmas card first.....
      Thank you for your wonderful comments, they always brighten my day!

  6. Hi Betsy,
    The Cloud Palace looks beautiful and I have always loved your little room with all the windows and natural amazing! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas..I wish I had been more prepared like Giac! (above comment) :) Happy Solstice to you!

    1. Hi Farrah, I hope you have had a Wonderful Christmas... ready or not! (Some of us are the not ready types!)
      Thank you for your lovely comments!

  7. Hi Betsy - That was a fun Christmas tour through all your decorated houses. I love the Cloud Palace tinsel tree with all the lovely "wishing stars." But since I'm a sucker for tradition, I think my favorite is the "same old tree" in the "same old place" in the Lovely Old Dollhouse. I enjoyed having such a pleasant break from all the busyness of my day! Thank you - and have a Merry Christmas!

    1. Hi Marjorie! Thank you for your lovely comments! I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas filled with family and friends.

  8. Hi Betsy! I see that you've been busy with putting up all Christmas trees into your dollhouses ;)! It must be said, they're all beautifully decorated, now it's time for your residents of enjoying their time together and celebrating their Christmas.
    I hope you'll be ready for your RL CHristmas celebrations, enjoy the festive season, dear friend.
    Wishing you and you loved ones a Merry Christmas and a prosperous, healthy and creative 2016!
    Hugs, Ilona

    1. Hi Ilona! Thank you for your wonderful comments! My Little people have been celebrating! It is me who is still painting the Christmas will get done... these things take time! I will show it here when I am finally done. I hope you have had a Merry Christmas with all your family and loved ones!

  9. Sorry for being blind I haven't noticed Polyanna's hair before! WOW! I am jeleaous.... :D
    And I think the girls have the weather very much as it is over here now - I am thinking of wearing my spring coat instead of warm furry jacket. :)
    But the Trees, oh the Trees! They look fantastic! All ready for Christmas! Just opposite to me...
    Hugs and have a very merry Christmas and a wonderful new year!

    1. Ha Ha, Ewa, you made me laugh!!! Yes she has magnificent "Barbie doll" hair! All of her family does too... it is impossible to "tame" it and I do love the wild look of it! (I am with you... wished my hair was like this all my life! LOL!)
      We are also having a warm and Green Christmas... I hope you have had a Wonderful Day with your family!

  10. Det er en meget fin jule tur du tager os igennem. Det er meget smukke og hyggelige jule scener.
    Jeg ønsker dig og din familie en glædelig jul og et godt nytår. Tak for dine kommentar på min blog.

    1. Thank you Wyrna! I hope you have had a Merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing more of your minis in the New Year!

  11. So many festive scenes! Wonderful your crew can celebrate in such style, I hope you and yours are happy and healthy this season :)

    1. Thank you Jane! Christmas is everywhere.... we just have to look for it sometimes! I hope you have had a Merry Christmas filled with Love and Joy!

  12. Well, now it' officially "winter." Here in SW New Mexico it's not that different, except for the quantity of rain! A real winter storm with lots of wind; Saturday we're all supposed to get measurable snow - too late for Christmas, but oh well. I don't even have my Christmas tree up yet, and this year I had less to do than ever. Figure that out!
    Lots of love to you & Alex,
    Grandma, Patrick & Daisy

    1. Merry Christmas Mom!
      I think we'll get snow next week... maybe!

  13. P.S. I love the Christmas trees in the doll houses. The one in the lovely old doll house is a credit to Helen & Charles; may they look down on it lovingly.
    Love again, Grandma

  14. Thank you for the tour. Beautiful trees! ♥
    I wish you a joyful season time! :)

    1. Thank you Piikko! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

  15. I enjoyed this little Tannenbaum's tour Betsy, thank you! Beautiful trees and ornaments, what a great idea, a tinseltree! That artists studio looks realistic en lovely again bathing in the sunlight, stunning!! Aahh, I recognize that bag :D :D. Sweet Betsy, thanks for all your wonderful stories and scenes, I've enjoyed them so much and look forward to next year's. Have a wonderful Christmas and an amazing 2016!

    1. Hi Monique! I really can't tell you how much Joy your little gift gives me!!! I Treasure the gift of Friendship even across the magical blogland!
      I hope you have had a Wonderful Christmas filled with Love and Joy!
      Yes.... the Stories will be continued... LOL!

  16. I'm late... so not only winter is officially here but Christmas too - so it's good to see everybody and everybeary is ready for the festive days. Your Christmas trees are beautiful - everyone in its own style, I bet Blue will be over the moon with this Wishing Star Tree... and I too am very traditional so it's for me too the same ol' tree in the same ol' corner... ;O) Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!


    1. Merry Christmas Birgit... ready or not it has come and gone! LOL! (Still working on the card I am...!)
      I truly cherish the World your Bearys have brought to me and I am always inspired by your Creativity and Generosity! Thank you for being such a great blog friend!!! I hope you have had a Wonderful day with your family and friends.... and I hope Fluby is not too worn out from setting new speed-unwrapping records! LOL!

  17. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Betsy, I like to think of twelve days of Christmas! Best wishes for 2016. Your pictures are delightful!