Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Saying good-bye to a Christmas tradition.....

Hi everyone -

If you have followed me for awhile, you might remember that EVERY year my family and I go visit Bern's house at Christmastime.... he has been handcrafting GORGEOUS wooden lighted displays for his ENTIRE house (front, inside and backyard) for OVER 50 YEARS.... and *sigh* this is his last year... I am in denial ... in fact I am still tearing up when I think about it.... I have been going to his house every year since I was about 10 .... pure magic Bern is... pure magic :) 

He even sells his creations at the end of each season - and a couple of years ago when I heard the rumors that he might be closing up shop soon, I was bound and determined to BUY me a Bern creation!! (Since they are hand crafted and HUGE, they do cost quite a penny!) .... but I literally SAVED my loose change all year and by Thanksgiving that year, I was able to save enough money to buy one .... yep! I am a VERY proud owner of my very own BERN CREATION :):):):):):):)

Here I am with Bern  (and hubby Brian too! lol) two years ago when I bought it (and yes! those are tears in my eyes! I was so happy to have it!)

I even have made layout's about his creations and mentioned him before --- Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here :):):):)  (I'm telling you... it's a family tradition to go there) :)

Sooooooooooo back to my blog post title... this is his last year decorating... I have all ready been twice since he started his display on Thanksgiving... and I am hoping to go one more time before January 1st ...

Here are some photos from his very last Christmas display......


Adam, Brian, Brookie, Papa Eli, Nana Ruth, Nana Sue and Papa Mike :)

Adam, Me, Brookie, Papa Eli, Nana Ruth, Nana Sue and Papa Mike :)

*sigh* this is really hard for me... he is just the sweetest and most talented man... I will miss going there every year.....

I also wanted to share a layout I made with some YUMMY Pink Paislee Mistables paper and their Nantucket line that I got from :):):) I loveeeeee their papers! :):):):)

Brian took me on a Gondola ride at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas for my birthday :):):) The middle photo was our boat driver (not sure if that's the right term! LOL!) sang Happy Birthday to me on our ride :):):):):) 

That little pink strip... that's from the Mistables package :):):):) Loved the shape, cut it out and used it :):):):):)

I hope you all have an amazing Christmas :):):):):):) Thanks for stopping by... I know we are all busy with the season, so I appreciate the visit from you :):):):):):):):):)


  1. must be a sight to behold! Maybe you can continue his tradition?

    Love your beautiful layout....especially the lovely embellishment cluster at the base...:)

  2. That is so cool {the ride} and glad you got one of his creations before he went out of business!!

  3. I can understand that Julie... how have this tradition end eh... big hugs to you

    Love your layout... its beautiful..


  4. Oh Julie I am so sorry. Christmas Traditions aren't suppose to go away! I am so glad you got a piece that you will cherish forever!

  5. What precious memories you will always carry in your heart. His works are magnificent! May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.

  6. Awww that is sad. I know it will be hard to not have his Christmas displays for future viewings. Sad when somehthing so important to you comes to an end. We had this with a local light show that combined so many different aspects. I wanted my daughter to be a part of this joyous occasion but it ended much too soon from a fire. Your layout is incredible. Cherish the moments you had of the times forever and relive the moments when you can! Take care hun!

  7. Hi Julie! What wonderful memories you share! I love Christmas and all the cool decorations I see everywhere! What fun!

  8. WOW his Christmas display is amazing and very beautiful!! If I lived near by I would buy something!!
    Does he have a store or is this more of a hobby for him??
    He is very talented!!
    How exciting for you and your family to have apart of that tradition and memories!!
    Love your LO!! It is so pretty!!
    I have been there but never rode the river there!

  9. SOOO that are just cool pictures of all those christmas decoration. How wonderful! I would love that to!!
    And you have just one of your own!!!

    Julie, your scrapbooking looks as good as ever! I love the Venatian hotel to, What an amazing birthday present was that!!!

    Love from the Netherlands,

  10. Oh what a sight, he sure is very talented, what a shame that this would be the last year of the fabulous tradition.

    Love that Gondola layout, the things is, the gondolier at the venetian all sing well, I just love standing by the water and hear them sing.

