As you've seen, we have several small trees throughout the house, but the 'BIG' tree is the one in our living room. I L.O.V.E. Christmas ornaments, and the tree is really just a means of displaying them. I would be perfectly fine if you couldn't see any green on my tree at all and it was just a sea of ornaments. I think I may be close to that point now.
No theme tree here. This one is a classic hodge podge of every kind of ornament, but mostly they are blown glass. Some of these ornaments are from my grandmother, and some I just bought this year. Some are collectibles, but mostly I just thought they were pretty or cute or funny.
This year we got a new tree skirt - it's a petticoat. It's really fancy and I'm loving it, but before I put it away I think I'm going to tea stain it so that it isn't quite so bright.
And then there's the tree topper - my pink peacock. Isn't she pretty?! I know that it's the boy peacocks who have all the fancy feathers, but do you really think this one is a boy? She's about 15 years old, and her feathers were getting pretty ratty, so this year I fancied her up a bit and added new feathers. I added the hot pink ones . Maybe they are a bit much, but we're celebrating - it's a birthday party, so we might as well be festive!
Here's some close ups of a few of my favorite ornaments.
You'll notice I've got a couple of repeats/themes going on here: people, owls and birds, sea creatures, and kitsch (I think that's the category that Elvis and the bubble lights fall into). :-) Lots of color and sparkle - I'm pretty much covered in glitter from Thanksgiving to New Years!
Even if I don't do one other thing for Christmas, I cannot imagine not having a tree. I have always loved Christmas trees. I can remember staring at my mom's and grandmother's for hours when I was little. I still find them fascinating.
Tonight's the night! I hope you are ready and that you are enjoying this time with your loved ones. I wish you all a joy-full and peace-full holiday!