Welcome! It is the Serendipitous Stitching 2021 Advent Blog Hop! The theme this year is Christmas Trees! I was so happy to see that because I just love Christmas trees. My parents lived in Germany before I was born (actually I was born in Heidelberg and spent my first year there too) and collected many beautiful wood and glass and wax and pewter ornaments. Our tree was always very beautiful. Early in our marriage, my husband and I traveled a great deal, even living in The Netherlands for most of a year. My souvenirs were ornaments (and a beautiful wooden Nativity set from Oberammergau). I delight each year in getting them out and decorating our tree. But now it is only the 6th day of Advent (counting from Sunday) and usually I do not have too much up for Christmas at this point. We always have had a real tree since moving to our current house and so we wait till closer to Christmas to get it. Therefore I shall show you some trees of Christmas past.
Sometimes we have a huge tree, and sometimes one not so big. You can see by the window there how they vary. We have 11 foot tall ceilings in this room so we can fit a big tree and some years it is fun to be really grand. One year we got one too big and had to chop off the bottom. That would be the one on the top right there. It was too tall for me to reach the top, even with a step stool and I didn’t get around to bringing in the ladder! I will not get one that big again! We had to bolt it into the wall it was so big because if it fell it would have hit the piano across the room!
Since making these collages, I notice over the years they all look very similar-probably because most of the ornaments are the same every year with a few new additions! And while sometimes we had an angel and sometimes a star, there have even been a few years when we didn’t put anything on the top!
Our most memorable tree was the Bow Tree of 2007. That was the year my first baby was born…on December 20 (he will be 14 in a couple weeks! Yikes!) I was able to assemble our artificial tree that year and put lights on it but soon lost steam on decorating, being in my last days of pregnancy. I was never able to get out the ornaments and decorate it properly so we just put bows on the tree as we unwrapped our gifts. It was quite pretty actually.
I know the pictures above don’t give a good sense of what the ornaments look like so here are a few close ups. In addition to the European ornaments, I have a great many handmade ornaments made by my grandma Ruth, my mom, and myself. You can see I also love blown glass ornaments, and if you looks closely you’ll see some cuties from Hallmark and a few Erzgebirge German ornaments as well.
Decorating the tree is one of my favorite things to do every year. I am like my mom…constantly arranging and making improvements until the day we take it down! The kids help a bit at the beginning but they usually leave me to do most of it (maybe they get tired of my “guidance!” I should try to give them more freedom but I can’t help myself!) We ALL enjoy it though. It is in a part of our home where you see it every time you go up and down the stairs or walk through the house to or from the kitchen so it is constantly admired all month. Like I mentioned, with a live tree we wait to put it up until a week or two before Christmas, and try to leave it up through Epiphany, depending how dry it gets.
As I don’t have any new Christmas stitching to show you at this time, I pulled out the box of ornaments I’ve made over the years and spread them out to share. They make me so happy! You can see many of them are Mill Hill. They truly are treasures and little works of art! This doesn’t include many I’ve made for my kids which are in their own boxes.
Oh…I may not be able to wait very much longer to get a tree this year after writing this post! I am so excited to hang these up again! And seeing them also makes me want to stitch more! There are SO many cute designs awaiting my needle and thread!
I wish you all a blessed and joyful and peaceful Advent season! Thank you for visiting Mary’s Thread today!