How many of you have Christmas decorations that are the same every year? “Handy” and I both grew up in home where the same ornaments and decorations had the same home every single year. As we got older we were able to decorate our house with out much parental supervision because we knew where everything belonged. The only difference for me was that my parents moved, my freshman year of high school, to a brand new home. We got a fake white Christmas tree with a light that spun around with blue, green, red and yellow colors that shined on the tree. It was hideous and I think my Mom actually insisted on a real tree in our family room to balance out this beast in the living room.
I thought that maybe I had completely gypped my kids out of the thrill and skill of Christmas decorating, as I am the only one who decorates the house and it’s different every single year. I’m happy to report that they obviously have learned from observation. Annie’s tree and holiday decor in Dallas is absolutely exquisite.
I wish I had pictures of my trees from before the age of digital because I had some beautiful trees that I would make magnificent decor for. I can’t remember them all but one year I had a tree covered with magnolia flowers and leaves. Another year I made dried flower nosegays that covered our tree. I handmade at least 50 of them. I’ve had gold trees and silver trees. I’ve also had the traditional hallmark ornament tree.
I do however have pictures of some of the trees from recent past. Come with me as a I take a trip down memory lane!
Oh Christmas Tree!
This year is my favorite tree. I, like so many others, have decorated early but I have pared down my decorations. I wanted a simple natural, homespun tree. I’ve been wanting this beauty from Balsam Hill for a long time and I finally got it.
In 2019 I stuck with my Blue Christmas theme of 2018 but I toned down the blue a bit. I traded out the blue plaid ribbon for a more natural burlap ribbon. “Handy” made some chippy white candle holders from an old house column and I wanted to base my theme off of them. I brought the formality of the previous years tree down with the ribbon and steered it more towards the farmhouse, natural look that I really wanted. I also finally perfected the art of layering the tree. The base of the decorating starts with picks of greenery. They add depth and a more natural look to the tree. Next on is the ribbon that you have to tuck and weave so it doesn’t just lay on the branches. Last is the ornaments.
In 2018 we had painted our wall from a light green color to the blue in my kitchen so I wanted a blue tree theme. I originally was going to combine rose gold and blue but ended up just sticking with blue. I found some great blue plaid ribbon from PaperMart. It’s my go to place for ribbon and wrapping paper. I have to say, I was not crazy about this tree.
Our tree in 2017 was such a pretty tree but a very formal look. It was a rose gold theme and I went rose gold nuts this year. We had rose gold plate chargers, stemware and even cutlery on the table. I bought anything and everything that was rose gold at HomeGoods!
Christmas 2016 was the year of the all white tree. I started out with just lights on the tree and actually contemplated leaving it that way. No one was having it. I believe this is the year that I found the white snowflakes at the Dollar Tree. I’ve used them every year since. They aren’t on our family room tree this year but they are on my hall tree and the tree in my bedroom.
This is the only picture that shows gifts wrapped under the tree. As you can probably guess, I coordinate my gift wrap with each of my trees. This year it will be brown Kraft paper and natural twine string.
While I enjoy changing up my tree every year, there is so much to be said for the tradition and sentiment of the same holiday tree each year. They are filled with memories of gifted ornaments, handmade treasures, souvenirs from vacations and so much more. What ever it is that makes your heart glow during the holidays, I think that is the perfect decor!
I’m going to take a break from blogging next week for the holidays. We have lots of Zoom calls planned and can’t wait to visit with family, even if it’s virtual.
Peace, Love and Christmas Blessings to all of my Friends,