Friday’s Filtered Photo – Christmas Tree

Christmas – there is, perhaps, no other time of the year when Peace and Goodwill is more prevalent. That is what makes Christmas my favorite time of the year and my Christmas Tree my favorite photo this month.

My Christmas Tree is full of decorations that are either home made or from little shops all over the world. There is even something from Qatar where local merchants take a multi-prong approach to marketing for every major holiday, even non-Muslim ones!

This Friday’s Filters: The first photo has no filters; the second has altered contrast and a black overlay; the third is blurred to achieve an ‘Old Masters’ effect; the last is lightened and given a high contrast.

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us!

They are green when summer days are bright,
They are green when winter snow is white.

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
Your branches green delight us!
– English version of O Tannenbaum by Ernst Anschütz –

The Christmas Tree in Canada:  Advent calendars, gingerbread houses, cookies and Christmas trees were all introduced by German settlers who migrated to Canada from the United States in the 1700’s. But it was Queen Victoria’s German husband, Prince Albert, who solidified the Christmas tree tradition when he put up a Christmas tree at Windsor Castle in 1848.

We have a Tannenbaum forest here at the Red House, but my Christmas Tree is a very realistic, artificial tree – I don’t want my forest to think of me as a tree killer…

Are you ready for Christmas, or are there still lots of things to tick off your list before you can say, “It’s a Wrap!”

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Favorite.

16 comments

  1. Beautiful tree! I am a traditionalist so I like the first photo best! I take it you are at the Red House for Christmas? We are home this year and pretty much ready for the big day! Merry Christmas to you, Car Guy, and family!

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    • Yes, Ev, we are still at the Red House – though now that the weather has got all wintery again, we wish we had headed south! (Christmas letter is coming, by the way…)

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  2. Great pictures again, Margy. Of course, the tree is beautiful in its own right but interesting how you “redecorated ” it too. Merry Christmas up there in the north!

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  3. Nice treatments (and original).

    Christmas for us is just another day. We used to do more when we had the business or had occasional visitors (family), but otherwise, a quiet day with some food treats (stuff we don’t normally eat).

    Hope you enjoy yours.

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    • Most of our family lives in a city just half an hours drive from us! We all host something for certain branches of the family. Yesterday was the last get together – today we all go back to a normal style of eating!

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  4. I hope you have a merry and magical Christmas!

    For all the frantic panic I’ve left over the past 2 weeks trying to pull everything to together for Christmas, I’ve now reached the point of relative calm where I can sit back and enjoy the gentle snow that’s currently falling.

    Best wishes for wonderful holiday with family and friends.

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    • The Car Guy and I are fortunate that our adult children take active roles in the Christmas festivities. Sure makes the whole holiday season a lot more fun, and incredibly easy!
      Happy Walking in the coming year, Joanne.

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  5. Gotta vote for #1, the “as is” tree, and what a beauty it is! I can also see one of the Red House’s famous red ceiling beams!! A belated Merry Christmas to you Margy, and, of course, to The Car Guy with the grease stains on his stocking… : )

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    • Merry Christmas and all the Best in the New Year to you, Mark. It is always a pleasure to visit your blog, and I look forward to enjoying your humour for years to come.
      You were pretty close about the grease stains in the stocking – The Car Guy had a few small tools among his gifts!

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