Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas Trees



Christmas trees are my favorite Christmas decoration. No two trees are alike. Looking at friend's trees is always a treat. I've seen some really beautiful theme trees and have thought about doing one, but can't bring myself to leave my old treasured decorations in the boxes. I like to think of my tree not as a hodge podge of decorations and of styles, but as "eclectic." Many of the decorations were given to me by students. I write the name of the student and year it was given if there is a place. Others were given to me by my sister and nieces. (See the Gossamer monster near the top of the tree.) Many I picked just because I liked them. I've been trying over the last few years to find lamb ornaments. I call it my "Lamb of God" collection. My sister is always on the out look for them as well. Hanging inside the tree where it isn't visible is a replica of a nail from the cross. There are candy canes that tell the story of Jesus. Small glass fruit ornaments hang on the tree, each one naming a Fruit of the Spirit. Several cross ornaments are there, also. "Manger" nails hang from many branches, unseen unless you know to look since they are not colorful. Some were my mom's ornaments, familiar and loved since childhood. Won't be going to a theme tree any time soon. They are beautiful, but my "eclectic" tree holds so much meaning for me.

5 comments:

Mrs. G. said...

Christmas tree ornaments always tell a story, don't they. Each one different. Pretty photo.

Paulie said...

Oh! Your ornaments sounds wonderful! I don't know if you will see this comment because I came for Friday sky watch. . . but I had to look at other posts too. If you do see this comment, is there any chance that you would take photos of the fruit of the spirit ornaments an post about them?

I have the nail ornament also and ornaments I have collected for 40 years. My tree is very eclectic, like yours, and filled with ornaments. No garland, just lights and ornaments.

I sure hope you see this comment. . .

Elaine said...

I think you are quite right to stick with your tree and all the ornaments with histories. Themed decorations can so easily end up being a bit boring.

Julie said...

What a beautiful tree you have sharon. It is full of so many stories and a lot of love. thank you for sharing! :)

happyone said...

Your Christmas tree is beautiful!!