Oh Christmas Tree

December 15, 2015

We brought home a beautiful Christmas tree on the weekend and covered it in lights, pompoms, shiny baubles, glittery fish and birds with hot pink feathers. “More is more,” is our mantra. While I appreciate the elegance and restraint of a tree covered in nothing but white lights, this is the time for colourful and kitsch. Some of our decorations are gifts, some we’ve purchased, and others, like the children’s great-grandmother’s vintage Eaton’s baubles, are festive heirlooms. Our tree reminds me of the trees I grew up with, also covered in a million decs, also playful and unpretentious. I liked white lights, my brother liked multi-coloured ones, so we alternated year-to-year. There were garlands of farfalle pasta, sprayed gold and silver, crystal stalactites that hung off every other branch and a somewhat disheveled looking angel at the top. Every year there were tears around the tree, (tangled lights, smashed baubles, and a massive fight with my brother in our late teens over who would dismantle it) but that only made me love it more. Yes, it was a fabulous tree.



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