On the Third Day of Christmas . . . I bring you my Bird Tree.
A few years ago, I noted that I had a lot of bird ornaments on my Christmas tree. I'd been slowly collecting them over the decades, and I really loved seeing them on the tree each year.
But then. . . I had a thought. What if I created a special tree . . . just for my birds?
At first, I tried to use a bare branch from one of the trees in my yard. I stuck the branch in a big pot and strung lights on it. Not quite what I had in mind. At all.
Then, I was shopping at Target, and I found a rather cheezy-looking little pre-lit tree for $24.99 . . . and I thought - cheap as it looks - it just might work! I brought it home, floofed (it's a word) the branches, and covered the ugly plastic base with some fabric and a bow. And . . . Voilà! Bird tree!*
Now, it's one of my favorite holiday decorations. It brings light to my kitchen, and looks out over my garden . . . and the real birds visiting my feeders.
Some of the birds have special memories attached. . . like this new addition that I bought in Finland last summer.
Or this one . . . my very first bird ornament, purchased way back in our Colorado days when "real" ornaments were scarce on our Christmas tree.
Most, though are just whimsical reminders of Christmases past.
My bird tree . . . brings light and joy and happy memories to my Christmas celebrations.
* As a special surprise . . . when I opened the (surprisingly tiny) box holding my rather cheezy-looking, $24.99, pre-lit, decorative tree from Target, I was astonished to find it actually held a SET OF TWO, matching rather cheezy-looking, $12.50, pre-lit, decorative trees! A matched set. So. . . I also have a Star Tree. (Maybe I'll show that one on another day.)