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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Arbolito Boliviano - Bolivian Tree - Photos

The tree is not from Bolivia as this title might indicate. I decorated our tree with items that were purchased in Bolivia and a few from Peru, perhaps. There are some "worry dolls" from Nicaragua, I think, a gift from a friend. Over all, it is a Bolivian tree.

We had put up the same tree for 30 years or so, a tree we bought in Denver of all places. We bought a "fresh" tree, it turned out it was cut in Minnesota in October or some such and started shedding needles in two days. We bought an artificial tree in an "after Christmas sale"and it was great until last year. We had to toss it and put up one of the trees we bought at the Festival of Trees, charity for the Family Crisis Center. We still used the same old decorations including icicles, the old aluminum/lead ones. Other decorations were made by our kids, given by friends, photos of the kids with Santa, etc. I'm sure those will be missed this year.

We started to put up a second tree for a few years in Bolivia. It was a small tree with Bolivian ornaments. They really aren't ornaments, they are small replicas of real things. They have a celebration called Alacitas. (slideshow on this link, mostly about food, but a few photos of the stands where they sell the small items) In January, they sell the small items and if you buy them and have them blessed, you will receive those items during the year. You can buy food items, like tiny cans of milk (with real milk in them), bags of flour, suitcases for travel, cars, buses, animals, play money, etc. At any rate, these are the decorations on the tree. The tree skirt is one I bought at a charity event. It is hand embroidered with scenes from Bolivia.

Some hats, baskets, pottery bowls, sandals made from tires, tarkas and a llama.

Llamas, pots, aguayos (blankets), photo of one of the kids at the orphanage.

More hats, llamas, shoe, sampoña (pan flute), doll, kantuta (Bolivian flower).

Llamas, baskets, drum, pots, hats, sampoña.

Baskets (tiny one in at upper right of the yellow one, might fit on a pencil, how do they do that?), tarka, pots.

Hats, dolls, aguayos, sampoña.

Sampoña, llamas, Bolivian man in reed boat.


A view of the tree.


Another of our tree this year, all alone. The last few years we bought trees at the Festival of trees and a couple of years ago we had four trees up in our small house including the Bolivian Tree.


Old decorations last year on this same tree. It had a different top star, but you can't see it. I couldn't find a photo of the old tree itself. I liked it better, it was fuller. This tree fits well in the small space as it is tall and skinny, but just not the same. Snuggles is cute, isn't he? He is one of the grand-dogs.

Hope you are having a great Christmas season and are somewhat on schedule. We will see you down the road from Albuquerque for Gene's mom's birthday #92! There will be a big party and I will post some photos from that. She turns 92 on December 19 and the party is on Saturday.

8 comments:

Valerie Jones said...

The trees are beautiful!!! Have a wonderful time at the special birthday party.

fishing guy said...

Jo: My wife usually puts up three trees but with her operation we only have a little tre.

Jo Castillo said...

Valerie, thank you! We hope to have lots of fun seeing all the family. There will be many.....Gene has 6 sisters and 2 brothers.

Fishing guy, thanks for stopping in, I know you are busy. Hi to both of you, hope you are with family for Christmas. Take care. We may see a little snow in NM.

leslie said...

The sound of the sampona is beautiful!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GVJ1UtDdqg&feature=related

I love the little white llama.

Regina Calton Burchett said...

Cool tree, Jo! Very interesting information plus a lot of your family history. Hope you have a great Christmas!

Jo Castillo said...

Hi Regina, thank you. Hope you have a great Christmas, too. Probably more info than most care to read, ha.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Jo,
I love the kind of ornaments you have on your tree. So varied.
Happy Christmas to you and yours.
Love little Snuggles too.

Jo Castillo said...

Mary Sheehan Winn, thanks for stopping by, That Snuggles is a pretty nifty dog. Good personality.

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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los Niños. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill

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