Growing up on the ranch, Christmas decorating was always natural. We would make paper snowflakes and hang them with sewing thread from the wooden ceiling beams. We would gather juniper boughs with their blue berries and arrange them, perhaps with a fabric bow.
All year long, Daddy would be on the lookout for just the right tree. Then the week before Christmas, he would saddle up his horse. If the chosen tree was some distance he would take a pack horse and his axe, and late that evening would return with the perfect tree.
It sat outside for a couple of days so the branches would relax, and then on Christmas eve, he would bring it in, set it up so it was perfectly straight--with Mom's guidance, of course. And then the whole family would help decorate it. Every tinsel strand was hung just so. Finally the star was put on the top. Every year I was sure that it was the most beautiful tree in the world.
This fits in with Susan's list today--Christmas Tree. Here are a couple of antique trees that I put up, the beginning of my decorating.
I have several antique things that I bring out for the holidays, soon my house will have that special Christmas feel.
Every year I am sure that is the best decorating that I have done. Life needs to get out of my way so that I can get started.