When I was twelve years old, my mother announced that we would no longer have a Christmas tree. The family was suffering from financial troubles and Mom and Dad were in the dumps. My reaction – “Give up the family Christmas tree?! Oh, hell to the no.” I told my parents if they bought one, I’d take over decorating and un-decorating it. They agreed to this deal, and a Christmas Tree Commander-in-Chief was born – one who leads the decorating charge to this day. To supplement the dwindling supply of family decorations, I began making ornaments as a teen. Here are a few of them.
When I began working in television I decided to focus my crafting on needlepoint, which happens to be a pricey hobby.
. But as my TV career slowed down, so did my needlepointing. (See comment about “pricey hobby.”) Eventually I began writing mysteries and revived a more economical craft: decoupage. Every year since Plantation Shudders debuted in 2015, I’ve made ornaments featuring my book covers. I even made an ornament celebrating a very special blog I’m lucky to belong to. 😉
Eventually my life took a wee bit of a financial upturn and I resumed needlepointing. As with the theme of my decoupage, I gravitated towards ornaments inspired by Louisiana and my series.
My homemade ornaments have now overtaken our poor tree, elbowing other sentimental treasures off the branches. And I’ve got plenty of those, believe me. I’m such an ornament hoarder that my husband once made me pare down my collection because I had a dozen boxes taking up an entire shelving unit in the garage. I got it down to six boxes… but I couldn’t stop collecting so I’m back up to twelve. (Shhh!! Don’t tell him!)
This year, when it comes to trimming the tree, I have to sit on my hands because our daughter insists she wants to help do it as soon as she gets home from college. (Hence the ornaments displayed on our couch and not the tree in the post photos.) So I leave you with this video of our tree from last year. And let me just say that much as I love ornaments, nothing beats a rotating Christmas tree stand as the ultimate holiday accoutrement.
Maybe I’ll decoupage it.
UPDATE: I forgot to include the video and have just discovered I can’t upload it here. But you should be able to see it if you click here.
Readers, do you collect holiday ornaments? Mark Baker, this one’s for you!