I’ve always loved Christmas, especially Christmas Trees. When I was growing up in the 1960s, it was always a very special day when my brothers and I were allowed to get out the Christmas Tree lights and change out all the bulbs that no longer worked. (Yes, Christmas Trees had bulbs that screwed in back then.) It meant the beginning of the Christmas season in our home and that we would soon be getting our tree!
We always had a live tree. One year when I was a teenager, my mother got an artificial tree and we put it up and decorated it. The next day she took it down and went and got a live tree. I have always had a live tree as my “main” Christmas tree.
When I was in college, I read an article in the local newspaper about a lady who loved Christmas trees so much she put one in every room. Each tree had a different theme, including a tree with ornaments from all of the places she had visited. I was so inspired and knew than that my future plans included a tree in every room.
Through the years I gradually added more and more trees as I gradually had bigger dwellings. Last year was the all time high, we had 16 Christmas trees. I didn’t put them all up this year, I got a late start and only have 12 this year. I almost always vary what I put up and where from year to year.
Last year I took some very nice photos of my trees and thought I would share them with you. The picture above is of our main tree in our family room. It doesn’t have a “theme” – but contains ornaments collected over the years. I have an ornament from the 1950s that was once on my parent’s tree, ornaments my daughter bought home from a trip to Europe (I have taught her to get an ornament every where you visit when you are traveling!) and many, many others – they are all very special to me!
This picture to is my Barbie Christmas tree. I either have it in my office or bedroom. Luckily my husband is very understanding of a sparkly pink girly tree! In addition to Barbie Christmas Ornaments, I use pink lights and other sparkly, girly ornaments I have collected – shoes, pink poodles – even a tiara.
To the right is our front door. You can see the two small trees outside. The large tree in the window is in the dining room. It is our “angel tree” – it is decorated with angel ornaments, mostly in cream and gold. Here is a better picture:
You can also see the two small trees we have inside on either side of the front door.
Also in the dining room (on the other side), I have two matching trees decorated in burgundy and gold. I just love my dining room – last year we redecorated it and now I have a beautiful place to display my Depression Glass and other glass and dishes that I have collected.
This is my Foyer Christmas Tree, looking into the Dining Room. It is decorated in silver and purple.
In addition to these, I always have a small tree in my kitchen with miniature ornaments I have collected over the years. Last year we had a Santa Claus tree in the breakfast room, but we did some rearranging and don’t have the space for it this year.
I also have a snoopy tree this year in our office and we are really enjoying it and I have a really pretty and elegant gold tree in my guest bathroom.
I think I have maxed out on where I can have trees, but I will always continue to upgrade them and add new things every year.
Thank you for allowing me to share my home with you and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas filled with love and joy and laughter! Here’s to a wonderful holiday and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012!