Yesterday, I gave you a sneak peek of what I have been working on this week.
It’s a Patriotic themed white Christmas tree.
I am partnering with Tree Classics to bring you the Patriotic Fridays with Tree Classics Blog Hop.
This Blog Hop features a white Christmas tree that we have decorated
in a patriotic theme, inspired by the bravery of our beloved soldiers.
Soldiers who fought, and those making the ultimate sacrifice,
to defend and fight to preserve our precious freedoms
that we hold dear in this great Country of ours.
I am joining three fellow bloggers to present our Patriotic Trees.
I was honored to have been chosen by Tree Classics to participate in this Blog Hop.
I know my father would have been so pleased that I created this tree
in honor of our courageous soldiers.
There will be some information below on the upcoming giveaway
of a white Christmas tree selected by Tree Classics.
My tree that I have decorated for you today is the 7 1/2 foot
Arctic White Pine tree (See product list below) which was a breeze to set up.
The trees are always packaged with extreme care.
I also received this fabulous stand on wheels that has a very easy peasy
system of securing the tree. A sleeve tightens against the
tree base/stem when you turn the screws, rather than the screws tightening against the stem.
The tree storage bag fits over the stand for the coolest tree storage.
The entire time I was decorating the tree, I was thinking of my dad.
Oh how I miss him. I miss our talks . . . his stories . . . his songs . . .
his advice and help on how to fix something.
He was the ultimate handyman.
When I saw this figurine so many years ago, it reminded me of my dad.
He was an Army man . . . in the 133rd Infantry/regimen in the medical detachment.
He was a Medic. Everyone called him Doc.
My dad served in World War II and also the Korean War.
He was a man of the greatest integrity . . . and taught us kids that integrity and honor
is of the utmost importance in life. He taught us how courage, honor, and commitment
can lead us to live a most wonderful life.
I am one of 5 siblings and three of us were born on Army bases.
Living on Army bases was hard on my mom after the War
especially when my Dad was always getting shipped overseas on an assignment.
But she overcame all of the difficulties that came her way with dignity and grace.
Many years ago, I bought these two figurines and placed them around a photo
of my dad in his Army uniform standing by my grandfather.
My grandfather looked very proud.
The above image of the trio of pom-poms reminds me of fireworks bursting in the sky.
We celebrated every patriotic holiday with fun outings, mainly picnics at the beach
or BBQ’s with friends at my parents’ house.
I filled a metal red, white, and blue “picnic” basket
with things that reminded me of my childhood summers and placed it near the tree.
I remember taking turns with my siblings
turning the crank on the ice cream churn . . . the electric ones did not exist!
Oh goodness . . . I am dating myself!
After the horrible and tragic events of 9/11, I think I bought every ornament
that Christopher Radko created in honor of the victims and heroes of 9/11,
such as this one:
And the “Brave Heart” seen below.
Those ornaments always have a place on one of my trees every Christmas.
My dad passed away before 9/11 and I know that if he was still alive,
he would be purchasing every one of those ornaments too.
The Colonial Flutist is an old Byers Caroler.
Through some research done by my sister, we recently discovered that we are
descendants of an ancestor that fought in the Revolutionary War.
Therefore, we sisters can deem ourselves as “Daughters of the American Revolution” 🙂
It’s funny that long, long before we knew of being a “D.A.R” we would enter
essay contests with a monetary prize sponsored by the D.A.R.
Two of my sisters won first place for their essays for their respective schools.
When my sister Betty learned about the program, “Honor Flight” she was quick to
sign up/apply to escort a World War II veteran to Washington, D.C.
I know my dad was looking down and being very proud of her.
At the time of the flight, the Veteran was a young man of 95.
His name was George and he served in the Navy.
My sister Betty said it was the thrill of a lifetime for her and George.
They met the Honorable Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole.
George recently passed away and we will always remember him and those
who fought in World War II as part of the Greatest Generation.
I packed away my patriotic themed pillows, so the next best thing
was to make a floral arrangement using the colors of the grand ole flag.
When taking photos of the tree, I took them with both the lights on and off
to give you the appearance of both looks.
I had lots of fun decorating this tree in honor of the men and women who
have served our country with the utmost honor and courage.
I used many decorations that I had on hand (that have not been packed up yet)
and 2 sets of beautiful shiny red finial ornaments provided by Tree Classics.
I hope you enjoyed this post of stories and tributes.
I mentioned the Giveaway that Tree Classics will be offering to our readers briefly
in my statement at the beginning of this post.
There will be an announcement of the details of the giveaway to win a white
Christmas tree, selected by Tree Classics. The giveaway would also involve voting for
your favorite Patriotic tree that has been presented by the Blog Hop participants.
This contest/giveaway will begin around June 23rd and the winner will be announced
on July 4th . . . on our Nation’s Birthday.
I will give you more details regarding this in the very near future!
Thanks so much for visiting me today! You can see the Product List below.
Have a most beautiful day dear readers and a fabulous weekend!
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that are listed below in the Product List. These are NOT Affiliate links.
All wonderful, rave reviews are happily and entirely my own!
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