I finally managed to put up my Christmas tree! Whew! I thought I'd never make it. The angel looks a bit tipsy! I hope she lasts the distance.
The tree, now very fragile and tatty, is very precious to me. When my mother and Grandparents left Vienna, Austria, in 1931 to make Australia their home, they brought their little folding tree and glass ornaments to remind them of wintry Christmases past. I'm not sure if it was the tree they used in Vienna or if they bought it new. If it was new then last Christmas it was 80 years old! As are some of the ornaments. Each year Nana and then Mum bought one or two new ornaments, as I have done since inheriting the tree. There are about 10 original ones left and the majority are over 50 years old.
Over the years there have been minor catastrophes such as a sudden gust of wind blowing over the tree, cats being determined to play with the ornaments and once, my fault entirely, I put chocolates on the tree and of course my dog Bindi thought they were for her, just an accident waiting to happen.
This morning the little children came to examine the tree, admired it then settled down to make Christmas cards. I THINK they understood that the tree is just for show not exploration, but this tree has had a long and good innings and survived much. It really is time I stopped being precious about it. I wonder if one of these children will carry on the tradition of the Viennese tree...
I wish you a very merry Christmas or festive season, and I trust that 2013 will bring good health, peace, happiness, love and much creativity to us one and all.
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