Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I'll Be Home For Christmas

by Marcy Singer from THREAD ON ARRIVAL by Amanda Lee

Actually, in a way, I won't be home for Christmas for the first time in years. You see, I'm originally from San Francisco. My mom still lives there. I moved from San Fran to Tallulah Falls, Oregon--on the coast--to open my own embroidery specialty shop, The Seven-Year Stitch.

Mom does Christmas in a BIG way. She has a tree in the living room, one in the dining room, and a small one in her study. The living room tree is decked out in all the heirloom ornaments she's collected over the years. The dining room tree is the "family tree" and includes all the ornaments I made in school, the ornaments made to commemorate my accomplishments (cheerleading, tennis, drama), and the ornaments that mark milestones in our lives. Last year, Angus--my Irish wolfhound--got his personalized ornament. As for the tree in Mom's study, it's everything snowmen...or I should say snow people.

But this year, I'm an entrepreneur. I can't just take a week off from work and go home to see my mom. Fortunately, she's going to take a week off from work and come stay with me! I'm really looking forward to it!

I have only one tree, but I'm having a party to decorate it. When Mom gets here, I'm inviting over all my friends from Tallulah Falls, and we're going to decorate the tree. My tree will have an eclectic theme because I have an odd assortment of ornaments. I have a Marilyn Monroe in her pose from The Seven Year Itch, for obvious reasons; I have an Irish wolfhound, again for obvious reasons; a coffee cup, for my friends Sadie and Blake; a police badge for Ted; a beer mug for Todd; and about a zillion needlepoint, cross-stitch, and crocheted ornaments!

So what types of ornaments do you like best? Do you do themed trees or eclectic trees?

Since we're having such a cozy Christmas here at Killer Characters, please leave a comment to win a copy of THREAD RECKONING. If you have a problem leaving a comment, you may send it to me Amanda Lee/Gayle Trent at gayle@gayletrent.com. Thank you & Merry Christmas!

47 comments:

  1. I have to have an eclectic tree. I have lots of cherished ornaments-one from my grandparents, some from childhood and growing up, gifts, and more. All special and meaningful. This year, however, there are no ornaments on my tree, just lights. I have a new kitten who is quite a mischief maker. He's been fine with the tree so far though...knock on wood!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love trees that a silver and gold, with yearly momentos of important events in our lives throughout the years. Georgette Thaler

      Delete
  2. I love homemade ornaments, gold glittered pine cones, Clothespin angels, etc.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love an eclectic tree because each of the ornaments mean something to me or my family.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love all kinds of trees but mine is an odd assortment of everything collected over 50 years.
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. Our tree has a lot of ornaments with feathers on them. A real girly tree!

    Kimberlee
    http://girllostinabook.blogspot.com
    girllostinabook@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. Glad to hear that other people have the same type of tree(s) I have, had and enjoy! Christmas tree decorating parties can be really fun, if little ones are coming - set up a table for them so they can make paper chains, snowflakes - something simple! Have a wonderful holiday! Merry Christmas!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I don't care for themed trees. Our tree has a variety of ornaments, many of which have special meaning for us or reflect a personal memory or interest. I like variety. I also like multi colored lights.

    ReplyDelete
  8. My tree is usually decorated only with silver. Silver garlands, white tiny lights, and silver balls, small and smaller. This year i'll be adding pink candy canes though. I saw them last year by my best friend and it looked lovely.

    ReplyDelete
  9. We have two trees: one with all the different ornaments (Hallmark and those made at school) we've collected over the years. And then one tree is only patriotic and snowmen ornaments. I've always loved snowmen and I started the tradition of the patriotic tree during when of my husband's many deployments.

    Beverly aka Booklady

    bevarcher at me dot com

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love trees that have ornaments collected over the years. So each one is special. Happy Holidays!!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I would love to win! We have 1 small tree because we have 2 dogs, don't want them getting into the ornaments and knocking a huge tree over.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I prefer eclectic trees. I have two small children so I have them making some stuff for the tree. They periodically decide to add some of their small toys to the tree. Last year I don't know how many toy monster trucks fell out of the tree when I was taking it down. This year I already have a a candycane bookmark that we got from the library in the tree. This weekend we are going to make some paper chain garland. Thankfully none of the cats have decided to be temporary ornaments, they just lay under the tree like presents. :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. My tree is always very eclectic with many ornaments from family vacations, ornaments from when I was a child and ornaments received as gifts (I have a December birthday). But my favorite decorations are the ones my now-grown children made when they were younger. Great memories every time they are unwrapped!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I like ecletic trees with ornaments that have special meanings and remembrances of times gone past. kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  15. The best part of the tree is looking at the ornaments that have meaning. I still have some ornaments from my childhood,and I have wonder memories as I hang them on my tree.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I have an eclectic tree. About an even mix between store bought and hand made ornaments. I have been collecting them since I was 12( and I will be 50 in January) and am a Charter Member of the Hallmark Ornament Club. Funny Story - The first Christmas after we got married someone at work told my husband the tree is always kind of bare the first few years until you have a chance to invest in special ornaments. My husband told him, we have 2 trees and I had to haul 5 boxes of ornaments back into the attic that we did not even use - ornaments are not a problem!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I have an eclectic tree. I have a mixture of old and new ornaments that represent different memories. There are ornaments recording the growth of my children. The most precious ornaments are the ones purchased with my grandmother on the day after Christmas when they were half priced. We sure did enjoy that day.
    Sandy 2012

