Beauty of an Eclectic Christmas Tree

Beauty of an Eclectic Christmas Tree

Every year, I skim through Christmas magazines and admire the elegant, tastefully decorated trees in them.

“Someday,” I think, “I’ll have a gorgeous tree with matching bulbs and ornaments just like that.”

But then December comes and I pull the crates of ornaments from the attic.

Unwrapping each carefully packed item brings back fond thoughts of good times past. There’s a story behind each one: the various sports my son played and his favorite things during different “phases” (Wizard of Oz, Ninja Turtles, Magic Schoolbus, Power Rangers, etc.), vacations, our first computer, our kayaks, gift ornaments from friends…

The ornaments don’t match — and to someone else, they may seem like a hodgepodge of junk — but the memories evoked from an eclectic Christmas tree are beautiful to me.

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18 Responses to Beauty of an Eclectic Christmas Tree

  1. denise says:

    Diane, you have the right idea. So true!! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Denise
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    • blogqueendiane says:

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Denise! I told the “girls” you said hi when we went out to dinner a couple weeks ago. Hope you had a great holiday.

  2. Vanessa D. says:

    I enjoy decorating my tree with a little of this and a little of that. I need to replace some ornaments, but after reading an article about the place in China where most ornaments are made and seeing pictures of workers covered in the finishes used to make ornaments look pretty, I’ll stick to craft fairs and making my own. Those are the ones that have more personality anyhow.
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  3. TriGirl says:

    Personally, trees like yours are the kind I love. The decorations should tell your family’s story; that’s what makes the tree beautiful.
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  4. Marcy says:

    I am so with you on that! My ornament collection has become a family history, showing the things my kids loved through the years, as well as some from my and my husband’s childhoods.
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  5. Rachel G says:

    When I was growing up, I always thought i’d have a “perfect” color-coordinated tree when I was an adult! Nope. I don’t, but I sure love my eclectic tree!
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  6. Sharon Rowe says:

    Hi I’m visiting from How To Get Organized At Home and just wanted to say thank you for popping over and sharing your post. It is true that I want the perfect Christmas tree decorated but I to like the items that have memories and meaning to me. Thanks for sharing:)
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