How lovely are your branches? Well, it depends, really. Growing up in a very small town in the mountains of Puerto Rico, we didn’t have access to Christmas pine trees, so my mom would decorate whatever potted tree she had not transplanted yet with those wonderful gaudy multi-colored Christmas lights, and some mirrored ornaments. We girls didn’t care what ornaments and lights were on it, as long as mom and dad lit that sucker up at night, turning off all the lights in the living room so we could sit and STARE at the colorful spectacle. Those were some lovely nights.
Once we moved to Texas, though, my mom decided the tree was going to be a decorator vehicle. Everything matched, and while it was beautiful every year, I still missed the days of just the big bulb lights and glass ornaments. Once I was married, though, I would be more artistic with the tree, even to the point of not having a tree at all, using a huge broken branch to hold ornaments one year. And then I got into the mom rut: making a well-matched tree. And so was the pattern established, until I read this post at Innocent Bystanders.
So, I’m digging out all of my Star Trek™ ornaments, and the mismatched glass balls, and the multi-colored lights, and the crappy fuzzy tinsel garland, and every single ornament the kids have made since they started school, and I will let the kids throw it together the way they like it.
Because I want them to sit in a darkened house, looking up at the Christmas tree in wonder, the same way I did.
December 1st, 2011 at 10:09 AM
Good call. We have ornaments that date to the 40s, big fancy ones and little quirky ones. And many newer ones. Some were gifts. Some have family history and stories to go with them. No two are alike and few “go” with each other.
It’s glorious, pretty from a distance and fun up close. They can call up memories just like smells can. Our trees are celebrations, not decorations.
I do miss those old fat light bulb strings, though.
December 1st, 2011 at 12:45 PM
Your tree sounds like mine…..an everything tree!
December 1st, 2011 at 10:11 AM
We have a Crap Tree ™ at Camp Geezer.
December 1st, 2011 at 11:16 AM
One day I think I would like to experience a tropical Christmas!
December 1st, 2011 at 11:41 AM
I have a crap tree ™ too. It’s called “the Christmas Tree”.
Where else am I gonna hang the KC Chiefs footballs with a squirrel inside, next to the miniature cast iron pan?
December 1st, 2011 at 12:02 PM
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December 1st, 2011 at 12:48 PM
We have an “everything tree”. Last year, I didn’t put it up because we weren’t going to be home for Christmas. This year I am making up for it by putting up every Christmas thing I own! Buttercup even has a small tree in her room with some of her favorite ornaments on it.
Nothing goes together but it’s ours and it’s fun!
December 1st, 2011 at 5:29 PM
What’s the Spanish for “Charlie Brown?”
December 1st, 2011 at 6:44 PM
Carlitos Moreno=Charlie Brown. But Snoopy is Snoopy, world wide.
December 1st, 2011 at 6:42 PM
Mom’s tree is like that. She has ornaments spanning 50 years of kids growing up, grandkids visiting (and growing up), and everything in between. One was even a sesquicentennial ornament for the old home town. And the old metal tinsel rocks. So do the big bulb lights, but I sooo like the new LED ones cause they are so bright.
Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas.
Oh, and do ya’ll do the advent calendar too?
December 1st, 2011 at 7:36 PM
I have been torn since I started putting up my own tree in my own house. We always had an everything tree when I was a kid. Dad liked lots of colors. I was always drawn to houses with single color lights but Mom & Dad liked multi lights. I did a couple of years in single color and matching ornaments on the tree. I own 3 or 4 sets of matching ornaments. Last year I did an everything tree again with a few of the old fashioned style bubbly oil lamps and liked it a lot better.
Probably won’t do anything this year. Gonna be gone for almost a week and then headed to TX for the actual Christmas weekend. Except for baking, the holiday spirit is lackluster around our house this year.
I shall enjoy the picture of your little Charlie Brown Christmas tree instead. 🙂
December 1st, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Star Trek ornaments???? You mean I’m not the only one with Star Trek ornaments???? They’re the whole reason I bought a black Christmas tree with white lights…it’s like the darkness of space with stars twinkling on it. I sit in the the dark and just watch it too. (‘Cept I put the 7 of 9 ornament in the back where I can’t see it…she points too much.)
December 2nd, 2011 at 6:40 AM
I have the earlier ones, with the exception of the first Enterprise™! Your idea of a black tree is awesome, too!
December 2nd, 2011 at 2:31 AM
Living in Japan, Christmas isn’t celebrated by too many people. You can’t go out and buy Xmas trees, so you are forced to by a small plastic one or come up with some creative alternatives. I really like your idea of having the kids do it. After all, Christmas really is about the children. Thanks for the blog.
December 2nd, 2011 at 6:43 AM
I bet some creative alternatives are absolutely lovely. My Eldest loves origami, and one year she made many figures to go on a branch “tree” she decided to decorate for her room. I will wager she will do some for the main tree this year 😉
December 2nd, 2011 at 6:11 AM
We’ve got so many ornaments, we need an additional tree. The Juju Woman has been collecting ’em since she was a little girl. We also have Star Trek ornaments.