Following up on a great suggestion from TAM TheGreenHornet, based on the TAM Companions idea, I hereby announce the Christmas Tree Palooza! This thread, however, is for the entire Tammy Blog community, TAM and Civilian.

Here’s the deal: Please post a link to your Christmas Tree for all to see. As with your furry Companions, I think it will be a great way for all of us to get to know each other. Eventually this thread will move to the top of the right hand column so you can add to it and visit it easily at your leisure 🙂

Go to tinypic.com and upload your pic(s) and in the Comments section for this thread, give us the tinypic url and any other details about your Christmas Tree, special decorations, etc. We will also post some of your tree pics in the body of the thread itself as well. In the meantime, everyone can see your creation via the tinypic link.

Who will be the first?! 🙂 Answer:

TheGreenHornet! “Hey. Thanks for the nod. I have an original 1960′s aluminum tree. I’ve wanted one since I was a kid and found one about 10 years ago. I keep it simple. Red and green ornaments.”

From RobW: All aboard the Polar Express! (Lionel O-Gauge / Cast Iron Engine), as it makes it’s way around a 9-foot tree featuring ornaments from my childhood. Snowflakes and star are from Target.

JuanitaDugas: Our beautiful bay window Christmas wreath. Merry Christmas Everyone

Mommentator: My family can thank Tammy for the resurrection of their tree. As I lay in a heap, crying after it fell over and shattered many of my favorite things, she encouraged me to give her an extra hand. All is well… Thanks Tammy!

Naga5:this our family christmas tree. we’re pretty big on christmas at our house because my older daughter and son were both born on christmas two years apart. (nope, we didn’t plan that!) anyway, all the kids get their own trees to decorate and you might be able to see my son’s tree in the background of ours. my older daughter has moved out so she took her tree to san antonio/savannah with her.
And special Naga5 ornaments!
here are my special ornaments-the woman and panda. my grandmother made these when she was in the internment camps during the second world war. she was in tule lake- a dry lake bed, lots of shells on the ground and lots of time on her hands. she had recovered from TB but had residual joint deformities. i never could figure out how she was able to make them. and that is my doggie ornament in the foreground-my first dog Duffy. man, i loved that dog.
Whitney_Pip: Here’s my little 3.5 foot tree with random ornaments, including University of Illinois candy canes. My cat thinks the tree makes an excellent chew toy.

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  1. TheGreenHornet says:

    Hey. Thanks for the nod. I have an original 1960’s aluminum tree. I’ve wanted one since I was a kid and found one about 10 years ago. I keep it simple. Red and green ornaments. http://i53.tinypic.com/2z680u8.jpg

    • JuanitaDugas says:

      Sure takes me back to high school days when we had an aluminum tree in our front picture window with rotating color wheel underneath…..envy of the neighborhood I’m sure. ;JD

      • TheGreenHornet says:

        I watched the house across the street when I was a kid. They had a shiney tree in the window each year. I’m sure some people think they are corny, but it’s a memory of Christmas past.

    • Chuck says:

      Oh my, with the color wheel too!!! Those color wheels give a nice ambiance to any Christmas tree, not only the aluminum ones. Great job!

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  3. TheGreenHornet says:

    I also put up a second tree. Sometime a live frazier fur, other times a white artificial one. I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas this year.
    http://i53.tinypic.com/2zsoav7.jpg

  4. Rob_W says:

    All aboard the Polar Express! (Lionel O-Gauge / Cast Iron Engine), as it makes it’s way around a 9-foot tree featuring ornaments from my childhood. Snowflakes and star are from Targhet.
    http://i56.tinypic.com/10ygfpy.jpg

    Polar Express as it circles the tree (QuickTime format):
    http://tinypic.com/r/ev7zva/7

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

  5. JuanitaDugas says:

    Our beautiful bay window Christmas wreath. Merry Christmas Everyone
    http://i54.tinypic.com/2je60ia.jpg

  6. Mommentator says:

    My family can thank Tammy for the resurrection of their tree. As I lay in a heap, crying after it fell over and shattered many of my favorite things, she encouraged me to give her an extra hand. All is well… Thanks Tammy!

