The Family Tree

The halls are decked; time to savor the moments until Christmas. 

Our family tree is the traditional type–a tall, live Frasier fir that smells like the childhood trees I remember.  Although it is coordinated and quaint, it is not a designer theme,  monochromatic color with decorations to match.  I try to keep the over-all look nostalgic, but must do it with a base of long-accumulated ornaments gathered from 36 years of marriage w/two dear children.

The family tree is an album of Christmas past, inspiring us to linger fondly on every fragrant branch.

The Family Tree

The Family Tree


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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