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December 12, 2010

Touring Around the Christmas Tree

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This post needs music to get you in the mood!  Please let this play while you read! 🙂

I’m going to take you on a little tour around my Christmas Tree.

Here’s my tree with the lights still on in the room to give you a better look at the ornaments.  The 50mm got to come out and play with its lovely 1.8 aperture and get some closer up shots of some of my favorite ornaments, no flash required.  Our tree is filled with ornaments that reflect my family’s life.  We have ornaments to represent each of our pets:






There are ornaments that show our interests:



(who’s been paying attention and knows what this one represents?)


It’s not an oreo cow, but yes, a cow ball has a place on my tree!  Not to be confused with calf nuts over at the Pioneer Woman’s place.  Cows don’t have balls, afterall, they’re girls.  Ahem, moving on…

We also love Halloween around here, so it would follow that “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is one of our favorite movies, and is represented on our tree.

As I am sure most of the parents out there do, we have plenty of handmade treasures our children have brought home from school over the years:


One year as we were hanging ornaments, I noticed that everyone in the family had an ornament with their name on it except for me.  Meghan asked me why I didn’t have one.  I didn’t know.  Unbeknownst to me, Meghan remedied that situation with her own hands.  I thought it was one of the sweetest things she’d ever done.  This year, I hung it cozily next to hubby’s ornament:

Can you see me reflected in hubby’s ornament?

The last ornament I’m sharing is one that has seen better days.  Despite the fact that this poor little kitty’s ears have broken off, I will keep this ornament as long as it doesn’t shatter into thousands of pieces:

I bought this ornament many years ago to represent my crazy little kitty that I named “Phooey.”  She was a spunky little thing who I first saw as a college student working part time in a veterinarian’s office.  I saw her only a week or two old and knew I wanted her.  I went to work getting my father to let me bring her home when she was old enough.  Phooey was charming and genetically unusual.  She was a gold tabby – normally those are only male cats.  She was also double-toed with front feet that looked like she wore mittens with huge thumbs.  Unfortunately, she also had a heart murmur.  She died prematurely at the young age of 7 from a blood clot that paralyzed her.  I’ll always remember my sweet Phooey.

Ah, I didn’t mean to leave this post on a sad note.  Christmas is a time for happy memories.


How do you decorate your Christmas tree?


  1. Such a cute post, with the music 🙂 Your tree is beautiful!
    I set mine up today (fake 😦 ) but I will wait until tomorrow to decorate it. I’m sure I’ll be sharing a picture on my blog sometime in the next couple of weeks.

    Comment by thedailyclick — December 13, 2010 @ 1:45 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela! Fake because it is easier or fake because real trees aren’t easy to come by where you live?

      Comment by Karma — December 13, 2010 @ 4:22 pm | Reply

  2. Wonderful post, Karma! Our tree provides a small glimpse into our life as well. Nice to see I’m not the only one who has ornaments for their furry babies! 🙂 We always laugh as we are hanging the ornaments…’Remember this one…?’ and, ‘Oh, THAT one HAS to go near the top!’ and ‘Ugh, I’ve always HATED that one’ (usually goes on anyways 😉 ). Our tree is simple, like yours. We only have lights, ornaments and a tree topper. I gave up on garlands years ago as we have so much else going on in the decorations around the room. I’m planning on posting a tour of my own soon! Thanks for sharing! Lovely! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — December 13, 2010 @ 2:23 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, Tracy. I’ll look forward to seeing your “tour.”
      We gave up the individual pieces of tinsel years ago because they make a mess, and with cats, I’m sure you know the other reason why! 😮

      Comment by Karma — December 13, 2010 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

  3. We put up our tree this weekend. Updated the lights for the first time in years. Now using LED lights. Much different colors with those. The ornaments are like yours. They tell a lot about our family as well as a history told in one year jumps. Like Tracy, we reminisce as we pull out ornaments which date back to our childhoods to this year as we add the current year’s Walt Disney World ornament. The tree topper is famous in my family. It is an animated Mickey Mouse made back in the 1980’s. When the first one stopped working I paid three times what I bought for it on eBay. 🙂

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — December 13, 2010 @ 4:18 pm | Reply

    • You should definitely share your famous topper on the blog, Scott!
      I’m going to need new lights soon. Years ago I happily found strands that alternate red, green and white, but they are slowly dying and I’ve only been able to replace them with full strands of one color. I wonder if anyone makes the LED’s in my colors?

      Comment by Karma — December 13, 2010 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  4. A great story those ornaments tell. We have many that tell stories, too, and lost many when the tree went timber last Christmas. 😦 I’m looking at Christmas in an entirely new way this year, one because of the class but also I’ve never noticed how much bokeh is available. I may have to keep some Christmas lights out all year round.

    Comment by Becky Sue — December 13, 2010 @ 10:44 pm | Reply

    • We’ve had Christmas trees go timber too! Usually due to a cat who decides to go for a climb!
      I’m still working on the technique to get Christmas light bokeh – it is usually a happy surprise for me when I get it!

      Comment by Karma — December 14, 2010 @ 8:44 am | Reply

  5. A beautiful, Christmas-y post. You have some wonderful ornaments and your tree is so pretty!

    Comment by Robin — December 15, 2010 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

  6. What a beautiful post! Your tree looks so very pretty. I love the lighting. Just a note about the fake vs real tree. I have a fake tree as you know, however after putting it together this year I decided it would be sooooo very much easier to slam a holder on a real one and stand it up! I think thats what happening next year!

    Comment by Patricia Weldon — December 15, 2010 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, Mom.
      Wow, that must be one difficult artificial tree if you decided a real one would be easier!

      Comment by Karma — December 16, 2010 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

  7. Is it really that time of year again… already ???…. I can’t say I’d noticed… LOL… Hope you all have a wonderful time… 🙂

    Comment by FS Photography — December 16, 2010 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

    • Hasn’t it been that time of year for about two months now? 😉
      I hope you and yours have a great holiday too – I must admit my jealousy of the time off my girls have coming up! I work in a different school district than the one they attend; they are done with school until the new year tomorrow! I will be going to work (at school) until the 23rd.

      Comment by Karma — December 16, 2010 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

      • If it’s any consolation, my kids also finish tomorrow too, but I’ll still be at work on the 24th… Grrrrr… lol..

        Comment by FS Photography — December 16, 2010 @ 5:47 pm

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