Tuesday, December 15, 2009

O Christmas Tree

Yesterday, I joined in the Christmas Tour of Homes but I thought it would be fun to dedicate a whole post to the tree.   Not that it is that awesome or anything but it does have a little story.

I love the tradition of taking the family and picking out a live tree.  We usually head to our local Farmer's Market or christmas tree stand near our home and pick out a tall but fat tree.  I survey the lot, the kids run through the rows and finally we decide on the perfect one.  Hubby ties it to the top of the van and we pray all the way home it doesn't blow off! 

It's a beautiful picture.  Except that my kids and hubby have allergies and the tree does bother them.    So, since that picture of sickness is not so beautiful we decided to go artificial.  I miss the smell so I did buy some candles and other pine smelly things for the house.

Another big change this year is that I finally succumbed and let the kids add colored lights to the tre.  And it looks very good mixed with the white lights!   I was pleasantly surprised.

I don't have more than one tree.  My house just is not conducive to that.    Also, I'm not really keen on the idea of cleaning up two trees.   So, we have one tree.  It's in our family room where Christmas morning happens.  It's theme?  Family.  Fun.  Love.    It's not the most beautiful around but it's ours and it suits us just fine!

It's full of ornaments the kids have made over the years.  I know that will not last forever, so I cherish and display each one.   Macaroni Angel.  

And ornaments from my husband's childhood.  I think this was actually on his Grandmother's tree.  She passed many of them along to us a few years ago.

Big silver and gold balls that I stuff deep in the middle of the tree and these red sparkly things that give it some color.  Like it needs anymore color!


Topped with a bow.  My kids would like a star and I just can't find the perfect one.

Merry Christmas from us to you!

Check out Thrifty Decor Chick's Christmas Tree Party - click the button above!   More beautiful trees!

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Stefani said...

It's beautiful Janel! I love the idea of adding the colored lights to the white ones. I grew up with colored lights, but I really like the look of the white lights. Putting them both up was a great way to soften the white ones. I might steal that idea next year! :)

We also do all of the handmade ornaments. For me, it's the only way to go. We also have many that were not handmade, but we treasure the ones that were. I wouldn't have even noticed that the angel was macaroni until you said it was. :)

Thanks for sharing!

Anita said...

I think your tree is lovely. We have the same issues with allergies, and we have loads of mixed up ornaments, including the 3 my sister sends each year, one for each of my kids and in a TX theme...........because you know that is where I'm from and where I love!!

I love the "real" feeling of your tree, decorator trees are pretty, but they aren't about family as much!

jen@odbt said...

So beautiful. Love the ornaments and that's our theme too - family, fun and memories.

Muthering Heights said...

Your tree is so beautiful!!

The Chubby Dove said...

I LOVE your tree. It's gorgeous and it's so full of lights and color.
My fav ornament is that little Santa. So cute!!!

micah @ the yellow front door said...

I like how you mixed the white and colored lights - very pretty! The bow on top is beautiful!

Carpool Queen said...

I mix white and colored lights, too. It makes us all happy.

And my favorite ornaments are the macaroni ones. They make me misty.

EE said...

I've never thought to mix the white and colored lights. Great idea!!

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