Friday, December 20, 2019

The Tree Decorating Weekly Link Round-Up

Through the years here on the blog, I've made no secret of the fact that I've loved decorating for Christmas. You can see what I'm talking about with my Christmas Decorating Inspiration post or my Christmas After Dark at Casa Kittling post. The last five years have seen a marked decrease in my decorating, and this year is a case in point. The mobility issues I've been having mean that climbing up and down ladders is not doable. But one thing I've been thinking about recently is how many memories can be stirred just by looking at the collection of ornaments I have for my trees. (I used to put up thirteen trees every year-- my lucky number.)

I love to decorate theme trees. I've had butterfly trees, snowman trees, critter trees, lighthouse trees, etc. But my favorite has always been the biggest tree of them all, the one that holds three generations worth of ornaments. Many times when I decorate the family tree, I like to put groups of ornaments together so they tell little stories. Last week in a link round-up post, I told you that many irreplaceable ornaments were shattered when the tree was knocked over the year the Hong Kong flu swept the country. Fortunately, some did survive.

In the photo, you can see the one breakable ornament that survived: that little Santa made from two silver glass balls. He doesn't look too bad for his age. Neither does that red and white striped sock. It's one of a pair that's as old as the Santa. The blue-robed angel is one of a pair that my mother made in her first ceramics class, and the ornament below her to the right is one that Mom and I bought together in 1976. (Anyone remember Hallmark's Spencer Sparrow?) The white rocking horse up at the top left is from my grandparents, and the bright blue ball wrapped in gorgeous tatting was made and given to me by a dear friend in Utah. (The silly goldfish is a new addition.)

For me, decorating Christmas trees is a special event filled with so many memories and so much love. I hope every single one of you reading this has a phenomenal holiday season filled with love and new memories that make you glow in the years to come. And if the holiday season means a time of loneliness and despair, please know that I've been there, too, and that I'm sending you love and a virtual hug. Unless you've been there, it's almost impossible to understand how awful this time of year can be.

But it's time to get to those links. Denis and I just want to say Happy Holidays to you all!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • Part of the Badlands National Park is now open to bison-- for the first time in 150 years.
  • An extra thumb has been discovered on Aye-Aye lemurs, giving these primates six fingers. 
  • Procrastinate no more-- there's an autonomous vision-enabled robotic dog poop scooper.
  • These feisty female lemurs fight with babies on their backs.
  • Scientists taught rats to drive tiny cars to earn Fruit Loops.
  • Crabs can learn to navigate mazes, too.
  • Bouncing baboons navigate tall grass.
  • A DNA test has shown that a lost puppy found in Australia is actually a rare dingo.

►The Happy Wanderer◄

►I ♥ Lists◄

That's it for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!


  1. Have a wonderful holiday, Cathy, and thank you for sharing those ornament stories. I love it that things like that have stories to tell. That's half the joy of getting them out and looking at them. Now, I've got a megacity to visit...

    1. Speaking of archaeology, if I hadn't done some downsizing, some archaeologists in centuries to come would probably think they'd hit the hub for Christmas paraphernalia!

  2. Another great Round-Up. Merry Christmas, Cathy!

  3. Lovely stories and such nostalgia attached to those beautiful ornaments. Hope you can set up some trees and use the ornaments. However, the photos should help fill in the gaps, depending on what you are able to do.
    Well, my friend, Sharon, nearly 80 but full of energy, always organizes and cooks Xmas Eve dinner for about 12-14. I help light and decorate the tree. And we have fun. This year she broke her wrist. She bought a tiny tree in a pot and I'm going over to help her put up ornaments - a dinner of two, instead of 12-14. But we;ll have some fund and discussion.
    New Year's Day: She usually cooks again, but a group of us are bringing potluck dishes so we will have a party come hell or high water.
    Hope you and Denis have a lot of Christmas and New Year's cheer and lots of fun.
    And agaian, thanks for the blogs. I'm behind, but catching up. Fascinating links this time.

    1. Happy Holidays, Kathy! Sharon sounds like my kind of person.

  4. Sharon is an amazing person, full of energy and determination. Never missed a challenge. An ER nurse for over 30 years, retired she does as much as when she worked.


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