I've gotten several requests for pictures of "that eleven foot tall Christmas tree."
If you find this post boring, don't blame me. The squeaky wheel gets the grease around here. (Except when the squeaky wheel is a perv or a troll – they get their IP addresses blocked.)
Before I show you a picture of the tree in it's entirety, I should explain why our tree is decorated the way it is.
Many, many years ago, a man who worked for Briefcase gave us a beautiful ornament as a gift. It was made by Christopher Radko, a company I was unfamiliar with at the time. The ornament was made from mouth blown glass. It was both whimsical and old fashioned at the same time. I treasured it.
The employee who gave it to us informed me his family purchased one of these special ornaments each year to add to their collection. I was inspired to begin the same tradition at our house.
I won't lie – Radko ornaments are very pricey. Briefcase has never gone with me to purchase them and I think he might fall over from sticker shock if he did.
Some things are better left unknown between spouses, don't you agree?
The tradition in our house has been slightly different than the one Briefcase's employee had. Each year I purchase one new Radko ornament for our family. In addition, I give each of my kids a new Radko ornament as one of their Christmas gifts. Often the ornament I give them reflects something about their life in the past year. When they eventually have their own homes, they can take a box of these beautiful ornaments with them to begin their trees.
The year the World Trade Center fell I selected this ornament as a remembrance for our family:
When one of my son's spent most of his free time golfing one year, he received this golfing Santa as his ornament:
The blown glass is very fragile. These ornaments aren't for Briefcase's toddler hands.
A lot of our ornaments reflect the beach lifestyle in one way or another like this sunbathing Santa.
And also this snowman:
Some of the ornaments are very whimsical like this moose.
Or this dog with a spring for it's middle:
I also liven it up with a few BIG decorations. A big tree needs a few sizable things on it to break it up visually.
OK, are you ready to see the whole tree put together now? It looks better lit up at night, but (sorry) I took this photo during the day.
Here you go … all eleven feet of it!
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