Oh Christmas Tree, oh Christmas Tree, You Stand in Splendid Beauty!
Well, I’ve seen better, but I do love it when we we put our Christmas Tree up.
I bought this tree last year as my old one was getting a bit past it’s use by date. I prefer fake trees, they last for years and don’t drive the cats bonkers. They are easier to care for too. This one came with it’s own lights so I just put it together, spread out the branches and switch it on. The kids put the baubles on for me.
I have some very special decorations on my tree, the first to go on is the glass bauble that my son made me when he worked at the Glassworks around 17 years ago. Then I have the ‘Baby’s First Christmas’ that was bought when Star was born. Just before my Mum went into hospital for the last time in 2008, we took her to a Christmas market and she bought me a snowman, a white Father Christmas and a Red Father Christmas which always go on my tree. Then there are the painted pottery decorations that I have made with the children at certain events. So many memories on one tree.
The angel on the top is really old. I bought it when we lived in the old house and it used to light up but it was plugged in and really heavy. We ended up taking away the electrical parts and and just using it as an angel. It still looks pretty.
Do you have special decorations that always go on your Christmas tree?
Here is a montage of my tree throughout the years, the main difference is a fatter, bigger tree the last two years.
I remember when I was a child my Mum would make angels for Christmas trees. She would buy some cheap plastic dolls and decorate them using crepe paper and tinsel. She would make a little halo out of tinsel too. Then she would hand them out to the family, nan and her five siblings. My Auntie would make everyone a fruit cake for Christmas and Nan would make everyone a huge batch of home made mince pies. I miss those family times. I miss my family, Christmas time used to be a huge family celebration. Things feel different these days, it changed mostly when my Nan passed away, but then my Mum died on Christmas day 2008. It seems a long time ago now and the pain gets easier over the years, but it’s so hard getting through celebratory seasons without loved ones. I think I’m at the stage now when I can just remember the good times and be happy that I had the chance to experience them.
Sending love to all those missing a family member this Christmas x
You might like to read my post Merry Christmas Through the Years for some more nostalgia and photos.