Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 8 – Charity Christmas Tree Topper Challenge

My dear friend Hugh (who looks great as an angel on Silver’s Tree) from Hugh’s Views and News is sponsoring his Charity Christmas Tree Topper Challenge again this year. Last year’s challenge was a great success!

Do you want to join in? Here is all you have to do:

From Hugh’s blog: “Here’s how you can all join in and help Angela, Macy, Toby, and I raise £250 for The Dogs Trust.”

1. Take a photo of what sits on top of your Christmas tree.
2. Create a new post on your blog entitled “Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 8 – Charity Christmas Tree Topper Challenge.”
3. Add the photo(s) you have taken to the post and tell us a little about what you are showing.
4. Create a pingback to this post or leave a link to your post in the comments section below so that other participants can view your post.

I will donate £1 to The Dogs Trust for every Christmas Tree Topper photo that is posted here on Planet Blog up to a maximum of £250.  The challenge is open until Tuesday 5th January 2016 and I will publish a post on Twelfth Night, January 6th, showcasing everybody who participated in the challenge and letting you all know how much we all managed to raise.

Whilst I will be making the donation, please do not hesitate in making your own donation to The Dogs Trust and let me know about it by leaving details in the comments section. There’s absolutely no pressure in making a donation but please do consider joining in the fun and showing us all what sits on top of your Christmas tree.  Please click on the link The Dogs Trust to make any donations directly to The Dogs Trust.

I wanted to add that this is the first year in quite a few years that Ron and I put up our Christmas decorations. In the past, much of why we did not decorate can be attributed to not having any family around during the holidays. I missed my kids and grandkids, and it just didn’t seem like a holiday.

Something special happened to me last year. Hugh made me miss Christmas and the celebration of the holiday. Even though we are Buddhist and Christmas is a Christian holiday, there is a feeling of goodwill that comes along with the holiday trappings.

If you feel alone for the holidays, put up some decorations and relive your memories of Christmas past. Mull over what was, and what is still to be. Share in the hope and joy of what the season means. Spread that joy where ever you go. In our case, this joy has multiplied tenfold!

Thank you, Hugh, for sharing your joy of Christmas! You have truly touched our hearts! ❤

Now, on to the good stuff! The photo below is our first Colorado Christmas Tree. I have plans for next year to add some additional nature themed items from around Colorado. I want to add some “silver” ornaments too. 😉

At the top of our tree is a star that we purchased in Arizona a few years ago. It has beautiful detail and I love the southwestern vibe.

Since Hugh’s charity is for The Dogs Trust in the U.K., I wanted to include an ornament that a good friend gave us years ago when Sugar and Spice were puppies.

Anytime Sugar and Spice hear that Toby (Hugh’s dog) is on one of his posts, they jump up and down until I add a picture of them!

Sugar and Spice smiling for the camera!

Don’t forget to get the biggest tree you can and join in to help Hugh raise funds for The Dog Trust.
Here in America, you could consider making a donation to the Humane Society of the United States
or a local Humane Society in your own hometown.

Thanks for stopping in today! I loved sharing my tree with you all!


  1. Oh my, Colleen. I absolutely love your three topper. What a brilliant original idea. I’ve not been able to stop laughing at the thought of me on top of your Christmas tree 🎅

    Your words are so very kind. Thank you so much. I’m so pleased that I helped Ron and you with spreading goodwill at this time of the year. I don’t think I can ever remember anybody telling me that I have done that before. It has really made what has been a particularly bad year for me feel much, much better. Not only are you a true friend, but a very dear one. It is people like you that make the world such a better place, especially at particularly bad times.

    Merry Christmas to Ron, Sugar, Spice and you.

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  2. A beautiful golden tree and I love your topper. I also enjoyed meeting Sugar and Spice. They stay away from the tree? Our little ones mouth and paw everything so we won’t be putting a tree up — but I’m on the lookout for a family tree to photo 🙂

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  3. Reblogged this on Hugh's Views & News and commented:
    Here’s one of the entries to my Charity Christmas Tree Topper Challenge, in aid of The Dogs Trust, which I announced on my blog yesterday.
    Colleen has not only come up with a very unique Christmas tree topper (I bet you can’t guess what it is?), but she has said some very lovely words about me.
    Thank you, Colleen. You are one of my Christmas Stars.

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  4. Colleen that star Is beautiful! I’m so glad you have decided to decorate and enjoy the season. I love the decorating, although I have to admit some of the magic went out of it when my sons decided they were to grown up for it!

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      1. Yes I decided I was going to do it for me, because I still love doing it. And surprise surprise, it must have been infectious, because they actually joined in this year… a bit! 😁

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        1. If you lead, they will follow. I remember my son as a teenager. He was the last one at home after living with 4 sisters. He really enjoyed decorating the tree. He got to put his own touch on it. I am so glad you had fun! ❤

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  5. What a beautiful star and thank for spreading some Christmas cheer…I am trying really hard to stay cheerful but not good time at the moment and you are helping…. I love my blogger friends..have a great Christmas 🙂

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