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Christmas tree decorating tradition

Many people around the world are partaking in the tradition of putting up and decorating a Christmas tree.  From what I’ve read we owe this fabulous tradition to the Germans.  Thanks.
Christmas tree decorating 2014

I remember lying on my back under my grandmother’s tree with my cousins watching big bubble lights through the tree.  It was always a large fat tree with traditional ornaments collected over the years.  The fresh cut tree smell was as good as the visuals.  There was always a coconut under the tree that they told us little kids was a Santa Clause egg.  It was an exotic treat and tradition my grandfather started.  On Christmas day the coconut was cracked open and shredded on a white coconut cake.  I take a memory trip back in time every time I see one.
This year we moved into a larger house that will allow me and the little grands to decorate several trees.  When I told them the plan they became very excited.  We started decorating Thanksgiving day with a woodland tree in the den.  It stands in an old cotton stuffed galvanized wash tub, with tufts of cotton and shredded snow, dozens of birds and bird houses on it.  I especially love the little birds that look like finches.
blue birds in Christmas tree  bird Christmas tree  woodland bird Christmas tree
bird angel
Girl grand picked out an angel that could hold a bird for the topper.  Last we picked out some woodsy snowmen, big pine cones and another birdhouse to place under the tree with a couple of large toys and gift boxes.  When it was done I reveled in seeing the grands lying under the tree giggling happily and singing Christmas songs.

tradition Christmas tree decorating with birds birdhouses snowmen

Do you put up a tree?  What are your favorite tree stories?

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18 comments:

  1. Beautiful tree Jeannie! I adore the your idea of putting it in a washtub...it looks wonderful!

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    1. Thanks, I have 2 more tubs I'm dying to use somehow...thinking on the big back porch.

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  2. Your tree is lovely and love the snowmens too.

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    1. Thank you Vanessa. I have a whole snowmen Pinterest board to help me curb my collecting need virtually!

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  3. I love your tree Jeannie. It's beautiful. I have a tree decorating party every year with my grands - we spend the day putting up the tree, making cookies and hot chocolate and watching "The Polar Express". It has been our tradition for forever it seems. I look forward to it more than they do I think. Cathy

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    1. I love that Cathy. It's the littles that make the holiday so fun and I just found out we're expecting another grand in May!

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  4. Love that coconut story, I've never heard of it! Also love the woodland theme. I'm finding that each year I use more and more natural elements in my decorating.
    xoKathleen

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    1. The natural is such a wholesome feel.

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  5. Jeannie,
    Congratulations on your new home. Your tree is beautiful but, your tradition is priceless.Have you continued it with your Grands? I hope you have because it is to good not too.aring y
    Thank you for shour talent and creativity along with your grandchildren.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

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    1. Yes and my siblings do it too.

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  6. What a beautiful tree and love your reminiscing of your grandparents tree and the coconut.

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    1. I have so many good memories at my grandparents, I should write a whole book.

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  7. I love your coconut story; it's wonderful. It does look like snow! It might be a good tradition for where it is warm. I love how your focus is on the family. Beautiful post. xoxo

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    1. Thanks. Look for my coconut cake post next week.

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  8. I love your coconut story; it's wonderful. It does look like snow! It might be a good tradition for where it is warm. I love how your focus is on the family. Beautiful post. xoxo

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  9. Your trees are pretty. We focus on the family as well during Christmas. The whole commercial buy buy buy bugs me.

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  10. What a lovely & fun tradition to put a coconut under the tree .
    Only one thing is better than Christmas tree - lots of Christmas trees haha! No wonder your Grands love it :)

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  11. That is so pretty! Thank you for joining HSH! Have a very Merry Christmas!

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