Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Tree

The tradition in our house is to make our own tree each year.

It doesn't appeal to everyone but I am always very happy with it.

First I find some small branches from the wood pile.  This is not as easy as it seems because none of the branches is quite right so it is the overall effect that matters.

Unfortunately it is necessary to spray the branches with insect killer as the gum nuts can harbour all manner of crawlies: I don't mind them but they seem to disturb some people.

 I don't decide on the colour or number of decorations until the branches are selected and in their pot.

This year I decided on silver - all of these decorations are ones I have used before - some of them I have had for years.

I am not sure whether I should add lights.  I like the simplicity but we always have lights.  Lots of lights.

Of course it is light until really late here because we have daylight saving and we are close to the solstice (longest day) so lights really are a bit obsolete.

If the "tree" stays intact after christmas I usually leave it in place and decorate it again for Easter or just hand things on it that please me.

By the winter it is usually kindling wood for the fire in the dining room.



Anonymous said...

Oh I like the inventiveness very much and the ornaments look great! xox Corrine

Juliettecherry said...

I think that looks lovely Dianne and so right for Christmas in your part of the world falling in mid summer.

Your silver decorations look so pretty.

Anonymous said...

Dian, your tree is a darling. My parents had a deli when I was a child, and Mum always decorated a branch Xmas tree for the shop.I thought it was beautiful. I am going to get some branches this year too, as I found a wonderful vase at a Jumble Sale recently.

Linda said...

I also like 'your' Christmas tree Dian, very simple, yet to the point. I find we are bombarded with so much these days, that I yearn for simplicity!! As the family are not coming here this year, I won't have any decorations around. We have always had a 'real' pine tree from up the paddock, and had to pull it down by New Year, as it was starting to drop needles, and make a mess. Hope Christmas day is not too hot this year.

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Anonymous said...

Such a great idea for a tree Dian

Karyn said...

I love your tree Dianne. The ornaments are pretty and make it just perfect.