Several years ago, I stumbled across a Catholic tradition of the “Bride’s Tree.” It seems that there are only guesses at its origin. Dubious or not, I think it’s a lovely tradition. The Bride’s Tree is a set of twelve ornaments given to a bride on her first Christmas of married life. The ornaments are symbolic of her life as wife and mother. I gave a few Bride’s Tree sets away several years ago, but discovering that it’s actually quite a lot of work to pull it together…that I would save Bride’s Tree work for my own daughters and future daughters-in-law.
Our eldest daughter (fondly known here as Alice in blogland) got married last April, and like her sisters, I put together this set of ornaments for her Christmas Tree. I’m including the letter that went with, so that you ambitious and sentimental might consider starting Bride’s Trees for the special women in your life.