December 9, 2011

Our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree!

For the past 3 years I have not put up a Christmas tree.  Last year I kind of wanted to but I got this notion that I wanted one of the retro aluminum trees that my mother had for us when I was a child in the 60's.  I started googling and found that they were really expensive!  So I just sat another year out without a tree.

This year I decided I was going to have one of those trees or bust a gut! I started googling and found a shop in Wake Forest, NC, For Old Times Sake,  that had one.  So after the shopkeeper put it together to make sure all of the branches were there, Butch and I took off down there.

When we walked in I did not see it immediately.  I saw a little bitty tree laying against a chair and I thought, oh no, he did not know what I meant.  But then Butch spied the tree and we walked back to where it was. 

It was the pitifulest looking sweetest thing you had ever seen!

It was liken to a Charlie Brown tree!!

This tree is older than I am!  You can tell that it has received tons of love throughout its life!  The branches are mangled and twisted but this little trees inner beauty found a spot inside my heart and I knew it had to come home with me.  

I asked Butch if he liked it but his family had never had a tree like this.  It was completely different than what he had ever been accustomed to.  Every year he would trek out to the woods and cut down a live tree for his mother.  So, his answer was, I want to make you happy dear.  I told him the tree was for both of us and we had to decide together.  We looked and thought, and looked and thought some more and then he walked by me and said it was actually growing on him. {I think he was just being nice}..but in any case... He looked at the shop keeper and told him we would take it.

By this time, I had looked at the tree so long, I thought it was the most beautiful tree I had ever seen!  I knew it needed me to love on it and give it a new home.
We went to Walmart for pink balls but only found a bright magenta-like pink so we decided on Carolina blue instead.  Our pig ornaments came out of hiding and we finally, just a few minutes ago, finished decorating our Charlie Brown Christmas tree!

And since I am calling it our Charlie Brown Christmas tree, Charlie had to have a front row seat on the tree!  It is his job to look after all of the pigs!

And here it is in all its glory!  Our Charlie Brown Christmas tree!

Now to find the perfect tree skirt! I was too impatient to wait until that was in place to show you the tree. :)


Carol said...

ROFL, Thearica! You are sooo funny! Definitely a storyteller. Your story of your Charlie Brown Christmas tree reminded me of the years when I was a youth over in the Philippines. We were there for 6 ½ years and the first year we arrived but our belongings didn’t. So we had to find something for a Christmas tree. Well, my parents got a bottle brush tree made from real bottle brushes! Oddest looking thing. And then we had to make our own ornaments cause ours were stuck on the docks in Manila. So we decorated capiz shells and hung them on the tree. That Christmas will forever be in my mind. I think if I dig hard enough in my mom’s tree decorations, I’ll find some of those original shell ornaments!

Thanks for reminding me about Christmas as a kid!

Enjoy your tree and especially the holiday. You have a wonderful hubby!!

Carol (NJ)

Jan Maree said...

I love it! I used to have a green tinsel tree when I was a kid and I would love to get another one! Enjoy!!!

Snoodles said...

Aw, my grandparents used to have one of those....had a colored disc turning in front of it! So glad you found your Charlie Brown tree!

tisme said...

I love your tree!! My grandmother had one of those, and she always told everyone they could not put it together, that was my job! Your tree brought tears of memories to my eyes. I truly understand how badly you wanted this tree. :) can`t remember how to make tears.

Needled Mom said...

Oh gosh....I remember those!!! I can just imagine you guys pondering the purchase. I think the tree is feeling the love!!!

Giles said...

I haven't seen that kind of tree before, but already I love it! It sounds a wonderful Chhristmas tree! ... and your story brings childhood memories for me too... where you have Charlie Brown, my mum had a set of tree decorations of Mr Men figures in Christmas hats! (I don't know if you have the children's story books about the Mr Men, but the tree figures were Mr Greedy, Mr Fussy, and Mr Uppity I think!) ... they still have them on their tree as far as I'm aware! :)

We put our tree up last night too and it looks lovely with all its little lights and decorations! I do like having a Christmas tree! Glad you got yours! :)

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Very cute and just perfect for the space - sweet.

ritainalaska said...

back in the day, in the sixties, too, we decided we should have this tree for our christmas ... the kids were tickled - green lights, gold and red ornaments, angel on top and here and there on the 'branches. dog [i no longer remember it's name]like it, too, to much! he tipped it over three times. by christmas it was bedragled, but still wonderful. and we still laugh over this tree; it's the only one we remember.

Anonymous said...

Your dear kind-hearted husband!I love the "homely" sorts of trees.Every two year a church near us puts on a Xmas Tree display.Some of the local schools and kindergartens decorate some..they are just wonderful!!

Lois said...

I love the tree and am so glad you were able to find one. Go retro!!
Merry Christmas to you, dear one.

Cheri said...

Thanks for the delicious chance!