Before our wedding, my cousins hosted an ornament shower in my honor. I received a gorgeous collection of ornaments reflecting the love of our friends and family. George and I bought a lovely prelit tree for our apartment and it was bursting with gifted ornaments. The tree was the perfect size for our cozy apartment. We moved that tree to our first house, and then to our next house. Our perfect little tree somehow seemed dwarfed in a house with a larger den and higher ceilings. Nonetheless, our tree adorned with ribbon and ornaments and looked pretty.
Last year the lights finally stopped working so we added strands of lights and pined for a taller prelit tree. Before decorating this year, we snagged a nine foot slim tree on black Friday. The new tree has a very small footprint in the den so we have plenty of space and it draws the eye all the way up to the ceiling. This tree is filled primarily with shatterproof ornaments since it’s in our main living area and the kids helped decorate it. Despite being kid friendly, I think it’s gorgeous!
Since our original tree was in decent condition, moved it to the front room so there’d be a tree in the window. We had plenty of heirloom and handmade ornaments to fill this tree and it serves as a Christmas card display. I really appreciate receiving Christmas cards and each year try to find a new way to display them. I think this is my favorite so far. The kids often slip into the study to admire the ornaments and to check out the cards. They especially like seeing the ornaments with their tiny baby handprints on them and others they painted.
In addition to our large trees, the kids have miniature trees in their rooms. The girls chose a sparkling pink tree, while the boys inherited my old silver one with vintage ornaments from my childhood. All four kids took great pride in filling their own trees and have not bothered them since we finished decorating. A year ago, the boys’ tree would have been pulverized, but this year they enjoy looking at it and showing it to house guests. It’s amazing the difference a year makes.
How many Christmas trees do you have?