When Zack was three, he decided we had to have a white Christmas tree. I have no idea why, and he never could say why -- he just wanted one. We drove all over several towns looking for one that didn't cost a mint, finally finding one. We then went aisle to aisle picking out colorful ornaments, as my traditional ornaments wouldn't do. I have lots of ornaments I've collected over the years; blown glass, annual White House ornaments, white bisque snowflakes, and a few antiques. None of these would do for Zack.
This year I asked Zack which color tree he wanted to put up and he emphatically and rapidly stated, "WHITE." White it is, then. We sorted through ornaments, took a trip to Target, and ended up with this.
(Sorry about the lousy photo, but you wouldn't believe how many times I tried to get a decent shot. Or maybe you would. But it looks a lot (a LOT) better than this picture signifies.)
The garland is made of pop-beads that Zack and I put together. We even used the bracelet and ring blanks and hooked those on the branches. A bunch of sequins exploding out of the top -- this was a point of contention between Zack and I, as he didn't like it and I did. I won.
We added huge snowflakes.....
and an ornament that Zack bought me at his school's Little Shoppers event. I was really touched by that, and I'm not going to put it away at the end of Christmas, but find a place for it in my office.
Speaking of ornaments and not putting them away, I have another photo to show you (also a bad one, also difficult as heck to get a decent shot of)....
This is hung over my computer desk. It's a big vintage-inspired iron wall hanging, and hanging from pink satin ribbon is a collection of Swarovski crystal snowflakes, given to me by my husband, one for every year that I've been making jewelry. Each year I get one, and they're just too pretty to relegate to the ornament box at the end of the season.
Lastly, I'll leave you with a tradition that I started when I married Rick. Each year, he, his boys, and Zack get to open one present on Christmas Eve, and that present is an ornament for the tree. My thought was that when Zack is ready to start his own home, he'll have a box of ornaments to start his own tree. I got a late start with Rick's sons, but I hope it's a tradition they'll carry on with their own families.
If you have a blog with a photo of your tree, or care to share a holiday tradition, please make a comment below!
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