Christmas Tree Delight

Christina here, recovering from the frenzy of preparations and celebrations of the last week by quietly contemplating our lovely Christmas tree. It’s the first time in days that I’ve had a chance to just sit down and do nothing, and to really soak in the festive atmosphere and the beauty of the decorations. Our tree is a real one and its wonderful scent hits you the moment you walk into the room. The twinkling lights remind me of sunshine on snow, something I was lucky enough to enjoy just a few weeks ago in Sweden. And then there are the many ornaments, always a delight to unpack and hang up each year …

Just about every one of them has some memory attached to it for me. There are the tiny Japanese fans reminding me of my time living in the Far East, as well as a more recent purchase of a red Chinese lantern-shaped bauble which did the same. The little silver angel that conjures memories of my two girls helping to decorate the tree when they were little (I bought them one each). A crystal twist from a long-ago trip to Devon, where we stopped at a shop that produced its own glass marbles and ornaments. The silver wreath and ball, bought in the US when visiting family in New England. The mini stocking that was a gift from my mother; the red tassel an indulgence for myself from the Victoria & Albert museum. A red Christmas tree shape purchased because I felt our tree needed more red colour. And not forgetting the Brussels sprout bauble which I bought just for the fun of it as I’m the only person in our family who actually loves sprouts! They are all precious in their own way.

How about you – do your tree ornaments hold special memories? Do you perhaps have weird and wonderful baubles created by your children at school? Or decorations inherited from loved ones? Whatever they are, I hope they bring you as much joy as mine do!

 

14 thoughts on “Christmas Tree Delight”

  1. Lovely ornaments and memories, Christina! Yes, so many ornaments hold memories. My husband and I are fond of a collection of plastic apples in various bright colors. We hang them toward the bottom of the tree because when the cats knock them off and play with them, they won’t break! The more delicate ornaments are hung higher.

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    • That makes sense, Mary Jo, very wise! My dogs never touched our tree thankfully, but it must be very appealing to cats if they see “toys” dangling in front of them!

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  2. Delightful post, Christina. I love the stories behind the ornaments, and thank you for including the pictures for us to enjoy.
    I no longer have a tree, but I do have a couple of bare branches in a tall vase upon which I hang several old and small ornaments. These all have memories, as do all the seasonal knick-knacks I have placed around my home.
    Mostly I enjoy looking at the trees my children have put up. When I stopped having a tree I divided my ornaments between them, as we share many of the same memories surrounding them. Also, each year I have contributed to Heifer in honor of my grandchildren and I bought an ornament to commemorate the type of gift I have given. Hence, they have a chicken, lamb, fish, bee etc. I hope they will remember when they become adults.

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    • What a lovely idea, Alison! And having just a couple of branches to hang ornaments on sounds perfect for those who don’t want an entire tree. My children don’t have their own trees yet, but as/when they do, I’ll happily give them some of the baubles that hold memories for them. I’m sure yours love the ones you gave them!

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  3. What a lovely post. I thank you for sharing – and the reminders of lovely past Christmas celebrations are wonderful. Hope everyone has a joyful 2024.

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  4. Oh yes! All my ornaments are so special to me. I love all the Christmas lights & candles too. Also all the movies & music. The most wonderful time of the year!

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  5. I still hang some ornaments on the tree that my children made in school!! They’re very old as my eldest is forty. I’d find it hard to part with them. I too love sprouts Christine. It wouldn’t be Christmas dinner for me without them.
    You have some lovely memories on your tree and you’ve certainly lived in a lot of wonderful places!!

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    • Thank you, Teresa! I do love those things the children made in school, they were always very imaginative. So glad you have yours still! And yes, sprouts are the best 🙂

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  6. It is lovely to hear about other people’s Christmas ‘habits’. Each year it is wonderful to see the ornaments again. However we moved a few years ago and a lot of our stuff went into store and I was using my mother-in-law’s ornaments. This year we were once again in our own house but the ornaments haven’t turned up yet and so I am still using mil’s! However my daughter got her own house this year and has started her own collection, which is heart warming.

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    • Thanks, Alice, I hope you find yours for next year, but perhaps your mother-in-law’s are really lovely! And it’s great that each generation starts their own collection, with a few inherited bits and pieces as part of it maybe.

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  7. What a fun post, Christina. Thank you for sharing about some of your ornaments.

    Our tree has four small crocheted animals that were on our tree when I grew up as well as a set of wooden angels with musical instruments. I have Delft ornaments (my parents were Dutch), some paua angel ornaments (from when my husband and I visited NZ), small versions of Korean classical instruments (that my daughter plays in Korea), teddy bears in Korean garb, mah jongg ornaments, and …. We have many more ornaments than space on the tree!

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  8. I am very sentimental about my Christmas ornaments. I don’t do a tree anymore but I put them out on display on the edges of bookcases and such and some, such as my Jim Shore Santas, are out all the time. I find them endlessly cheery.

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