As many of you know in January of 2014 Donald and I had a fire that destroyed our storage building. Along with the building among the contents were ALL my Christmas decorations. Except, mid summer last year I found my red beads. I was dusting in a curio cabinet and there they were. I remembered packing them up. To this day I call them my Christmas miracle and I do believe in miracles.
Starting with my very first tree that had 5 ornaments, 2 pieces of candy and a ten cents box of icles and these red beads. They were a ten strand necklace that was my mom's, but my daddy took it apart and strung them end to end to make a garland for the tree. One day I won't put them on my tree anymore, but for now they have been on each and every tree.
On the lower branches of my tree I hang the non breakable "cat friendly" ornaments. This year the cats did not bother any of them. Nor did the dogs. The cats did play with the tree skirt for a day or two until we got some gifts wrapped and covered up.
I laugh when I see fences in home around the tree. All of my animals would see a fence as a challenge. I will say that I think ittle bitty (the cat in the photo) liked the old lights better than the new LED ones. She used to love to bask in the warm glow under the tree, not it's it's just like 'meh.
And I'd like to send out a very special thank you to Susan Mangigian who again this year added to my tree with a "historical" ornament from a past year. What a sweetheart she is. And with delight I hung it along with the one from last year and the one from Mary Douglas too. with much searching I finally found a replacement for Donald's GI Joe helicopter ornament. I think I have the most love on a single Christmas tree as anyone. It's amazing how a tragic event can bring out the best in people. I have the best friends and family.