December Issue
Inside the December Issue
PROJECTS
Herald Angel Herald Angels
Shallow Scoop Plate

by Peggy Harris
Santa’s List Box Santa's List Box
by Brenda Stewart
Christmas Cutter Christmas Cutter
by Heather Redick
Elegant Table Grouping Elegant Table Grouping
by Linda Sharp
“Mrs. Claus’ Sweet Shoppe” Pie Keep "Mrs. Claus'
Sweet Shoppe"
Pie Keep

by Judy Westegaard
Shades of Blue Ornaments Shades of Blue Ornaments
by Gladys Neilsen
Victorian Christmas Cone Victorian Christmas Cone
by Trudy Beard
Antique Lunch Pail and Ornaments Antique Lunch Pail & Ornaments
by Maxine Thomas
Vintage Airplane "Santa Claus Air"
Vintage Airplane

by Sonja Richardson
Santa Scoop Plate Santa Scoop Plate
by Sharon
Teal-Coray
Pineapple Angel Ornament Pineapple Angel Ornament
by Gisele Pope
Birdhouse Ornaments Birdhouse Ornaments
by Lydia Steeves
Jingle Bells Sleigh Jingle Bells Sleigh
by Debra Mills
Holiday Window Ornaments Holiday Window Ornaments
by Kim Christmas
Bavarian Village Bavarian Village, Part I
by Mary Jo Gross
pumpkin still life Nutcracker Banner Triptych
by Patricia Rawlinson
FEATURES
Faux Finishes A Fresh Approach to Faux Finishes
by Tracy Moreau
painter profile Painter's Profile
Meet Judy Westegaard
Judi Kauffman
book nook The Book Nook
by Susan Mynyk
Christmas Teddy Box
Christmas Teddy Box

Ely Bravo
savvy studio Sites to See:
How to Effectively Use Search Engines
savvy studio Savvy Studio:
by Kathi Hanson
DEPARTMENTS
coming next Expressions
Coming Next!
Product Palette
Designer Directory
quayside

Inside this Issue — December 2010

Oh Christmas Tree!

Every year, as Christmas approaches, and my family and I begin to make plans for holiday festivities, I often think of some of the fun times and untimely mishaps of years past.

I’m sure that you, like me, have a few Christmas tree stories to tell.

When I was about twelve, my family and I moved to the “country.” Like many of the local residents, my parents were convinced we should decorate a cedar tree that was harvested from our property—the trunk could then be reused as a garden post and the limbs could be used for mulch. The children were in charge of finding a tree and cutting it down—well, that was a big mistake! We went out with some of the neighborhood teenagers and found the “perfect” tree; we just had to have “that one”! Begrudgingly our friends cut it down and dragged it back to our house—it was then that we realized that things look much smaller in the woods, as the cedar tree was about eighteen feet too long! As a result, that year we had two Christmas trees—one indoors and one outside!

Leave it to Mother Nature and a warm season—one Christmas, our cedar tree started to pollinate after it had been indoors for a few days (and, of course, it was fully decorated).

Then there was the year that the cats decided to climb the tree, and all came tumbling down. Another year, the tree actually dried up before the holidays; thus, we started the tradition of decorating a fresh tree on Christmas Eve! Unfortunately, we’ve even had problems with artificial trees. One Christmas, we unpacked the tree only to realize that all the branches had disintegrated and were breaking off.

Now, my family and I typically decorate three Christmas trees. The artificial tree (now we have a quality one) goes up first and is decorated in silver and white with multiple glass crystals and icicles. The tabletop tree is decorated with primitive rusty ornaments, red wooden beads, and popcorn. The fresh tree (which does get recycled) is the last to go up and holds all the treasured ornaments I’ve collected over the years—this one is the most traditional of all.

Oh Christmas tree—how we love this holiday tradition.