What’s on your tree?

Not sure what year this was, but it doesn't matter. The Gouger tree looks the same, exactly the same, every year

Here’s the old fashioned way to decorate a tree. Buy ornaments when you first set up housekeeping and add to your collection every year.  Handcraft some ornaments. Buy one angel and keep it until it’s tattered.

The new (and maybe improved) way: To make a theme tree and to keep retailers in business.

On Thanksgiving Day my friend and I headed to an early morning sale at one of the big stores. While I was trying to decide between Thomas the Train or camo slippers, she was loading her cart with purple ornaments. Her teenage daughter was doing the tree in purple this year.

Hmmm, am I missing a chance to show off my limited decorator skills without spending a ton of money or making a decision on a piece of furniture or a wall color I’ll regret? Am I missing a chance to shop for something?

She could be on to something here. I started thinking about how I always wanted to have a blue and silver tree but would miss my favorite ornaments. Thought about how I take a picture of my tree every year, and it’s the same as it was the year before.

My family comes over and says, “Your tree looks beautiful this year.”

Yup, it’s the same as last year.

Sometimes I get adventurous and change the color of the ribbon for the bows.

The garland wrapped on the railing? Same as last year. Bought it at a dollar store several years ago. Once I figured out how to wrap the rungs, I was set.

No, I never rearrange furniture. Once something is in place, it stays in place. Changed it once when we painted and never quite recovered.

We used to have a tree decorating contest between departments at the Pocono Record. Our crafty news assistants put together nature trees, Victorian trees and all kinds of beautiful creative ideas. I offered my idea: Let’s put mug shots of criminals on the tree. I was voted down.

So, what am I missing? Do you have a themed tree? What are your traditions and when do you break out of the mold. Write to me. Send me photos. Send everything to mgouger@poconorecord.com.  I’ll use them in a future Home and Garden section.

In the meantime, I will go searching for that new ribbon. Yessiree, it’s time for a change.

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