Saturday, December 4, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Our tree 1-13-08 I'm putting up my Christmas tree tomorrow.  (Today I'm doing a craft fair at School #46 in Rochester--250 Newcastle Road, Rochester, NY  14610, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Will you be there?)

It's artificial, seven-foot tall, and pre-lit.

To draw out the fun,I'll decorate it Monday evening during Happy Hour.  The hubster prefers to watch me do it, and since I enjoy the endeavor (which can take up to three hours), I have no problem having an audience.

Many of our ornaments have special meaning.  Like the "Our First Christmas Together" ornament that came from Quincy Market in Boston (bought on our honeymoon--on a very hot day in July), or the carved and painted Santas made by my (late) Dad.  I collect old nursery rhyme ornaments from the 1950s, as well as others with song titles (like Silent Night, Jingle Bells, etc.).

I love my Christmas tree and have been known to keep it up through January.  (Um...I was busy writing a book.  When you're on a roll, you don't like to stop the momentum.)

Have you put up your Christmas tree--and if so what special ornament makes you smile when you hang it?

Humpty

14 comments:

Dru said...

Good luck at the craft fair today. Are you giving out goodie bags?

I'm still looking for the perfect small tree for my bookshelf.

Lorna Barrett said...

Thanks, Dru! Yes, I am giving out Goodie Bags with bookmarks from all the Cozy Chicks and a bunch of our friends. Weeee!

Laineshots said...

I'd love to see the Santas your dad carved and painted. How about posting some pics for us?

Bookwoman said...

I'd love to see the Santas, too. As for ornaments that make me smile, there are so many. For a while my husband and were big into collecting Hallmark ornaments. Each one we would by had a special reason behind it. I also have several military related ornaments that I've collected over the years. One of my favorite ornaments is a wooden Grover from Sesame street. Grover was my mother in law's favorite Sesame street character. When my first son was born, we bought her this ornament as a gift from him. Later when she passed away from Ovarian cancer her husband gave the ornament back to us. It makes me sad and it makes me smile, too whenever we hang it on the tree.

Beverly AKA Bookwoman

P.S. I love craft fairs, wish I was close enough to go to the one you'll be at today.

CindyD said...

I've collected angel ornaments for years, often on vacation so they remind me of places we've been.

~ Babs ~ said...

Good luck with the craft fair I love those. Sc is too far away :(. We put up our tree the day after thanksgiving. We did that growing up at my parents house and still do it now with my family. Old habits die hard ha. My mom gave me all the ornaments I had made in preschool and elementary to hang up and those always bring back wonderful memories. The one I cherish the most is all 3 of my kids first Chirstmas ornaments.

Miki Willa said...

For years, I have collected Santas. I have several for the tree, but most are for the mantle, hearth, and everywhere else I can find room. I have Santas from all over. They are each unique and great fun. Most have been gifts, but I do purchase one from time to time when I see one that needs to be added to my collection. For me, the Christmas season begins when I put up my Santas.

Debra said...

A reindeer made out of construction paper by my son when he was very young, the base is an outline of his little hand. So cute!

signlady217 said...

No tree, but I decorate with snowmen. The very first one that started it all is from the Boyd's Bears Collection and was a gift from a friend/coworker: It has two snowmen sitting down with piles of snowballs and the caption "Some of my best friends are flakes!" Love it! Makes me laugh every time!

Katreader said...

I hope to get my Christmas tree tomorrow-if I can clean enough today to make room for it! I always get a live tree and it's always up through at least Epiphany!

Vickie said...

A few years ago, we started our tradition of getting our tree on Black Friday and decorating over the weekend. I'm not sure which particular ornament brings particular smiles, I love them all. Probably any that are created by Lady K each year are the most special.

Linda McDonald said...

We are putting up the tree today. I took the dog on a walk through the neighborhood last night and could see trees lit up in houses looking so beautiful. It got me motivated to do the same today. We have ornaments that we have collected throughout the years, some that we got on vacations that I really like. No one in particular that I like the best, but I do have fun pulling them out and seeing them again. Like they are old friends. Enjoy your tree!

Rita B said...

A hollow Plastic(i think) Santa that has something in it. When you shake it it makes a sand like sound. It hung on my grandma's tree and now on mine.It is well over 50 yrs old. And yes, each year I shake it and the sound makes me remember my beloved Grandma.

Heather said...

Your tree sounds lovely. I put up my little 3-ft artificial one last weekend. Most of my ornaments are handmade, but the one exception every year is the flocked Santa Claus that was my very first ornament from my grandmother.