Red Chili Christmas Tree

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Red Chili Christmas Tree

My wife and I really enjoy our tradition of a Red Chili Christmas Tree.  You guessed it we decorate with gifts from Mother Nature.  The chill’s are grown near here in Hatch NM.   We have collected pine-cones while on hikes throughout the state and the star on top of the tree is made of grapevine. The small berries and red apples are store bought.  No bows, balls or tinsel are to be found on our tree it’s all back to nature for us.

So what’s your Christmas Tree tradition?

Red Chili Christmas Tree Albuquerque NM

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Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

I love your passion and creativity in this tree. I love that you grasped nature as well. Have a fabulous day and take care my friend.

Dec 04, 2011 01:48 AM #17
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

I really like your red chile Christmas tree!  You are ahead of us.  Our tree is not yet up.

Good Sunday morning. We have a beautiful day in Maryland. Have a great week and enjoy the holidays as you prepare for an outstanding new year.

This is a good time of the year to visit Colonial Williamsburg.  Dolores and I like to see all of the decorations that are made with natural materials.

Colonial Williamsburg on Thanksgiving Day.  Photograph by Roy Kelley.

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Dec 04, 2011 01:54 AM #18
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good morning John.

Dec 04, 2011 01:58 AM #19
Debbie Holmes
Gold Key Real Estate - Boise, ID
Gets the job done!

I really like the red chili's... They are very vestive and very "green".

Dec 04, 2011 03:27 AM #20
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

John, That tree is hot, hot, hot! We purchase a live tree and then plant it in the back yard. It's our way of contributing to nature and to our memory banks!

Dec 04, 2011 03:34 AM #21
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind

Hi John,

Your tree is beautiful and so unique. I love the ornaments. I am going to do a special tree in my kitchen this year. I will be blogging it next week when I get it decorated.

Thanks for such an enjoyable post: Red Chili Christmas Tree . Joni is right, you are very talented.

Dec 04, 2011 04:22 AM #22
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Hi Valerie,  Wishing you a very Merry Christmas as well.

Hi Fred,  Hatch is all about the Chili..That's what makes them famous! When the crop suffers so does the community.

Marilyn,  It sounds like a lot of great memories for sure in all those collected ornaments over the years.  I bet the Poinsettia blooms look fabulous on your tree.

Hey Joni, Thanks for the compliments, we enjoy the tree and keeping it simple!

Hi Kristine,  LOL love the "Really Cool" oxy.  The tree does create interesting conversation.

Hi Cathy,  We both love "The Christmas Story" its on our TO SEE list each season.  Your gonna shoot your eye out! :>)

Hello Karen,  We do like to keep it simple but fun and interesting as well.  Thanks for sharing!

Marge,  Now that would be the ultimate natural..Lighting Bugs to adorn our tree.. How fun is that!

Hi Laura,  I think that is exactly what a tree should do, reflect who and what you are.  Tradition and personality.

Hi Roger,  Well if we ever run out of Red Chili for our kitchen creation we always pluck a few from the tree. 

Marco,  Actually we normally spay the Chili with lacquer to enhance color and shine, might not taste real nice. :>)

Jared..LOL That is too funny!  its amazing what marriage can do to those brilliant ideas we had as single men..

Anita.. Are you kidding me? 5 Different Trees?  What do you live in the White House? LOL  I am sure each is very lovely.  I never met a Christmas tree I didn't like!

Barbara..Ahh the new word of the day Christmasy..Love it!

Hi Will,  We love the tradition and setting up the Chili Tree.  It was a good day indeed, offers are good..Accepted ones are even better and closed ones are why we do all of this. :>)

Hi L&S,  Glad you enjoyed the Chili Tree! It is fun to do!

Hey Cathy,  Thanks for your kindness and comments on our little tree.  We do love the great outdoors and enjoy bringing the outside in when possible.  Except for the dirt according to my lovely bride..LOL

Roy,  Maybe no Christmas Tree yet but that Wreath is beautify!

Good Morning Josh

LOL Debbie,  I like that..Red Chili being "Green" You clever girl!

Hi Wanda,  Smiling at HOT HOT HOT Tree.  I think you have a brilliant Idea planting those trees.  We would do that if we had the land necessary.  That is truly "Green" as Debbie pointed out!





