Advent Calendar 2010: December 1 – The Christmas Tree

It’s that time of year again: time for the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories hosted by Geneabloggers (thanks to Thomas MacEntee). I enjoyed posting for this series last year and look forward to participating again!

I just put up my Christmas trees last weekend. I no longer put up a single tree, as my family did years ago (see below), but three smaller themed-trees in different rooms of the house. This way I can enjoy a bit of Christmas no matter which room I’m in!
[Note: This post originally ran during the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories in December, 2009]

The Christmas Tree
Did you have a real tree or was it artificial? How big was the tree? Who decorated the tree? What types of Christmas trees did your ancestors have?

I mostly remember our family having an artificial tree, but I do recall a few times having a real tree. Our living room was small and we did not have much room for a sprawling spruce, but my mother always made sure our tree looked nice–plenty of colored lights, tinsel, and special ornaments–elves, Santas and Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (they were plastic with felt costumes). I always got to put the star on the tree–or sometimes it was an angel. When I was younger, my father would lift me up so I could reach the top and do the honors, but for the most part Dad stayed out of the decorating ritual.

As for my ancestors, I don’t know what type of trees they had–if they even had any at all.

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