Thank you so much, Cheryl, for inviting me to join The Great Christmas Tree Tour again. Since it’s finally December, we don’t have to feel guilty about indulging our love of Christmas one more day!
My family is all about tradition at Christmas. My greatest worry when my husband and I retired and moved from Minnesota to California was being able to re-create the traditional family Christmas for our daughter when she comes to visit. She likes everything to be exactly the way it has always been, and I knew that would be a challenge.
The lights on our old tree had become wonky so I left it behind, along with half our furniture and other possessions we’d dragged around for more than thirty years. I had to buy a new tree. What a responsibility! Fortunately, I’m very happy with my choice. It accommodates all our precious ornaments and fits well into the new house.
I’ve added to my ornament collection every year, but I still cherish, and use, several decorations from my very first adult Christmas tree.
In those days, Christmas wasn’t the massive merchandising opportunity it is today. Very few stores carried ornaments, and there was no such thing as online shopping. For that first tree, I needle-pointed a set of twelve pear-shaped ornaments, each with a representation of one of the twelve days of Christmas, and made this embroidered and appliqued tree skirt with poinsettias and blue jays. I have used them happily every year since 1976, and can’t imagine Christmas without them.
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