Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! The photo is of my Christmas tree (before I got all the presents wrapped), surrounded by some of my collection of old world Santas.

The tree has a bit of a story. When I was growing up, we never had a real tree. My mother had a terrible fear of it catching fire, so we always had artificial trees. The first Christmas that I had my own place, I got a real tree and I loved it. There was something very special about picking out the tree and bringing it home and putting it up. I also discovered that I had a mild allergy to pine; by the time I was done decorating, my hands were covered in itchy red bumps. They cleared up as soon as I washed thoroughly with soap and water, so I wasn't too concerned.

As the years passed, the allergy got worse. A few years ago, after I put the last ornaments on the tree, I found that I was covered in an itchy rash from my hands clear up to my shoulders. I also noticed, with some concern, that I was short of breath and couldn't seem to get enough air! A rash is one thing, trouble breathing is something else entirely. That was the last year I had a real tree.

Still, I couldn't quite go back to the fake trees of my childhood, even though they look a lot better now than when I was a kid. I set out to find the fakest fake tree that was ever sold in Fakeville, and I think I succeeded. I would have loved one of those retro aluminum jobs with the rotating stand and disco lights, but those things run anywhere from a few hundred bucks to over $1,000! Instead, I found this beautiful white tree and fell in love with it. My ornaments are mostly cut glass and the tree topper is a crystal Moravian star that I found at a yard sale; they show up beautifully against the white background. The only real problem was something that I never considered until the tree was standing in the living room: all of my Christmas lights had green cords! I had to get inventive that first year, but I've got white lights with white cords and a really beautiful tree. Even if it is fake.

Happy holidays, whether you are celebrating Christmas or Solstice, Saturnalia or Chanukah. I hope you are with the people you love best on this special night.


Anonymous said...

Your tree is beautiful. Merry Christmas!

Literary Feline said...

I have never had a real Christmas tree--at least not indoors. I do love the smell of pine needles though. :-) That's a lovely tree! I'm sorry though that you had to give up real ones because of your allergies.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Ruth King said...

You know, I've never really cared for the fake green trees, but I think white fake trees are absolutely gorgeous. I LOVE your tree!

I'm allergic to pine as well, but I've never had such a severe reaction. Still, the second year I got a rash, we decided to get a fake tree.

Kathleen said...

Merry Christmas. I've never had a real tree. I love how bright your tree is.

Lezlie said...

Merry Christmas, Lisa!

avisannschild said...

Merry Christmas, Lisa!

The Tome Traveller said...

Have a wonderful Holiday Lisa!


Anonymous said...

I wanted to stop in and wish you along with your family a Merry Christmas! :)