Whew, December has been crazy busy but pretty great for the most part. We’ve gotten the majority of our Christmas shopping done, several fun things checked off our Christmas bucket list, and a not-so-fun collision to deal with after some dude’s car rolled into our Jeep. Happy holidays? No worries though — no one was hurt and the Jeep’s off to the repair shop this week (at no cost to us). Now we’re just looking forward to Jamie’s birthday this weekend and spending the next few weeks Christmas-ing it up.
Speaking of which, let’s talk about this tree! This year we were jazzed to bust out the new 7.5-foot pre-lit faux tree we scored at the end of the season last year. Seeing as it’s quite a bit fuller and wider than our previous tree (which we still have and plan to use in our den for future Christmases), we placed this big ol’ guy in a roomier spot near the window and moved the chair that’s normally there to the opposite corner of the room.
Now as for decorations, I’m kind of notorious for having a theme of some sort. As with all things in life, I like to have a general plan or direction and Christmas tree decorating is no exception. While I didn’t have a specific theme planned for this year’s tree, I wanted a combination of the best from 2010′s “folksy handmade” theme and 2011′s “rustic metallic” theme. If I had to put a label on it, I’d call it (wait for it…) folksy metallic.
I started with red wooden beaded garland, then added mixed metallic ornaments in gold, silver, and bronze, wooden and nature-ish ornaments, snowflakes, and candy canes. Here are a few returning MVPs from years’ past:
This shiny, swirly, copper-colored ornament– added to our collection last year.
Silver bells inscribed with our initials– a gift from Jamie’s aunt and uncle.
A delicate silver snowflake– one of the first ornaments Jamie and I picked out together.
Colorful candy canes– borrowed from my parents’ collection.
White-washed wooden snowflakes– bought new last year.
Beaded pinecones– another one of the first Jamie and I picked together.
This bearded Allie-esque ornament– a gift from BFF Cristina.
It’s become a tradition of ours to buy at least one new ornament every year (which usually turns into buying several new ornaments because seriously, they get cuter and more irresistable every year). Here’s what’s new to the tree this year:
Wooden birdcage cut-outs– an homage to our wedding.
A rustic, little owl– my mom found at a florist shop.
And a snowman with earmuffs– because what’s more adorable than that?
On our highest bough, I placed a large snowflake ornament in place of a traditional topper and wrapped a cream-colored throw around the base to make a tree skirt. And that, my friends, is how folksy metallic is done.
Shiny, sweet, and bird-heavy. Just how I like it! Are you theme-y with your tree decorations?