Photoblog: Trimming the Tree

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is of course, decorating the tree. It’s kind of a spiritual experience for me. I like to put the tree up early in the season so I can enjoy it for weeks. Its ornaments are a reminder of childhood, whimsy and a few of my favorite things.

Below are a few of my favorites:

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I used to joke that my Christmas tree was pretty much all Auburn and Jesus. That’s still pretty much true, from just about any angle.

 

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Two of the oldest ornaments on the tree — a popcicle stick ornament with an “M” I made in kindergarten and Strawberry Shortcake, who captured so much of my childhood.

 

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My mom gave me this one, insisting that “coffee” needed to be on the tree somewhere. And she was right…

 

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These are four of my favorites, collected from my Coffee, Tea and Holy Water travels — a dragon (cymru) from Wales, a wooden giraffe from a market in Tanzania, a red-tassle from China I managed to find in a Shanghai bookstore, and a keychain with the provinces of Honduras.

 

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The Corcovado from Brazil

 

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Another of my favorites — Father Time and Baby New Year. I’ve had this one since I was in high school, and it reminds me of the old year passing and a new year just around the corner.

 

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Toomer’s Corner in Auburn, one of my favorite places

 

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Something I’m thankful for this year…

 

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One of ┬ámy favorite book series and movies…

 

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The State of Alabama, with a heart over the place I was born.

 

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Fairly new to the tree, this was added last year, made by children in Kolkata, India.

 

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Added this year, an M&M garland picked up in a Christmas shop from the Smoky Mountains. M&Ms have always been my favorite candy.

 

From my tree to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Never forget the reason for the season.

Mandy