    ReplyDelete
  18. We always have an eclectic tree :) My husband and I LOVE going through all of the handmade and bought ornaments every year, placing them on the tree and remembering where all of them came from. Our daughter gets into it now too! She loves looking at the ornaments the two of us had when we were kids. It always takes us DAYS to put up everything, but when it's finished, it's beautiful! :)

    Marie
    songbird1613 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  19. I really like a tree that is decorated with lots of ornaments that mean something special to the people in that family, so that there is a hodge-podge of homemade and other decorations.

    ReplyDelete
  20. My tree is covered in ornaments my daughter has made as she has grown up, she is now married. I love these ornaments, some are paper, some made at school, a few pictures but they are all special and I love them.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I like fun, cutesy ornaments.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I like the ornaments my mom has kept over the yrs.

    ReplyDelete
  23. No theme, just a mix of everything.

    ReplyDelete
  24. My ornaments on my tree are a mish mash of things that mean something special to me. I also liked themed trees. Thank you for the chance to win.

    ReplyDelete
  25. We have one big eclectic tree and two smaller themed trees - we rotate the ornaments on the small ones every year.

    ReplyDelete
  26. We don't do themed trees, just old ornaments and sometimes new if I see some that I like.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  27. I have a prelit tree. and i love to have all one color on it looks so cool. that is my fav time of the year decorating the tree.

    ReplyDelete
  28. The ornaments on our tree are mostly non-break ones that have been collected over the past 6 years (since my nephew was born). We can't have anything breakable as my nephew who is autistic has a tendency to break them. We learned this the hard way, lol. Almost all the ornaments are rubber Winnie the Pooh and Thomas the Tank Engine themed balls :-)

    ReplyDelete
  29. My favorite ornaments are 3 small ceramic angels I painted over 30 years ago. I gave one to my daughter when she moved away and got her 1st Christmas tree. When my other daughter moves out, I will give one to her. They will be our special bond.

    ReplyDelete
  30. No themed trees here, I have glass ornaments from a few years that we reuse every year :) thought my mom tends to by new ones spontaneously. We just make it colorful :D

    ReplyDelete
  31. We have an eclectric tree---with lots of handmade ornaments that were made by people no longer with us---so lots of memories.

    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  32. I like old fashioned or homemade ornaments. Also, can we enter this contest if we submit it as anonymous? Thanks.
    Patti Smith

    ReplyDelete
  33. This year, my author's mother gave her the family's collection of glass ornaments from the late 1940s and early 1950s--most of them collected before she was even born, but she remembers them all fondly. They're displayed in a bowl on the dining room table, where her cat won't bat them around. I think he's a lot like my little cat, Mr. Sandburg!

    ReplyDelete
  34. I dont realy have a theme. I pick ornaments that are my favorite color purple. We also you candycane as ornaments too.

    ReplyDelete
  35. I love eclectic trees, all kinds of ornaments, and I do LOVE your books!

    ReplyDelete
  36. I like all kinds of ornaments.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  37. Our Christmas tree is decorated with everything & anything & we just love it. A Christmas tree with personality.

    ReplyDelete
  38. I love homemade ornaments. Presently we don't put up a Christmas tree, but hang a Christmas cross on the wall. The cross is fashioned from an old fake tree with lights and holly. Merry Christmas and Blessings, Susan Fryman

    ReplyDelete
  39. Like animal ornaments & themed trees built around animals. Local casino currently is featuring beautiful tree for auction on 15th with animal oriented decorations with money going to support shelter.

    ReplyDelete
  40. We love eclectic trees for our home. Each ornament is from a different era of ours lives or our children's lives. Now that our first grandchild will celebrate her first Christmas with the family, of course we will add an ornament each year for her. When she grows up, she will have her very own collection of ornaments to start with.

    I love the idea of a themed or color-themed tree, but there are just too many beautiful ornaments out there for me to stick to one scheme! I'd rather look at my tree and have each item meaningful than look like a designer put it together.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Ours is eclectic. I collect ornaments from every place we visit. Its fun looking at them & recalling all of the memories. :)

    ReplyDelete
  42. I love Northwoods type ornaments- pinecones, old fashioned santa's and snowmen, etc...

    ReplyDelete
  43. I love Northwoods type ornaments- pinecones, old fashioned santa's and snowmen, etc...

    ReplyDelete
  44. my tree is ALLLLLL penguins!!!!!

    ReplyDelete