What’s Hanging On Your Tree?

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What hangs on your Christmas tree this year?


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I hope the ornaments give you joy, whatever they may be; are fun, and hold good memories.


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Our friend brought us a beautiful hummingbird last night, made by her daughter, who is a potter.

The top half of our Christmas tree is always covered with birds.  I’ve been collecting them for more than 40 years now, and some of the originals are still with us!


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I also collect stars and snowflakes, loving their beautiful geometry.

The only snowflakes we’ll see this  Christmas are the porcelain kind.  But that is really fine. 


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We have our snowflakes on the tree, and the garden remains full of flowers instead of blanketed in ice and snow.


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And I was inspired to make a new set of ornaments for our trees this year, which celebrate the beauty of bare branches against a winter sky.

These are simply glass balls decorated with free hand drawings of bare trees.


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They bring to mind the traditional Yggdrasil, the World Tree, which allows one to travel between the worlds.  The roots of all of these trees connect.

It is as though each orb is covered with a forest of small trees, which really are only one tree growing out in all directions.


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Our Christmas decorating has also been minimalist this December.  We are enjoying the simplicity of it.  Most of our traditional decorations remain packed away.

We didn’t plan it that way; I was busy with other projects and left the decorating to the last minute this year.

But we have our lights and our trees.


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And we greeted the sun’s rising this Christmas morning, barely visible behind the  mist  and clouds.


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Beauty always surrounds us, when we remember to remain in the ‘Now.’

Merry Christmas!


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Woodland Gnome 2015

For the Daily Post’s

Weekly Photo Challenge: Now!


We found this Great Blue Heron on her nest, along College Creek this afternoon.

We found this Great Blue Heron on her nest, along College Creek this afternoon.  What a beautiful gift to find this majestic bird on Christmas Day!

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Lifelong teacher and gardener.

14 responses to “What’s Hanging On Your Tree?

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  3. You asked “What hangs on your Christmas tree?” Do they give me joy? Oh, yes! I have many of all kinds from lovely to sort of battered ones made by 3 kids of quite a while back. They were put on our tree this year – first time in a while – by a 5- year old GrandGirl. She said proudly, when finished, “I put on all the cute ones!!” Is that not great?

    Merry Chrstmas Season to you Woodland Gnome! It’s always such a pleasure to visit here.

    • That is the best story I’ve heard all day! So cute! I hope your ‘grand girl’ soon will be making you some ornaments of her own imagination for your beautiful tree! Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for visiting! ❤ ❤ ❤

  4. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Love the hummingbird and the toadstool on your tree. xx

  5. Such pretty decorations – I am impressed with your handmade ornaments, they are perfect for your tree. Forest Garden, Forest Tree! Herons symbolize reflection, a good day to show up!

    • Didn’t know that about Herons, Eliza. How absolutely perfect 😉 The little glass globes are so simple. We are enjoying them and have given a few to family and friends. Something new this year 😉

  6. Beautiful ornaments. My favorite are the old-fashioned ones or the ones kids make. Nice choice for the challenge.

    If you like, you’re welcome to come visit my challenge at:

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