We lived in an RV for 13 years and did not have room for a Christmas tree. But before that, we did not have a tree for a couple of years. We just did not feel like putting one up. However, this year, I decided it I needed the festive feeling that a Christmas tree can bring. I went to Dollar General and found a pre-lit, artificial tree for $35.
When I took the tree out of the box and put it together, I have to say that I felt disappointed. It looked awful. I did not think I would be able to fix it or make it look good at all. I didn’t take a picture of it when it was just out of the box. I had to spend some time “fluffing” the branches, making it look fuller, and more like a tree than like artificial. The results, after decorating, were simply amazing!
I found my Treasure Box in the closet in my sewing room. I had hauled that box around in the RV for 13 years. I don’t think it had been opened since we put it in the trailer in 2000. It was like opening up a time capsule! Inside I found all my favorite Christmas ornaments. IN addition to the ones I had in the closet, I bought a boxed assortment of red and green ormaments at CVS for $10. There were 52 ornaments in that box, so with what I had and the new ones, there were plenty to decorate this six foot tree.
Here are my favorite ornaments:
I can not remember where I got this big golden sun, but it was in the box when I opened it up.
I have three of these wooden stars that my daughter, Becca, painted for me some time before 2000. I don’t remember exactly when I got them, but they were in the treasure box, too.
This craft paper gingerbread man has “Becca, 1988” written on the back of it.
My son, Seth, who is now 43, made this Dixie Cup Bell for me when he was in Kindergarten, circa 1975.
This snowman ornament came from the Texas Lottery in south Texas in 2004.
I participated in a blogger “Secret Santa” exchange in 2011, and this felt Christmas Tree was in the package I received from my swap partner.
I think that my youngest daughter, Emily, gave me this crystal dove ornament, but I can’t remember. I just know I love it and have kept it all these years.
I received this “Grandma Ornament” with the names of all of the grandkids on it in 2013 from Emily for a Christmas gift.
This cross-stitched “Christmas Cactus” was made for me by my ex-daughter-in-law in 1995. I have kept it because it was hand made just for me.
What do you have on your Christmas Tree that holds memories for you? Do you buy new ones every year? Do you have a favorite ornament or decoration?