I am the kind of person who, when choosing a house, bases that decision partly on where the Christmas tree will go in the house. One of the first questions I ask my friends when they buy a house is " where is your Christmas tree going to go". It is a very big deal. I have been know to completely rearrange my living room to suit the tree. My very patient husband understands this, he accepts this about me. I love him for that.
This year, was a bit rushed to choose trees (yes trees). We did NOT cut a tree down from a tree farm this year. They were however beautiful and I was happy with our choices.
Every ornament I have has a significant memory. we do not put bulbs on the tree, unless they have a significant memory! The first ornament we ever got together was this happy santa. We we sort of dating at the time, and we were at this bar that had one of those machines with the claw. This was what we won. It is one of my most cherished ornaments and has a front and center spot every year on our tree.
I also cannot have a tree without strung popcorn and paper chains. Its my family tradition, and I will pass it on.
The little sweetheart at the top of the tree was on my grandmothers tree. I adore her and she will always have a place somewhere on our tree.
My husband bought the santa on the flamingo for me I think our first or second christmas together. It was the start of my Whimsical Christmas tradition. It suits my personality.
At 16 and 13, my boys will soon start to lose interest in the tree decorating tradition. They will be to busy with friends and girls and music. I have already seen the signs. I hope that as they grow and someday start families and homes of their own that the traditions they grew up with will come back to them, and they will pass it on.