Today is the final day of the 12 days of Christmas Blog Hop, and we're all sharing our Christmas trees with you today. My Christmas tree is smaller than it's been in 20 years (no cathedral ceilings in our new house in the UK), but it's big enough to hold all of the treasured keepsakes I've collected over my life.
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Our 2019 Christmas Tree
I had my own Christmas tree in my bedroom when I was a kid, and I've acquired quite the collection of Christmas ornaments over the last 40-some years. I love beautiful, themed Christmas trees, but I love my odd collection of ornaments and decorations too much to put them aside and create a Christmas tree where everything matches.
But I do kind of have sections to my Christmas tree. I've been making a photo ornament of each of my girls every year since they were born (the oldest is now 16), so every year that section of the tree gets more substantial.
On my smaller tree, it's a pretty good chunk!
I also have a travel section on my tree, where I put all of the ornaments I've collected on my travels. My addition this year: a beaded, embroidered heart I picked up in Budapest last month.
The rest of the tree is full of all the other pretty and sentimental ornaments I've collected over the years. I create a unified look with these pale gold ribbons, and even those have a special history. When we were married in 2001, my husband and I registered at Williams Sonoma, and those were the ribbons that came on the gift-wrapped wedding presents from that store.
When we moved overseas, only the special, sentimental items came with us. I loved my old Christmas tree topper (I shared pictures and a tutorial of it in the 12 days of Christmas blog hop last year), and figured I'd recreate something like it here. I didn't count on not knowing where to find floral picks and stems in this country! The local craft store does not carry such things like Michaels and Joann Fabrics did.
My tree may have a new look this year, but it still has all the cherished memories of Christmases past. I love it.
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