Our Tree in 1963
Our Christmas tree in 1963 was the most special of all my childhood tree memories.
We were in New York for just a year, so our boxes of glass balls and glittery ornaments were back in Iowa. After we bought the tree, the family spent days with paper, glue and glitter, crafting every decoration.
We strung popcorn and made chains of red and green paper. There were decorations and drawings on the walls and above the window. (The photo shows a construction paper sleigh with reindeer, flying above the curtains.)
So even though we were living in a cramped apartment that year, with a tight budget, Christmas felt magical. I will always give Mom credit for gathering us with craft supplies and Christmas music. We never felt like anything was missing from our Christmas.
A Tiny Bit of Crafting
Since we'll be having another "away from home Christmas" this year, I decided to do a quick ornament project.
Our family leaves for Thailand tomorrow, so I'm not complaining. But it feels strange to be in our home on December 21st, with no tree. Out of town family wedding & graduation festivities won out, over decorating. I had already thrown some LED lights on the mantel in a desperate attempt. Then I found the supply of craft paper...
There you have it! The chocolate Santa adds a nice touch. Now I need to pack. Maybe those paper decorations can go along!