Traditional Christmas Tree and Rotating Tree Stand

Today I am working with 40 talented bloggers to bring you a tour of our decorated Christmas Trees. I love seeing how everyone else decorates and the stories behind their ornaments and holiday traditions. I am sharing my traditional Christmas tree and rotating tree stand that I inherited from my Grandma but you can see my whole house tour here.

So grab a cup of your favorite beverage, settle in and get comfortable because you are going to love the beautiful Christmas tree decor shared today, and bonus – we won’t need Roanoke tree removal to help us get rid of it! Make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post to meet the other hosts and see their festive Christmas trees. You won’t be disappointed.

Traditional Christmas Tree Blog Hop

My Traditional Christmas Tree and Rotating Tree Stand 

My traditional Christmas tree

I grew up in the 70’s and lived through bitter cold strolls along Chicago’s Michigan Ave while sipping hot cocoa and looking at all the decorated store windows and Christmas trees. My favorite tree was the HUGE Marshall Field’s traditional Christmas tree that sparkled with reds, greens and golds. 

My Grandma had a beautiful traditional Christmas tree too and it stood majestically in the tall picture window of her living room that went from the foundation of the house all the way to the top of the vaulted ceiling. The window faced the street in front of her house and the Christmas tree took up the entire window from floor to ceiling. 

I remember walking into the room and it was filled with the aroma of a real tree that looked like it was just brought in on a flatbed truck from a forest in Wisconsin. It was so tall and majestic she had to use a ladder to put the ornaments on the fluffy, pine branches. 

But my most favorite memory about my Grandma’s Christmas tree was that it sat in a rotating tree stand and played music. Yes, it rotated in a full 360 degrees and had a music box that played 3 songs. It was mesmerizing and I could sit and watch that tree for hours.

Fast forward. Things have definitely changed since the 1970’s and my traditional Christmas tree isn’t real or majestic but it is filled with lots of happy memories along with a few sad memories.  My tree doesn’t have a color theme or fancy ornaments but it tells the story of our Navy life as we moved coast to coast while raising our 4 children in 9 different homes over the course of 16 years. 

My tree is filled with homemade ornaments from when my kids were little. 

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My tree has ornaments from our travels across the country.


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My tree has memorial ornaments for my son. 

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But most of all my tree is filled with lots of love.

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Now that we are retired from the Navy and living in our forever home, my traditional Christmas tree gets the privilege of sitting in the rotating tree stand I inherited from my Grandma and mesmerizing my kids and guests. I love that I can walk into the living room at any time and the lights are twinkling and the view is different every time. 

I have collected so many ornaments over the last 28 years that it is no problem filling all sides of the tree. (Yes, all sides have to be covered when your tree rotates.) I also have another decorated tree in my dining room and one more on my front porch.  

I hope you enjoyed my traditional Christmas tree along with my trip down memory lane. Don’t forget to scroll down and take a tour of the 50 other trees on this holiday tour. Merry Christmas!


Let’s Meet The Hosts!

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom | Allison | Upright and Caffeinated

Angela | Simply Beautiful By Angela| Annie | All Things Big and Small

Brittany | Our Home Made Easy | Chloe | Celebrate and Decorate

Cindy | County Road 407 | Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Denise | My Thrifty House | Eileen | Sand Dollar Lane

Erlene | My Pinterventures Jaclyn | The Dotted Nest |

Jeannee | Centsably CreativeVicki | 2 Bees In A Pod |

Jennifer | Oh Fiddle Dee Dee | Jolene | Create Pray Love

  Wanda | From House To Home    | Kim | Day to Day Adventures

Kim | Made In A Day | Kristie | Teadoddles

Leanna | Faeries and Fauna | Maria | Simple Nature Decor

Marie | The Inspiration Vault | Mary | The Boondocks Blog

Meegan | What Meegan Makes | Meg | Green With Decor

Melissa | Welcome To The Woods | Donna | Modern On Monticello

Morgan | Charleston Crafted | Nancy | Slightly Coastal

Nicole | Madness and Method | Pam | P.S. I Love You Crafts

Sam | Raggedy BitsShirley | Intelligent Domestications |

Stephanie | Abbotts At Home |Yami | The Latina Next Door |

Jenn | Loveland Lodge | Christene | Keys To Inspiration

| Libbie | A Life Unfolding Jaclyn | One Thousand Oaks |

Jennifer | 2 Bees In A Pod | Sarah | The Project Pile

Now let’s check out the rest of the beautiful Christmas Trees!


  1. Wanda @ From House To Home says:

    Hi Denise…I love that your Christmas tree ornaments have so many memories attached to them (even if some of them may be sad). Even your rotating tree stand (which is awesome!) comes with family memories 🙂 To me, that’s the best part of Christmas!

  2. Maria says:

    I love the rotating tree video! I love reading these posts about everyone Christmas memories, nice to hear. Sweet that you use the handmade ornaments from your kids. Great meeting you at the blog hop

  3. Leanna says:

    Your tree is beautiful and the turning tree is amazing. I had never heard of a rotating tree stand what a treasure to share from your Grandmother. I love things with sentiment.

  4. Deborah says:

    So funny we lived in the same place as kids! I loved going to look at the windows in downtown Chicago! It is one of my fondest memories. Love your tree!!

  5. Erlene says:

    This is one of my favorites in the hop. It’s a lovely tree with so many memories all over it and I know it must put a smile on your face every time you see it. And the base is awesome!

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