Patti Williams sits next to the spouse and children home tree that has a multitude of ornaments, some hand produced by her youngsters.
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Grass Valley resident Patti Williams explained her Christmas ornament selection has developed steadily over the several years.

“Just like most individuals, we commenced placing one particular tree up … and it just grew to where we wanted multiple trees and several themes around the years,” said Williams, who has set up and adorned 5 comprehensive-sized Xmas trees in her home this holiday break year.

A pair of Hallmark Barbie ornaments, just two of above 200, decorate one of Patti Willimas’ Christmas trees. The ornaments have been gathered about 35 yrs.
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Immediately after obtaining a tour of the home’s decorations, neighbor Kathy Keefer explained the Williams’ Xmas trees were “the most beautiful” display, and an uplifting sight.

Each of the 5 trees has a theme.

The White Household Tree sits in a home dedicated to United States history in the Williams’ dwelling.
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In the living home, a peacock-themed tree shines with blue glass and green and purple-hued ornaments — some handed down by Williams’ aunt, others created by her grandmother. She claimed she was motivated to start this theme because of a connection to her grandmother’s have house decoration.

An additional tree, she stated, retains Hallmark ornaments, and capabilities some typical Xmas figures such as Santa Claus and snowmen.

A peacock themed Xmas Tree sits in 1 of the Willimas’ family rooms.
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A Barbie-themed tree in a spare bed room, explained Williams, holds around 200 ornaments, a collection started when her daughter was a youthful lady.

A tree she described as “patriotic” retains pink, white, and blue ornaments and kinds depicting nearly anything presidential or connected to countrywide symbols. Williams mentioned she has acquired some of these from the White Home Historical Society, which releases an official Christmas ornament each and every calendar year.

Formal White Dwelling Historical Culture ornaments dangle from the White Property-themed Xmas tree in Patti Williams’ residence.
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The previous tree, established up in her bedroom, is a “trip tree,” holding ornaments from excursions she and her spouse, Mike, have taken in excess of the decades.

“In the starting, I did not assume to place the yr on (the ornaments) simply because I believed I would keep in mind, but not so substantially,” reported Williams. She mentioned recollections from outings to Ireland, New York, and Disney parks are represented on some of these ornaments, as very well as places area to Grass Valley and Nevada Town.

The topper of the Hallmark Barbie Christmas tree is a Barbie angel.
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She claimed COVID-19 experienced some influence on her decorating knowledge this yr.

“I felt like, this 12 months, I required the cheer of decorating,” claimed Williams. “But also, as I was accomplishing it, I couldn’t help but question no matter if I’m going to see the grandkids, youngsters and everyone, so it was a very little bittersweet.”

The journey tree consists of ornaments gathered from Patti Willimas’ travels across the entire world.
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She said previous week, nevertheless, that she experienced now experienced online video phone calls with some of her family associates, given them a tour of the Christmas trees, and appreciated seeing their trees.

“It was distinct,” she claimed.

Victoria Penate is a staff author for The Union. She can be reached at [email protected].