Thursday, December 9, 2010

2nd Cup Christmas Tree Linky Party

Since we're in the U.S. for our daughter's wedding (which is next Friday!) but I still wanted to participate in Linda's party, I am sharing photos from last year.

We put the tree in the space between the dining and living rooms, and just off the kitchen so you can see it from just about anywhere in the main living area. We took a fake, pre-lit tree to Argentina with us because we knew pines would be scarce. I chose a really skinny one since I figured we wouldn't have a lot of space for a tree -- and I was right!
I have many special ornaments, most of them homemade. Like this adorable Wise Man that my friend Betty gave me many years ago.
We had a tradition of buying an ornament per kid each year, and I always tried to make it meaningful for that year (for example, Tina received a patriotic Santa the first year she could vote). I couldn't continue that tradition once we moved overseas but our first year in Argentina I did get me and Ivan special ornaments. After 27 years it was just the two of us again. So we picked a pair of pears :-) [Yes, the corny Hoyt humor and love for word play strikes again.] Can you guess who's green and who's blue?
I always threatened to do a "themed" tree when I had the chance, but you know, I discovered I am a traditionalist at heart and I couldn't bear to NOT put up our precious, memory-laden ornaments even if they don't match all that well. If I had space for more than one tree I'd probably do one designer-style tree (all blue and white and silver) but since I barely have space for the one tree, it's a mute point.

I'm not sure if our co-workers have decorated in our absence or not. We told them to feel free to get the tree and decorations down from storage and put them up if they wanted. Just not sure they've had time with all they've had going on. I guess we'll find out when we get home!


Mari said...

I love those pears! I'm thinking you are the blue one.

Kelly L said...

My favorite ornaments are the ones my children made when they were small.. They are too precious not to put on the tree....

Love to you'
I've Become My Mother
Amazing Salvation
Kelly's Ideas

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

Ditto on the pear's, how cute is that ornament and how great are the people it represents. Love those kind of memories that come to mind when the tree get decorated each year.

Very exciting about the upcoming wedding, we can't wait so see pictures of the mother of the bride and daughter in all your wedding cloths.

Christmas is a wonderful time to have a wedding I always thought.


Sharon said...

love a little challenge...
Clearly, you are the cute little green pear snuggled up to the cool blue pear!

Ginger said...

We started out buying ornaments each year too, but we didn't keep up with it.

Your tree looks so pretty. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Angie said...

Beautiful tree and the wise man is adorable!

Hope the wedding goes well. We've got our first daughter's coming up in June.

Betty said...

Your tree was beautiful. I love the pears also. Never seen anything like them.
Hope you enjoy your Christmas in the US!

Susanne said...

I always go through a phase of wanting a themed tree too, but I know once the kids take all their ornaments (we did the ornament a year too x3) that I will miss my memory tree.

Love the pair of pears! :v)

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I believe I remember this! Thank you for joining in this year. I miss coming here so much. I hardly blog anymore. Sending love at Christmas!

Gattina said...

Your tree looks very pretty ! we are celebrating Christmas with my son's family in Amsterdam, so I we don't have a tree this year.

rita said...

I'm with you on the themed versus memory tree. Also have consider two trees, but always reach the same conclusion-space, time factors.
You are the green, right? on right!
I'm right, so is Sharon! 'cause we're related ;)
Do they do much with Christmas trees in Arg.? If so, do they leave them up till after Día de Reyes?
Sounds like you are eager to either leave the wintery snow weather, or get back 'home' to CP, or both???(Notice I didn't say get back to Spanish speaking;)