Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Our Valentine Tree

At an after-Christmas sale, I was able to nab a six-foot potted artificial evergreen tree for just $12 (regularly $125!)  It is a rather odd tree;  too tall and narrow to work as our 'regular' Christmas tree, but I was thinking it would fit perfectly in the empty corner by our china cabinet, and could be used throughout the year for simple liturgical decorations. 

My daughter and I decided to decorate it for St. Valentine's Day.  We found some red and white fabric garland and red velvet hearts on sale at Michael's.  Last Sunday, we took a class on making Victorian valentines, and put our creations on the tree.  Then I printed some holy cards and pictures of St. Valentine from the Internet.  We tied them with ribbons and hung them from the tree. We still want to make a couple more Victorian valentines. 

Here are a few photos of our (almost) finished tree:

I'm thinking the tree would look pretty with blue lights and holy cards of Mary on Marian feast days; or images of saints and saint symbols for All Saints Day, or  pictures of St. Joseph with miniature tools for St. Joseph's day, or maybe photos/paintings of the various popes while we learn about papal  history?

We will keep these decorations up until Thursday night (which is St. Valentine's Day), then prepare the tree for Lent on Friday. I've brainstormed using the tree as a way to keep track of our intercessory prayers during Lent.  I'll share information about that tomorrow, along with photos later this week!

I'm participating in Catholic Inspired's Lent Link-up.  For inspiring ideas, check it out!

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  1. Your possibilities Cheryl are endless! Love that you are using it as a liturgical tree to enhance your feast days and celebrations. It will make it more real for your children. You should link up over at Catholic Inspired so others can learn of your great idea!
    St. Valentine, pray for us!

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Noreen! And for the suggestion to link up at Catholic Inspired. I'll hop over there now.

  2. Love this idea! Can't wait to see the updates. Thanks for stopping by Gael's Crafty Treasures from the Catholic Inspired's Lent Link up. Added you back ;-) God Bless and enjoy the Lenten Path printables.