I'm not the kind of girl that wants a perfectly decorated Christmas tree. I'm not into replicating the newest look or trend. I think those are beautiful, but it's not for me. I like the kids to help decorate, and kids do not decorate perfectly, nor do they always pick the prettiest ornaments. I like using ornaments from years ago, that I don't necessarily think as attractive as I once did, but they are part of our Christmas history together and so I want to see them every year.
The Christmas tree is the one part of my holiday decor that I actually let the kids have a hand in, since it is such a symbol of the family and things collected over the years. The kids will be grown and gone before we know it, so I'm going to enjoy the imperfection while I can. Even so, I have a couple of current favorites amongst the ornaments.
The first one I just bought this year. Made of pewter, it commemorates the church on our village green. Of course, I had to have it. This is the church that rings the bells I hear every hour and rings songs as well a couple of times a day. I can't tell you how much I love that.
This other one I bought at The Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts last winter. The Orchard House was where Louisa May Alcott lived, and the house was used as her model of the home in Little Women. We go there quite often.
When I bought my tree topper a couple of years ago, I thought it was a star. Guess I wasn't very observant, because it is obviously a snowflake, but I still love it and its retro appeal.
I love that this year, in our new home, we can finally fit the tree into our family room. We get to enjoy it so much more than if its in a more neglected corner or a room not used too often. Last year it was in our dining room of our old home. That was great for when we sat down to eat, but didn't we really get to relax and enjoy it.