A few days ago, my daughter and I enjoyed decorating the living room tree. It's in front of her piano, and it is the only spot that there is room for one in the living room, so she has an opinion, because she sees it as she practices. It's a mixture of handmade silver or aluminum ornaments from an artisan in Santa Fe, copper ones from an artisan in Arizona, more handmade from Mexico and here, vintage blue ornaments, mixed with store bought doves, dancer rabbits, glittered pine cones, and some feathered balls (some made by me and some bought).
The silver ornaments are retablos of santos. This one is St. Patrick, but there is St. Cecelia (music), San Jose (St. Joseph), St. Anthony, Barbara the martyr, Our Lady of Guadalupe, San Cristobal (St. Christopher) and so on.
The tree is basically white, silver, turquoise, and natural. Many of the copper ornaments are verdigris ( a bluish turquoise now),
Here's the rabbit my mom made with her store friend on the right.
There are angels, doves, various bird images, rabbits, butterflies, dragonflies, stars, santos, eagle dancers, coyotes, javelina, hearts, snowflakes, sun faces, feathers... I've always been into symbolism...
Most of the handmade ornaments have been collected over twenty-five years.
Some are my daughter's art from six years back, like the blue bird hidden behind the beaded angel.
Most ornaments were collected on trips with my Aunt and Uncle, and then with my daughter when she came along. We use to always visit Santa Fe in the autumn and then to Sedona for Christmas.
I didn't put all of them on; for example, I left off my replica wooden missions this year to make room for the doves and rabbits.
Francis on the Porch
Next up is the porch, and it takes a much simpler tone.
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