San Antonio man’s Christmas tradition grows as niece ages
Jon Jimenez’s Christmas tradition has grown to arboretum proportions.
“I have red trees, blue trees, yellow trees, upside-down trees,” Jimenez, 51, said Monday, shortly before an open house-style viewing party at his North Side home.
Every year, the San Antonio resident tries to put up enough trees to match his only niece’s age. It’s an annual tradition that has grown more challenging in recent years — she is now 22.
“I do have 22 trees, it’s just this year, as I’m getting older, it takes longer” to get them all ready, he said.
So far, he’s put up 13. He said he tries to find unique ones to add to the collection.
The upside-down tree is the largest, reaching the ceiling at 8.5 feet. There is also a red-and-white tree that Jimenez said looks like a peppermint candy and a yellow one he dubbed “Little Miss Sunshine.” This year’s addition is all gold.
“I wanted to make Christmastime special every year,” said Jimenez, who started the tradition when his niece was little. She’s away at college this year, but she called to partake in the festivities.
The practice is also a nostalgic one. Jimenez, who grew up in Illinois and still has many family members there, said the festive decorations remind him of home.
“Christmas is my favorite holiday,” he said.
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