I’ll tell you mine, if you’ll tell me yours. 🙂
I’ve always loved Christmas decorations. As a child, we always had a decorated tree, but that was the extent of the decorations. However, my grandparents had lots of decorations.
My grandmother also enjoyed making wreaths and sprays with fresh greenery and winterberries. Thanksgiving weekend arrives, and I start itching to cut branches.
I did an outdoor arrangement and made sure I had enough to put in a vase that just happened to be one my grandparents received for their 50th anniversary. I got a 2 for 1 memory with the indoor arrangement.
I need to be able to take everything down quickly because of our departure for SC right after the holiday and since I don’t need room underneath for presents, I got the smaller tree down. For teenagers with long lists of items that in most cases grandparents don’t even recognize the name, cash is king, and cash doesn’t require a box. Sad but true. If you have any actual presents to be wrapped, just let me know, and I’ll come right over. I miss it.
The 4′ tree needed some height at the bottom so I used a washtub as a base, covered it with green burlap, and set it on a plant stand. I love repurposing so this works for me. I still have my lights and all of my favorite, family ornaments a few of which are well over 50 years old. Some of the older ones are a little worse for the wear, but I understand and appreciate that because those words could probably be used to describe me as well. 🙂
I love ornaments and buy one each time we travel. I also buy one for my daughter and grandkids each year whether they want one or not. It’s my thing. I can’t be stopped even with the rolling of the eyes. 🙂
Then there is the food. Besides the traditional items, there are two things we always have – cranberry jello with fresh cranberries and apple that my mother-in-law always made and at least a couple of batches of toffee.
I do well in a toffee coma. The toffee recipe is from fellow blogger, Kerry at Love Those Hands at Home. I think kindly of her every time I make a batch.
So, now it’s your turn. What’s on your Christmas traditions list? 🎄