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In early December, we went to Home Depot, a store I usually avoid.  I had heard they had a wide selection of artificial trees.  Yes, we were considering buying an artificial tree.  It would be easier, and we could put the tree up earlier without worrying about it drying out.

Home Depot had one by Martha Stewart that was sort of real looking.  All their trees had tasteful white lights.  None seemed to have room for my vast array of ornaments.  We tried Costco, where a tree was available with lights that could be programmed for white or colours (for $379!)

Martha tree and the Costco tree

Martha tree and the Costco tree

Where would I put the ornaments??

If I were to get an artificial tree, I might like a cool metal one:

(found it on Google images, failed to find the source)

(found it on Google images, failed to find the source)

I would want one that is silver and tree like, not ultra modern:

not like this!

not like this!

PlanetChristmasTree.com has a rather amazing purple metal tree that is tempting:

If it had lower branches, I would probably go for it!

If it had lower branches, I would probably go for it!

I love this tree that I saw in the Toepfer garden in Klipsan Beach:

tree

But it does not have enough room for ornaments.

Perhaps I could find a bare twiggy tree growing where it’s not wanted and cut it down, maybe paint it silver…or not.

maybe the top of a small lichened tree that looked sort of like this.

maybe the top of a small lichened tree that looked sort of like this.

But I found no such cute stray twiggy tree.  I could only find ones that were cone shaped with a lack of room for ornaments.   Two weeks of dithering about it and not enough planning ahead…and the inability to find the just right artificial tree….and almost deciding not to have one at all….led to buying a cut one, as usual.  We chose the Ilwaco High School Band tree sale so that the money would go to a good cause.

tree sign

The music director poses, below, with the last trees out of the considerable number that they had sold.

more on this later!

We were too late for the tall, grand trees and settled for the one in the middle.  In Seattle, I used to have ten foot ceilings and an eight foot tree, so these looked too short to me…but were all that remained after the successful fundraiser.  They sold out completely about an hour later!

This may be why I would like an artificial tree.  If I acquire a tree before the 10th, I tire of it before the 31st.  And yet by the middle of the month, the trees left are Charlie Brownish.

So we took the tallish but not ceiling height, rather narrow tree home, put it up and I decorated it.

tree

And yet it was so very cone shaped that the many ornaments could not tuck into the branches, so they ended up sort of laying along the outsides.  The music department trees were Noble Firs.  I researched, looking for the kind of tree with lots of space between its branches.  Perhaps I want a Spruce, even though Spruce needles are mean and pointy sharp.

A few weather proof ornaments ended up on a tree outside.

outdoor tree

outdoor tree

I had the perfect tree in 2010.  Perhaps a tree expert can tell me if it was a spruce:

This tree we had (from The Planter Box) in 2010 was better suited for my vast array of ornaments.

This tree we had (from The Planter Box) in 2010 was better suited for my vast array of ornaments.

Ah, the sentimentality of Christmas tree ornaments.  In my mid 20s, I had a yard sale purge of ornaments because I thought I was done celebrating Christmas.  Then I spent years recollecting the sort that remind me of my grandma’s and parents’ ornaments that I had sold.  Now I cannot tell which are the original and which replacements, but I can tell you the story of some of them.

a metal tree that I bought in a Mexican folk art shop on the hill climb at Seattle's Pike Place Market.

a metal tree that I bought in a Mexican folk art shop on the hill climb at Seattle’s Pike Place Market.

a heart given to me by my 80s sweetheart, Bryan

a heart given to me by my 80s sweetheart, Bryan

This battered old peach was an ornament that hung on my Grandma's tree when she was a child.

This battered old peach was an ornament that hung on my Grandma’s tree when she was a child.

My star lights won't fit inside my little cottage ornaments, but with the right kind of light, they glow.

My star lights won’t fit inside my little cottage ornaments, but with the right kind of light, their windows glow.

glass ornaments of unusual shapes are my favourites

glass ornaments of unusual shapes are my favourites

also frosted ones, and ones with patterns

also frosted ones, and ones with patterns

and best of all, ones with words

and best of all, ones with words

When horror writer Wilum Pugmire was my housemate in Seattle, he always hung skeletons on the tree, so this is for him.

