The Festival of Christmas Trees

posted by Sharon December 11, 2012 6 Comments

What ornaments would you hang on a Christmas tree if you wanted to express your interests? What would your tree look like if you went beyond the red globes and gold bows?

Last night we went to San Diego’s December Nights in Balboa Park. Thousands showed up at the huge playground of museums and theaters built for the 1916 International Exposition. We took in holiday concerts and cruised the Air and Space Museum. What fun to wander with the crowds on a chilly evening! We ducked in one building, mostly to get warm, and we found a festival of Christmas trees. Decorated by different organizations, the trees represented the interests of each.

I love the ice skating theme from the local children’s hospital.

One features children’s letters to Santa.

Here’s one. Note: stay away from this kid’s house on Christmas morning.

Decorations include flowers: geraniums, camellias, and bromeliads.

This one depicts “I Saw Three Ships” and the ships come complete with lighthouses.

The “Angels We Have Heard on High” tree looms above the others. Scary, isn’t it? No wonder the shepherds were afraid.

The Hawaiians went all out.

Pigs on the tree?

The Suzy’s Zoo tree is all about love. Red hearts everywhere, see?

And last and least in size, but still important, is the bonsai Christmas tree.

What about you? If you could go with a theme that’s dear to you, what would your tree look like this season? You may decorate with treasures made by children. You may have flowers set in pots or growing in a garden. You may decorate with extravagance. You may go small, even minimalist. Whatever your approach is this year, I wish you a holiday season full of love.


Linking up with This or That Thursday, Sweet Shot Tuesdays, 52 Weeks of Happiness, and Communal Global.




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Molly December 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

I love the Hawaiian tree… so much joy and fun


Media Goddess December 11, 2012 at 11:29 am

Those photos were beautiful I bet you could loose yourself for hours just looking. I agree I think the Hawaiian tree was my favorite. If I did a tree like that my family and I would either chose a music themed tree with lots of French Horns, or a Disney inspired tree.

theartfuldiva December 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm

I love all of these ornaments – the tree is glorious!

lindamakiej December 12, 2012 at 9:02 pm

really lovely work! Wishing you a very happy holiday season….

Sherry Galey December 13, 2012 at 12:30 am

What a great bunch of trees! Mine would be the nautical one…Wishing you happy holiday preparations!

Curt Odegaard December 13, 2012 at 4:40 am

Beautiful! We sure had a good time.


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