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Merry Christmas! Come Take A Peek At Our Tree!

December 25, 2010 · 96 comments

in Home & Garden, Life

I love Christmas trees.  Fake, red, silver, orange, I don’t care.  I just love to see how people decorate their trees.  Actually, I think Christmas trees can tell a lot about a person, although I am not sure I want to know what ours would say about me…

Our Christmas Tree (Sorry you can't see all the ornaments)

Our tree has an assortment of ornaments that span generations.  There are ornaments from my Grandma, from my mom, from my childhood, and of course, from my kids.  No ornament is off limits for our tree.  The frightful ‘dove’ that my son made in 1st grade is a family favorite.   I think the dove’s neck is coming loose or something as his head seems bent at a very odd angle.  One of my favorites is an ornament named ‘Pipe Cleaner Mess’.  It was created years ago, when my youngest was trying to make a home made ornament.  He ended up connecting a bunch of pipe cleaners together, which kind of formed a ball.  (A ball with poky things sticking out of it everywhere.)  When he first made it, we just praised the ornament.  Now that he is almost 13, we can be honest about the ornament’s true beauty.  Hence the name ‘Pipe Cleaner Mess’.  (He made up the name, so don’t go thinking I am cruel…)

One of the best parts of Pipe Cleaner Mess is placing it on the tree.  Each person takes a turn tossing it onto the tree.  If it ever lands and stays in a place where people can see it, then that is where it goes.  Unfortunately, not everyone will get a turn as sometimes, its placement is perfect on the first shot.

Anyway, my Christmas tree is very special to me.  So many of the ornaments tell  a story, I cannot imagine having a tree where the lights and ornaments are all uniform.  I love how I can be reminded of many different people and events as I look at my tree.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and remembers what this holiday is truly about.

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First Gen American December 25, 2010 at 6:23 am

Our tree is like the rest of the house, a hodgepodge of stuff. I couldn’t take a decent photo of it though. I just spent the last 1/2 hour putting extra lights all over our house and our toilet water is green. I’m waiting for the kids to wake up and discover it.


Kris December 26, 2010 at 2:11 pm

My house is a total hodgepodge! So why is the toilet water green??


DIY Investor December 25, 2010 at 8:21 am

We do pretty much the same thing. Over the years my wife has bought ornaments for each family member comemerating something important during the year – graduation, first car, bungee jump etc. Then when they get married (2 out of 3 so far) they get their ornaments. This. of course, has everybody bawling and laughing when decorating the tree and everybody has special ornaments to hang. Great times.
Happy holidays!


Kris December 26, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Hmm, I never thought about having to part with my ornaments, but it is the right thing to do. I think there are a couple I may just have to keep though!

Happy Holidays to you too!


beth December 25, 2010 at 9:45 am

I love all the lights on your tree! Merry Christmas!


Kris December 26, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Thank you Beth! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas- you had so much to celebrate this year!


Suba @ Wealth Informatics December 25, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I love your tree! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Kris!


Kris December 26, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Thank you Suba- hope your Christmas was fantastic!

(Our holidays were wondeful!)


Lisa @ Cents To Save December 26, 2010 at 12:40 pm

You have a beautiful tree!!


Kris December 26, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Thank you Lisa! Happy Holidays!


Invest It Wisely December 26, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Your tree is nice, and has history! I was shocked when I found out my grandmother had thrown out the old tree and all the ornaments, and my girlfriend’s parents had done the same!

So… this year, we bought a 6 foot tree and some new ornaments, and although I was afraid it would look sad, it ended up looking pretty nice. My girlfriend added some Garfield dolls that she had from years ago and everything looked good together. I guess our tree symbolizes a new beginning…


Kris December 26, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Your first tree! So you are all settled in the condo now?

I actually have a Garfield from my childhood on my tree too! You will have a wonderful time collecting ornaments over the years you share together. It is funny because I remember where almost every ornament we have came from.

Happy Boxing Day!


Invest It Wisely December 26, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Actually our moving date is in a couple of weeks, so we set up the tree in her parent’s house in the meantime. Her parents are actually overseas ATM so we spent Christmas between us and some friends, and it was also a goodbye dinner for our chef friend since we drove him to the airport this morning and he’s on his way back to Korea now…


Kris December 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Kevin, your life always sounds so interesting! I am sure you are real excited to move into the condo. I bet you are going to love it. I cannot imagine what it would be like to start with a clean slate!


Evan December 28, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Merry Christmas! That is a fantastic looking tree. Does anyone help you decorate?


Kris December 28, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Yes, I hire 3 decorators, who just happen to be my kids. It is a nice tree, but believe me, if you saw it up close, you would know that no professional got near it. 🙂

Thanks for the compliment!!


Holly January 3, 2011 at 9:55 am

How did you get the tree so shiny? Some type of tinsel or garland? I tried to zoom in but could not get a clear look…


Kris January 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Holly, I did actually put tinsel on the tree this year, ironically enough. I hadn’t even since tinsel since I was a kid, but I tracked some down this year for a little nostalgia! 🙂


Issy January 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I love your Christmas tree. How I hope I can have something like that once we can have a good idea to getting rid of mosquitoes that hangs on our Christmas Tree. Hoping to have it hopefully this December 2011.


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