Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My Grammie's Christmas Tree

This Christmas, for the first time in many years, my Grammie had a Christmas tree. I was struck by the awesome simplicity of it. She didn't go out and buy expensive ornaments and decorations. Instead, she used what she had and created one of the most beautiful trees I have ever seen.

Found on her tree were dried orange slices which looked like stained glass windows. She had cookie cutters that had been given to her long ago and the ear tag from Grampies favorite cow.

She used canning jar lids and old bells that she had collected. She had chimes that her elementary students had made many years ago. Atop the tree (not pictured) was a lovely doll from her collection (note: my grammie is a master doll maker!)

Nestled underneath lay a block village of toy buildings that she had for grandchildren to play with on their visits.

I just loved her tree and I wanted to share it. Not only is it simple and lovely, but it shares treasured memories - just what a my kind of Christmas tree is all about!

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