Friday, July 11, 2014

Advent Calendar – December 1 – Christmas Trees


Blogging Prompt: December 1 – The Christmas Tree
Did you have a real tree or was it artificial? How big was the tree? Who decorated the tree? What types of Christmas trees did your ancestors have?

My family home was in rural Saskatchewan where there weren’t a lot of trees, other than the ones that had been planted.  I remember Dad bringing home a Christmas tree every December on one of his trips into town to pick up the mail or supplies. He would have bought it at a tree lot and I honestly don’t remember being along to pick it out…ever.  Maybe he knew we would agonize over the decision of finding the ‘perfect’ tree.

Most of our trees were of the Charlie Brown type and were little firs about five to six feet high.  We all participated in decorating the tree with many wonderful homemade treasures.  The lights were big, bright and multicoloured. Sometimes we would string garlands of popcorn or brightly coloured construction paper rings.

As for my ancestors – my grandparents certainly had similar Charlie Brown Christmas trees with wonderful homemade decorations.

When our own kids were growing up we would all go to pick out the perfect tree in the lot.  If the weather was cold the decision would be quick.

Decorations were still of the homemade variety mixed with many others we had collected over the years.  Last year, we committed a Christmas tree blasphemy as far as our daughter was concerned.  We put up a fiber optic tree :)



Comments

5 Responses to “Advent Calendar – December 1 – Christmas Trees”
  1. Oh no – NOT a fiber optic tree!! LOL We have one as well, but it is only the secondary tree and relegated to the lower level. The real tree is, well, REAL ;-)
    Diana Ritchie´s last [type] ..Advent Calendar The Christmas Tree

  2. Hi Diana,
    It is sad, isn’t it? The fiber optic tree was always our ‘second’ tree too. Last year the time just got away from us and for the first time the fiber optic tree made to being ‘premier’ tree.
    I think we’ll go back to a real one this year. It just wasn’t the same!

    –Joan

  3. Time is always short around the holidays!! Sometimes you have to choose between the nostalgia of the real tree and a little extra time with family. If it’s one thing that really comes through reading all the posts about Christmas trees today it’s that as kids we always thought they were wonderful – even when the pictures don’t show it. It was the “family fun” that made them so great – aluminum, real, fiber optic or the Charlie Brown variety. :-)
    Diana Ritchie´s last [type] ..Advent Calendar The Christmas Tree

  4. Jenn says:

    We’ve always had a fake christmas tree (except for a year or two when I was a teenager and insisted! upon a real one), but the one thing that sticks out in my mind was the pictures. We’ve always had to have lots of photos of the tree, from being decorated to Christmas Eve and afterwards. An entire album or two could be filled (if they were all gathered in one place!) with just christmas tree photos! ;-) And then there was always the battle over tinsel – to have or not to have… ;-)

    Thanks for commenting on my blog! I like the blue, but something still isn’t sitting right with me…tinkering never stops! ;-)

    Jenn
    Jenn´s last [type] ..Distractions Research Diary- No 3

  5. Cole Stan says:

    We haven’t had any decorations in our home yet. I don’t think that it’s still that much important here. But way back when I was a kid, we use two trees! lol A real tree in our garden and a mini Christmas tree placed in our living room. Both are well decorated.
    Cole Stan´s last [type] ..Numi Tea Bamboo Flowering Tea Gifts Set

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