Thank you to everyone who contributed or left a comment about dressing up, our last months prompt. These can be seen here.
This month we of course have to have a theme of Christmas. Will the disparate geographical locations give a difference in what kind of tree is used? Will a country’s culture play an effect making the different generations from the same country have the same customs regarding trees? Is it purely a familial activity? This month I would like to hear about your Christmas trees. Is your tree tradition one that is the same as your parents and their parents and your childhood? Did you cut down your own tree? Was it real? Did you have a tree at all? When did you put it up? Anything at all to do with Christmas trees from your past is welcome here. Put it as a post on your site and link back or add it to the comments section here. Don’t forget to put what generation you come from and geographical location (country and whether rural or city). Full details about the prompt rules are here.
Baby Boomer: Australia rural
Our year in NewYork was the only Christmas (to my knowledge) that our family had a real Christmas Tree (and as you can see I don’t remember it photo above). I have been reading on blogs of people preparing to trim the tree, and put it up at /after Thanksgiving. This made me think of how little tradition my family followed when it came to Christmas, although the meaning of Christmas from a religious aspect was always observed.
We always had an artificial tree. I remember my grandparents had a green artificial tree which was non metal. This allowed them to have Christmas lights on it which we could not with our metal tree for fear of electrocution. My Mum was so proud of her silver tree. She would often say how wonderful not to have to clean up pine needles. Thirteen days before Christmas the tree would come out of its box and we’d shake out the tinsel leaves to uncrush them from their wrapping tube. We had the joy of helping to erect it, slotting the branches into the holes in the silver trunk. Our decorations were fairly sparse. A bit of tinsel, a few shiny coloured cardboard stars and the odd ornament (usually from a Christmas gift of Christmases past) would hang. Looking at the photo now it is a bit of a sad specimen of a tree and would certainly not pass muster these days but for us it was a time of excitement. It heralded a season of joy, of singing christmas carols, nativity plays, parties but mostly the tree itself was where the presents sat and for us, as children, this was probably the most significant part of the joy of the tree.
I have become a crusty old woman these days and erect a tree purely for my mother (who loves Christmas) or for any children that may be staying with us. This one is a branch from the park which I painted gold. Decorations not much different from my childhood.
This year I am not erecting a tree at all. I hope you join in as I’m looking forward to hearing of your Christmas tree traditions. Certainly seeing a Christmas tree gives me a sense that peace and goodwill toward all is possible. I wish you all a very merry Christmas.
Baby Boomer South Australia city