It’s time to dismantle the Christmas tree (we are not among those who keep a tree empaneled until the needles drop!)
It’s had a good run. We loved it. We are unapologetic fans of the natural balsam. Spare and elegant.
(Or, depending on your outlook, gangly and laughable.)
But it’s time to go, and Lark Nest doesn’t mind sharing its love of the sparse while packing up ornaments!
There’s a practical reason, as well as the love of the aesthetic:
Lots of air between branches translates into the best showcase for ornaments, ever.
Granted, it might require a little imagination on the tree lot.
This one was the second-to-the-last available by the time we got there. It mattered not a whit to us. Love at first sight! Each year we weather the slings and arrows of well-meaning friends, who ask whether our tree was one of my curbside rescues. Not! We pay good money for this look!
The fruit and feather-tailed birds we arrange in the top layer, the odd squirrels and woodland animals that provide the second. Then, the beaded felt, clip-on cardinals from my mother, gone from our Christmas celebrations for years but ever-present through her handiwork.
We also include the pictures and crafted ornaments made and given to our daughter, now a college freshman.
There’s a layer of vintage ornaments, too, that belonged to my Grandma and Grandpa Kueffler. The natural balsam allows each to hang free and to good display.Who would ever choose a Frasier Fir over this?!
Finally, the balsam provides a perfect spiky perch for this dime-store peace dove.
Sort of tatty now, and with a “new” olive branch after the previous one fell prey to one of our many geriatric rescue cats, this topper is perfect.
He’s been with us since 1980, when I carried him home from Woolworth’s for the princely sum of $2.95. He shows his wear and tear, and we wouldn’t trade his ratty old tail feathers for anything.
There is no “right” or “wrong” order when it comes to a tree, or how it’s decorated.
As in life, as with trees, our love of a look — and the memories attached — makes each one perfect for its owners…despite all the attributes that make it unfashionable for the masses.
If it speaks to you, it’s probably just right.
Which is why you’ll find us back in the natural balsam section, in December 2014!