Many changes through the years - - - but one constant - - - for at least the last 35 years - - - and that is my box of ornaments . . . you see I don't have a "themed" tree unless "my life" is a theme?? The red apple ornaments from Mrs. Goth's and Mrs. Clausen's 1st and 2nd grade class crafts. The construction paper ornaments with child's picture in the center. Several flocked deer because they reminded me of my trees as a kid and a couple of flocked angels too. Throw in some angels that were big craft projects in the 80's and 90's and of course a white felt dove that came from my mother in law's tree as a keepsake. A few newer ornaments from time to time . . . and that's done.
It's funny . . . I remember the years of kids wanting to help . . . and I in my OCD tendencies days had a hard time with that . . . but they helped. Great memories. Then they grew up and didn't want to help but they were there watching me . . . great memories. Then they were gone . . . that first year was hard to decorate the tree by myself . . . I believe, if I remember right . . . I called them to let them know I was decorating alone . . . Now I enjoy standing in the hubs's view of the TV decorating it by myself and showing him each ornament and adding a "do you remember this one?" and "Remember when Todd made us this?" or "This one was taken when Casey had a perm".
No matter which tree it was, or what stage in life I was in to decorate it . . . there was something nice about getting it done and sitting in the room in the dark enjoying the lights!
Chistmas begins . . . Do you have a tradition for getting your tree up and decorated?