Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tree #1 (the classic tree)

Tree #1 is the only tree that I struggled to name. This is the tree that denies no ornaments or colors. This tree is full of traditions, memories and presents, making it the most classic type of Christmas tree around.

The Classic Tree
This is the first time I've ever used colored lights, and I must say, I'm happy with the result. Since I'm so edited with color everywhere else in my house, I decided to say yes to color here.

Without a doubt, my ornament obsession began with my aunt (twice).

Each Thanksgiving, for 21 years, I would receive a needlepoint ornament from her. While some of the needlepoint patterns she picked for me are the classic Santas and snowmen, others reflect a part of my childhood – my cat Stinky, a ballet slipper and even a Sigma Kappa heart from when I pledged. These needlepoints are my keepsakes, and I know when I have children – I want to carry on her fabulous tradition.

The other ornament collection my aunt got me to love is the Kansas City Mayor's Christmas Tree ornaments. While this wasn't something I received from her every year, they meant enough that I now brave Crown Center Mall is acquire my annual treasure.

Sure, I have other collections on this tree now, but these are definitely the 2 that started my holiday passion. Thank you, Kathy.


  1. This makes me so happy.
    I have only one tree — you haven't seen my apartment, but there's barely even room for that — and it's a "classic tree."
    I've never understood themed trees just because my family has never done them. We had one tree with all the beautiful ornaments and meaning in the world. Most of my bears and bells (the ornaments I've collected since I was a baby) are still with my mom, but I have a collection of ornaments here in Chicago that already mean a lot to me.
    So every time I look at the tree, I can't help but smile.

    Can't wait to see you in a few weeks, lady.

  2. Love the tree. Love the ornaments. (I can't pick a favorite.) Love the story. If I wasn't in the Christmas spirit before, I am now.

    (Psssst: I think I'm going to try to do a tree with all blue penguins.)

  3. I have ornaments from Crown Center! Holiday Magic, right?