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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