Well too wide to be precise.
We had bought it about 7 years ago when we lived in Belgium and had more space to have a tall and wide tree.
We really liked it because it was easy to assemble and was prelighted so no fiddling and fighting with strings of lights. The most time would be spent actually putting the decorations on the tree.
But now in our present home we had struggled with not really having enough room for this tree definitely in our lounge but also not really having the proper space for it in our large kitchen with seated area.
Last year we thought too late about trying to find a new slimmer tree but this year on Saturday we decided to go ahead when we saw a slimmer tree very similar in style to our other one. In fact this one was going to be slim enough so that we could put it up in the lounge now that we had the smaller suite.
Last week when I wrote the Wednesday Encouragement post I was disappointed that we hadn't got our tree up yet in the kitchen because we were waiting for the painting to be done and I couldn't start writing about our Tree Decorations as I had hoped but today I can.
So I want to start with the 3 sleighs
On the tree each year since Christmas 1993 we have had these three sleighs.
They are almost identical except for one thing.
They each have the name of one of our children on them.
Fred & I hung them on the tree last night.
As per always my thoughts went back to when I got them.
We were living in the US in Hockessin, a village outside Wilmington in the State of Delaware.
That was where I was introduced to Christmas fairs and Christmas shops and Personalised Christmas Tree Decorations.
I saw the sleighs and remembered the fun our three kids (plus Fred & I) had had in March that year when we had woken up to find 14 inches of Snow at our front door.
After shovelling the driveway a few times and playing around and then in for hot drinks we joined our next door neighbours to race down through our back gardens.
What fun, what laughter, what coldness, but what enjoyment from a simple act.
We really didn't want to stop because we were enjoying this unusual activity.
It was very unusual for us because we had come from Northern Ireland where we rarely see 4 inches of snow let alone 14 and rarely get the chance to even try to slide down a snow slope.
Eventually we had to drag ourselves and the kids inside as it started to get dark and we were concerned about frostbite from those round red patches appearing on our cheeks.
So here we are again at another Christmas with the memories from 21 years ago.
I remember getting these tree decorations at a craft fair a month before Christmas and surprising the children with their special named sleigh for each of them to hang on the tree as the last decorations that year.
Do the children remember that event as distinctly as I do?
I don't think so but they do remember hanging them on the tree for years.
A lot of our tree decorations are individual things we have picked up over the years and not colour co-ordinated to be extremely fashionable and make a glamorous tree. I want to have memories of happy times together as a family or remember friends who may have given us something for our tree.
I want to be able to look at my tree and say thank you to God for the lovely memories and the family and friends that he has put into our lives.
My tree will not be perfect but why should it because nothing can be perfect and in striving for my tree to be perfect I would miss out on remembering the blessings of the past.
What will your tree be like and will you remember your blessings?
These are the things that mean a lot to families at Christmas especially when not all of the family can be together.
This year like last year Linda will not be with us over Christmas time, she will still be in South Korea but her sleigh was put up last night and the boy's sleighs were also put up by Fred and I because they are not here for the decorating of the tree any more.
Even though they have their names on them I believe they are more my special item than theirs because I was the one that chose them,
they are staying on my tree, not going with them!
They can wait until they inherit them.