Saturday, 22 December 2012

Christmas Greetings




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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Location:Wamberal NSW

17 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful tree! Small world as well...my great grandparents (my father's mother side) came to the US from Austria!

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    1. Dave, it is a small world! Have you been to Austria? Really beautiful country.

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  2. Well, we don't have any traditions.Or a tree.Yet The cats have a picture of our sole decoration and it is not even interesting enough to play with!
    Neighbours coming up the stairs for drinks and nibbles so I'd better scoot...
    Merry and Happy to you all.
    Di, Peter and "demons"

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    1. Di, I thought from Geiger's blog that they aren't allowed to play with your decoration! Is it made from Petrea? As for tradition, my family is steeped in it and I'm too sentimental to be able to give any of it up.

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  3. I have also followed tradition and always bought one or two new ornaments each year. And have continued to do so despite the fact that the tree hasn't gone up for the last couple of years. (I attach the new ornaments to himself's gifts in lieu of tags.) I will have to put the tree up again though - next year.

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    1. EC, I love the idea of putting the new decorations on Himself's presents. I hope next year you can get the tree up again.

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  4. How beautiful, and what a lovely story and history! I miss my big tree, because of all the ornaments my parents bought over seas, and then the *other* tree that had my grandmother's ornaments....but am very happy with my tiny tree that doesn't wear me to a nub getting it up.
    Here's to many more years for your lovely piece of history, and many Christmas's past!

    XXOO~~
    Anne

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    1. Anne, you must have a veritable treasure trove of ornaments stashed away. I'm sure your tiny tree is just as beautiful as the big ones.

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  5. I would certainly carry on the tradition, that old tree is so beautiful and endearing!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year all the way from Spain ♥

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  6. Ersi, thank you, I'm sure I will keep it going and do my best to imbue that traditional spirit in the little ones. I do love my little tree!

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  7. what a beautiful story tree, thank you for sharing!

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  8. Thanks, Mo, I never tire of the little tree. One day I'm just going to decide not to put it away, and it will be there forever. And then I suppose people will say "Poor old Carol, she doesn't know Christmas is over!" But I'll know... When I am old I'll not only wear purple, I'll keep my Christmas tree up!

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    1. haha! wishing you and yours all the best for the Silly Season and much wonderment in 2013!

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  9. And Merry Christmas to you Susan, and a wonderful 2013! All the best to you and your family!

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  10. Hi C - good that you got the tree up. Wishing you all the blogging best. May this time continue to be filled with the joy and laughter of family and friends; and peace be yours. B

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  11. Love, lovely, lovely and finally cool enough to revisit your Tree post. I hope, (I'm sure) you had a great day with your family. Do you think some of the ornaments could be as old as or even older than the tree? Are any from Austria by any chance?

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