    The Tree: http://i53.tinypic.com/2d2bx1z.jpg

    It is adorned with flying fairies like these: http://i51.tinypic.com/11ayfyh.jpg
    and: http://i52.tinypic.com/30wp4d5.jpg

    But my favorite is the mantle, with more fairies. I made the garland myself: http://i54.tinypic.com/2d9s5lk.jpg

    To me, Santa is believing in the season of cheer and accepting gifts like Jesus, who came to heal. Therefore, there is a Santa. I hope my kids still believe long after I’m gone. Last night then went to sleep, all three noses pressed upon the window pane, watching the snow fall down. Their sweet faces reflecting these very lights. I am so blessed to have these glad tidings in a world where so many have so little.

    Many blessings to all here and may God bless your celebrations.

  7. naga5 says:

    this our family christmas tree. we’re pretty big on christmas at our house because my older daughter and son were both born on christmas two years apart. (nope, we didn’t plan that!) anyway, all the kids get their own trees to decorate and you might be able to see my son’s tree in the background of ours. my older daughter has moved out so she took her tree to san antonio/savannah with her.
    http://tinypic.com/r/10hvt61/7
    here are my special ornaments-the woman and panda. my grandmother made these when she was in the internment camps during the second world war. she was in tule lake- a dry lake bed, lots of shells on the ground and lots of time on her hands. she had recovered from TB but had residual joint deformities. i never could figure out how she was able to make them. and that is my doggie ornament in the foreground-my first dog Duffy. man, i loved that dog.
    http://tinypic.com/r/28iakhe/7
    merry christmas TAMs!
    rick

  8. Whitney_pip says:

    Here’s my little 3.5 foot tree with random ornaments, including University of Illinois candy canes. My cat thinks the tree makes an excellent chew toy.

    http://tinypic.com/r/vzx0s1/7

  9. Crueladev says:

    I put a Santa hat on my dog..and watched her pee by a tree…does that count? 😉
    I only helped decorate a tree…tis not my tree. I have not had a tree in years!
    I am always house sitting for friends and they never have a tree because they are never home at Christmas time..so for me to do a tree
    would be a waist of time!

  10. rickh says:

    Little Bobo and Osama Bin Yorkie under Shari’s Tree
    http://tinypic.com/r/2lk9t0w/7

  11. Palin2012 says:

    Corkie wants to know where the presents are! http://twitpic.com/3fm48q

  12. BastiatFan says:

    Alas…I don’t put up Christmas trees anymore. I worked for Nordstrom for 12 years in the Display Department, and I have decorated more than my share of Christmas trees. I’ve had some beauties, believe me. But after my first basset hound (Walter) who could not resist EATING ornaments, I stopped doing the tree thing. HOWEVER, I am truly enjoying this thread. It’s wonderful to see all the TAM trees! Big hug to Green Hornet: one of my favorite Christmas memories was the aluminum tree at my grandma and grandpa’s house WITH THE REVOLVING COLOR WHEEL. What I wouldn’t give to have that tree now….

    Thanks for sharing your lovely pics, peeps!

  13. ffigtree says:

    A bit of the outdoors for our felines: http://twitpic.com/3fo6e5
    Oddly enough, they don’t climb the tree or bat ornaments. My favorite cat (pictured) will spend the next few weeks under the HIS tree. It’s like his own little kingdom or something. If you’ll notice in the second photo, my favorite cat has his head propped on a wooden block. The annual decorating of the Christmas Tree would not be complete without that block of wood! LOL

    This is a great idea 😉
    Merry Christmas TAMS!

  14. hatter83 says:

    Hello fellow TAMS 🙂 here is my humble contribution – may everyone have a wonderful Christmas!

    http://i53.tinypic.com/21eyozt.jpg

  15. IslandLibertarian says:

    ……continuing in my “island” tradition……….

    http://i51.tinypic.com/t5p0e1.jpg

    Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

  16. morecowbell says:

    So.. we are conflicted about the tree this year. Is it ‘Greener’ to use a plastic tree that ate up more energy to manufacture and deliver than cutting down 80 real trees in a lifetime? Or do we go to buy a real tree and encourage ‘The Rape and Pillage of Mother Earth in the name of Greed’ (seriously, I saw protesters outside a roadside Christmas Tree stand on the way home) and risk public ridicule.

