Advent Calendar is a daily blogging prompt through December from http://www.geneabloggers.com/used by many genealogy bloggers to help them tell stories of their family and their ancestors.
Reading some of the house-style magazines, some people focus on colour themes such as silver & blue, or red & gold etc. for their Christmas Trees, but for our family the Christmas Tree is one of happy memories.
In the past it featured my young daughter's home-made decorations - who can forget the bells made from egg cartons covered in baking foil?
Now it signifies our interests - we have collected items whenever we have been on holiday abroad - mainly Austria and Bavaria, but also Bruges, Prague and Poland - stockings, hearts and bells abounding.
Reflecting our other pastimes are miniature musical instruments and cross stitch items.
Discovering the decorations again when we get the boxes down from the loft is pleasure in itself . Our tree is quite small but looking at it every year, brings back memories of happy times.