What says Christmas more than the tree itself? Decorating the tree is now solely my job – but I relish it! Each ornament must go in just the right spot! Which is probably why Ritchey leaves it up to me! Everyone has their little idiosyncrasies that perhaps drive others to distraction – this is mine! Our ornaments have been made or purchased through the years and I want each one to have its place of honor on the tree!
This was the first ornament we purchased! It hung on my Mom’s tree that year and we married the following March. Terribly sentimental, I know!
Just starting out we didn’t have much money for decorations – so we made our own! Several of my counted cross stitch pieces are on the tree.
Ritchey made this Jack-in-the-Box! Bells, hearts, drums – many different ornaments were made in those early years – including a large gingerbread house and a nativity set. Linton and Kate both loved to help make things for the tree, too, and could also play with them with no worry of breakage!
The tree must have lots of sparkle!
Kate’s angel – when she was still ‘Katie’! Linton has his name on Rudolph – complete with red nose!
Our 25th wedding anniversary must be noted with an ornament!
And, of course, no tree of mine would be complete without a teapot – or two, or three. Actually I believe there are eight! All very different – this one spilling out glass droplets of tea!
Fleur de lis, little birdies, crystal baby grands, more sparkles – all on there!
And the oldest was given to me when I taught school – and was still Miss Hill at that time!
Now that I’ve taken you down memory lane I ask – what goes under the tree?! Presents? No! Baxter! He loves it! Our tree revolves and if he gets a little too close to the edge it whacks him on the head – does he move? No! It also was a bit daunting trying to get my pictures as the tree moved – but I’m always up for a challenge!
Bailey prefers the back of the couch!
And now I present our tree in its entirety! Merry Christmas to you and those you love!