We'll start with what we consider to be the 'main' family tree. It sits up in the master bedroom. We have a family Christmas tradition of having everyone pick out an ornament each year to go on the tree. When the kids leave the house, they get to take those ornaments with them. All three kids are essential out of the house, but for two of the three our place is still 'base camp' so their ornaments are still here.
I took one pic with the lights off and one with the lights on. I'm not so much the accomplished photographer as some of my other blog friends, so the lights 'wash out' some of the details.
There are a lot of 'Babies First', 'New Home' and those sorts of ornaments on this tree. There is Barney the Purple Dinosaur, Crayola crayons, Disney characters, Angels, and Loonie Toons characters. There are ornaments for people and pets that were a part of our lives over the years. All the ornaments have a story and a memory. This part of 'family' is important for us, and every time we hang ornaments we get a chance to remember all those special times.
Other the years my son and I have accumulated a number of sci fi themed ornaments, so now we have a separate sci-fi tree!
This year the tree is black and all the ornaments show up real well against the dark background. It has, for the most part, a Star Wars and Star Trek theme.
Its a nice 'Father-Son' thing we get to do together each year.
Then there is De's tree. It changes as the years go by, but the last couple of years she has focused on antique and 'old fashioned' glass ornaments. That tree sits in the living room, and is the third in the 'series'. This year it has blue lights. Again, please pardon my poor photography.
Around New Years, these trees will come down and a 'Winter tree' decorated with snowmen, snowflakes and the like will go up. It stays up until early spring.
Now it gets a little complicated. If I'm counting Christmas trees in the house, I suppose I need to count them all. Here goes a photo collage of most of the rest of them. De does doll house miniatures and, with well over 50 houses and room boxes in the house, I can't be sure I got them all. You can see her blog at De-Lightful Minis if you would like details on any of these.
|This tree is in the boarding house|
|This one is in a house modeled after our house.|
|This one sits with the Santa collection.|
|This one is with the Noah's Ark collection|
|This one is modeled after the house I grew up in. The dolls are my parents.|
|This is Santa's house!|
|Just in case you missed the tree on Santa's second floor.|
|This one sets next to the Nativity in the upstairs family room.|
|But let's keep the season in perspective|
Luke 2:10-11 NIV But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord."
He came to us as a baby but grew to be a perfect man, paid the price for my sin and yours with His life, and was raised again to reign forever. He is my Lord and my Savior, Jesus Christ , and is THE reason for the season. May God bless you all!