House of the week: Alsford’s Christmas tree for all seasons | Home & Garden

Last Christmas, for the first time ever, the 9-foot artificial tree at Brian and Christine Alsford’s home in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village did not fall in January. Or in February. Or in the months that followed.

It’s still in place, but the decorations have changed several times.

Christine Alsford provided some details in a phone call: “I kept it after Christmas, then I decorated it in February for Valentine’s Day. In March, I made green and orange for St. Patrick’s Day. In April, I made Easter – with Easter eggs and bunny glasses, sparkly stuff, ”said Alsford, a special education teacher who retired after 38 years in the Kenmore-Tonawanda school district. .

A tree for all occasions. On the far left is the spring-themed birdhouse tree. Top row, left to right, the Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter tree. Bottom row, from left, the patriotic theme of summer, Halloween and the Christmas tree.

Photos courtesy of Brian and Christine Alsford

“In May, I made nesting boxes. June, July and August, I kept it all patriotic because I was so busy during the summer. In August I wanted to make a children’s tree with dinosaurs, but I didn’t have time. And now this season is for Halloween. My house is all decorated for Halloween because it’s my favorite holiday, ”she said.

The Alsfords shared photos of the ever-changing ‘happy tree’, something they enjoyed during the pandemic. Brian Alsford, who is retired, also provided information about their longtime home, via email (slightly edited):

“We have lived in the village of Elmwood for 35 years. During this period, our home renovations have progressed steadily, starting with the dismantling of a dilapidated carriage house, stripping the old plaster down to the batten until the first tear of the four-layer roof.

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