The art of the Christmas tree is never the same at our house each year. It changes every year. Mostly we get a real tree nowadays, they smell so good. This year we have the Angel on top and multiple colored lights and ornaments with a cold shiny garland wound around it. I found my little wooden clothespin soldiers and jeweled southern lady ornaments that I have had for at least 30 years. Way back when I made the clothespin soldiers and they are holding up fairly well. They were an idea I saw at a Church Bazaar and decided to make one year early in my marriage. I wanted something homemade for a tradition. Back then we used to make these hungarian candy ornaments with fringed tissue paper and aluminum covering a chocolate covered peanut. They were a lot of work...haven't made any lately but still have one left from years past...I think there is paper inside...I found it this year and hung it in the tree. ...if you look closely you will see (those who are looking and have read this far) a little photo ornament of my daughter which she made in school when she was around 6 years old. I love these little sentimental glimpses into the past. They get me to stop and think about how thankful I am for this life. So the art of the Christmas tree surrounds us all who decide to decorate one each year. It's a positive art we participate in for sure. It reminds us of a time of year when all is new and hopeful. Of a spiritual occassion for the many Christians in the world. It reminds of the giving and jolly Santa Claus and his reindeer and elves at the North Pole. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus....Norman Rockwell was inspired to make a wonderful painting of him.