  11. Ow so said to hear, he is such a talented man, love what he made!
    And that lo is beautiful, you really an work with any knid of brand, perfect work sweety and wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and creative New Year! Love you xxxx

  12. It is very sad when good traditions ends. I'm glad you were able to buy one of Bern's creations. And it's amazing what he has created. :)
    Lovely layout. It looks a bit like the real Venice (where I've been 3 times and it's BEAUTIFUL). :) Love the colors you've used and all the little embelishments.

    And thank you very much for all your very nice comments on my blog! I really appreciate it very much. And I'm so glad to have fournd your blog, I enjoy visiting!

    I wish you, Adam, Brookie and Brian a very merry Christmas!
    Love, Charlotte

  13. WOW!! Looks like an amazing show of lights... Sorry to hear it will be the last year. I can only imagine the work it takes to put that together!!! Glad you were able to buy one of his pieces. You can now bring it out every year and tell the story of the amzaing lights you would go and see each year. (=
    Hope you and your family are enjoying the holidays and making new memories and traditions!!! (=

  14. I think they call them Gondoliers. Love your page ans so so sad when something like that has to end.

  15. LOVE all the pictures and the layout...what a tradition he upheld for such a long time...

  16. Bern's creations are gorgeous. He is sooo talented. I know you all will miss it for sure.
    And wow...your page is awesome. Love the photos & the fun embellies. Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas. Hugs!!!

  17. Wow, how talented is that man I can see why you wanted one soo badly. Love you Italian layout would love to go to Vegas one day, take care and wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas, Doreen x

  18. *SIGH* I miss Bern already, and I only found out about him from your prior post about him. I am thrilled that you have so many years of memories of his art and now you are the proud owner of the puppy in the present.

    Thanks for sharing all the pics so I can live vicariously through your blog.

    Terrific LO of your birthday gondola ride. Looks fab :)

  19. Wow - the last year! Gorgeous light show! And great page. Love the photos! :)

  20. Oh, how sad! But what a treasure your own creation must be! It looks so sweet and beautifully made!

    And those pics look absolutely perfect with that product! Gorgeous!

  21. Awesome photos. What a beautiful tradition and so sad to see it end. Your layout is gorgeous. You really worked that line!

  22. How sad that such an awesome tradition is coming to an end. Thank goodness the memories live forever in the scrapbook. :)

  23. Julie...just stopping by to wish you a very Merry Christmas!! I feel blessed that I have gotten to know you a little better and looking forward to next year!

    Love your tradition and so glad you have fabulous memories!!

  24. Wow! What an awesome tradition. Sad to see it end but think of all the fabulous memories you have. And to have a piece of it for your home, wonderful way to remember.

  25. Hey Julie, how are you? I missed stopping by your blog these past days :) :) :)
    Love the beautiful page and photos, what a great layout you made!

    I'm so sorry to know about Bern's house, I remember you mentioning about his Christmas tradition before! It's sad because he's always made such a great job... well everything comes to an end sometime :(

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and thank you for being my friend, :) :) :)

  26. Those look like amazing creations, so sad to see him stop but I sure can understand. How neat you have enjoyed it.

  27. How sad it must be to give up on this tradition. But you have great memories en pics to treasure!
    Great layout, seems like when you´ve been to Vegas you´ve seen the whole world :):) Love the lamp!!

  28. What a wonderful tradition!!!

    I LOVE this layout Julie! The photos are awesome and so are the embellishments. Great design, chickie!!

  29. I remember when you got your Bern original! I'm so happy you could make it for the final "show". It's sad to end a tradition, but hopefully your family can find a new one to take its place :)

  30. WOW, his creations are totally amazing!!! And what gorgeous pictures you have of those precious memories!!

    And I love your LO from LV!!!

  31. The display looks amazing. So sad to have a great tradition come to an end.

    Looks like the gondola ride in Vegas was fun.

  32. Gosh... such a precious treasure! We need more people like Bern on this earth!!! I love your layout! I love your new hair! So glad that you have FREE time tomorrow to work on your December Daily! Can you hand some to me?? I will be crafting... finishing a last thought up gift. :-) Happy Holidays to you and have yourself a Merry Merry Christmas! So glad I found you in blogland!! Michele

  33. Fantastic layout Julie and wow what a beautiful Christmas display, I just love the little praying angel! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas! :) :)

  34. Oooh I LOVE your LOVE page!! Just popping in to say MERRY CHRISTMAS to my good online friend! I've missed being able to read your posts as I can only get to a wifi hotspot every few days for a short time here :( Happy Holidays & I'll do my best to catch up as soon as we are back home :)

  35. Wow. Those are some awesome things! Must have been a FANTASTIC tradition, and I'm sorry to hear that it'll be "only" a memory soon!

