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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tree Spotting

I'm intrigued by other people's Christmas trees. I love looking through open curtains to see a tree glinting away. If your tree has ancient heirloom ornaments, I am very jealous. Particularly if it has those half cut out retro baubles (you know the ones).

Our own tree went up at the weekend. Sadly there are no heirloom ornaments. I quite often decide on a new colour theme and buy accordingly. Last year I added red baubles to the gold. I have a second tree, a white one with either silver and blue, or neon bright, baubles, but this year it's staying in its box owing to the fact that my colour choices for the dining room will be red and gold, so it wouldn't match.  (It's all very complicated.)

The only ornament that is vaguely heritage is the little bird which I bought about 10 years ago at the Kathe Wohlfarht Christmas shop in Oberammergau. Imagine, a shop that sells Christmas decorations all year round! It reminds me of a tiny bird we had on our tree when I was a child. That tree was in two sections and about 6 feet tall. The lights were huge coloured bulbs, some with a sugary effect. Mum gave the bottom section to Grandma, although it was a funny shape on its own, and for years the two parts of the tree were ceremoniously decorated in two separate houses in Plymouth. Our tree always had a very shabby fairy on top with a white crepe paper dress that had become beige over the years.

What's your Christmas tree like and what's your favourite ornament?

4 comments:

Maggie May said...

Not sure about vintage ornaments but I have a couple of those little birdies that you have in lighter colours. The must be 40 yrs old.
I also love looking through people's windows at night! (So do burglars!) Best to draw the curtains.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Anne @ The Frump Factor said...

We usually travel to visit family at this time of year, so I've been without a tree for years. Finally, this year, I went for a fake, plastic, table top tree from Target. (Sorry, purists). But it makes me and the spouse very happy. It's cheery, it has lights, and it's manageable for us. As for beloved ornaments, your little bird reminds me of a favorite that my parents had on their tree.

Alida said...

We don't have a tree yet this year... we are still waiting for our belongings to arrive from Russia. but my favorite ornaments are the ones that we have found as we have traveled throughout the years.

New Follower here... Happy Friday!!

Jo Frances said...

Hi, I'm a new follower from Follow Friday. My few treasured ornaments are the ones my children made, or are from when they were young. Who knew that a Dora ornament could mean so much??

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