This is our 54th Christmas together, and our Christmas tree has changed very little over the years.
It just grew and grew like our marriage and our family!
Below, is that very first Christmas tree in 1958. We were newlywed students and hardly could afford to buy the tree. We had to forget about buying any ornaments except the one red glass ball. We strung some popcorn and cranberries, and I made those little red puffs out of some red net I already had.
To celebrate, we painted the year on the ball; and thus, began our family tradition. Every year since, we have painted the year on a ball; so this year there are 54 red balls on the tree.
And, of course, we have added lots of ornaments -- some from travels and some are gifts from friends and family.
We have several Hallmark series that we have purchased over the years. (Note to Hallmark: PLEASE can you stop the 'Nostalgic Houses and Shops' series - it's been 29 years now on that series - we're running out of room!)
Below, you can see the 1979 ball. We've never claimed to be artists, and there are some interesting paint jobs.
I found the candle clips about 30 years ago, but we've never lit the candles. They just seemed to complement the style of the tree with the strings of popcorn.
About 20 years ago, when we inherited vintage glass ornaments from both sides of our family; we started a second tree to accommodate those. Then, we bought blown glass ornaments on our trips; plus received meaningful ones from friends. I love this tree at night with the sparkle of my mother's mercury glass roping from the 1950s.
It takes about two days to put up these two trees. No help from the kids anymore, but Bob does help me. I intend to keep putting up the trees for as long as we're able - it's tradition!! I'm sure our kids, and now the grandkids would complain if we didn't.
I'm joining in on the following Christmas Tree parties. Please check these blogs out, and thank them for hosting the get-togethers!
Honey We're Home on Thursday, Dec. 8
2805 on Friday, Dec. 9
Thrifty Decor Chick on Wednesday, Dec. 14