Married 17 years to my accountant, keyboard playing husband. Mother to one clever 13 year old boy and two brilliant girls age 10 and 6. My third appendage is my laptop as I manage and edit my online lifestyle magazine for Southern Utah and my food blog -- Pantry Eats. I love to write about parenting, food, exploring and home and garden. I am also a gardener, a semi-decent cook (I learned to cook so late in life) a voracious reader and, like all moms, an accomplished chauffeur.

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Designer Christmas Tree vs. Sentimental Tree

“I call the ice skates,” my youngest daughter said as she pulled out the old felt ice skate ornament that was mine when I was a little girl. Such a ratty old thing and yet so much joy in that one ornament for my little girl. This year I finally bought a nine foot fake Christmas tree that I love. I worried when that tree was up that I would be disappointed in the hodgepodge ornaments that decorate it. Would this be the year that I would decide I wanted everything to coordinate in a perfectly themed tree?

Turns out I didn’t. I have decorated a few designer style trees for Christmas Festivals. I love a themed tree. But what I discovered this year is that what I love even more is the pure delight my children get as they pull out each different ornament. It is like they are getting reacquainted with old friends. I wouldn’t give that up for anything. I love how they measure their growing hands against their old “hand” ornaments. There are some matching ornament sets and I love how they make sure each of them gets to put up at least one of the set.

Someday (when my basement is finished) I am going to have two trees. Then I will get a designer tree look. But I am guessing that watching my children decorate the “sentimental” hodge podge tree will still be one of my favorite Christmas traditions. I wouldn’t abandon that tree for anything. So how about you. Are you a themed Christmas tree lover or do you have a 100 different ornaments for your tree?



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  1. Jen 12/07/2012 at 11:48 am

    I did the two trees this year. The pretty one in my dining room in front of the main window. I bought a nine inch fake tree that was pre-lit, pre-acorned and pre-berried and I LOVE it!

    We also have the kids’ tree in the family room and you know, I love that one too!