Here is a picture of our 2007 Very Nice Yet Twinkleless Tree.
....and my little shepherdess, Betsy (now 23, calling herself Jacqueline and recently married to a brave soldier.) I miss a lot of things about having Betsy/Jacqueline around the house, but her piano playing at Christmas time is in the Top Ten. I also miss the way she speed-cleaned, and cooked gourmet meals, and babysat, and painted walls, and grocery shopped, and chauffered the kids, and..... (sorry, I can't continue with my eyes all teary like this....)
The next two ornaments may give you a clue as to just why we beat out everyone else for the Tacky Tree...er Most Ornaments Per Square Inch award. There's always someone in the family who can't bear the thought of having our tree go up without these ornaments.
I may or may not post again before I pack for 9 excited people to take off for the Big O(rlando). By the time we get back our married daughters, wonderful sons-in-law, and incredible grandchildren (plus Zulu, our GrandDog) will already be in town and staying in our (hopefully) clean, holiday-ready house. The timing seems weird to be taking a vacation - but I haven't wanted to mention that to my husband since the very fact that we are going to Disney, staying on the property (!), and using pre-paid meal tickets, makes me wonder if he's having a mid-life crisis or something. If he tries to dye his (limited) hair- or rent a convertible while we're down there...I'll be sure to blog about it :)