The Other Christmas Tree


I have the pleasure, and self-imposed duty, of decorating the 15 foot tree at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Easton.  Themes have varied over the last three years. And this year will be no different. I use it to spark some ornament making project and I am always rewarded with the outcome.


the ladder

Last year I was 5 months pregnant in December and everyone wanted to fuss about me being up on a ladder in “my condition” which wasn’t at all compromising. There is a point when your equilibrium is a little wonky and then you re-adjust quickly. Probably the least enjoyed part of being pregnant is everyone’s expectations and opinions of what you should be. They couldn’t have known I was more in danger of electrocuting myself with my hormonal stupid brain cloud.

Yes, I am showing you a picture of the tree and a special shot of my butt from 2011

Yes, I am showing you a picture of the tree and a special shot of my butt from 2011

2011’s tree,  with its red and purple combination, was the purple hat society tree. I made this color combination statement unintentionally.

The little aqua and green wouldn’t sway me from naming it this.


This year, although I know I will be wanting to put red in it (read My Trying Tannenbaum for that explanation), I am attempting a whole new theme based on these paper dolls that my sister made 13 years ago for my bridal shower. The new theme will involve mini world globes and brown paper stars (just posted a preview shot to Instagram). Last years paper Christmas inspiration was satisfying.  See the final house decorations from 2012 here. Once I get something in my head…I have to see it through.  Remember, this is still a 15 foot tree so the elements need to be big enough and complement one another. And crafting with the baby is a greater challenge every day.

Wish me luck. I’ll do my best and will be Letting Go of the rest.


4 Responses to “The Other Christmas Tree”

  1. Tania Welch says:

    Wow! No easy task decorating such a large tree but fun nonetheless. Love, love the paper dolls! 🙂

    • Shalagh says:

      Thanks Tania, those paper dolls have stuck around as inspiration for 13 years. Such a simple concept with huge results. I happened on a material that looks like paper, folds like it, but is really strong. I’m posting the full tree today. I was very pleased with myself on this one. Because I conceived of the design, created the ornaments, and then implemented it not knowing how it would go. Pleased!

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