WELCOME to HAPPY TO BE...This is a blog about my love of Antiques, My family, humor, as humor keeps us laughing and my every Day life...I hope you enjoy your visit...Please leave me a comment to let me know you Came by so I can visit with you Thank You !!...Hugs and Smiles, Gl♥ria

December 18, 2010

~Victorian Musical tree Stand~

Merry Christmas,

I know all of you have seen like a gazillion trees in blog land so far...But really I just wanted to take a quick minute and really show you my pride and joy of my antiques...

I love my sweet little Gingerbread tree I put up each year in my kitchen...

Now this is really what I wanted you to see...It's my Victorian Syphonion Musical Christmas tree stand from Leipzig, Germany ca. 1870

This was a Christmas gift from my late husband about 30 years ago...I just love it, loved him more sighs...I did a small video if you would like to see that after 150 years it still works...

Now I have to tell you a funny story about this stand...Years ago I had a Lion's club dinner party and had this stand in the center of my table...Picture this beautiful table set with my best china and stem ware...white tree looking beautiful with all red and gold heart ornaments on it..Well come time to eat I turned the music box on..Duh!! the tree started to spin around like it should just forgot to unplug the lights from the electrical outlet..Well it just got wound up like an eight day clock and the whole tree fell right into my bowl of mash potatoes and knocked over the gravy...I laughed until I cried over that one...So much for my fancy dinner party.

I am linking this up to Marty's for TTT...Thanks Marty Please go by and see her at A Stroll Thru Life

Until next time from my mountain to yours,

Hugs and smiles, Glria


Sandra said...

Hi Gloria! What a beautiful gingerbread tree! I also love that antique piece! Your story made me laugh here! I can picture mashed potatoes and gravy all over the place! LOL I hope you're having a wonderful weekend. :)
God Bless.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Gloria~ I love your gingerbread tree and your antique stand is so beautiful- I have never seen one of these before- what a treasure and what a cute story about your potatoes and gravy! You are so funny! Hope you have a fantastic Holiday- Merry Christmas!

Helen said...

Great post! From one mountain mama to another ... happy holidays!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Gloria -- I just love your tree filled with sweets -- what a treasure that musical tree stand is -- lovely. Thanks for the Christmas giggle too! Hope Santa brings a sleigh full to your side of the mountain! XOXO Martha

The Charm of Home said...

That musical German stand is wonderful Gloria! What a treasure to have. I love that it still works. Thanks for showing us it. Have a Merry Christmas!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Gloria, that is the cutest thing I have ever seen. I absolutely love it. I didn't know they even had such a thing. Your dinner party story is so cute. Thanks so much for linking to the party. Hugs, Marty

Sonny G said...

I love all your gingerbread people..
That spinning tree stand is just precious. Thank you for sharing this beautiful memory with us.

Holiday Hugs

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Saturday Gloria Sweetie...
Oh my what a beautiful post. I love gingerbread men and I too have a tree in my kitchen filled with ornaments relating to them. Oh what joy those gingerbread men bring. They are always so happy and smiling, and we can just envision the smell of them cooking.

I have never seen a tree musical box as yours. It is absolutely beautiful sweetie. Such a treasure given with such love many years ago. It is as though he is still giving to you after all these years. I love it. I was just laughing and laughing at the tree fall with the potatoes and gravy. How fun it is to look back and laugh. At the time I know it wasn't. We laugh so we don't cry.

Well sweetie, I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas. Many hugs and so much love, Sherry

Unknown said...

Hi Sweet Gloria,
Oh, my what a funny story! That one really made me laugh! Your tree is pretty and I like your antique tree stand.

Have a blessed weekend!


Melissa Miller said...

Oh my goodness me I can picture it falling in the taters now! That is a riot.

Everything looks gorgeous!
~Melissa :)

Mari said...





Unknown said...

Gloria....what a treasure and I am so glad to have seen it in action. I love your mashed potato and gravy story, lol. I always put up a gingerbread tree in the kitchen too :)

CHRISTmas Blessings!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Gloria,
Sorry I haven't been over to visit you for awhile. I'm here now and I'm going to catch up.

Glad I didn't miss your sweet gingerbread people. I just love them. The little tree is adorable and those lights are the cutest!

Your music box tree stand is amazing and the story about the mashed potatoes and gravy incident made me smile. You poor thing. At least you could laugh about it.

hugs and Merry Christmas.


Madeline's Album said...

