Sunday, December 7, 2014

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!

So last week I was responding to a post over at 'A Home Grown Journal' where Mama Pea was asking where everyone sets up their Christmas tree, and what kind of rearranging is required to do so.  I did give her the 'short answer' (something like 5 paragraphs) with the added comment that I could feel a Christmas Tree post of my own coming on.  Here is the promised tour of the Hoosier Country Home Christmas tree collection.

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

For all the fun we have with trees, decorations, miniatures, and all the other trappings.  We do make sure we take time to focus on the REAL reason for the season.

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!

Col. 1:9-12,



  1. I'm so glad you took the time to include all the photographs. From biggest to tiniest they are all lovely! I like the idea of a winter tree decorated with snowmen and snowflakes. My mom was an fantastic crocheter and made me many, many lovely snowflakes. They would help decorate a "winter tree" and look good.

  2. What fun. For a long time I decorated our tree with snowflake and bird ornaments for a nature theme. I used white lights to enhance the winter theme. Still have a ton of snowflakes for our tree!

    For a number of years we'd buy a potted evergreen tree so we could plant it afterwards.

    Something I've always wanted to do was an outdoor tree for the birds, all covered with edibles. We've never had a Christmas type tree in the yard though. Maybe I should get one of those potted evergreens this year and plant it for the birds after Christmas!