When horror writer Wilum Pugmire was my housemate in Seattle, he always hung skeletons on the tree, so this is for him.

I've had this garland with glass bells since I was a child.

I’ve had this garland with glass bells since I was a child.

Back in Seattle, I used to go to the gym a lot...before i worked full time as a gardener, which is about all the physical work I can handle.

Back in Seattle, I used to go to the gym a lot…before i worked full time as a gardener, which is about all the physical work I can handle.

I especially love glass ornaments with insets.

I especially love glass ornaments with insets.

insets

the more is more school of decorating

the more is more school of decorating

netting

"pears" ornament from the Pike Place market

“pears” ornament from the Pike Place market

horse

horse

two

whale

whale

Frosty! Inset! Multi colours!!

Frosty! Inset! Multi colours!!

Am not that big on Santa; I have this style because my grandma did.

Am not that big on Santa; I have this style because my grandma did.

many garlands

many garlands

frosty patterns like the ones my mother had

frosty pattern ornaments used to be my mom’s

Am pretty sure my best friend Mary sent me this postcard...I love it so much I always put it on the tree.

I love this postcard so much I always put it on the tree.

The note says “Dear Santa, the cheese is for you”.  I thought for a long time that my friend Montana Mary sent it to me, until it dawned on me that it is blank so I must have bought it for myself and created a sentimental memory.  She agrees with me it is just the sort of thing she WOULD have sent me because our tastes are similar.

There was lots of room to tuck ornaments inside the 2010 tree, giving it depth.

There was lots of room to tuck ornaments inside the 2010 tree, giving it depth.

I like bird ornaments that can stay out on houseplants year round.

I like bird ornaments that can stay out on houseplants year round.

Remember these ornaments that would twirl over the hot bulb type Christmas tree lights?

Remember these ornaments that would twirl over the hot bulb type Christmas tree lights?

I used to lie on the floor and watch them twirl, because my parents hung unbreakable ornaments at the base of the tree.  (Now I do the same, because of cats.)

silver sleeping kitty

silver sleeping kitty

2010: the perfect height to touch the ceiling

2010: the perfect height to touch the ceiling

2011, also tall and with well spaced branches

2011, also tall and with well spaced branches

2012, tree in the window

2012, tree in the window

The trees of 2010, 11, and 12 were especially treasured because I had never found room for a Christmas tree in my little cottage behind the boatyard.

Other than the lack of space between branches, another difference in our 2013 tree is that it is narrow rather than wide at the base.  This has proved to be rather a blessing because I’ve been reorganizing my garden book collection onto a shelf right next to it.  (That’s another story!)

I feel good about having contributed to the fundraiser for the high school band’s school trip and have grown fond of our funny, too-short, narrow, conical 2013 tree with its a funny bent over top.  I’m glad I didn’t skip having a tree altogether.  I think I would have felt sad not to have it.

pictures of my grandma and her sister gaze upon it...

pictures of my grandma and her sister gaze upon it…

little tree by e.e. cummings

little tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower
who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see          i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly
i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don’t be afraid
look          the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
put up your little arms
and i’ll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy
then when you’re quite dressed
you’ll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they’ll stare!
oh but you’ll be very proud
and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we’ll dance and sing
“Noel Noel”

The Shortest Day
By Susan Cooper

And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us – listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome Yule!

you are more like a flower
who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see          i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly
i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don’t be afraid
look          the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
put up your little arms
and i’ll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy
then when you’re quite dressed
you’ll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they’ll stare!
oh but you’ll be very proud
and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we’ll dance and sing
“Noel Noel”
the unusually shaped ornaments

the unusually shaped ornaments

the frosted ones....

the frosted ones….some with words and pictures

the ones with insets...

the ones with insets…

and the ones that most strongly evoke times past.

and the ones that most strongly evoke times past.

 

 

 

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