This is the usual tree that I do the Nightmare before Christmas tree decorations on. It’s a black tree but lends itself pretty well to any kind of decorating. I’m so pepped about things looking peaceful and having a few new things around I think I’ll do this again next year….but with a twist. I’m pulling out all of the old decorations – every single one of the kids have ever made me and I have quite a few. I have a few tucked in here and there on the tree now. But next year I think I’ll find some central kind of kid theme (hhhhhmmmmm – my wheels are turning - maybe lollipop looking treats covered in different kinds of cellophane?), my favorite Angel, and all the ornaments. I think I’ve a theme – don’t you?
I did add one very traditional touch on this year’s tree. See the photo of the bell? My mother made that. She made bells for all of us in this family and for friends. I will try and find the pattern if you’re interested. You’d of had to of known her – she kept a list of every bell she ever made. There were a lot of bells. Her hands were arthritic but she kept at it. Her thought was this, I may be gone someday but every Christmas when my friends and family put their trees up and unpack their ornaments they’ll think of me. She’s right but I miss her more often than that.
If you’re not in the spirit yet – pinch yourself! The more you do the better it gets. I’m keeping dollars in my pocket for the Salvation Army Bell Ringers. I even turned on the music station on the cable. How many old Christmas tunes do you know? Turn on the station and you are going to astound yourself.