Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories - The Christmas Tree

December 1 - The Christmas Tree

Did you have a real tree or was it artificial? How big was the tree? Who decorated the tree?

When I was very young, we had a real tree and as a little child I am sure it looked big to me. From the pictures, I would likely say it was around 7 feet tall. The last real tree that I remember in our house was when I was a teenager. I recall taking it out and all the remaining needles were falling off, as the tree was pulled out the door. For many years, we had an artificial tree. I remember my dad being responsible for the lights and making sure that the icicles were hanging properly. As we got older, we helped with the trimming of the tree.

Christmas 1952 when Ted was a baby. Nancy is giving him a big hug and I am sitting beside them in front of the Christmas tree.

This is the Christmas tree from 1988

 late nineties perhaps? As the nieces and nephews grew, our small living room became too crowded, so the Christmas tree moved to the family room in the basement. The only challenge is the ceiling is not very high which makes it more challenging to put the angel on top.

updated post from 2007

© 2009 Janet Iles


  1. The last pictures look a lot like our tree. They're lovely. I bet each ornament has a memory attached to it.

  2. Amy - yes, each ornament has a memory attached to them. You remember who made them or who gave them to you.

    It will be fun to check out the other posts during the Advent Calendar of Memories.


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