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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

MWT – Oh Christmas tree…is getting bigger

01 Mini Xmas tree & Santa in sleight Yarnell AZ (1024x768)

Having lived in some form of RV for the last 13 years meant downsizing Christmas decorations, especially a tree. And although I fought against the “fake” tree as a pre-teen it’s almost funny how I fully support the idea now. My mother would certainly laugh. Any way, my first tree measured 6 inches (15.24 cm) and came with some tiny baubles glued on from, but of course, a thrift store. Probably cost me a couple bucks. Really, I’m not cheap, just thrifty.

02 Christmas in the 5er 2009 Yarnell AZ

A couple years ago I bought a 12 inch (30.48 cm) tree with optics at a thrift store for $5 and decorated it with clip-on rhinestone earrings. I really do like the idea of packing the tree away in a plastic grocery bag which I always forget where I put the following year.

03 Christmas tree in little house Yarnell AZ (768x1024)

This year, Mike was pushing for a REAL tree. What? Why kill a tree? No he meant a LIVE tree we could plant later. We have no space. Yet once again a thrift store saved the day when I found a 24 inch (60.96 cm) tree complete with star, stand and red ribbon for $3. The first decorations added, Stacey’s felted acorns. (I love these, thank you.) Next I dug out some spun glass ornaments I’ve had--and rarely seen--over 25 years. And finally the rhinestone earrings. We’re both happy with this tree.

And yes it’s small. Maybe too small to shelter the gift of love we exchange. Or the newer 5h-wheel we’re looking to buy. But at the growth rate of Christmas trees, in a couple years, we’re going to need a bigger house/RV.

Happy Holidays!

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17 comments:

haphazardlife said...

Rhinestone earrings as tree decorations. I love it.

- Jazz

Arija said...

You are so right, it is not the size of the tree but the love that surrounds it that matters.

Sylvia K said...

Yes, indeed, it is only the surrounding love that matters at any time and I'm so very happy to see so very much love surrounding yours! Have a very Merry Christmas, Gaelyn and Mike!

Sylvia

Martha Z said...

Whatever the size, it is a token of the season and a reflection of the gift of love you share.
Wishing you and Mike a wonderful holiday and a fantastic New Year, Gaelyn.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

It looks great to me, I have no idea where our Christmas decorations were put!!! I have decided the next time I decorate will be when we are in France. Meanwhile the cards we get will give the place a cheery look! Diane

Nina Fitzgerald said...

I love your trees! For years I hung earrings on a piece of driftwood that my Mom found when I was in high school (and I still have). Then I moved up to hanging baubles on a norfolk island pine house plant.
Ahhhhh... Christmas trees we have known!!!

Your trees are perfect - they tell a story of who you are and what is important in your life this season.

Sally in WA said...

It's more than what I've done this year. I am still debating whether or not to put a tree up. I also think using rhinestone earrings make for clever decorations! I may just steal that idea. :)

Silver Fox said...

We have a tiny tree, also, of the fake variety. I haven't pulled it out of storage yet, though.

BraCom (Bram) said...

Beautiful My World Tuesday posting

Merry Christmas and have a nice week,
Greetings, Bram

Link to My Word Tuesday post!

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ladyfi said...

Cool tree! This is the first year we've got a real tree...

Elaine said...

The size of the tree is unimportant. The love it represents is what makes it special. It's fun to see the change in your trees over the years, and they in turn reflect the changes in your life.

Francisca said...

A warm story filled with humor. I was in the seasonal business for well over a decade and have seen my fill of "designer" trees. I like yours better. We don't do the tree at all, but then my sweetie is China-born and we are in the tropics.

Wren said...

A delightful post, Gaelyn! I love all your trees and the stories that go with them. I am blown away that you found a live tree at a thrift shop.

PS Also love the rhinestone earring idea.

Best wishes and happy new year!

Small City Scenes said...

Yeah, well we all do what we gotta do and your tree is perfect. Small trees for small spaces---it certaintly doesn't measure love.

BTW: I did get some shots of the lunar eclipse. the clouds were moving and the moon was peeking. MB

Quiet Paths said...

What fun. They are getting a teensy larger. I like the idea of the potted tree you can plant somewhere later too.

mountain.mama said...

I love your little trees. Merry Christmas!

dowhatyoulove said...

It is such a lovely little tree! I am so glad you enjoy the acorns, and honored that they were the first ornaments on there! I need to make some for myself, I give them away because I love sharing them with people, and then forget to make myself some! haha.

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