Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree, How Laden Are Your Branches!
With all of the other decorating just about finished, it was time to tackle the tree.Yesterday we spent the early part of the day at an arts and crafts show in Gig Harbor, so I was tried when I got home and was happy to sit and catch up on e-mail and watch the second half of the Seahawks game. Turns out that was the good half to watch, as they came from a half-time deficit of 0-14 to win 31-14!And then we got out the big, heavy box that holds our tree. This tree is at least 15 years old, and must be assembled branch by branch. Sunday we got it put together.And we got the lights and tinsel garlands on.This morning put the ornaments on. Now this is no simple task, because there are 40 years of memories on this tree, and so we sort of do it in sections.(click to enlarge)
There is the section of horses and pigs, from the many years when Jill collected horses and Jake collected pigs. Here are just a few.
There is a very special little section devoted to some handmade ornaments from the kids preschool days.
Another section has treasures collected on our travels.
There's a section for gardening and nature,
and lots of birds.
And a Santa section, too.
Interspersed are homemade felt ornaments I made a long time ago, gifts students gave us, and various assorted this and that's.