  17. Kelly says:

    Here are some pics of the decor at my place:

    The tree in all it’s 7 1/2″ glory:

    http://tinypic.com/r/2ql71v8/7

    Close-up on a couple ornaments:

    http://tinypic.com/r/2quhsh0/7

    The mantel:

    http://tinypic.com/r/a5dwts/7

  18. BarbaraM says:

    Went all silver ornaments this year…first time. Kind of miss my collection, but took a break.
    http://tinypic.com/r/28b4jdk/7
    Next Barney will soon be enjoying his candy cane!
    http://tinypic.com/r/154vy50/7

  19. TheresaMC says:

    If we get our tree up and decorated I will add it to all these wonderful trees. I love all of them. I love Christmas!

  20. BastiatFan says:

    Have I mentioned lately how much I love my TAM friends? Best wishes to all of you for health, prosperity and a wonderful Holiday Season to you and all you love!

  21. Americanvln1 says:

    Happy Holidays!

  22. ljm60 says:

    My Christmas Tree and Amelia with her nuclear eyes!!

    http://tinypic.com/r/6i8e9j/7

    Merry Christmas

  23. Nemesister says:

    Here’s my little 24 inch tree recently bought at the Christmas Tree shop, which is full of cheap crap from China, but sometimes it’s junk one needs.
    http://tinypic.com/r/116hogw/7
    If you look closely under the tree is a yellow and red apple. that apple is made of wax. Here’s a close up:
    http://tinypic.com/r/1z3t3yx/7
    If you look on the right side of the apple you will see a trap door. There is a tiny string that, when pulled, opens a window into the side of the apple to show a miniature nativity scene all made of colored wax. This apple was given to me by my godmother when she went to Austria in the early 1950s when I was a toddler.
    http://tinypic.com/r/71se1t/7
    I love this Christmas tree palooza! Merry Christmas to all!

  24. Pathman says:

    My ap0logies for being so late. Our tree was pushed to the side for a bit. We have fake tree, son and wife are allegic. The tree looks good, but weighs a ton. The oldest ornament is circa 1977, and a handmade gift from a co-worker in Houston.

    My favorite tree is the Douglas Fir in the background, through the window.

    Merry Christmas!

    http://yfrog.com/h4amimj

  25. MainelyRight says:

    I just want to compliment everyone on their beautiful trees. I would have sent in one of my own. However, this is going down as the Christmas without a tree. But it WAS the Thanksgiving with a tree.

    I live in Downeast Maine, and we’ve had a pretty mild winter so far. I say that as I look out the window at about 7 inches of new snow and a temperature of 17 degrees. But we started the week off in the low 50s. We’ve been on a roller coaster of temps and rain and snow. For this reason, the sap in the trees probably hasn’t stopped flowing, which makes the trunks soft. The local Christmas tree farms are worried about their trees this season. Here’s my story:

    Friends from Connecticut visited for Thanksgiving. They own some undeveloped property not too far from me. We went over there and cut a tree. I was so excited to have my tree, I put it up on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I also pulled out my Christmas CDs. My family tradition has always been that we couldn’t listen to Christmas Music until AFTER we saw Santa at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. At my parents house we used to have the reel-to-reel tape cued up and ready to start at 12:01 EST.

    So I broke traditions like crazy…Christmas music blaring, tree up and decorated. Friends who came for Thanksgiving dinner loved the tree. And I enjoyed it, too, until Monday night.

    Now to set the scene, I have to tell you that the cats had been pawing the garlands for days. At about 1AM I hear a noise that can only be the tree. I was in bed asleep. I woke with a start and screamed, “Samantha, leave that tree alone.” I turned on the light, and there was Sam lying on her little rug looking at me. I woke her up.

    So I went downstairs, and there was my tree lying on the floor. Now I’m really awake. There’s glass everywhere. I pick up broken ornaments and get out the vacuum. I don’t want the cats to get hurt. Once the worst was cleaned up, I covered the tree with a sheet and surrounded it with pillows so I could go back to sleep without worrying about the cats getting into trouble.

    As I climbed the stairs, I turned around and looked at my poor tree. I tell you, all I needed was some crime tape and flashing lights for this to look like a crime scene with my tree as the corpse.

    Just goes to show, you shouldn’t mess with Mother Nature…..or tradition.

    Merry Christmas, Tams.