    You have some fab photos there, though - I can see how that'll become a tradition in itself, soon - just looking at them and walking down memory lane... :)

    Love the LO too!! I soooo wanna go to Venice someday (soon - before it sinks). It's a huge dream of mine. Hopefully it won't take toooo long.

    THANK YOU for your support and sweet words in my blog. I SO appreciate the time you take to pop by and leave a mark. You really brighten up my days!

    Have a VERY merry Christmas, sweetheart!

  36. I can see why you are so sad.. His work is wonderful.. Love your page..

    Merry Christmas my friend!!

    Hugs, Linda

  37. oh my goodness.. i think i would bawl if it's me. What a sad thing.. he's so talented!!!

  38. Julie,
    You will enjoy Bern's creation and have such good memories of him forever!
    Your birthday layout is great - love the cluster of embellies at the bottom of the photos.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!
    And a very Happy New Year!!!!

  39. I got a tear in my eye, just reading your post today.. i can tell how much going there has meant to you. it does look fabulous. THanks for sharing your photos.
    Only 2 more sleeps till Christmas.
    Have a wonderful weekend and Merry Christmas!!!!!

  40. Love this LO!!
    Very pretty!
    I sure wish this was not his last year showcasing his lights!
    They are gorgeous!!
    Havea a Blessed Christmas!!

  41. Hi sweetie, i wishing you and your family a merry xmas and a happy new year... hugs and kisses!!

  42. It is always hard to let go of traditions and I can see why you are so attached to this one! I love your Vegas page!!! The choice of papers is perfect for the subject and the design is great!
    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!

  43. What a beautiful and moving post Julie!
    Love that LOVE page and I wish you a very sweet Xmas!

  44. It has become my Christmas tradition to stop by your blog to see the photos you make of Bern's house - and although I'm not teary eyes, I will miss it too! Enjoy, enjoy this last year and have a merry Christmas sweetie!

  45. Lovely post and projects Julie.

    Thank you for being part of my life this year. I wish you and your family a Blessed Christmas time together.


  46. Beautiful layout Julie! Thanks for sharing with us your Christmas tradition. Yes it is sad that the time has come for it to end. We use to visit a home in the neighborhood that carried on a similar tradition. Now a days it's sad, as less and less homes are decorated for the holidays. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

  47. WOW! Bern is super talented!! I cannot believe he has been doing this for over 50 years! That's amazing!!!! I love his designs and decorations! I wish I was able to get one of those!!! We have NOTHING in our yard--we barely have time to decorate inside! LOL!

    I LOVE the pic of you and Bern--I know that you will cherish that decoration and those memories forever:)

    AND WOWZA! That LO is FABULOUS--I LOVE all those little pieces near the bottom--love the twine and the papers....those photos are fab! They remind me of our trip to LV!

    Great post:)

  48. So sad! What an amazing display and talented man! I am sure he will be missed by many, so glad you managed to buy one, a wonderful keepsake. Beautiful layout. Wishing you and your family a magical Christmas Day and a fun, healthy 2012, take careX:)

  49. Oh sorry to read about Bern. Great LO and I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas!!!

  50. Oh, Julie, I can see why this is hard for you. Bern truly is a wonderful person, and he has shared love and magic with you all for so many years. You all have been very blessed. So glad you were able to get one of his creations for yourself.
    Really love your layout. Such a great combo of papers and colors. Loving all the patterns. Awesome photo arrangement, too.

  51. Aww... I know how much you love Bern's house. I'm glad you'll always have one of his creations for which to remember him! :-)

  52. I didn't read through all the comments to see if anyone told you that the term for the gonala driver is "Gondolier"..(not sure if I spelled it correctly?) -- Love how you did the mistables.. I've been playing with those a lot too!!

  53. His display is truly amazing!! So sad that he's ending it.


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