Oh Christmas Tree

Oh hey, it’s snowing like crazy here! Last night we had a church “fireside” – which is basically a spiritual type of program – and it was all about Christmas music, SO I’d say I’m really in the Christmas mood today. Why not a little Christmas related post?

This is our first year getting a BIG REAL tree! All the other years we were in a small apartment with no space, so we always had a tiny fake tree. I didn’t mind it, honestly, I’m not hard to please. However, this year has been special for sure.

please ignore the  wall behind the tree that needs some repairs

Now, I’m not going to tell you that our tree is perfect. Everyone has their preferences when it comes to decorating. But I am going to say that I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I learned some things while decorating it though, so I’m going to share.

1 // If you get a green tree (vs a white) get the lights that are green. You can see them in some pictures, but in person you can’t notice them at all.

2 // Get some ribbon. Big or small. Big and small. Keyword being RIBBON.

3 // Pick your colors. I wanted something more traditional and picked red, gold, white.

4 // Buy different kinds of ornaments. This makes it interesting.

5 // Buy different sizes of ornaments. This gives the tree depth.

6 // Buy a skirt and tree topper that you know you will reuse years and years to come.

The first thing we did after securing the tree in the base with water was the lights. Start at the top and go around downwards, weaving it in the different layers of the branches. Then, I did the ribbon, again starting at the top. I saw on Pinterest some different ways to put ribbon on, I just went with the spiral downwards one. ALSO, make sure that every so often you tie it to around a branch.

Next, we did the ornaments. We got most of ours from Hobby Lobby and Target. I even had the kids make some with their handprints as a momento type of thing. And last, the tree topper. I ordered ours from West Elm and so our tree had no top for about a week. Sasha was so happy once it finally arrived!

oh yeah, constantly vacuuming up the pine needles. worth it.

Den insisted on some ski buddies.

I like how the evergreen tree symbolizes eternal life. There is a lot of symbolism in the shape, color, decorations, etc. which all help us to remember that Christ is the greatest gift we have been given. I love this talk/article that explains the different symbolism: read here. Because of His birth, His life, and His Atonement, we can return to our Heavenly Father and have eternal life with those we love.

What does the Christmas tree mean to you?
How did you decorate yours this year?

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5 thoughts on “Oh Christmas Tree

  1. I love your Christmas tree and your tree topper.. ours still doesnt have a topper, it looks sad haha but our tree is so full and green this year even though the ornaments are from dollar store :)) never have enough money to buy something cute..

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  2. Your tree looks pretty. I like the Coke can. I thought the beads going around our tree was fun for this year and I love my bird topper. Sad that I can’t just store it for next year because it is a chore putting it together. Real trees are out for me now! Sasha is at the age that he will love Christmas and remember the fun traditions.

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