This tree is about 45 years old. It once belonged to me…but before that it was enjoyed by to my ex-husband's Nana and late Poppa.
When Nana and Poppa moved from their house to an apartment, they needed to have a smaller tree and this one was slated for the garbage.
I was very tickled to hear my ex-husband say that we could have the tree! No one else in the family wanted it. I was absolutely in love with it…and just knew it needed to come home with us. I am a very sentimental gal, and thought that it would be a wonderful reminder of Nana and Poppa for our family.
The first Christmas that we had come after we brought it home....I felt like the tears were welling up in my eyes as I set up the tree. I had never seen such a beautiful tree...it is absolutely exquisite...even with nothing on it! The "snow" actually looks like real snow...and it is soft...not that brittle fakey plastic that most “snow” trees have. ....I feel in love with this tree.
Two years ago was the last time I set up this tree. I actually set it up three times that year. I just could not bare to look at it. The memories that it held for me were simply too painful to be reminded of, and I had to take it down. I did it three times in total in the year 2009. I even tried to change the look of the decorations, but it didn’t help. It just was too hard…too many painful memories…
When Christmas of 2010 rolled around, I decided I couldn’t even look at it and never even took the tree out of the box. I decorated with another tree and that was the last of the decorating of the “snow” tree.
When my lawyer told me that we were going to possibly have to sell the house, I decided that it was time to let go of some of the old memories, and get ready to start my life again. I donated this tree to a local charity that supports the homeless in our city. They were going to auction it off I think. Although it was difficult to let it go, I felt that it was even more difficult to set it up again, and decided to say goodbye. I had offered this and a few other family items to my ex-husband, but he didn’t want them…so sadly the tree had to move on. It really is too bad. I hope the tree got a good home with someone who loved it as much as I did!
I will admit that I sort of miss that tree…and hope one day to have another one similar to it…one with happy memories attached to it.
I am happy to say that there is a company that my Mom and Dad deal with, that sells trees that are almost identical in “snow” as the snow that adorned the branches of this one. I am thinking about possibly purchasing one for next year! This year I don’t have any decorations set up at all…they are all in boxes on the floor in the living room…lol. To read more about Tootsies New Start…just click this line
My house is now sold as of last week…and we are going to be moving very soon. I hope that this move is swift and painless…and that kids and I will have a fresh and happy start to our new lives…filled with wonderful warm memories of family and friends…and lot of happiness and love.
TOOTSIE'S NEW START BEGINS NOW!
Thanks for popping over today…I hope you all are getting your decorating done for the holidays! I always love the holiday posts…they are filled with such inspiration! I look forward to sharing my new start with you all in the coming posts!
Until Next Time….Happy Holiday Decorating!!!
*)*)*) to my special three: Happy Holiday decorating!!! And to one of you in particlular…I love how you are trying to compete with me, when honestly you can't compare to me…give up sweetie…you cannot spit polish a turd! hee hee!
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