My tree is a book of memories. The ornaments are from multiple generations. I’ve purchased some, some my mother made or bought, some are from my grandparents and a few from the great grands. Each Christmas as I open the boxes of carefully packed ornaments I am reminded of the many Christmases past, those special family moments, trips I’ve taken, special friends, and anticipation of what this Christmas will bring.
Acquiring the tree is the first step. My family always has a live tree and acquiring the tree was always an adventure. One of the first Christmas trees I remember involved a trip to the family farm to cut our own tree. The following year the farm was gone so we were off to the tree lot. Drama ensued when Snowball, my puppy, escaped from the station wagon only to be found curled up by the heater in the cashier’s hut after much drama and tears. That year was somewhat cursed. My Dad cut off too many branches from the bottom of the tree as he put the tree in the stand and had to wire them back on to please my Mother. Once the tree was set up, lights added and fully decorated, my Dad climbed the ladder to carefully place the china angle on the top of the tree. This angel was cherished and beautiful and a wedding gift. Yes, you can guess, disaster ensued as the ladder collapsed resulting in Dad on the floor, tree on top of him, and broken glass ornaments scattered across the living room floor. I still recall my Mother’s cries of my angel, my angle as my father was trapped on the floor under the tree. Dad was rescued, the tree put back up, new ornaments purchased, and a new tree topper located.
The one thing I never got was why my Mother refused tinsel on the tree. Her Mother’s tree was a work of art with icicle tinsel perfectly draped. Her trees were the most gorgeous one’s I’ve ever seen. She would begin the weekend after Thanksgivingworking diligently up to Christmas Eve on her tree and emptying cases of icicles in the process. My Mother hated icicles and they were banned from our house. Then again she decorated three live trees., a small formal one for the living room, the large one in the family room and a white flocked tree in the foyer
I decorate a large tree for the living room and a small tree for the TV room. They make my Christmas special.