Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Ghost Of Christmas Past #1

I have a self-imposed tradition. Well, I have a lot of them, but now I'm talking about one in particular. I always take the holiday tree down on New Year's Day. I just do. So, in honor of this year's tree and those from the past, I thought I'd highlight some of the ornaments that have graced our trees over the years.

The blue bird of happiness.

First up, one of my favorites. A bird feeder, filled with seed, and a little blue bird. This one always makes me smile.

Behind it, on the right, is the frame our friend Sue made (or had made) in 1996 with a photo of our since departed Collette. Also visible, one of about a dozen plastic apples that I bought one year, and the wooden cranberry strings.

I actually used to string fresh popcorn and cranberries for the tree. After more than enough years of that I saw these wooden berries at Crate and Barrel and said what the heck. It's much less trouble.

4 comments:

  1. Taking down the tree on NYD was always our tradition growing up at home. This year, ours is down already back in Portland -- since we're in New York for the new year! I refused to have to come home to a decorated house and work to do.

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  2. My Gran did the popcorn thing - and always put them out of doors afterwards for the birds to have.

    In our house the tree has to be down by NYE or something bad happens, apparently.

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  3. I strung popcorn and cranberries as a child, but our kids weren't too interested, so I stopped. I think your beads are an excellent solution. Can you find cranberries in France? Somehow, I don't think so...

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  4. alewis, I think you did the right thing. Dealing with that after a nice trip doesn't sound like fun.

    ur-spo, I like to leave it up for NYE just for the lights.

    chris, Cranberries are difficult to find in France, but not impossible. Unless, of course, you live in St. Aignan.

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