The Christmas “not-a-Tree”

I love Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes. In the past we’ve had several kinds of trees, date palm fronds, bare branches sprayed gold, juniper bushes and of course the occasional conifer. One year a friend and her six year old daughter came especially to see my tree. The little girl walked in, took one look at the wire and twigs adorned with decorations pronounced it “not-a-Tree” and walked away. The name stuck!

This year our Christmas “not-a’Tree” is basically a cone of wire fencing balanced on my easel, with a petticoat of white tissue paper and a red woollen shawl for a skirt!

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It’s a really good base for Christmas decorations that can either just be hooked onto the wire or even looped on securely. Heavy decorations are fine here too, no bending of branches! My collection of decorations is mostly from Nepal, India and Sri Lanka, with a few gifts from other places. I love the flood of memories that come with unpacking the decorations.

The wires for the lights are little too much, and I was going to wrap them in tinsel but…..

Beaded star
Beaded star
A star from Australia
A star from Australia
Red velvet star embroidered with zari work
Red velvet star embroidered with zari work

Love my topper which is a large, glittery butterfly, and I am particularly fond of my birds and insects, but am still looking for a lizard!

Butterfly topper
Butterfly topper
Christmas bird
Christmas bird
Dragonfly
Dragonfly
Ethereal butterfly
Ethereal butterfly

This gorgeous fellow used to enjoy creating havoc with the tree and we couldn’t put lights on it for a while because he and his sister would clamber to the top. He’s older now and wiser, but needs a bit of Christmas sparkle as he’s been under the weather, and a shiny bauble might just help!

Catechu
Catechu

Merry Christmas and may you have a sparkly one!

Oh Christams Tree!
Oh Christams Tree!
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