Happy Sunday to you all! I hope you are staying warm and cozy on this December day. When we think of December there are many things that come to mind…snow, woodstoves, family, presents, hot cocoa. Few things say Christmas and the holidays quite like a Christmas tree! So today we are sharing some of our photos of what we think of when we consider our Christmas trees.
I used to have trees with fancy ornaments. I also used to have trees with teddy bears. I loved those trees…
But somehow I wanted something that was more personal, something with a deeper meaning than grabbing an ornament at Hallmark. So about 7 years ago I started decorating our trees like this…
I take so many pictures that I actually have 3 trees covered with photos of my family. This is in the dining room. I tried adding icicles, and garland but kept coming back to simple black and white photos. I must admit that more than anything else I put up at Christmas this is what brings a smile to my face. I also can spend vast amounts of time wandering from tree to tree looking at all the pictures and remembering when each one was taken!
Each year I add about 100 photos…I think I may have to get another tree! Oh and yes there are a few pictures of the camel on there…I put them towards the back, lol!
And while we are talking about trees I have to share the giant that lives in our pasture…
This huge fir tree which dwarfs all the other trees in the area is most stunning in winter when we get one of our rare Northwest snowfalls. I have always wanted someone to climb to the top and put a huge star up there for all of the valley to see…but alas I have had no volunteers so far!
Neither growing up nor during my married life have we ever had a live Christmas tree. We enjoyed the traditions of stringing popcorn and cranberries and used way too much tinsel, but we never felt like a live tree would help my allergies. For some reason, this year seemed different to me. I don’t know if it is the economy or the fact that the kids are getting older, but it seemed like this was our year to do something different and a bit more old fashioned.
We headed to the farmers’ market and selected our first live tree ever. It was grown locally and I was happy to support a local farmer. I also got to join the ranks of folks who drive about with a tree strapped to the roof of the van!
We have a mixture of ornaments, some made by the kids over the years and some that we have bought on vacation. We typically do not buy ornaments just for the sake of decorating our tree, but rather buy ornaments at meaningful occasions…like every trip to the beach!
At Roberts Roost the tree is a celebration of the return of light to the world. We use an artificial tree in the house and plant a new tree in the yard each year.