Thursday, December 1, 2011

Advent Calendar - December 1 - Oh Tannenbaum!

What better way to welcome December and the coming of Christmas than to listen to Nat King Cole's rendition of the classic "O Tannenbaum" in German.

Nothing evokes the spirit of this season for me more than the sight of a Christmas tree! I rarely put up my tree before mid-December, but I enjoy seeing all the others that are going up -- from the huge trees marking the lots where one can purchase a tree to those displayed in public spaces.

Christmas trees have come in all shapes and sizes in my family. Sometimes artificial, but mostly real. There is nothing like the fragrance of a real tree. Here are some photos of Christmas trees through the years:
My brother Arny, next to
the Christmas tree, circa 1944.
Me, with my Grandma Yawman, December 1957.
Me, Christmas 1980.
A framed tree made of bits of glass and
costume jewelry by my son's great-grandma Nettie.
A plush fabric tree that belonged
to my mother.

Now that I've shared these trees with you, 
I'm ready to start decorating!

© 2011 Denise Spurlock


  1. The photo of your brother with the tree looks like it could have come from a 1950's Christmas special. That was a good idea, the song.

  2. Isn't it fun to look back over the years and observe how our trees change with the times?