I love the gingerbread tree. The story of the tree falling into the mashed potatoes at the dinner party was so funny. I love the antique musical chistmas tree stand. Thanks for sharing this post and story with us. Have a blessed evening. Madeline

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Gloria, I adore your gingerbread tree. It is so happy! What a riot, a tree in mashed potatoes. Girl, I would have cried my eyes out, that's how my whole life has been, tumbling over into the mash potatoes... Merry Christmas my friend.,.. hugs ~lynne~

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love the gingerbread tree and the musical tree stand is so very pretty (what a treasure). When it fell over, I don't know what I would have done. :D
Hope you are enjoying the holiday season. How is that new Great Grandson doing?

Tootsie said...

mom!!!! I hope this comment comes through...I have not been able to comment on any of your recent posts!!! I have been here and don't get it!!!
anyways...I need to know where you store this so we don't forget to load it onto the truck...lol
I also need to know where you got that tree...it is very similar to the large white tree that I have...did you put the snow on it yourself??? do you know where to get more of that snow???? I don't want that cheap spray you can get anywhere...I want the stuff that is on these trees and I cannot find it anywhere!!!!
love you lots...will call you soon. I have been so busy that I haven't had a chance to phone anyone for weeks now...I sure miss you momma!!!
hugs and loves...

trash talk said...

Gloriosky Gloria, I've been in the antique's business longer than I care to admit and this is the first musical victorian tree stand I have ever seen. It is gorgeous!
I would have loved to have been at that dinner party. I love my mashed potatoes whipped!
P.S. That gingerbread tree is too stinkin' cute!

Anonymous said...

There is just nothing cuter than gingerbread guys in my humble opinion!! Such a cute collection!!

Hoping your enjoying your busy season!!

bee blessed

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oh, Gloria what a funny story. Don't know if it was really funny at the time though. Love your gingerbread tree.

Shelia said...

Hi Gloria! And I thought I had a gingerbread tree! Oh, my goodness! Yours is so adorable! Love all your little ornaments and that antique stand! It's lovely and it still works! That is a cute story! I can just see the tree flapping around!!
I spy with my tiny eye some very pretty fingernails! :)
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I love that tree! I can almost smell fresh gingerbread right now.

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Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OH Gloria!
That is just like magical! I loved the video and oh you have nice nails too! hehe.
See how I get off track.
I love the music box tree stand and your gingerbread tree is the cutest yet!
Thanks for the cute story too! Love that one!

bj said...

OMGoodness, dear one...I can just SEE that tree turning and turning and those lights getting all wound up ....and you trying to catch it before it all "hit the fan" !!:)))

That stand is sooo awesome. You do have the most interesting things.

Oh, yes, sweetie..I love you dearly. About 2 or 3 months ago, all my names disappeared off my sidebar. Some showed back but not all. Not sure just what happened. But I do follow your blog, sister friend. I will also get your blog back on the sidebar. Thanks for pointing it out. It's been hard trying to get them all back.
Have a good Sunday..
xo bj

bj said...

Shoot...forgot to tell you that I love your kitchen tree.
I am looking for a small white one to use as a kitchen tree..gonna use lots of gingerbread men, just like you. :)

Anonymous said...

Adorable gingerbread tree!! Your ornaments are just the cutest.

victorian parlor II said...


How wonderful! The musical tree stand is gorgeous-it was so special to hear it play:). Thanks for sharing it!

Christmas Blessings,


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, thank you for coming by and letting me know about sweet Kyra's birthday. My goodness where has the time gone to? I need some updated pics darling.. I know she's just as cute as ever. You are always sooooo sweet and kind and so supportive.. not sure what I would do without you darling. No, the package hasn't arrived yet.. will be sure to let you know.. something to look forward to that's for sure. (Yours is on the end of the counter for me to take up tomorrow to mail.. haven't had a chance or desire to get out). With our anniversary being so close to Christmas I get a bit "blue" wondering now if he'll remember this year... life certainly spins it's ugly weaves at times doesn't it? Ok.. enough of that. I'm back to cleaning out and straightening up the pantry.. No... you won't see pics of that, lol.. not sure why I'm taking pics of anything anymore, habit I think. Girl You know that someone in Missouri loves you more than anything... I'm so blessed to call you friend. hugs ~lynne~

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady, This is a Treasuire of a story about the gingerbread tree falling in to the mashed potaoes.I need to come back to your lovely blog. I hope you and your family have a Great Merry Christmas !!Im your newest follower. I hope you can become one of my followers on my new blog.~~
Thanks so much.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

The music is even old fashioned...Gloria it is just precious. You have so many lovely and unusual things in your home. I am always amazed and delighted when I come to visit...or of course I laugh my head off. :) You are such a kick...
Love and many hugs,

Honey at 2805 said...

