Friday, December 21, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree

I love my tree. I got a real tree - I thought about an artificial one but I just think the smell of pine is so much part of Christmas I wanted a real one. Did I mention I love it? I can just sit and gaze adoringly at it - I think it's beautiful. It's also a part of my life story, as I've collected ornaments from where I used to live, and from my globe-trotting adventures. It's a very 'me' tree. I thought I'd give you a little tour.

I've travelled a bit around Asia, so many of my decorations are souvenirs from those trips. Malaysia is represented by a festive depiction of the Petronas towers in Kuala Lumpur and a pair of traditional clogs; Thailand by colourful elephants and Cambodia in little silk stars.

I've got hand painted lacquered papier-mache baubles from both Malaysia and India, and the Chinese lanterns came from Vietnam. My beautiful glass baubles are from Bradford-on-Avon (where I used to live - my first 'real' home after university) and Marks & Spencer when I worked there. There's also a selection of home-made paper heart decorations.

A Japanese good luck charm nestles under a festive bow in Indian brocade ribbon.

More beautiful glass ornaments from Bradford-on-Avon - and a cinnamon wood heart from Vietnam.

This little fellow (one of a set of 6 in different colours) is a new addition to my collection - he's modern (from Tesco would you believe) but he just looked so fifties kitsch I couldn't resist!

And topping it all, a fairy in a sparkly frock with a giant wand and a handbag. Told you it was a very me tree!

How do you do your Christmas tree? Is yours a story of your life in a mish-mash of ornaments, or do you like to have a theme? I've seen some beautiful themed trees - like Solanah's pink and blue tree and Shona's Cinderella tree... but, well, I still like mine the bestest :)


  1. Cute tree! I agree, the mish-mash ones are the best! That's how we always do ours.

  2. We always had a real tree growing up-I loved it! So glad you did it!! Our tree used to be mostly Disney ornaments but since my children would want to touch them I haven't put on the ornaments in three years now. I think I will wait til my youngest is like 4 or 5 and knows better LOL xox

  3. I always liked the glass baubles which were cut in half with the coloured insides, when I was a child.

  4. Lovely tree! I think a real tree adds the timeless Christmas touch, too. Our tree is artificial white, with adorable repro vintage ornaments. I will post about ours soon!

  5. Oh so festive and eclectic!


  6. A personal tree is really the best, mine is decorated with family ornaments dating fromt the 1930s through to the 1970s, some beautiful, some really tacky but all loved.

  7. Love your tree! So neat to have ornaments from all your travels. I think one of the interesting things about Christmas trees is that everyone's tree tells a different story. No two Christmas trees anywhere on the planet will look the same, and they all have a story (or more) to tell. Merry Christmas to you!

  8. Awww, what a wonderfully lovely, meaningful tree. The decor for our tree is fairly colour coordinated (I have collections of ornaments that are a.) dusty pink and creamy champagne and b.) silver and turquoise, and I tend to rotate them from year to year), but the rest of the decor sprinkled around the house is a similar mishmash of items collected, bought, and bestowed on us over the years.

    Happiest Christmas wishes!
    ♥ Jessica

  9. I collect glass ornaments and have done so since I moved together with DH 30 years ago. I showed some of them last year: and will show some more next Thursday. Your tree is lovely. I love when the tree tells a story and is personal. I don't like those Better Homes perfect trees. Wishing you a Merry Christmas. I love your blog and read all your posts although I don't comment very often. :)


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