Wednesday, December 22, 2010


I realized that I haven't posted about our Christmas trees this year. Probably that is because our trees are so traditional that they have changed very little over the years.

This little tree below sits in our bedroom now. It began as a tree for my Dad's nursing home room 18 years ago. The ornaments are about 1" in size, mostly from Hallmark's miniature series. My Dad always enjoyed Christmas; but after a debilitating stroke, he was unable to speak. Every year when I would decorate his room, he would spend hours looking and enjoying this little touch of Christmas.

A wonky tree on our back porch to keep company with this wooden Santa that Bob made many years ago.

This tree holds hundreds of blown glass ornaments from our childhood trees, plus gifts from friends and those purchased on trips.

And finally, the family tree that is full of handmade ornaments; Hallmark series that include Santas, trains, and houses & buildings; plus 53 red balls. Every year that we have been married, we have added a red ball with the year painted on it. Our very first Christmas tree in 1958 contained one red ball and garlands made of popcorn. We still string popcorn and cherish all of the red balls. It's fun to remember those years when babies were born, when those babies graduated from high school and college, and the anniversaries we have celebrated. There are too many memories attached to change our way of decorating each year.

I'll be taking a little break from blogging until after Christmas sometime. I sincerely hope Christmas is full of joy and peace for everyone!


santamaker said...

Hey Lady, you are the sweetest! How have you been? Your home looks beautiful and that tree is fantastic. Merry Christmas!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Sally, Your trees are gorgeous. I adore all the small ones. I just looked at your previous post thank you for the heads up about I'll be checking into it..Happy Holidays! hugs ~lynne~

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Beautiful trees and Merry Christmas to you!
Thanks so much for leaving such sweet comments. I don't always have time to respond to all of them, but wanted to let you know I do appreciate each one!

Sue said...

Sally, What a wonderful tradition to add a numbered ornament commemorating another year of marriage to your beautiful family tree! Wishing you a Merry Christmas. ~ Sue

Chatelaine said...

Love all your trees, even the wonky one. Are those pearls on one of them? Gorgeous!

Great idea of adding an ornament with the year to celebrate your years together.

Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season with family and friends.