When Tom and I married, we hadn't committed to real or fake, so we went with real for a while, mostly looking like Charlie Brown's. The best one was the one Tom and our brother-in-law, Darrell, cut on what Darrell thought was his uncle's farm. Not sure of the whole story but it did involve barbed wire and lots of running.
Other than the few Plaza lighting ceremonies, community lightings haven't really been part of our holidays. Our community pleasure has been participating in Hanging of the Greens in our local church: no crowds, but lots of fellowship. There are few things better than singing Christmas carols with people you know and enjoying the warm and sweet culinary delights of the church ladies.
It was a great arrangement. Birthday, holidays and Mama's cooking! We didn't know for several years that after we all left, Daddy always wanted to rearrange the ornaments so they weren't clumped in one spot, near the bottom. Mama wouldn't let him, saying that was her measuring stick for how tall the kids were getting, not to mention they were sure to notice the moves when we all came for Christmas Day.
Our family tree goes in the dining room. As you can see, this tree is a lot more colorful with mismatched ornaments, homemade, gifts, ornament of the year for Tom and I . The three kids got their ornaments a few years ago, but somehow the tree still looks pretty full. A new tradition has evolved. Now, Annalyn comes for a weekend just before Christmas, and she started helping to decorate the family tree a couple of years ago.
Over the years, our Christmas trees have changed in appearance but each one has had its pleasures of sight, sound, touch and even smell. Most importantly, for us, Christmas trees represent what we love the most: the birth of our Savior, our family and our home.
What's your family's preference, real or artificial? What kinds of bulbs and ornaments do you like, matching or coordinated? Who decorates your tree, and when do they decorate?