This was a different year for me for tree trimming. I usually have a household of helpers to assemble our artificial tree. I still do the bulk of the work with one special elf... and when all the boring work is done, everyone comes together for the final touches... adding his/her own collection of Christmas ornaments from throughout the years. This week I was jetlagged from our trip to Brazil, Primogeniture was at college, and the elves seemed to magically disappear. So on Sunday morning, I made it my mission in life to finish the tree. I'm happy to say that I finished and am so happy with the results!
I didn't realize what was missing from the tree when I declared it complete... until Monday. I had forgotten to add my cross stitch Santa Claus collection
I have more than two dozen of these Santa ornaments. These are the ones that still need a pair. One day I hope to pass down a complete set to each son. If you want to make your own, check out Charlette's Collectibles. I've been making these since 1999 - and I make a few each year. The buttons on the beards really sparkle on the tree. You can sort of tell that from this picture as they are sparkling in the flash's light.
BF and I had a discussion yesterday about what sort of style most people use to decorate their tree. He thinks ours is highly unusual (or was it special?). I think he used the term eclectic (which for some reason grates on my ears). I like to think of my tree as a Family Memory Tree theme. It's a mixture of ornaments depending on what was important to that person that year; travels, events, hobbies, interests, etc. So we have a lot of Boy Scout ornaments, handmade ornaments by the boys when they were little, Mets baseball, Snoopy "Beagle Scout" ornaments, knitting themed ornaments, handknit ornaments, my cross stitch Santa Claus ornaments, and so much more. Each person has their own box filled with their ornaments and the original box with the person's name and year it was received. It's so very nice to look at each and every year. Once a year as we walk down memory lane, I am filled with nostalgia, memories and happiness.
How about you? What's your Christmas tree style? Do you have a designer tree, multi trees, family tree, homemade decoration tree, minimalistic tree? Leave me a note. It's so fun to read about everyone's tree decorating style!
Happy tree trimming!