Friday, December 3, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

My mother had "color themed" Christmas trees.  She and my father would purchase the tree from a lot in town and have it in a stand and strung with lights when we got home from school.  The decorating was left to us sisters when we were old enough to do it with reasonably good taste.  In the evening after the tree was decorated and candles were in the windows, she'd have us all bundle up and go outside to view the scene as passersby would.  And as we gazed at our home, she'd raise her greatly off-key soprano to the heavens (and the neighbors)--"Silent Night" for the blue years, "Greensleeves" for the green years....etc. I miss that sweet voice but back in the day, we could not wait to get back in the house and hoped the neighbors would not be listening!

Our first year of marriage, we had a ceramic tree of less than a foot in height.  Through the following years, we added height and ornaments.  I have boxes filled with them.  The little mouse in the shoe that is Adam's.  The little boy in the chef's hat that is Stefan's.  So many sweet memories as we added ornaments for each boy through the years.

This year we'll celebrate the season without visits from our children.  I've left their special ornaments tucked away and decorated with....


....baubles


....birds


....and watched over by a special angel who's been on the job for over twenty-five years.


28 comments:

  1. heart warming decoration ---loved it and ur children r truly blessed to have such loving parents

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  2. Your tree is so elegant and beautifully adorned with love and memories. I have downsized to a table top...not the same thing. Gave aways most of my decorations.
    Rita

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  3. A very pretty tree -- Linderhof's tree, too, is filled with memories. When our DD graduated from college and had her first home we sent her box of ornaments with her -- I hate that those memories are not on our tree anymore but they're on hers and she appreciates that!

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  4. Bellissimooooooo!!! Io davo ancora farlo e non vedo l'ora!!!
    Un abbraccio

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  5. This tree is really full of love...it's beautiful.... have a very nice weekend!!!Ciao Flavia

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  6. Bonnie, I love the peacock ornament!! You know there are so many emotions tied to a Christmas tree. To tell the truth, I haven't entirely adapted to the "empty nest" trees and it's been a long time. I did a "bauble tree" last year... left all the many, many ornaments representing so many Christmas memories past in the basement. I still haven't put up a tree this year...

    Yours is beautiful!! If you tire of that peacock... LOL! I'm just sayin'.

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  7. Frineds have trees that are colour coordinated but my tree is pretty eclectic..bears I collected when I was younger, angels for every year, and even every ornament my daughter made while in elementary school.

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  8. i love baubles and yours are beautiful. my two trees are only 2 feet tall, nothing like this goregous one. i have a tiptoe santa that is 45 years old, i bought it for my sons first christmas. he is not in the best of shape now and only cost 99 cents in 1965, but he is a treasure

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  9. Oh my! Even for all my bravado and/or nerve, I'd never sing outside! What a trooper your mom was!

    You've made be long for my Xmas tree. I'm later than usual this year because of a broken foot. But soon!!!!

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  10. I turned off the "word verification"--just testing.

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  11. What a lovely post. I have only recently stopped using the children's handmade ornaments on our tree. They have simply been loved to death and are really too large for the small trees we now decorate. Like you, I still have and treasure them. Memory is forever. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  12. I love seeing everyones trees! Your tree is so tall!! We always have special ornaments from our travels and our daughter and family when we were growing up.

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  13. Your tree is stunning!! I have no talent at all for decorating a tree! But mine is color themed. The story about your mom is just so sweet, what a wonderful memory!! Some of those ornaments look like the ones in the basket. I wish I could do a tree like that!! I never know what to buy, what goes with what. The peacock is my favorite!!

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  14. What a touching story about your mom taking you all outside to view the decor and sing. What memories we all have, some wonderful and then some not so...even if you were turning red from embarrassment or the cold.

    I love your colorful tree and all those special ornaments, especially the birds... the peacock...awesome!

    We are celebrating ours with just hubby and I. His boys are busy with their families traveling.

    Hope your day is blessed.

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  15. Gorgeous tree, Bonnie.... Love those huge ornaments... Our tree (we only have one) is smaller --but full of lots of memories... When GE and I got married, we started our own traditions... We started giving each other 3-5 new ornaments each year for the tree. NOW---Nine years later, we have LOTS of 'our' ornaments... We love pulling them out each year and reliving all of those nine years....

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  16. Such a beautiful tree. Nothing comes close to provoking memories as putting up the Christmas tree year after year.

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  17. Beautiful holiday memories and I loved the story about your mother singing ;)

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  18. Such a lovely tree....the best thing about Christmas is to be reminded of the memories evoked by the ornaments hung on the trees. I am a teacher and how many ornaments makes me think of past students; all the lovely thoughts...

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  19. What a beautiful tree!
    Love the baubles!

    Melinda

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  20. Another lovely post. I enjoyed hearing about your childhood Christmas memories...aren't they the best? I can still remember how excited I got when my parents put the tree up! Your tree this year is beautiful (but of this, I'm not surprised!) Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  21. Beautiful tree beautiful memories. We just decorated ours. I'll post about it.

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  22. Thank you for visitting dear Bonnie I loved the story of your Mom singing to the tree and the neighbours1 My Mum used to break into song, not caring who was there, happy memories.
    I love your tree too, I gave all my treasured glass baubles to my daughter as we don't have room for a tree now, but I enjoy hers.
    Hugs
    June xx

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  23. Love the baubles...what a beautiful array of colours.

    In the past two holidays...we've downsized the tree somewhat so I'm glad to be able to enjoy the others in their splendour. Thanks Bonnie for sharing your warm memories ;o)

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

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  24. I love your Christmas tree memories! My tree is a potpourri of ornaments collected over the years, many of them handmade by my three boys when they were much younger. Since two of my boys won't be home for Christmas either, I plan on reminiscing while decorating my tree. :)

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  25. Such a beautiful tree and you have photographed it perfectly! I have a lovely mantel decoration, but no tree this year!

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  26. Now that's a beautiful tree. I love all the vibrant colors.

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  27. Came over from What Karen Sees. Very Nice.

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