December 1, 2012

Trimming The Tree

With Christmas around the corner, I've decided that this year it's time for a big tree in my apartment. Not so easy to maneuver but with trees for sale on every corner (including the one right outside my door) its too tempting to say no! 

I have always loved decorating the Christmas tree, as I think it is the most personal, least comercial-ly part of Christmas. I guess this is mostly because every ornament on the tree was picked out by someone in my family and has a story behind it.

We have what feels like several hundred ornaments, many of which were made by someone in my family (mom, aunt, great grandmother), while others are from places we have traveled to, souvenirs, or groupings of things, like my brother Andrew's hockey themed ornaments. I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of my favorites.

My favorites are a grouping of vintage Mexican tin ornaments that my parents bought when they lived in Mexico (well before I was born). The ornaments are made of hammered tin which is then cutout, pierced and shaped into designs and painted.
On their own they are kind of kitschy and have tarnished over the years, but I love the way they look against the tree lights. Subtly shiny and a good alternative to glitter, which I could live without in my Christmas decor.

Going along with my collections of owls throughout the apartment, my favorite ornament is of course the owl. Seems like birds and Christmas trees go so well together! Just like a partridge in a pear tree.

All photos by Bea Hive Blog

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