Wednesday, December 19, 2007

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,....

....you stand in verdant beauty.

One of the many good things about Christmas time. And yes, this is what a tree looks like in the home of a minimalist. We receive about two new ornaments per year, so this is what we've got after ten years of marriage. Minus the five that little hands broke last year. :) Don't feel sorry for me. One day in my old age I'll have a tree packed full with ornaments collected over the years, but for now, this simple thing - lit up in a dark room - brightens my whole world.


10 comments:

scmom (Barbara) said...

Simplicity is beautiful. Your tree is lovely, Kristen.

Love2Learn Mom said...

It's a gorgeous tree! I love it!

By the way, it's nice to see you back on the blog. :)

Rebecca said...

Kristen, You have such a knack for making things beautiful! Thanks for sharing the photo of your tree with all of us.

Julie said...

What a beautiful tree... I love simple!

Cheryl M. said...

Beautiful!

turtlemama said...

I love your tree and think it looks stunning in its simplicity. It is in stark contrast to our tree which looks like it belongs to the Clampetts. I would love to know how you get by with two ornaments a year!!! Between grandparents, Sunday School teachers, gift toppers, and ones they make, we easily accumulate 4 to 5 ornaments per child each year (and that's not including the ones I toss or recycle!!) We also let the kids do the decorating which adds to the chaotic result (I like to think of it as ?whimsical?) of it all.

Jennie C. said...

There is nothing wrong with simple. :-) I like it. It looks like a magazine photograph.

Mimi said...

It's beautiful!

Irene said...

Very nice tree. I also wanted to comment that your poinsettias are gorgeous!

I am just curious, as a minimalist, what type/amount of gifts do your kids get.

I really hate how much my kids get. So wasteful. I try not to buy much, but after the grandparents get through, our house is overflowing.

Kristen Laurence said...

Thanks, everyone, for your kind comments.

Irene, my daughters each usually get one special present for Christmas. If there's something big I'd like to purchase earlier in the year - say, a bike or a musical instrument, I wait. Then I give it to them for Christmas. Sometimes it's hard to wait, because, for example, a bicycle is more appropriate for summertime, but I wait anyway.

As for loving grandparents, I don't have an answer. :) When we first married my husband and I expressed our desire for very little on Christmas. I think we reminded mom & dad a few subsequent years, but they all got the idea. The key I think is letting them know in advance of the holidays. Perhaps in September you could say you'd really like to emphasize the true meaning of Christmas, and would like the kids to be pleased with less. Just an idea. Really though, those grandparents are very special, so there's no reason to hurt any feelings on these small points. :)