My Christmas Tree!

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Let me just start by saying that until a couple of years ago, we have ALWAYS had a real Christmas tree and I would NEVER have entertained the idea of an artificial one at all, in fact we even have 3 lovely (& now very tall..) ex-Christmas trees growing outside when at odd times we’ve bought rooted ones to plant out later & they have decided they like it in our garden. I think it’s partly because we always had real trees at home when I was little and, indeed it was one of our Christmas traditions to go out & pick one & then stand outside in the freezing cold trying to hold it upright in a bucket while Dad shovelled soil into it….

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Heck, I really don’t even mind sweeping & hoovering up pine needles all year round, which could have been under that chair for any number of years…

But, a change came to our home a couple of years ago when we must have left it a little too late & despite trawling around all the local haunts, I just could not find the right size & right type of tree for the right price (yes I wanted a real tree, but it also has to be right!) but totally not being prepared to go without a tree (it’s my favourite Christmas thing!) we ended up with an artificial one from Tesco…It also came in handy last year when my Christmas got turned upside down & this year it came out of the loft again to save a few quid…I’m definitely getting a real one again next year though! No needles everywhere now, just a whole lot of fake ‘snow’…

Now I’ve cleared that up, I’ll tell you the history of just a few of my beloved tree decorations…

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I’m really not a fan of colour coordinated or so called ‘tasteful’ Christmas decorations and like the rest of our home, not to mention my wardrobe, my tree is full of clashing colours, memories & history, reflecting many of the things that we love in life. There is a strong vintage presence, when me & hubby Simon were first together over 20 years ago we were 1950s afficionados & bought lots of vintage decorations from charity shops & fleamarkets, including many of the pretty painted glass ones which I still love & remember from my own childhood & they still go up every year (chipped paint & all!) Tree 12

I have a fair amount of ‘retro’ stuff too as I used to go mad buying things from Past Times many years ago when I first discovered their mail order catalogue before they even had a store local to me. I still have the clip on birds from them, plus a box of little ‘medieval’ style crackers that still nestle in the branches.

My very best ‘vintage’ ornaments are these little sweethearts that my Nan gave me a while back (as I’m the one in the family that appreciates old things) which were given to my Uncle by his Godparents for his first Christmas in 1949. I am a little scared of breaking them, they’re very hard plastic, but I still hang them every year and just keep a really good eye on them & pack them really well!

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   It’s not all vintage by any means though & sometimes it’s just stuff we pick up because we like it, or like these little blue sparkly cars that were a gift as I guess we like old cars! The robots are always admired & were from Habitat with some left -over gift vouchers from our wedding in 2007 once we’d bought the bookshelf we wanted.

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We’re big fans of buying tourist type souvenirs when we travel & love to get Christmas tree ornaments wherever we go so of course Elvis decs from Memphis are strongly featured…

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..and there are a LOT more of those…

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In this shot you can see Elvis, a little duck bought from the Peabody Hotel  in Memphis, and the clip-on candle is another from Nan, can you imagine a whole tree full of lit candles….?

As well as Tennessee, we also love NYC & like to be reminded of our visits to Manhattan…

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Would love to be there for Christmas one day! Another of our favourite Cities isn’t quite so far away…

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 Definitely thinking of all our Merseyside & Merseybeat buddies this Christmas as we lost one of our best friends from Liverpool this year.

Tree 3Yep that’s a Death Star, a little Jailhouse Rock there too, a kitsch plastic Father Christmas from a charity shop & a lovely bear that Simon bought me a couple of years ago (I also have a blue one, representing me & the Mr.) I do like to add to the tree every year, and I like bears.

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Can’t have Memphis without Nashville, it’s a Country Christmas…

As for the top of the tree, somewhere packed away we have a proper 1950s fairy with a big paper skirt (like we still had when I was little in the ’70s!) but she hasn’t seen the light of day for ages & I don’t know exactly where she is so until we unpack everything from when we moved (20 years ago) we just have a bit of fun with it, & usually it’s the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll on the top of our Christmas tree!

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(Homer Simpson creeping in there too!) There’s lots, lot more than I can mention here but everything has a reason & a memory like the silver stars I bought for my first vintage nightwear party Twilight Time when I wanted everything twinkly & pretty – just very cheap ones but they sparkle away nicely & remind me of that lovely evening.

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These plastic reindeer are just like the ones we had when I was little too, & you can also see my Buckingham Palace ornament, a memory of a fabulous birthday day out when we went to see the Diamonds exhibition in 2012.

That’s just a drop in the ocean! Also, yes to old fashioned fairy lights, chocolates & lots of silver tinsel.

Still not a real one, but really pleased with how it looks this year!

Merry Christmas to you all, and may your own decorations shine brightly x

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