Garden-Themed Christmas Tree


I did not grow up with anything close to a themed Christmas tree.  So why I started putting up a second tree for me evolved from a growing collection of beautiful ornaments relating to the garden gifted over the years or acquired during travel.  I felt these interesting ornaments were getting lost in our family tree and did not have relevance to the rest of my family members, all non gardeners!  So with already an overflowing to-do list, I actually find tremendous joy in decorating “my” garden tree. Continue reading

Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend: Repurposing Costume Jewelry Into a Christmas Tree

imageThere are times in one’s life when you touch another person in a truly magical way.  For me, that was Nana.  Nana personified the spirit of Christmas.  Her German Christmas Eve parties were legendary and people lined up to get in.  When Prince Charming proposed to me in late November, Nana threw us a surprise engagement party and asked everyone to bring a love-themed ornament.  Those ornaments are still one of my most treasured possessions.  So when Nana was hospitalized in a nursing home over Christmas, I knew I had to do more than bring her an amaryllis or pointsettia. Continue reading