A nostalgic Christmas tree full of charm in the attic. Going in a little different direction with decking the halls today- the 3rd tree in our series is about a Christmas tree full of memories.
When I was little and we would go up to my grandparents home for Thanksgiving, they always had a wee tree set up in the living room already. Which of course, I loved. And might be one of the reasons I have always decorated for Christmas so early. Their tree was small and cute – a perfect size perched on a table in front of their front windows. As we would pull into their long gravel driveway – you could see the tree twinkling away and I just remember the feeling of excitement as we jumped out of the car and ran to the door where they waited for us.
Christmas Trees can be dressed in handmade and heirloom ornaments that are more about the memory than glamour. My grandparents tree was always that way. A welcoming and cozy old fashioned kind of Christmas feeling. I can remember standing by the tree and staring at all of the little details in the tiny wooden toy ornaments my grandmother placed on her tree. Little wooden Santas and Angels, rocking horses and tiny houses.
Soldiers, musicians, teddy bears and kids in knit stockings.
I remember feeling like my grandparents tree was a home to all kinds of ‘misfit toys’ just like the ones that Rudolph and Santa were trying to help in Rudolph.
Of course, that is because I watched that show as a child- but I will tell you a secret… I love to watch it even now when I see it pop up- the Bumble is one of my favorites.
When I grew up, I moved to Montana and not long after met my husband and started a family. And my grandmother sent an old fashioned care package through the old school mail. It wasn’t about gift cards back then folks- haha. The box had tins filled with homemade delicious fudge and Christmas cookies, gifts for each of us- & a bag of her misfit toy vintage ornaments for our tree. I remember the smile it brought when I saw them. And we put them up on the tree that year and it was almost like being home for Christmas.
Whimsy & Memories
This tree is dotted with vintage color, details, old ornaments, bottlebrush trees, little houses and even a bit of tinsel garland. I bumped into a couple tiny vintage tinsel garland while looking for something else- and it just fit.
This tree started with finding 3 bags of vintage wooden ornaments at the thrift store. It is far more colorful than my usual trees- but it feels a little like a little warm hug to me.
I almost didn’t photograph it when I first put it together. Since I wasn’t feeling 100% finished and felt it needed a few tweaks but my schedule was squeezed. So, I decided to grab a few photos very quickly before wrapping it up for the day.
When I looked at the photos the next day, I was brought right back to feeling like I was a child staring up at my grandparents tree. This little attic tree next to my childhood dollhouse was a Christmas tree full of memories.
So, I smiled and decided that this tree with misfits and ornaments full of memories would definitely find a home as one of the 12 Trees of Christmas this year. I hope it brings a smile to you too.
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What do you think of this whimsical memory filled attic tree?
Stay tuned for Tree #4 in our 12 Trees series coming your way – and a post all the details on how to create the fireplace village. If you missed that reveal- you can find it HERE
Happy Wednesday all!
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