Today we put up our Christmas tree. We had a fun time – though it definitely bears the mark of having been decorated by kids! But that’s the beauty of it. We have our own special traditions associated with the tree – first the lights (me or Dave) and then the garlands (kids) and then the first ornament – the Elvis ornament.

Now, we aren’t great Elvis fans, but a few years ago it was given to me by our parish priest for being willing to stand the embarrassment of helping with a sermon. So now, on he goes first. If you push his little button, he sings “Lordy, lordy, I feel my temperature rising…”

Then we put on all the other decorations – kids especially get to put on their own ‘First Christmas’ ornaments and ornaments they made. Dave and I put on the Bride and Groom Snowmen. We make sure all the ornaments on the lower branches are metal or plastic and can stand being knocked off by the cat. And then, finally, we put on the star.

In the book this comes from, there is a Christmas Angel ornament, and in this picture, the boy is letting his sister Angelina be the one to put it on the tree. It comes from the book The Christmas Angel by Abbie Farwell Brown, illustrated by Reginald Birch. It was published in 1910, and I found the e-book version of it on Project Gutenberg. Click the image to see it/download it full-sized.

"You hang it on the tree, Angelina", Reginald Birch, 1910. From _The Christmas Angel_ by Abbie Farwell Brown. From the Project Gutenberg E-book.

Peace,

Bekka

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