Sunday, December 5, 2010

Decking The Halls: Tree 3...The Formal Tree

I was obsessed with Christmas decorations from childhood. No one knows why. And the Mumster ( aka Mom) and my since departed Daddy, both knew they had a weird kid (for a LOT of reasons beyond Christmas!). I even had my own tree in my room as a kid so now you'll really think really me ungrateful, but it was ALUMINUM! And our  big tree was artificial and I longed for a real tree but I had terrible asthma and allergies and as a parent myself know now that my parents did what was best for me.

But from the time I first lived on my own, I've had a real tree  and over the years it's gone from whatever decorations I could afford  (which some years was barely the ribbon) to a collection for which I am grateful and love, but which has been built over time, including several years of day after Christmas 50% off shopping!

It's kind of hard to see because it has a lot of clear crystal and glass ornaments on it so they blend in. But IRL, they catch the lights and we often just sit in the quiet of the night and think back on the years they represent. 
Another collection I've built over the years is one of Santas. It's not uncommon  for me to get special ornaments or Santas for birthdays, Mother's Day, or just when we're on a trip. If there's a Christmas store somewhere,  I'll find it.
A few of the Santas hanging out together
And the big boss Santa who makes sure the others behave
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16 comments:

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

3 trees??? Wow...I grumbled while putting up just one. It is beautiful.

Lorilee said...

Beautiful. I always had my own little tree as a child! I also helped decorate both of my grandmother's trees.
Blessings,
Lorilee

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

So lovely, Carol...and the lighting is just magical...

Unknown said...

Glittering loveliness! This is your 3rd tree? Wow, you ARE in the Christmas spirit, aren't you? Go nuts, 'tis the season!

JC's Loft said...

SO pretty! I hate decorating my one tree so I can't even imagine decorating 3, you go girl : )

Paula

Erin said...

Love your santa, have to show it to my husband(santa fanatic!)

Lori said...

Formal tree? Sheesh, I don't have one tree. Too many dang animals running around the house. But I'm thinking about putting antlers on them for Christmas and calling them my decor. lol. Loving all your pictures, and the tree and decor is all gorgeous.

Chrissy said...

Gorgeous!!!

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

Very pretty! And I love your giant Santa. He looks really cute!

Christine said...

Very pretty. My opinion is you can never have too much Santa-he rocks!

Melissa said...

I love ornaments with history and memories attached to them.

Erin said...

LOVE all your Santas! I collect them too and I love taking them out each year!

Michelle L. said...

I love a tree with all white lights - I think this is my fave so far. Don't say obsessed, say ENTHUSIASTIC.

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

I have always been a Christmas lover too. I always wanted to help out and was the one in charge of putting together our tree, then I put the ornaments on it.

Your tree looks beautiful! My mom also LOVES Santas. Thanks for linking up!

Rose said...

decorate to your heart's content. celebrate!

Unknown said...

Really well done for the blog.these are so sweet and pretty!

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