Oh Christmas Tree!

The family Christmas Tree is finally decorated. Decorating the Christmas Tree is a big deal to me as it was for my Dad, and as I hope it always will be for my daughter.

When I was a kid we would go out as a family, always on a Sunday to pick out our Christmas Tree. My Dad would choose the biggest, gaudiest tree he could find. They would tie it to the top of my Dad’s big Cadillac and we would drive home in the sealed car full of cigarette smoke.

My Dad preferred decorating the tree on his own. He would lay the tree on its side to screw it in the stand. He would place the angel on the top, the same angel year after year. We had the big colorful hot lights so my Dad would let me put the foil backings on the bulbs which were for preventing the tree from burning down. Then he would string the lights, carefully string the gold garland, and then start on the ornaments.

If I put on an ornament, I would always see later on that it was moved.

Still, I learned a lot watching and was always proud of our family tree, and of my Dad. Everyone would always come to admire Johnny’s tree.

When I grew up and got married I bought a big and gaudy tree too, and decorated it just like my Dad. I had my own angel now which we got in Woolworths. I included the gold garland and lots and lots of tinsel just like Dad.

As time went on, I evolved. I got rid of the gold garland and said good riddance to the nuisance of tinsel which had a million label warnings. I replaced the garland with red bows and used little white lights. More than 25 years later the angel died and I replaced the Woolworth one with one from Amazon.

Along the way, my Dad died. He left all his Christmas ornaments to me.

My daughter and I have been decorating the tree together for years. I almost never move her ornaments.

Today we still decorate the tree together. It’s my favorite part of Christmas. We even have the color lights again, but now they’re cool to touch thanks to technology. We’re still getting a live tree because I’m stubborn and refuse to get an artificial one. I’m hoping my daughter will feel this way too, but I have a feeling that won’t be the case.

We have ornaments for every year 1990-2020.

We have baby first Christmas ornaments and Best Teacher ornaments too.

There are dozens of Disney World ornaments, and ornaments from many of the places we have traveled.

There’s an ornament for each dog we had over the years.

Many ornaments were made by my children and by me too.

my favorite ornaments used to be the ornaments that were once placed on my Dad’s Christmas Tree.

Now they are the ones my daughter gives me!

Published by momrockzz

I am a newly retired NYC public school teacher blogging about her new life. I’m living a happy retirement life on Long Island - dog sitting, traveling, and experimenting with new endeavors.

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