When I was growing up finding the perfect Christmas tree was very important and it took hours. I carried this tradition into my marriage. My DH was so patient, we would go from tree lot to tree lot to find our perfect tree. I remember one year after spending hours looking we went back to first lot and bought one from there.
I'm sure D was delighted when we bought our first artificial tree it took a lot of drama out of Christmas. Although putting it up meant almost building it from scratch:
The picture above shows my Brother and his wife putting the tree together. My SIL is from the Netherlands and this was her first American Christmas. I can't imagine what she thought when she saw our tree coming out of the box and realized it had to be put together.
When I was a young girl I remember thinking my Grandparents were old because they had such a small tree. According to my own standards this years Christmas tree means I am old.
We downsized when we moved from our last home and this included our Christmas tree. This tree is very special because it holds a lot of memories. Most of the ornaments that are on it have special meaning. From now until Christmas I'll be sharing some of these memories with you.
Here's a closer look at the tree:
The oldest thing of mine on the tree is a stuffed mouse that was given to me by my best friend when I was in the 7th grade.
I do not ususally hold onto things so it's a miracle this mouse has survived all these years. He has been with me since I was 12.
The oldest thing on the tree is D's favorite ornament from his childhood:
May you be blessed with wonderful memories as you decorate your home.