Dec 04, 2011 04:27 AM #23
Cheryl Dickson
Wichita Falls Association of Realtors - Staff - Wichita Falls, TX
Retired Realtor, GRI / Retired Home Inspector

John your tree is so in tune with your southwestern decor. I love southwestern! Had my last home in southwestern decor, and when I moved, I just could not make it work in the new home without doing a huge makeover, so I changed style. :(

Southwestern is VERY popular in the Redlands Mesa neighborhood that I live in, so lots of folks really scored at my yard sale.

I miss it, it went with my personality! But I have finally embraced my new decor and am happy again!

Love your tree! Now I want some chips and salsa! Yum!

Dec 04, 2011 04:44 AM #24
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Hey Mac,  That is one HOT tree.  Its hard to believe it is decorated with nature's gifts.  It looks just as festive as any other tree.  Good job my friend!

Dec 04, 2011 05:00 AM #25
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Hi Cheryl,  We completely understand about the changing of the Tree, we both came from very different traditions at Christmas so we just started over with something new, different and us.  It works!  I am sure your new tree decor is fabulous! Enjoy the Holidays!

Dec 04, 2011 05:12 AM #26
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Hi John,

What a great Xmas tree.  It is wonderfully creative incorporating Mother Nature in your tree.  Wishing you al the best. A

Dec 04, 2011 06:02 AM #27
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

John, what a novel idea!     I used to do "color" themes, but have not thought of this!   

Dec 04, 2011 07:51 AM #28
Dawn A Fabiszak
Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado - Aurora, CO
The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience!

John ~ what a clever way to decorate a Christmas tree!

Dec 04, 2011 09:22 AM #29
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Q - That is awesome. We are pretty simple, lots of lights and lots of decorations, some from pass downs from family and some items we have collected over the years and my wife always makes the tree look great. I love your concept. Thats is one tree you can say ... is on fire!

Dec 04, 2011 12:55 PM #30
Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist

What a gorgeous tree, I love the southwestern lifestyle! 

Dec 05, 2011 04:58 AM #31
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

John, That is a great tradition.  I love the idea of decorating with the red chili peppers.

Dec 05, 2011 10:27 AM #32
Martha Brown
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403 - Annapolis, MD
Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent

Well I must say you have taken loving Albuquerque to a whole new level! Love it. As for me I love special ornaments from family and friends and use them each year. Some are over 40 years old. :0)

Dec 05, 2011 10:51 AM #33
Vickie Nagy
Palm Springs, CA

Beautiful tree John! Makes me regret making a decision to forego the tree this year. We are donating the money to charity that would have purchased our tree. We're empty-nested and going to one of the children's houses for Christmas, where they will have a tree!

Dec 05, 2011 01:47 PM #34
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Hi Kristin,  Thanks for your being so kind, I hope I get to see your new kitchen Christmas tree, its always fun to see how other trim the tree!

Hello Belinda,  We have Chili Ristras and other Chili decor in our main living area sot he Chili idea was not hard to come up with.  It fits what we do. Thanks for you compliments..always appreciated!

Hi Ron and Alexandra,  Mother nature created the tree so why not adorn it with other things el natural. Glad you enjoyed!

Hi Joan,  We enjoy the look and feel!  The coloring is perfect for our decor and feel!

Hello Dawn,  Its fun to prepare the Chili for the tree, pick it, dry it, varnish them and run hangers through the stems.  Good fun!

David,  That is the best part of tree trimming, they are all as unique as we are individually!  I'm sure your tree is awesome!

Erika,  Mixing it up a bit during the season keeps it all interesting, we don't want to all do the same we?

Gary,  Glad you like the concept of the Red Chili Tree.

Hi Martha,  Oh I know those treasured ornaments all have such special meaning and bring back all those memories from days gone by, my Mother is classic at doing just that!

HI Vickie,  I love the idea you are donating to those in need in lieu of the tree.  Someone will appreciate your gift and you still get to enjoy a family tree with your kids.

Dec 08, 2011 03:30 AM #35
John Wingate
EXIT Shore Realty - Salisbury, MD
Salisbury MD Real Estate, 302.339.5185, Salisbury, MD Homes


Thanks for sharing the photo!

Best wishes for a Very Merry Christmas :) :)


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