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Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Tree Story

Christmas for me is all about celebrating the birth of Christ and keeping with traditions of the holiday.  Our family has many different things we do that make it special for us.

I don't buy a real tree although I love them. It just has always been easier to have the fake one. I grew up with that and I guess it stayed with me. When my husband and I got married our tree was lacking in the ornament department. I remember gathering pine cones and pine boughs to decorate the house with. I made my ornaments out of napkin rings that year, that I found for almost nothing. Funny I have been making things out of "nothing" for years!

As we made a life for ourselves, we also made our own traditions. We started creating our Christmas tree to tell "our" story.

We started buying ornaments that related to what and where we've been. Some were made too. I started with this one that I made when I was a little girl.

Then the babies came

As they grew so did our tree. It started to represent them and their acheivements.

College ornament

 All the Broadway shows my daughter has seen

The instruments and music my son played

Vacations and places that we visited.

Even our pets that we have and some that are no longer with us.

Our Story......
So every year as I unwrap the ornaments for our tree, I relive the memories of us!

So my tree isn't the latest fad or a Pottery Barn look alike.

My tree is the continuing story of our lives and the changes the occurred in our history.

It is the most cherished Christmas decoration in our home. It is wrapped up with all the emotions of the season.

I share this with you!

Merry Christmas!


Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

Your Christmas set up looks like something out of a film set, Deneen! Stunning!

Catherine Denton said...

I teared up at this. What a beautiful, meaningful tree. Thanks for sharing your story.
Catherine Denton

TheCrankyCrow said...

And one of the most beautiful trees I've seen Deneen because of the treasured memories it holds....I love your tree - and your story.....Wishing you a season of Christmas blessings, magic, and joy. Smiles & Holiday Hugs ~ Robin

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Your tree is beautiful to look at, with a beautiful story to go along with it. Merry Christmas.

cindyLou said...

Awww loved the story. So sad Snowflake is no longer adorning the tree. I loved that little white bear.