Merry Christmas Eve! Nothing like waiting until the last minute to share this year’s Old World style Christmas tree. But if you think about it, it’s the perfect time to share my tree because it’s customary in Germany (where the Christmas tree originated) to put up your tree on Christmas Eve. I don’t know of anyone that waits that long though.
You’ll notice there aren’t any presents under the tree. We celebrated our family holiday last weekend with a three-day trip to historic Galena, Illinois. We’ve been doing this for five years now and I just booked the same house again for next year.
This year I used the same ornaments as last year, but used a more sparse tree. Truth be told, I wasn’t in much of a mood to decorate for the holidays. I can’t really pinpoint a reason, except for perhaps the memories of years past when I’d go all out and it was so much work. I enjoyed keeping things simpler this year.
There are two things new to this year’s tree. I added gold, velvet bows and a few more orange-hued vintage ornaments, like the pine cone below. The orange ornaments are from Ukraine and I ordered them on Etsy back in October. Due to the war, I wasn’t sure I’d even get them but I felt good about purchasing from someone who was facing a daily challenge. Honestly I was okay with not receiving them and not getting my money back if something happened. Much to my surprise, they arrived in November.
The majority of the ornaments on my Old World style Christmas tree are from King of Christmas. The tree is the unlit Noble Fir, also from King of Christmas. I decided to string my own lights on the tree because sometimes a strand of lights will go out on pre-lit trees and it can be a challenge to replace them. Not to mention it’s more economical. The little orangey-bronze ornament next to the orange slice at the top of the photo is also from Ukraine.
Last year’s felted partridge adorns the top of the tree once again. Look carefully and you’ll notice we’ve got snow for Christmas. The blizzard that roiled across the country hit us just a little bit. We ended up with two inches of the white fluffy stuff instead of 12 inches that was predicted for our area.
For some reason my kitties like to gather under the tree when the sun goes down and the lights are on. Can you see them? It’s Izzy and Bella (they’re brother and sister).
Enjoy your Christmas holiday this weekend! Many people are going through struggles and challenges but I hope and pray that you will be able to find some peace and joy. Don’t stress about making everything perfect. Enjoy the moment and revel in the miracle of Christ’s birth.