Sunday, December 1, 2013

Advent Calendar of Memories 2013 - Christmas trees

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. 

Christmas tree - 1952

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. 

Some of the most special ornaments were handmade. As each one is pulled out of the box, you think about who made it. Today, while choosing which Christmas decorations to put out, I looked at some of them. Perhaps, I will have to get a Christmas tree next year as it is sad to see the ornaments sitting in a box.

The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at”

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