I love these trips down memory lane ... even if my memory isn't always up to remembering all the little details. And I love knowing that DD gets some glimpses into my childhood with these questions. If you're interested in playing along, just click on the button above. ;-)
When you were growing up, when did your family put up and decorate the Christmas tree? Was it real or artificial? Who usually decorated it? Were there special decorations?
We always had a tree at Christmas. Our tree was a real one ... you see, back in the dark ages, a real tree was just about your only options. Although I do remember that my grandma had an artificial tree, which even as a child, I thought it was awful. ;-) Her tree was a shiny aluminum one (yes, aluminum!) with a colored light wheel that shone on it, providing some Christmas color.
Thankfully our tree was real, even if most of our trees had a striking resemblance to the Charlie Brown Christmas tree. We all decorated it. I remember my sister K and I singing "O Christmas Tree" as we'd decorate. We'd "fight" over who got to put up what ornaments ... the snowman was the favorite.
We had a green bell ornament that was also a favorite ... a runner up if you didn't get to put up the snowman. Most of the ornaments were decorated balls, so the very few unusual ornaments were the highly-coveted ones.
We also put on icicles (aka tinsel). We would start putting it on one strand at a time until we got bored toward the end ... and would put on large clumps, forcing my mom to have us go back and thin out those clumps. ha!
What was on the top?
We had a star that we topped the tree with ... I wish I knew where that was ... I wonder what my mom did with all the ornaments that she didn't give to us girls ... as her health failed, she gave up decorating for Christmas ... knowing my mom (she definitely was NOT a saver), they were all probably pitched. :-(
White lights or colored, blinking or steady?
We had the standard large-bulb Christmas lights.
My aunt had some bubbling lights ... I remember my sister K and I begged my mom to get some, but naturally she wouldn't since we had perfectly good lights already ... my mom was frugal if nothing else.
How much did your family decorate for the holiday other than the tree (wreaths, dishes, snowglobes, miniature villages, etc.)? Did y'all do outdoor lights? White or colored, blinking or not? Are there special memories associated with decorating for Christmas?
We didn't do much other decorating for Christmas ... just the tree. No outdoor decorations or lighting. I do remember one year my sister K and I performed a "show" in tribute to our tree. We were quite proud of our "production", although I'm sure it consisted mostly of awful renditions of "O Christmas Tree". No doubt it was my sister's idea ... she always did (does) have a flair for the drama. ;-)