My Christmas tree has character. You see, I spend most of the year dictating the decor around the house. “This goes here and this goes there, and no, what is on the mantel is not a democratic decision.” But since Christmas time is a time for creating awesome family memories and blah, blah, blah … I let the kids dominate decorating the Christmas tree. (This picture is taken from a sitting angle since my foot is broken!)
And there are other concessions I make for my children as well. Like the nativity up on the mantel. This is to protect the one year old from accidentally/intentionally breaking mommy’s favorite Christmas nativity. Normally I like my nativity to be lower on a table, where all the details can be appreciated. Truth be told, though, I get a little giggle every time I see big Santa up on the mantel. There he is, walking along in his whimsical cone tree forest, looking down at the sacred scene in Bethlehem.
I enjoy my Christmas decor, in all of its non-magazine-quality glory. My family loves it too. I love the way my house feels with just the right amount of Christmas stuff out. I love celebrating Christmas with these people …
Thinking about my tree and decor, got me to thinking about YOUR tree and decor.
So, in my curiosity, I asked readers in my Get Organized Today Facebook Group to submit pictures of their Christmas Trees. Some just posted pictures, some told a little story with their pictures or told where they lived. There are A LOT of pictures, and I mean A LOT, but I want to share them with you because they are beautiful. Thinking about all of these families decorating their trees and having their own memories makes me happy.
Here it goes …
Reader Christmas Trees
Caroline E – “My tree, the pearl garland, and the poinsettias were gifted to me by my dear friend who is like a mother to me, she was given the tree by her mother, it was a very special gift to me.”
Caroline E – “This is my very first tree ever, I got this tree after I had my daughter. We now have given it to her and let her pick out the decorations. Being the princess she is she decided a princess theme was a must.”
Stephanie F from the Sharing A to Z blog – “I’m from Ohio, but live in Florida. My grandparents have given us an ornament each year since birth. I have started this tradition with my children and these ornaments make our tree!”
Paige M. – “Our ‘non’-Christmas tree this year – a vintage, French bottle drying rack, decorated with mercury ornaments, old keys and berries. I am from Texas, but live in Germany close to the French border!”
Barbara W. – “I have decorated three trees this year here in Washington state. This is a happy mishmash of ornaments that reflect over 40+years of marriage and family. The bottom is a little bare so our five year old Grandson can put up the non fragile ornaments when he is over tomorrow.”
Barbara W. – “Our studio tree is always decorated by our two older Grandsons. This year the 11 year old helped his papa with the outside lights and the 5 year old did this tree all by himself. It is all homemade (shrinkydinks, paper and glitter and fabric covered foam balls) with a few store bought unbreakable ornaments and is my favorite of the three trees I helped decorate here in Washington state.”
Danielle B. – “ In Michigan. Our favorite tradition is going to Christmas Tree farm with my parents and brothers and sister to pick our trees. Although with spouses and kids we are getting to big to fit on my dad’s pickup every year Keeping ours simplistic this year because were have a two year old who loves to steal ornaments”
Gwizzie M. – “San Diego, Ca. We have lots of unbreakable ornaments on the tree. I have the breakable ones on garland that looks like greenery. It’s nice I can enjoy them without worrying about my 18mo old breaking them.”
Chrissy B. – “Bristol, CT. Note the lack of ornaments on the bottom third due to our 16 month old daughter We’ve got lots of great memories on this tree–many ornaments handmade/passed down from great grandmothers, grandmothers, and my mother.”
Larisa B. – “American living in England. Just decorated it today! The picture isn’t great but it’s what I took tonight before going up to bed. My daughter wanted to stick the stars on the wall next to it and the stocking won’t stay there but was a handy place to put it for the moment.”
Brittany A. – “The ornaments are hard to see but their are 4 generations of ornaments on my tree. My mothers aunts hand made ornaments, my mothers and fathers ornaments, my ornaments (and my brothers until he can get more stable) and my childrens . Some are school made others store bought others made by family or myself. But our tradition js each child gets an ornament each year that represents them.”
Kristi J. – “Ok needed to wait until nighttime for the “lights” shot. I always love my tree. It has ornaments from when I was a kid, both homemade by me and given to me. Now it has my kids’ ornaments, again, both homemade and given to them. No themes, no colour coordinating – just ornaments and a string of beads instead of garland (too frilly for me!). All our ornaments go on – even the cheesy ones my teacher husband gets as gifts! They all mean something. Our star is not on yet – waiting for my hubby to come home – that’s his part! Lol”
Paula K from the Paula Buenos Aires Blog – “I´m from Buenos Aires, Argentina and bought our tree 21 years ago while we lived in the UK. EVERY year our family of four discusses if the lights go first or last and we go through all our “putting the tree up” pictures and try to figure it out yet again. Lol”
Teressa J. – “A little late to the game but I finally got a chance to post a pic of our tree. We buy a new ornament for each of our children every year (so that when they are older & out on their own) they already have ornaments for their own tree that have memories. We put them up every year. Even though my kids are a little older it is still a ‘family/kid’ style tree.”
Diane W. (5 of 6) – “so this ended up being our Christmas tree for the rest of 2012. So no tree in 2013 b/c he thinks he can still climb and sleep in it. Not so much when you are bigger and bend all the limbs down”
Andrea R. – “ I haven’t put anything out or up- our new house has banisters and pillars and columns on the porch and the inside staircase begging to be decked out. I Just don’t have the oomph to deal with it this year. Between the mess of a real tree and/or finding a artificial one I actually like- it won’t happen. But this was last years Holiday attempt in our tiny tiny apartment. I thought it was fun- it was all using 3M hooks. As you can see the dog is amused.”
Merry Christmas to you!!
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