Deck the Halls

It’s that time of the year again, time to Deck the Halls Van with some festive finery. Those that know me well will know that in years gone by I became quite obsessive with the decoration of our Christmas trees. It all started many years ago (over 25 years in fact) when my friend Diana used to come round to our house when we would spend a whole day decorating the tree, always accompanied by the odd glass of the bubbly stuff with Carols playing loudly in the background. This was always a no-go zone for young children, no matter how much they protested this was purely an activity for adults. As Di works with Air New Zealand, she was able to bring back decorations from her travels that we never saw here in NZ at that time.

These days Di decorates her whole house and yard with amazing displays collected over the years which always draw large crowds to view them and even the odd spot on the TV news. Although years later we have stopped doing the decorations together, we still call each other at Christmas decorating time to check on what each other is doing. In fact this year Di called to say she was decorating her house and had the Carols playing, and she always thinks of me when “Feliz Navidad” plays as it was many many years before she realised they were not singing ‘Bernice Navidad’!!!

Then as Alex got a bit older it was she and I that took over the decoration of the trees and house together as our mother/daughter thing. We became quite accomplished at decorating, so much so that we used to be asked to help others decorate their trees.

The trees are always colour coordinated and themed, and this was looooooong before this practise became more common as it is today. My colour themes were never repeated either and now we have in storage enough Christmas decorations to cover every eventuality, boxes are stashed away with all the colours separated into in their own boxes ; traditional colours of red, green, silver, gold, as well as the hand made decorations. Then there is the crystal & clear, pale pink, pale green, orange, purple, brown, black, bright fluorescent green and pink, as well as every shade of blue. Goodness knows what else there is stashed in those boxes as it is over four years since they saw the light of day.

Then of course there is the boxes of lights, every tree needs at least 500 lights to make it sparkle. And don’t forget the wrapping paper, chosen to compliment the colour theme of the tree along with the ribbons! Of course Santa has completely different paper and gift tags, his presents are never confused with others.

But oh how things have changed. This year our tree looks like this…

IMG_0174.JPGA New Zealand Pohutakawa Tree. We are very fortunate being here at Shakespear as the park is lined with a large number of the trees which are starting to put on an amazing display. We didn’t realise that there is such a variety of colours too with the trees ranging from deep crimson through to an orangey-red colour and even a deep pink shade. There is even a yellow variety, with one tree at Shakespear being half red and half yellow

IMG_0170.JPG we are calling these our eco friendly Christmas trees.

Not to be left out, we do deck the van with some lights, low voltage of course so we do to drain our batteries.


Actually, we do have a Christmas tree inside the van, thanks to my sister Sue who made this for me a couple of years ago.

Hopefully Santa will be able to find it and put a few small but beautiful presents under this tree!


4 Responses to “Deck the Halls”

  1. fredericknz Says:

    Who needs an inside tree with such awesome pohutakawa trees flowering nearby.
    Looks awesome with the lights on the awning.
    Might be up next week to say hi and bye before heading “overseas”

  2. Alex Says:

    As amazing as the tree’s we had at home always were… I don’t think anything beats a Pohutukawa!! Do you think I could try grow one here?!

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