Longtime readers of the About.com GuideSite to Catholicism know that I encourage everyone to hold off on putting up their Christmas trees until at least Gaudete Sunday (if not Christmas Eve), and not to take down their Christmas trees until after Epiphany. That's one way to ensure that Advent has a future, and to increase the joy of Christmas by celebrating all 12 days of Christmas.
Now that Gaudete Sunday has passed, however, it's time to share a picture of your Christmas tree, if you've already put it up! Large or small, real or artificial, elegant or gaudy—we want to see what your Christmas tree looks like. And if you have any special ornaments or traditions associated with your Christmas tree, please share those as well.
It's real simple—just answer a few quick questions and upload a picture or two using the "Share Your Pictures" link on this page: Christmas Trees - Pictures and Stories. (And don't forget to share your homemade Advent wreaths, too!)
Make sure to check back frequently to see how other readers of the About.com GuideSite to Catholicism have decorated their Christmas trees!
(Putting up the Christmas tree on Gaudete Sunday. Photo © Scott P. Richert)