Grass Valley resident Patti Williams reported her Christmas ornament collection has developed steadily over the a long time.
“Just like most people today, we started out putting just one tree up … and it just grew to in which we desired several trees and multiple themes around the many years,” mentioned Williams, who has established up and adorned five total-sized Christmas trees in her residence this holiday getaway period.
After acquiring a tour of the home’s decorations, neighbor Kathy Keefer reported the Williams’ Xmas trees had been “the most beautiful” screen, and an uplifting sight.
Each and every of the 5 trees has a theme.
In the residing place, a peacock-themed tree shines with blue glass and eco-friendly and purple-hued ornaments — some handed down by Williams’ aunt, other people created by her grandmother. She claimed she was influenced to start off this topic since of a relationship to her grandmother’s own dwelling decoration.
Another tree, she explained, holds Hallmark ornaments, and features some vintage Christmas figures these as Santa Claus and snowmen.
A Barbie-themed tree in a spare bed room, stated Williams, retains more than 200 ornaments, a collection begun when her daughter was a young lady.
A tree she described as “patriotic” retains crimson, white, and blue ornaments and kinds depicting something presidential or associated to nationwide symbols. Williams said she has acquired some of these from the White Dwelling Historic Society, which releases an formal Christmas ornament each 12 months.
The past tree, set up in her bed room, is a “trip tree,” holding ornaments from excursions she and her husband, Mike, have taken in excess of the years.
“In the starting, I didn’t assume to place the 12 months on (the ornaments) simply because I thought I would try to remember, but not so considerably,” stated Williams. She explained recollections from outings to Ireland, New York, and Disney parks are represented on some of these ornaments, as perfectly as places nearby to Grass Valley and Nevada Town.
She said COVID-19 had some influence on her decorating encounter this 12 months.
“I felt like, this year, I needed the cheer of decorating,” stated Williams. “But also, as I was undertaking it, I couldn’t support but wonder whether or not I’m heading to see the grandkids, young ones and anyone, so it was a minimal bittersweet.”
She stated final week, on the other hand, that she experienced presently experienced movie calls with some of her family associates, specified them a tour of the Christmas trees, and relished looking at their trees.
“It was distinctive,” she said.
Victoria Penate is a personnel author for The Union. She can be attained at [email protected].