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.
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.
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!
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.