Although Christmas decorations started to go up in mid-November, there is just something about taking advantage of the long Thanksgiving weekend to pull out all the boxes of Christmas ornaments and decorations… and shop for a tree!
Last year we had a new puppy, and felt that between the rambunctious (and LARGE) puppy and our instinctively curious cat – a full sized tree would be a bad idea. So I reluctantly put out my “single girl” tabletop tree with hopes that this year we would do it up right – with a live tree!
here it is…(notice the cat)…even at age 9…still curious!
This is an 8ft Fraser Fir. The needles are soft and rarely fall, they also smell great! I was on the mission for a skinny tree. I love skinny trees! They have a modern look and are also more practical for a condo. We got this one at Old Town Gardens. They have a great selection and are also our neighbors. We like to support the business in our community!
So I am pretty sure finding a pine cone in your Christmas tree is good luck! 😉
So of course, being a wedding planner and event designer, I love to decorate!! I had to splurge a little on some new (larger) ornaments for our full sized tree. But I got the ones that are shatter resistant (read: good for a house with the wrath of a Berner dog tail! and also great for storing)
I had some decor from last year that I can still use. But I am excited about our new family tradition – collecting Christmas tree ornaments from our vacations. Don’t get me wrong, I do love chachkies from my travels (well, any kind of chachkies really!). But recently I realized the best place to display a (quirky and often non-useful) souvenir is on your Christmas tree! You can decorate your Christmas tree however you want! That is an area of your home that you can be quirky and creative – however you choose to be. So we liked the idea of adding to the collection with each vacay – and also reminiscing on past travels while we trim the tree!
We got this one during our trip to London this past April…
(btw – check out etsy for tree skirts! that is where I ordered mine! hand-made and much more affordable than the less-personal store bought ones!)
Don’t forget to decorate your dining room table or buffet – or both!
I heart mercury glass! btw – West Elm has tons right now if you wanna stock up 🙂
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!! Happy Holidays! 😀
Do you have any holiday traditions?
What is your favorite ornament or holiday decoration?
Do you prefer real or fake Christmas trees?