Three strings of white lights - 100 lights each - are on all the branches, and in the "open" spaces in between where there are NO branches. Through the window outside, it sort-of looks like a Christmas Tree. Or maybe more like a haphazard grouping of lights. Not your regular, if boring, triangle tree of lights.
So, it would seem perfectly on par to decorate it with "found" goodies. This year, our tree has absolutely NO ornaments from our previous Christmas trees. Nope. Not A One. Weird! Not the Cheerios glued on popsicle sticks covered in glitter ornament. Not the applesauce/cinnamon bell-shaped cut-outs. No crystals. No glass. Hmmm. Now, I'm kind of feeling nostalgic for those little gems from when the boys were little. How could I be that lazy this year and leave them packed away?
Well, I guess, I got a little carried away this year picking up some "new" and "vintage" goodies. Plus, these little branches are so thin and fragile and probably wouldn't hold the Schiefer Family Classics. Well, maybe except for the Cheerios!
So now, on with the short, fat, bald, 2009 Schiefer Family Christmas Tree Tour....
Tree with Flash.
Tree Topper. Winter Welcome Sign and Bow.
Bow is new. Sign was 50% off.
Candy Canes Sign - Filling Up The Center Bald Spot!
Tree Stand Inside Galvanized Tub - Second-Hand Buy.
Red/White Check Tree Skirt - actually a table cloth - Second-Hand Buy.
Resin Elf Shoes with Bells under the Tree. - New, but on sale.
Little Red and White Pixie - Second-Hand Buy. .25 cents.
Another Red and White Pixie, with strange eyes...
Two dimes and a Nickel.
A .25 cent Faded Green Pixie. I really like him. I have others like him
packed away in a Christmas box. I used to be able to find them
everywhere second-hand. Now, not so much. I'd love to find more!!!!
A new felt elf stocking, bells, and candy canes.
Stockings - .99 ea. Bells - like 12 for $3.99. Candy canes - super cheap!
Just when you though I might have a "theme" going here....
How about a red and white mitten with bells at 50% off?
A couple dozen RED bows. New, but on sale!
A SUPER cute SANTA. .25 cents!!!
An adorable Santa Jacket. Or is it a Coat?
...And his matching pants or trousers and hat.
This set was NEW, but 50% off!
A few Metal Stars. New, but only $1 each.
(and a few Reindeer, but I forgot to take photos of them!)
This little Mouse with a sweet little gift. I wonder if it's cheese?
And this little one too! Nice Tree!!!
Both these mice were sweet finds this year.
NO chips either.
AND not Made in China.
Lastly, this little metal sign - also second-hand.
Too cute under the tree.
So, even though our 2009 tree isn't the holiday "standard", I love it. I love that I got to spend time
collecting new, lightweight decorations. I got to cut it off our mountain.That I dragged it
up our mountain to the house. Set it up. Decorated it AND got to share it with all my friends out
here in blogland! I've enjoyed seeing everyone else's trees. The department store trees, the
Charlie Brown trees, the miniature trees, the silver metallic trees, the tall ones, the short ones,
and even the short, fat, bald trees. Happy Holidays.......