I saw on Kelly's blog a lovely ornament display tree that her family was using as a Jesse Tree! Fabulous idea, BTW!!! But I already had a Jesse Tree for this year, so my mind wondered over to a different problem. Our Christmas tree (artificial) is very small. Rather, it's very narrow. It stands about 6 ft. tall but it's not very full which means that we can't fit as many ornaments on it as if it was nice and wide. Since my children have been gifted ornaments from relatives and friends over the years, their personal collections are significant. For the past few years, Husband and I have not had any space to put our ornaments on the tree.
And I was a bit heartbroken thinking that the children wouldn't know them or remember them fondly if they just stayed packed away in a box. Some of them are from when we were first married on our honeymoon, some were gifts from grandparents who are no longer here, some are the only ones that survived many childhood moves and years of packing and unpacking.
Well, I couldn't make up my mind about the display tree, but in the meantime, I found this necklace tree at Hobby Lobby. It was in their Christmas section although not specifically labeled as a Christmas item. I love things that do double duty! Our Easter baskets double as washcloth holders in the linen closet the rest of the year. Our cookie jar is suitable for both Christmas and the rest of the year with a simple 180 degree rotation.
And now, our ornament display tree can hold my necklaces and bracelets (without tangling) all year long!
I'm still debating about the actual display tree for next year. It looks so pretty with the themed ornaments on it in the picture and I can easily imagine it looking just a lovely with themed Jesse Tree ornaments as well, but our personal ornaments are hodge podged and I'm not sure I would like it as much. Husband has suggested we get another small, narrow artificial tree for our ornaments to put in our front living room. What do you think?