Oh, Christmas Tree

First, a warning.  As I said a few weeks ago, when December came I would be fully in the Christmas posting mode... so yet again, another Christmas post.

My little cottage here at Red Gate Farm doesn't have much room for a tree.  There is no family room/tv room/den, just the living room, one space for everything.  Fortunately, I have an enclosed front porch and it is the perfect spot for my tree... even the perfect color, GREEN!  And the perfect shade I might add.  It also has windows on 3 sides which means if you drive by Red Gate Farm, you get a fabulous view of my tree.

We used to get a real tree every year, usually a Frasier Fir, but I'm actually allergic to almost every evergreen tree there is (and I live in the Pacific Northwest... go figure) and it's much better to be healthy for the holidays!  So a number years ago we switched to a faux tree. Last year that tree had to be replaced and we got a skinny-ish "faux" tree, the pre-lit kind.  In a fabulous base... it was the wrong color so we spray painted it, Farmall Red of course.  I know many of you are probably not fans of faux trees but it works for us.  I do have a Thymes "Frasier Fir" reed diffuser, it helps us all pretend that the tree is real.  And my son says a fake faux tree keeps the spirit of Christmas all year long!  I guess maybe in my basement it lives on....

My tree this year, in all it's faux glory.

Favorite ornaments include, this paper mache clown my dad gave me when I was pregnant with my first child, my daughter.

A champagne bottle ornament to celebrate the end of one millennium and the beginning of the next.

A little elf that my son used to get off the tree when he was a year old... that's why the green color has spread, it was probably in his mouth.

A little wooden cow that my parents gave to my daughter, she was cow crazy as a toddler and would scream "COWS" whenever she saw one.... did she perhaps know we'd some day live at Red Gate Farm?

Little red and white sneakers, just like the Converse sneakers that my son had at age 3 or 4.

Of course, the preschool photo, in a construction paper bell... complete with glitter and tempera paint... I still LOVE the way tempera paint SMELLS!

My little elf ornament, from when I was a child, many years ago.

The tree... all aglow.

Happy holidays and warm wishes,
Chris at Red Gate Farm


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  2. What a lovely tree....full of memories. The photo taken at night really sets it off.


  3. That room is just about the cutest room i have ever seen. Your first picture looks like it should be in a magazine, girl!

  4. Chris, It's beautiful and that room is the PERFECT shade of green. Ooh, really, when ARE you coming to decorate my farmhouse??? : )

    I love all your ornaments with all of their meaning. It's the memories of Christmas past that make new Christmases special.

    Happy Holidays!

    PS. I never knew someone could be allergic to evergreen?! Does it bother you more at certain times of the year?

  5. Happy happy thoughts - thats what I think when i see your tree :) i love that your ornaments mean something - now thats CHRISTMAS!

  6. That looks beautiful! I love the tall, skinnyish trees, my mom has one and I'm always gawking at it when I'm there. Love all the memories on your tree too. Don't you just love Christmas?!

  7. Lovely, lovely, lovely! How much fun it is to set here in my robe and slippers and look at everyone's Christmas decorations! Love your blog...I'll be back often!
    Joycee at Granny Mountain in Arkanas

  8. Chris,
    Your tree is beautiful, as is it's setting!


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