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This somewhat decrepit looking Santa is the oldest of our Christmas ornaments, dating back
to my childhood. In those pre-commercialised days my father simply cut some branches from the
big evergreen growing in the back garden and we then decorated it. I loved the ornaments although
this is the only survivor as the beautiful glass baubles shattered so easily.
As fashions changed we eventually invested in an artificial tree, which photos show to be a scrawny affair.
I love the scent and romance of a 'real' tree, so for several years we bought one from the local forest. But
the love affair began to wear thin when I got fed up with finding pine needles around the house at the
height of summer. So a few years ago, we invested in a good quality artificial tree. It looks almost as
good as the real thing and is a lot less hassle.
I've had a long day at work as I had to cover the Council annual estimates meeting which was still going
strong when myself and a colleague from the local radio station walked out three hours after it started, so I'll
catch up with commenting tomorrow.

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LynnH16-Dec-2009 17:19
How precious! Love your narrative about this ornament~
bill friedlander15-Dec-2009 19:16
A nostalgic look at the past with these old decorations. V
globalgadabout15-Dec-2009 16:08
a delightful artifact...lovely light filtering through the needles like the glow of warm memories..V
pkocinski15-Dec-2009 13:45
I too have the old ornaments from my childhood. I treasure them dearly. I go back and forth on the tree though (I have my parents artificial one) depending on what I feel like that year :-)
Sheila15-Dec-2009 12:32
He looks non too pleased to have his hibernation interrupted!
Neal Nye15-Dec-2009 12:19
It's so nice to have mementos from the past. This old ornament would warm anyone's heart!
Pat Shawyer15-Dec-2009 10:25
You did the same as me Mairead, I had a real tree always, then 3 Christmasses ago I bought a very expensive artificial one, and I love it. I also have my Mums artificial one, which I dress with all of her ornaments, I think she would like that.
Betty Vlasiu15-Dec-2009 07:26
Wow awesome! v
Blandine Mangin15-Dec-2009 07:11
very beautiful ! v
January Grey15-Dec-2009 03:21
Thanks for the memories, Mairead. A lovely little Santa ornament. Beautiful shot. V~
laine15-Dec-2009 01:28
What a special decoration...we used to cut strips of coloured crepe paper, twirl two colours together & drape them across the ceiling & always under the tree the bucket of sand in which the fresh tree stood we decorated it with paper & a bow...
Patricia Kay14-Dec-2009 23:39
Beautiful old Santa and great memories too...BV
Colin Storey14-Dec-2009 23:03
Loely old santa, great to keep these.
Phillip Normanton14-Dec-2009 22:52
Shabby-santa looks like he's just finished his rounds :o)
Nora van Beek14-Dec-2009 22:49
I'm sure there are many fond memories that come to mind when you look at that ornament.
Stephanie14-Dec-2009 22:28
The old ornaments from our childhood are the most precious. This is magnificent Mairead! V.
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