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My grandparent’s Christmas tree stood proudly year after year in a big living room window. Somewhere along the way between the late 1940s to early 2000s the street in front of their house became a highway and the real tree gave way to a fat faux one. When Grandpa started to grumble in their much later years that the tree was too big and too much trouble, grandma insisted they had more people to see it now and had to put it up, “just imagine all those truck drivers far from their homes passing by and seeing it, how happy it must make them to see those lights.” Her argument was irrefutable and so until he was 91 years of age he was pulling that tree out and setting it up for her. (see the story of their first date …here)

I have several things I treasure from my grandparents, but among them is this small battered box of ornaments. The last couple of years I pulled them out, looked at them, smiled, and then tucked them away again. Never was sure where to place them where they would not get knocked around and truthfully they are very scratched and dinged, so never felt they fit with my Christmas schemes. However, this year when I pulled them out the wheels started spinning. I could put them in a glass apothecary jar, or put a couple on the family tree, or securely string them along some ribbon, or I could put them out as is. This year it was important to me to have this out somewhere in the house.

Greenery and a silver Christmas tree were already on the coffee table when I set the box down while decorating the living room tree. When I turned back I realized it was perfect. This is where they will stay.

Old and new mix together so well because of the bed of greenery which tones down the glitzier tree and complements the cardboard box. Have not decided whether to leave the box lid on (below picture) or askew with ornaments visible (above picture).

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Do you have a preference? Let me know and help me decide.

Merry Christmas!