|Under my tree - Tiffany boxes and reindeer|
In the old days, a train set, or a Christmas village was the thing to do. I fondly remember both from my childhood. I especially loved the village complete with a mirror used as an ice skating pond, and all the little cast iron metal figures sledding down snowy hills my mother made. It was magical.
|Train sets under the Christmas tree were really popular from the 1930's to the 1960's|
As home fashions shifted, my mother had a "decorator tree" in the living room. It was white or silver, and had one size ornament in one pastel color. She wrapped fake presents in one type of matching paper and ribbons to be used as the under-the-tree decor. We all thought it was swank and elegant.
|Fake presents under the designer Christmas tree - use one type of wrapping paper and ribbon - Brown paper is great|
|Another designer tree with a playful group of little animals under it|
In our playroom, there was the old family tree of the past. Green - cluttered with colored lights and every ornament we ever had, tinsel, and of course the train set and the Christmas village. We opened our gifts in the living room by the fancy tree, but once the gifts were opened, we took them all to the playroom and hung out by what became known as the kids tree.
|I loved the Christmas village under the tree when I was a child|
This year I have two main trees, and six mini trees scattered inside and out. I do the fake gift thing, and a couple of playful elements too.
What do you do under your tree? Perhaps, Mommy kissing Santa Claus?
|The Visual Vamp decorates under the Christmas tree|
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