When I lived in a house, I had more than one tree, and MANY more decorations than I own now. But we live in a 1,000 s.f. condo, so we have narrow, artificial, pre-lit tree that stands 7 feet tall–in front of our balcony door:
You can see one of the stockings I made hanging on the mantle there. My hubby described it over the phone to his mom as “it’s one of those skinny, fake trees, that comes with lights on it; and then Doris adds about 500 ornaments to it.” He’s probably not that far off. There are at least five dozen silver glass icicles hanging on the insides of the branches, seven or eight dozen frosted glass balls from Target in purples, greens, turquoise, pinks, blues, magentas, reds–all bright colors. Then there are the special ornaments we’ve picked out together each year, all German glass ornaments:
The Viola, the black cat, the moon, the dove with the real feather tail…
the House for the year we made our home together, and for 2011, my favorite, a nosegay of roses that looks just like my bridal bouquet from this Spring!
Underneath the tree (you can barely see it in the top photo) sits the nativity from my childhood, in a stable made by my Mom from an orange crate. I spruced it up with a straw roof and twigs on sides. I think the figurines are German also, which is where my great-grandparents came from. The angel is one my family gave to my Grandma in the 1980s, when the entire family bought her a new artificial tree and a collection of special ornaments. When she could no longer stay in her home, each family received their ornaments back, and I got her angel. I love see Grandma’s angel looking down from the top of our tree.
So, go check out the rest of the party… have fun!
Come back soon, I should have a finished quilt to show you…only four or five years in the making!