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 :)