For most of us, putting up the Christmas tree each year is a time-consuming project. Can you imagine that labor of love times FORTY? Vicki’s sister, Holly, does just that – she puts up forty Christmas trees each year in her beautiful Indiana home. Holly starts decorating for Christmas before Halloween. Some trees are stored with the decorations on them which helps speed along the process. Here is a sampling of some of the beautiful and unique trees that transform Holly’s house into a Christmas wonderland:
The Champagne and Crystal tree has a vintage mink stole as its tree skirt. Holly and her husband, John, brought back baccarat crystals from a trip to Vienna. This tree also includes many Waterford crystal ornaments.
- Holly puts up her mom and dad’s vintage tree from the 1970’s. She loves it because it has extra long needles and is in great shape, even after 35 years. It is decorated with vintage Shiny Brite ornaments, sugared fruit ornaments and retro lighted candles.
This pale yellow tree is based on the Celtic legend of the one white tree in a forest bringing good luck. Ornaments are mainly hand-blown European and the tree also features a rare set of composer ornaments – Mozart, etc.
Caroline, Holly’s daughter, has inherited the family Christmas gene. Her Madame Alexander Tree is her favorite.
Holly’s main tree has many types of ornaments but her favorite ones are the Christopher Radko and the Victorian sugar pears inherited from her mother’s side of the family. Her goal with this tree is to fill it up with so many ornaments that no actual tree shows through.
The “Silver” tree is decorated with silverplate and sterling antique and vintage flatware from both sides of Holly’s family. This tree also includes silver baby spoons and cups from her children – John, Jake and Caroline.
Things are a little different at Vicki’s house. Her mother, Ann, and her father, Wyman, come down from Indianapolis each year for Thanksgiving. Several years ago, Ann graciously offered to decorate her tree during their visit and has been Vicki’s special tree decorator ever since.