An Ulla Johnson Christmas

My family has been going to Battenfeld’s to cut down our Christmas tree for over a decade. Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua had told me about their anemone farm, and combined with the beautiful upstate meandering hillside, it was too much to resist! We have been back every year since. We always look for the more wispy Scandinavian style fir trees, that are more wild and unpruned. These aren’t often the most popular so we end up wandering around the peripheries and in more remote corners of the property. The kids are absolutely part of the decision! It’s definitely unanimous.

My mother passed down her collection of hand blown German glass and Danish brass and porcelain ornaments when my eldest son was born. She also collected these beautiful handmade fiber figurative ornaments. I have too many favorites to choose but amongst them – a little glass hand painted heart my mom purchased while we were living in Berlin when I was seven.

So many memories and stories are told though this collection. It’s one of my very favorite traditions. Since then I have layered in my own ornaments which are antique glass, especially in tones of pink, gold and silver. We always add antique glass and straw garland to the tree as well.