|Every Christmas tree should accent its environment.|
|Christmas trees now and then.|
|Each country has its own style of Christmas tree.|
|The painting, Christmas at Rockefeller Center, at the top of the above image is by Robert Finale.|
|Whether artificial or cut, Christmas trees today have attained an unnatural perfection in shape and decoration making them a far cry from those "gracing" living rooms of the 1950s and earlier.|
|Whether on a green tree similar to my mother's (above, left) or on one bedecked with white poinsettia (above, right), I'm still quite partial to the cool, wintery shades of blue in decorating the yuletide centerpiece.|
|Daring to be different.|
|Monochromatic decorative schemes are pleasant and fun, |
but one also flirts with the risk of seeming bland as well.
|Oops! The lower left "tree" is made from wine bottles.|
|It's hard to compete with mother nature in decorating a tree.|
The best one can hope for is to help her along a little.