Your precious antique German gift from your husband is such a treasure.

And the story about the tree falling into the mashed potatoes must have lived on, not in just your memory, but in the Lions Club for years to come! Life provides us with sweet memories.

I love your gingerman tree and the kitchen ornamemts. It's adorable.

I so appreciate your visit and comment today. You are absolutely right, and we will have coffee together again soon, in our pajamas, of course.

Hugs, Honey

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Gloria! Your gingerbread tree is so cute! And I love yr musical Christmas tree stand! What a funny story! sounds like something I would do! lol Wishing a very Merry Christmas to you and your family!...hugs...Debbie

Olivia said...

Gloria! Oh my heavens this is the funniest cutest story about your dinner party and of course your gingerbread is just too cute for words.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Gloria, this has always been one of my favorites of all of your beautiful antiques. I remember the first time I saw (and heard) it, I just thought it was the ULTIMATE Christmas decoration! Loved your story about the Lions Club dinner! I think you could turn a disaster into such fun that it would be a wonderful memory for everyone. Sweet friend, I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas. Love ya, laurie

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Ooops! I forgot two things (imagine that - me forgetting something).
First, I love your Christmas header. Second, you had asked about my angels in the hallway. The large angel, holding the book, is a Jim Shore. I just love his stuff. laurie

Gloria said...

Love your Gingerbread Tree and all of the lovely little ornaments and lights, but I love your story even more!! LOL! Oh, Lord, I can just picture it. But what seemed like a horror is now a funny story years later. Isn't it great that things work like that? ;)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sis...

Ooooh...your gingerbread man tree is sooooo very pretty! Girl, you have some darling ornaments and I love, love, LOVE the gingerbread man lights! Wherever did you find those? I've never seen any like it! I'm so glad to see your fabulous revolving Christmas tree stand/box! I just stand in awe...that a piece such as this...over 150 years old...still looks sooo amazing and IT WORKS!!! Totally awesome! Sis, I remember the story about this pretty musical stand and your dinner party...ohhh my goodness...I always get a visual! I'm sure it wasn't as funny when it happened...as it is now! Hehe! Thank you so much for sharing your Christmas pretties with us...and I can never get enough of your fabulous antiques! I'm learning, Sis!!!

Well Darlin', I hope that my note is finding ya'll well. I'm moving so slow...think I may be coming down with a cold. In fact, I just got out of bed! Say a prayer for me...I really don't want to be sick at Christmas. I have sooo much that I need to do yet! I'll talk with you later, sweet Sis!

Love ya,

On Crooked Creek said...

What a lovely gingerbread tree and the victorian music box was so charming on your video! Thank you for sharing this rare post today! Blessings and a Merry Christmas, dear!

Lynn said...

Just beautiful Gloria! Oh, how we learn the hard way:@) Happy Christmas Week-enjoy:@)

SmilingSally said...

Hi Gloria,

I'm just popping in to wish you a Blessed Christmas, my good blogging friend!

xinex said...

What a precious musical box, Gloria. Love the tree and your ornaments. Merry Christmas to you and your family!..Christine

Sue said...

I have never seen gingerbread man lights before- they are adorable!! The tree is so cute and that stand is such a treat to have. OMGoodness, I am rolling in laughter as I imagine the sight of the tree sitting in the bowl of potatoes and the gravy streaming all over the table. LOL I'm sure you were mortified... but your guests probably took it all in good nature, right? I am sending you lots of good wishes for the Christmas season, my friend! I'm sure it's beautiful up on your mountain right now. ♥ Sue

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Gloria, What a beautiful tree and I love the gingerbread men. The musical stand is wonderful. I am glad you can laugh about the dining mishap. Have a very blessed and wonderful Christmas, Gloria.

All About Vignettes said...

Just came by your blog after you commented on mine. Just want to share that I was an antiques dealer for more than 20 years and am a grandma too.

Sue said...

What a treasure! My husband really loved seeing this one. Your tree is just darling!

Unknown said...

I LOVE your ginger collection!

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE the gingerbread men!

Lady Katherine said...

I just adore the gingerbread men! The gingerbread men lights! Oh, how I wish I had some. The Tree is so wonderful with the box! Loved the story! Good laugh! I adore this Gingerbread Tree! Thank you for all the comments! I love the one wishing me a Merry Christmas from your Mountain! How I would love just one day with you there!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Catching up on visits!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you and your a Happy and Healthy New Year!
I pray for the safe return of your loved one..