Interstellar Adventures

December 11, 2006

2006 Christmas Tree Decorating Contest

Filed under: Elle & Zed,Family & Friends,Interstellar Casa — by InterstellarLass @ 9:16 pm

I was browsing around the Bloggy Gossip site, run by the infamous Leanne and MommaK, and I found a Christmas Tree decorating contest hosted by Local Girl at Island Life. What fun! Go here to vote for me and look at the other entrants too!

After 18 years of fake Christmas trees, ghetto stars, and too many hand-me-downs, I’ve started My Own Real Tree. Below is a photo of M.O.R.T., a lovely Frasier Fir, trimmed from top to bottom. My Thursday Thirteen will feature my favorite ornaments.

Since Elle and Zed were old enough, the tradition has been for me to assemble the tree*, shape, and add lights. Then, I unwrap all the ornaments, doling out special ornaments to each child. Some were hand-painted by me when Zed was born (poor Elle…I got lazy and never finished hers…), some were gifts, some hand-me-downs from family, and some were made by the kids. Each one has a story. The kids know them too. I love M.O.R.T. It’s slightly misshapen, and leans (due to being moved from the front room to it’s current, featured position in the living room) a bit in the stand. A couple of branches are too long and gangly. But it smells wonderful. The needles are so soft, and leave a slight piney scent on your fingers after you touch them. And it’s My Own Real Tree.

There are many other fantastic trees featured in this contest. Some are quite beautiful. But My Own Real Tree has a special place in my heart, and hopefully in yours as well. 

*One fake tree had a long pole, and then individual branches that had to be inserted into holes in the pole. Different levels of branches were color coded. The tree was so old, the painted color codes were rubbing off, and the top section was an umbrella-like piece. Sadly there was a huge gap between the top piece and the body of the tree, which was difficult to disguise. The year I got sick of that one, I went and bought a tree from Michaels. It came in three sections, and the limbs folded down like a reverse umbrella. My hands would get so dry from shaping the limbs and branches, and no matter what, it just looked too ‘perfect’.


  1. Congratulations on your first real tree. It is beautiful.

    Comment by Raehan — December 11, 2006 @ 11:28 pm |Reply

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    Pingback by 2006 Christmas Tree Decorating Contest ~ Voting is Now Open | An Island Life — December 12, 2006 @ 1:21 am |Reply

  3. I’ve never had a real tree either…the thought of clearing up all the needles puts me off! Yours looks great though!

    Comment by Claire — December 12, 2006 @ 6:23 am |Reply

  4. Lovely!

    Comment by Gypsy — December 12, 2006 @ 8:21 am |Reply

  5. Beautiful, Lass! I love a real tree too. Ours is outside, waiting for us to clear the way to bring it in…

    Comment by Marie — December 12, 2006 @ 9:55 am |Reply

  6. Wow! Beautiful tree!!!

    No real tree for me this year… condo board rules stats no live trees.

    Comment by froggie — December 12, 2006 @ 11:31 am |Reply

  7. Wow! So pretty. All you people are putting me in a festive mood.

    Comment by Carrie — December 12, 2006 @ 2:10 pm |Reply

  8. this year is our first xmas in our own house. our tree isnt a real one, in fact it’s only on loan, but it’s still a special tree to us

    Comment by Serendipity — December 12, 2006 @ 2:20 pm |Reply

  9. I can’t do a fake tree…they don’t like me!

    So I figured out your blog address by memory. I can’t get to blogspot addresses at work anymore…stupid work.

    Comment by KaraMia — December 12, 2006 @ 4:49 pm |Reply

  10. Lass, it’s a beauty. I’ll take a real tree over a fake one any day. I had way too many fake ones when I was a kid growing up – mom liked the pink and blue ones…eeeoooowwww. There is nothing like the smell of pine filling the house.

    Comment by writerchick — December 12, 2006 @ 6:41 pm |Reply

  11. We go out every year and cut ours down. I know. Deforestation and all. Welcome to the club. Real trees rock.

    Comment by Kristen — December 12, 2006 @ 9:07 pm |Reply

  12. That’s an extra-special tree!

    Comment by Jean-Luc Picard — December 13, 2006 @ 1:30 pm |Reply

  13. It’s beautiful! One of my fondest memories of my family at Xmas was my dad saying “that’s the most beatiful tree ever.” He said that every year.

    Comment by carnealian — December 13, 2006 @ 3:05 pm |Reply

  14. OK, I voted for you and Carmen. Even though I find tinsel distracting.

    Comment by Bone — December 13, 2006 @ 3:44 pm |Reply

  15. Now see, I have never had a fake tree, but they seem to abound among the internets!

    Your tree is beautiful!!

    Comment by Kristin — December 13, 2006 @ 5:49 pm |Reply

  16. […] Don’t forget to check out my first real Christmas tree and then vote for me at Island Life. […]

    Pingback by Thursday Thirteen, ed. xvi « Interstellar Adventures — December 14, 2006 @ 12:11 am |Reply

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