I live in a 160 year old house. I love all the crooked window frames, the small gaps in the pine walls, and floors, even though it lets in some cold air. The old glass still in some of the windows. The worn old floors, the eleven food ceilings, the many fireplaces in the house. When I found it about six and a half years ago, I knew it was the house of my dreams!!! There are some very old and large trees left that are wonderful in every season. It is a very peaceful place, except for the various loud dogs that neighbors have!!!!! I have a couple, but of course they are very well behaved!!!! :) The first year at Christmas I decorated a tree that more or less fit the time when the house was built. I decorated very primitive, with most things old, muted in color. My daughter, then 10, did not like it very much. This year things are different. Well, they began to change last year. After God started doing some changing in my heart. Now I love old things, and for those of you who decorate in the primitive style and love it, keep at it. For me I think there was an underlying reason for it. My childhood home was not very warm, or loving. I think as I grew I was drawn to the "old" because to me it spoke of home, family, all those things that I yearned for. I loved to watch "Little House on the Prairie", and "The Walton's ". Again, because of the love they had for each other and the feeling of "home". So when I got married and had children I tried to create that "feeling" of love, of safety, of home. As I am learning to accept the love God has for me in my heart and not just my head, the need for that is fading. And, I am being drawn to a new way of looking at things. I still love old things, but I am loving mixing it with new, shiny things, with more of a free child's heart. I am drawn to brighter colors and lot of them!!!!! So, this Christmas there are lots of colorful ornaments on the tree, bowls of glass ornaments sitting around. You will find an old Santa or two, but not as many as before. And I am not decorating as much this year. A few things here and there, feeling the need to simplify here too.