  26. thierry says:

    picture hanging wire- wrap around the trunk near the middle( height) of the tree several times and attach to the wall behind tree. i then load the water pan with heavy rocks.

    i have 8 cats – every year one thinks she’s leni riefenstahl and the tree is the bavarian alps wanting to be conquered. haven’t had a tree go down or lost an ornament doing this-although a few get batted off the lower branches.

    until i get the tree here is an instructional photo from a previous christmas of the late farah fawcett minor showing how to remove an ornament :

    http://tinypic.com/m/dvpq1d/3

    • MainelyRight says:

      Sounds like a good plan. The cats were not actually responsible for this. The trunk slipped in the holder because the wood was unusually soft and dry. But I do think I’ll try your anchoring system next year.

      • thierry says:

        i also put shims- wedges of wood- between the trunk and the screws in the base- so the screws dig into the shims instead of the tree. but i have an old heavy metal tree stand that i rely on. tried a newer one one year and it was so crappy that i took the tree down and dug out the old reliable one. the metal is so thin now on those stands…don’t trust it.

  27. ffigtree says:

    I am enjoying this thread. It’s like I’m window peeking into the TAMS living rooms at Christmas! 🙂 Each tree and each orniment has a unique story! That is priceless. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    Cheers!

  28. aztech68 says:

    Ok, I made an attempt this year all because Tammy decided to do the Tree Palooza:
    http://twitpic.com/3i0gc2

    I made due with what I have readily onhand 😉

  29. thierry says:

    if this doesn’t belong in the christmas tree thread nothing does :

    http://tinypic.com/m/dw83nc/3

    “South Korea lit a massive steel Christmas tree overlooking its armed border with the North on Tuesday, marking a pointed return to a tradition that Pyongyang has condemned as propaganda.
    Troops stood guard and a choir sang carols as the 30-metre-tall tree was lit for the first time in seven years.” http://tinyurl.com/2bg7nqz

    “North Korea’s military is reportedly preparing to shoot down a floodlit tower decorated with Christmas lights which overlooks the border near the South’s capital, Seoul – home to millions of Christians.

    The provincial governor, Kim Moon-soo, has warned that firing at the tree would be a reckless and “provocative” act. The South’s Defence Minister was more blunt. “We’ll retaliate decisively to take out the source of any shelling,” Kim Kwan-jin told parliament yesterday. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said fighter jets were on standby, ready to strike back.”
    http://tinyurl.com/2a3c3ds

  30. RuBegonia says:

    O’ Tannenbaum O’ TAMenbaum how lovely are your branches! Merry Christmas and WOOF. TAM Companions II.

  31. Tinker says:

    My Martha Stewart tree. Funny how the ornaments don’t show up when you take a picture…
    http://tinypic.com/r/5ydi8g/7

    My cute little owl
    http://tinypic.com/r/6i9sma/7

    And special Kiwi
    http://tinypic.com/r/6r0pll/7

    I Love Lucy!
    http://tinypic.com/r/mvj8n9/7

    His Eye is on the Sparrow and I Know He Watches Over Me
    http://tinypic.com/r/2aermt3/7

  32. JuanitaDugas says:

    http://tinypic.com/r/2rxwj80/7
    While the lighted window wreath was enough for me and Paul, dinner guests over the holidays made it necessary to make our home a little more festive. As well as scented candles, holly berry centerpiece, jingle bells and Santa cap for the stair newel post, I came across our old reliable fiber optic poinsettia table top tree for the family room. Too tacky? lol

  33. hatter83 says:

    I saw this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn2h3_aH3vo and thought of this thread LOL

  34. dogbite says:

    http://tinypic.com/r/2ngskmu/7
    Rockets Redglare as Mother Teresa

  35. melonee says:

    After living in my mother’s basement for 2 years we are finally having our dream Christmas. http://tinypic.com/r/4q0knl/7

  36. BarbaraM says:

    My Favorite Christmas Present: http://tinypic.com/r/2i6am0/7

  37. KatieSilverSpring says:

    HEY! in some parts of the world, trees are still up and stay in place still St Blase’s Feast Day or the day before which is Candlemas Day (that is, 40 days after the birth of Christ). So I hope you will still be able to enjoy my tree (I am techy-challenged, it took me a while to develop my non-digital film), in my living room with daughter and the two dogs in our laps (who seem to have their own bulbs for eyes): http://tinypic.com/r/2uy0ozm/7

    And, no, my tree isn’t still up. The first iteration was knocked over by that adorable little white monster-dog. Then I redecorated, re-erected the tree and took it down on Epiphany.

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