Finally, the Christmas tree is up. A white twig tree that I wanted last year but didn’t know where to buy. Then, we heard from Speedy’s brother that we could get them from roadside stalls along Roxas Boulevard so off we went. To our pleasant surprise, we learned that we could order a tree customized to our specifications. And so we did. A slim tree seven feet tall and two and half feet at the widest portion.
It’s the first time that Sam wasn’t able to do the decorating. She’s still busy with her mid-term project, a music video that she has been shooting for the past several weekends. Well, at least she’d be happy that we have a Christmas tree. She’s really the reason why we have a Christmas tree every year because she hates Christmas without the trimmings. This year, she’s got all the trimmings she could ever want because I went shopping for Christmas decor. About time, really, because we had been hanging the same Christmas tree ornaments for, like, five or six years already.
We started by putting up the lights. Well, Speedy did. I was in a baking frenzy all afternoon yesterday. There is a bulb inside every one of those red, beige and brown balls. The balls are made of abaca and twine. Bought it last year at Dapitan. They’re the only “old” ornaments that went on that tree.
You can see those balls better in the photo above. And the poinsettia? I bought a dozen of those and I must say they are my pride and joy. Not exactly cheap at 70 pesos per piece but they’re lovely.
The poinsettias are made of frosted taffeta and beads. I have them in red, gold…
… and beige.
Also bought at Dapitan were Christmas balls. Above, mocha colored velvet balls with gold trim.
The ball with the mother-of-pearl texture. Although I’m sure it’s not real mother-of-pearl. If it were, the balls wouldn’t be selling at 45 pesos per piece.
And that’s this year’s Christmas tree with the color-coordinated ornaments. Basically, red and gold, and allied colors. I like it better this way rather than have ornaments in an explosion of unrelated colors and shapes. With the carefully chosen hangings, the tree has a pulled together look.
Will we have the same tree next year? Probably. The twig tree can be stored and refreshed with white water paint.