We decorate the house first
Tabletops and mantles
And when all is done, we enjoy the house decorated as such
before we add the tree
For just a few days
And then a road trip to the tree shop
We keep it on the porch in a bucket of water
Until we're ready to bring inside
Where it's put in the Christmas tree place in the living room
And lighted with the big old fashioned colored lights
And strands and strands of red beads
that look like shiny cranberries
Then the ornaments are placed on
And then the tree is finished . . .
With icicles dripping from each branch
Ornaments old and new . . .
A styrofoam ball pinned with metal stars and circles
Made by me when I was a Campfire Girl . . . ages ago
A wooden German ornament
A used bulb for the Kansas City Plaza Christmas lights
sold by them to help finance those lights
A 50's plastic Santa -- from my childhood tree
A metal stamped ornament made by WF Norman Sheetmetal Company
from Nevada, Missouri
Two antique blown glass birds
And the finishing touch
Is the tinsel
Real "antique" tinsel
Packages and packages bought by us at a flea market ages ago
Probably from one of the last years that they sold "real" tinsel
Because of the price!
A tree isn't a tree without real tinsel
The tree . . . in the living room . . .
The Christmas decorations are now complete
It shines and shimmers and is a welcoming light at night.
Both Husband Jim and I enjoy the beauty of the tree.
And each year, we think this year's tree is the prettiest ever.
We both think that this year's tree is
the prettiest and best Christmas tree!