Today I want to show you how we prune our Christmas tree, place lights a better way, hang ornaments to cover gaps, and make ornaments to commemorate life events.
Trimming a sentimental Christmas tree
As you probably know, English is not my native tongue. If we ever had a conversation, you would think I speak quite well. You might even find my slight British accent pretty cute. But if we carried on conversing for a while, then you would surely start getting confused, as I happen to scatter those British words which are not commonly used in American English. You know…the ones like “boot” (meaning trunk), “hoovering the floors” (meaning vacuuming the floors), or “fortnight” (meaning 2 weeks).
I wish that was all…you see, while I have no communication issues in my daily life, my vocabulary is still a little bit limited. And with that, my friend, you would agree with Greg that I have great potential for creating our funniest memories every time I open my mouth…or my ears! LOL. 😉
Ok, so you may be wondering what this has to do with decorating a sentimental Christmas tree? Well, here comes the story of it…
It was our very first Christmas in America, and we wanted to have a real Christmas tree. As it happened, we were a little late to buy it (mid-December), so by the time we shopped for a tree, there were only oddly-shaped ones left. But as it was going to be my first real Christmas tree ever, the odd shapes and sizes didn’t matter. I was just so ecstatic about it! I was so excited that I almost hugged the delivery guy when I saw him dropping off our tree the very same day! LOL.
With all that excitement, of course we set it up right away, and I got on with decorating. Oh, I can’t tell you how great it felt to decorate my very first real Christmas tree! Despite it’s odd shape, it looked perfect to me!
Later that evening, Mom & Dad came to see us. While Dad was talking to Greg about how to secure the tree properly, Mom was complimenting our tree: “Oh what a perfectly-trimmed tree! It looks great, Handan!!”
And those words of hers started it all!…hahahaha 🙂
Right after they left, I ran to the shed, grabbed my pruning shears and got to work. A little later, seeing what I was doing to our tree, Greg’s eyes almost popped-out:
G: What the hell are you doing to that tree, woman?!?
H: (humming Christmas carols with a big smile on my face) Nothing…I am just trimming the tree. Didn’t you hear what Mom said?
G: (can’t make sense of what he is seeing and hearing) No!! What did she say???
H: (still humming Christmas carols with a big smile) She said “Oh, what a perfectly-trimmed tree!” I actually didn’t trim it at all when she saw it. But I think that is what you’re supposed to do with the real trees….trim them off a bit…otherwise why would she think I trimmed it, right?
G: (laughing on the floor with tears in his eyes) ………
H: (trying to keep cool and hoping for the best) What is so funny, you silly?….Does it look bad?….Am I trimming it weird??
He was laughing so hard that he couldn’t even breath, let alone speak. Two minutes later, he took a deep breath and said:
G: She didn’t mean to prune the tree!….bbbwhhaahhaahaha…..(lost him to laughter craze again)
And with that, pruning the Christmas tree became our little tradition! 😀
But before getting into the details of pruning, let me share with you our second tradition along with some of our Christmas tree decoration tips.
Sentimental ornaments: telling your life story with your Christmas tree decoration
I must say, Mom (Greg’s mom) is great at starting traditions! 😉 When Greg and Margo (Greg’s sister) were kids, Mom started to buy or make themed ornaments for them each Christmas which commemorated the major events in their lives that year. She would also write a clever caption and the year on those ornaments.
She would then gift Greg and Margo with those ornaments on Christmas eve for them to hang on the tree. When grandchildren arrived, Mom continued this tradition with them.
I learned about Mom’s Christmas tradition when Barish received his first sentimental ornament, and ever since, it has become our Christmas tradition too. Every year, I buy or make Christmas ornaments for Barish, Greg, Penny & Pepper (our dogs) and for myself to commemorate our major events in that year.
Here are some of our ornaments from previous years.
As for this year, I already bought the ornaments for the boys and our girls (Penny & Pepper). The chair in the picture below is Greg’s, and it represents his new office chair. I already wrote the note and the year on it: “the royal chair for the royal butt!” hahahaha 😀
And the brass lawn mover is for Barish, as he just this year learned to mow the lawn.
Although Greg actually commemorated this event with his usual facebook posts, I thought our boy really well deserved this brass lawn mower ornament.
Now that you saw some of our ornaments, let me take you through the process of our tree decoration and how to get your real Christmas tree look like the ones in a magazine. 😉
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