Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Another Christmas Tree. . .

I'm featuring another Christmas tree today. I started decorating a red, white, & blue patriotic tree for Christmas 1990 when our nephew was deployed to the gulf. Little did we know that in January 1991 his Harrier jet would be shot down about 2 weeks after the Gulf War started. For about 28 days we didn't know whether his was dead or alive. A day or two before all POWs were released we received the miracle news that he was alive! Every year when I decorate this tree I think about so many things that happened during that scary time for our family & the miracle of his survival. I praise the Lord for protecting our nephew!

We brought Bobby's wooden rocking horse out of the attic for the first time in years. I can't wait until next Christmas when Ethan can take a ride on the same horse his dad used to play on!!


Here are a few of my favorite ornaments on the tree.


A liberty angel. . .


A Santa sewing an American flag. . .


A chubby Santa dressed up as Uncle Sam. . .

I invite you to come back tomorrow for another Christmas tree reveal!

17 comments:

bj said...

Oh, Carol, your tree is just beautiful and I love your favorite ornaments....cutest little rocking horse.
You asked where I got the Christmas dishes...at TJMAXX, last year. I do enjoy having a pretty table all thru Christmas and adore using different place settings...I try to keep things in the same color so there will be SOME KIND of matching...it's not for every one but it sure works for me...
MERRY CHRISTMAS, FRIEND,
bj

Stacey said...

Carol, you are a decorating queen! I love the red, white, & blue tree. Thank Heavens your nephew came through safely. That was way too close for comfort.

I love the Christmas books in the basket too.

Mary said...

Carol, Your music choice to feature your article was perfect. Loved the tree. Very touching.
The little horse is too cute!
Have a good day sis
M

Shellmo said...

Your patriotic tree is great and heartwarming!! Love your ideas!

Nancy said...

Carol, I love the tree! Great job!

Happy To Be said...

OH Carol how special is this tree girl...I am so glad you shared the story of your nephew and that he is ok..I love your sprit and your tree..hope you have a great day...hugs and smiles Gloria

Dawnie said...

what a neat tribute and i can imagine the memories you have! I love the horse and it is so FUN to watch our grandchildren play with some of the toys our children played with.

Bo said...

Carol...The memories this beautiful tree must bring...it was an awesome idea to think to do a patriotic tree then and forever more! ;-) Bo

Darlene said...

Morning Carol,
What a BEAUTIFUL tree...I LOVE that Uncle Sam Santa! Thank the Lord that your nephew came home safely!

Is it snowing there yet??? We have about a 30% chance for later this afternoon/evening.

Chris said...

Carol, that is a jewel of a tree. And to find the oranments for it had to be so much fun.And now it can stand for rhe war were going through again. I love the idea of a red, white and blue tree.

Hugs,
Chris

profenretraite said...

What a wonderful story to go with this beautiful tree!...Debbie

Melissa Miller said...

Lovely tree Carol,
I can truly say thank you being married to a Marine.
~Melissa

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Love that tree! A little red, white and blue is what every tree needs! I may try to make something for mine!
denise

bennie and patsy said...

I will be back , thank you very much I love trees.
Patsy

laurie said...

Love your patriotic Christmas tree. Those ornaments are wonderful, and that story was so heart touching. I am so glad it ended well. laurie

Ginger said...

Hi Carol:
I love your patriotic tree. I did the same thing in 1990 when my son was deployed. I still use a few of them.
I enjoyed going back to your older blogs and reading them. Your home is so nice.
Ginger

Paz123 said...

Beautiful ornaments for your Christmas tree!!