No real Christmas tree this year because without family coming in, we decided for the second year in a row not to have a big tree, leaving many ornaments to languish in their bin in the garage. But we have the nature/bird tree. I’ve been collecting ornaments for this tree, which sits on our sideboard, for many years. We have birds of all sorts, snowflakes needle-pointed by my mom in better days (as well as other ornaments she made), several owls, a glass octopus I bought in a Christmas market in Philadelphia, a cricket from my s-i-l in France, and many others. It’s colorful day and night and gives me joy to see each year.

Life in Colour: kaleidoscope

  1. I love the bird ornaments, and the little bird feeder!! Your nature tree is wonderful.

    I only put up my ceramic Christmas Tree this year, no big tree for us either since the kids aren’t coming here this year.

    It’s still quite Merry and Bright. πŸŽ„πŸ˜€πŸ₯°

  2. beth says:

    that’s beautiful –

  3. restlessjo says:

    They are a feast of memories, aren’t they?

  4. Washe Koda says:

    O Tannenbaum 😦

  5. peggy says:

    Beautiful. Nothing better than birds in a tree.

  6. That is so unusual! Love it Janet!

  7. An understandable decision, and the substitute is beautifully done.

  8. Ally Bean says:

    A birdie theme is great. I like your slide show photo. That, too, is great.

  9. Amy says:

    Beautiful tree, Janet. These ornaments do bring wonderful memories of travels. πŸ’–

    • Yes, the memories are such an integral part of the entire feeling and it’s the same for all our decorations. We have so many that we rarely get any new ones but the few that we do are special.

  10. So lovely! I never even thought to have a themed tree. This makes so much sense.

  11. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Lovely tree! When you were in Illinois, did you ever venture into Chicago for the annual Christkind Market? I found several bird ornaments there when I was living in Printing House Row.

  12. Resa says:

    So, you have a stunning little tree! YAY!!!!
    Sweet pics, Janet!

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  14. Great idea for a tree filled with special memories! I’m sure it prompts many fun conversations, too! Nice job, Janet! 🌞

  15. thirdeyemom says:

    Hope you had a nice Christmas. We went to Virginia to see my sister but my parents are having a very hard time getting home after so many canceled flights. Wishing you the best in 2022!

    • I’ve been reading about the flight issues people are having trying to get home. Hopefully they’ll make it home soon and safely. Best wishes for all of you in 2022 as well.

  16. belocchio says:

    Your bird tree is gorgeous, Janet. I love the birds your mother made – home made is precious. Beautiful to remember. Best wishes for the coming New Jean. Stay safe and well. XXX Virginia

    • Thanks very much, Virginia. Homemade really is precious and although Mom didn’t make any of the birds, she made all the snowflakes and a few other ornaments. She’s also made each of us a village of needlepoint houses, all sorts of wooden ornaments, and other things. Now that she can’t do anything like that anymore, they’re all the more precious.

      Happy New Year to you as well. ❀