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I've always had a large, live Christmas tree...just always wanted to. The only year I didn't was when Carl
had his open heart surgery on that November 21st and I didn't want to struggle with one all by myself, so
I had three small (only a yard tall each) at various heights in a corner with a different theme for each. Last
year, our first in our new location, we had a tall, real tree, but this year, I don't know if it is because of my
brokenness or what, I just couldn't get interested in Christmas trees at all.
CHRISTMAS 2008 (That's a link to last year's Christmas decorations here)
Vaguely, I checked out a few artificial trees but none of them said 'real tree-like' to a degree that suited me.
Then I stumbled upon this guy. This is a Fraser fir, my very favorite sort of Christmas tree, and I've had quite
a number of great real ones of those. It is made from actual molds of Fraser fir branches with their special
needles. It was $600, way beyond what I'd ever spend on a tree, but they had one undecorated except for
white lights floor model they let me have for less than a third of its cost. So...suddenly I was into Christmas
When I was a kid, my mother always bought these tiny little trees she'd get at the grocery store. They'd
have rows of them for sale up high on the flat area atop the shelves. They were maybe 2 1/2 to 3 feet
tall and came with an enclosed base that had some sort of liquid in it. The Christmas I was in the 4th
grade, we had moved from Charleston, SC north to a suburb of Boston and that year we had our first
large, live tree...which was a wonder and a delight to me. After that, though, she went back to the tiny
grocery store ones for the next several years. Anyway, the first year I was grown and married and
living in Indianapolis, I had a big, live tree again. I had no ornaments for it and went out and bought
several boxes of those plain shiny balls in various sizes. The next year I was pregnant with my first
child when the Christmas season started (Allan was born Dec. 21st) and my mother flew up to be
with me. One day she and I were shopping in a big department store in downtown Indianapolis and
she bought me my first...different...Christmas ornament. It was white with red and blue stripes and
some gold trim. I hung it front and center on my tree and it stood out blazingly with its surrounding
plain, shiny balls.
I still have it....and here it is in 2009:
It's obviously been a LONG time since I had only plain, shiny balls! You can also see how realistic
the tree needles are. The branches are strong, too, and hold ornaments well. I've had white pines
that were a bust as far as holding ornaments. Once when I was a teenager and we had one of our
rare South Carolina snowfalls that was fairly deep, my father, his axe, and I set out to walk around
our farm so he could cut down one of our trees to use. He picked a cedar, which didn't work well
at ALL, as its branches were ever so weak. But that was my first time to go out and cut down a
tree. Several times since I've been married to Carl we have gone out with Laura, her husband and
whatever kids were born then, taken a hay ride out into a big tree farm and Carl has cut a tree for
us to use.
Anyway, I took some more close-ups of this new tree:
This is the first Christmas ornament I made myself and I made it in Indianapolis 42 years ago. Parts of it are
missing now, but I find it still usable.
The star on the far left with the red edging was the star I used on that first Christmas tree in Indianapolis.
It used to light up and did so for 15 seasons. The middle piece has broken out long ago, so I use wires
now and pop one of the regular tree bulbs through the broken spot. My friend Darcy has the most
exquisite tree, not as tall as this one, but with branches cut out so she can hang her marvelous ornaments
deep inside it. DARCY'S DECS HERE
This is on one of my living room window sills and is the old, plastic white church my grandmother had
year after year atop her low, mahogany piano. She really liked it and when I see it now it connect me
to her at Christmas. That's the tree lights reflecting in the windowpanes.
The red star is one of the very few ornaments I have from those little trees my mother used to put up.
The little red building is the only piece left of the set of little paper buildings she used to have to make
a small village under the tree. Now I just set it atop branches. The red bird I've had for countless
years now. That's a chandelier behind it.
I haven't wrapped presents yet, but I have some fancy boxes I put under the front of the tree to give it the look of that.
The wise man is one of a big set of flat, wooden ornaments I painted back in the apartment we lived in
when we first moved to Washington, DC in 1970. They are painted on both sides and took me a long
time. There's a green Christmas tree that's part of the set just showing at the far right edge. The angel
at the bottom is from 1988 and not a part of those.
I like to have the word 'Hope' here and there on it (far left border) in honor of the little girl Laura
miscarried between Joey and Emily. We named her Hope and it's my way of including her in.
The flat gold bell toward the left between the snowflake and the gold angel has the date 1975 on it and
a picture with my grandparents and mother in it. Pearls have a special significance for me and so I like
to have some pearlish ornaments, too. The tiny purple ball is one of a handful that remain from those
original ones. All the big and middle-sized ones are long gone but I still have a few of the tiny ones.
The other windowsill. I love the reindeer hugging the tree and the tall tree-girl.
The Big Ben is new this year.
These big lighted snowflakes are also new this year. The four red angels in the windows were bought for
me in Atlanta when I was an older teenager by my Grandmother.
More fancy boxes under the tree.
These are tree toppers but this tree is too tall so all three are just sitting on the floor near the tree.
This is my dining room window with its amaryllis. My friend Darcy had red bell lights on her porch last
year and I got these at an after-Christmas sale because I liked hers. They play 25 different Christmas songs
or you can just have the lights on and keep them silent.
Little ceramic village on the dining room table. The greenhouse lights up as does the tree seller's place.
Three big, golden wise men on the square coffee table not far from the tree.
This is blurry, but it shows the wise men in relation to the tree and also the big, clear star that's on the table with them.
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