Trim Up the Tree!

November 27, 2011
Yesterday I decided that it was time to trim up the tree with Christmas stuff like bingle balls, and whofoo fluff! The little boy was awake long enough to discover the tree -- and play with the top section until I needed it to finish putting the tree together. Decorating the tree is one of my most favourite parts of Christmas. Almost all of my decorations hold a special meaning, and I love thinking about the stories behind each one as I find a place for it on the tree.

Some of the ornaments decorated my parents Christmas tree, years ago. Others I have received as gifts since being married -- like an ornament I received last year of two snowmen representing my husband and I, and the one representing me was pregnant.

This cute little ornament was a gift from a friend many years ago. I had seen it in a shop while we were out in search of gifts for our family and friends, and he ended up giving it to me that Christmas. It has forever had a special spot at the top of the Christmas tree.

When I was younger, my Mom had a crocheted star or angel that we would place at the top of the tree, but I have never put a star, or anything else, at the top of our tree. I have thought about putting something at the top of the Christmas tree, but I have never found anything that I like, and I kind of like having the top bare and simple.

Besides the Christmas tree, I also have a few Christmas-y knick-knacks that I put on the side-tables and the bookshelf. I'm not generally big into knick-knacks, but I like the Christmas ones that I have collected over time. One of my favourites is a gold glittered buck. He feels so jazzy, and I feel like I could leave him out all year long.

One of the latest additions to the Christmas knick-knacks -- this year, in fact -- is the child of the golden buck. It is a little copper sparkling doe that has a little bell hanging around her neck. She sits in the South-facing window in our kitchen, and looks at me every morning as I make my porridge. Just like her father, I feel like I could leave this little copper sweetie standing there the whole year through.

Have you set up your Christmas tree yet? Do you have a favourite ornament, or Christmas decoration that has a special story behind it?

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