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OUR SIMPLE TREE & HOW WE DECORATE

Today I wanted to share with you how I decorate my tree.  Last year a lot of our Christmas decorations had to be thrown away because they were almost 20 years old and have seen better days.  We also got a new tree.  Our old tree is also 20 years old.  It’s still in pretty good shape but it’s small and we’ve been wanting to get a larger tree for a few years.  One day we were decorating our old tree when half our lights blew out.  Since they were so old we decided to buy new lights at Target.  While at Target, they were having an awesome sale on Christmas trees and I was sucked in.

I found my tree.  A beautiful 7.5 foot tree and we got it for a deal.  The tree retailed for $130.00 but we got it for $61.00!  Yup $61 Bucks..  How?  The day we went to target they were having a sale on their trees, with that they also had a sale that if you buy season decor items you get an additional $25 off your purchase of $75 or more.  So we got our lights (also on sale) and the tree and boom savings!  I’m really happy with my purchase and plan on having this tree for a long time.  Maybe not 20 years long but close to it lol.

Decorating our tree is a family thing.  Since we now have three trees (yes three), today I will be focusing on how we decorate our new family tree.  Decorating our tree is pretty simple.  We usually decorate together as a family each one of us hangs our ornament and we string lights and ribbons.  We always keep our trees simple and traditional.  I absolutely love how we decorated the tree together and pray that this tradition will be continued when my girls start their own family.

Since some of our store bought tree decorations are gone, I want to purchase new ornaments and ribbons.  We do have a some surviving ornaments that we DIY’ed and some family ornaments that are still in great shape (and aren’t going anywhere) and we are happy with what we have.  As for my smaller tree, I’m still keeping it and it will now be in our dining room.  This one I will decorate with left over ornaments but next year it will be my themed tree.  What theme, I don’t know but next year will be here before you know it!

And for those of you that are wondering about my third tree, I’ll share a quick story about it:

When we sold our first home 5 years ago, we stored our belongings thinking that we were going to find a new home soon enough.  We moved in with Harvey’s grandparents (they owned a duplex- and we lived on the second floor) before we knew it, we were there for a year and in that year we celebrated Christmas but since our stuff was in storage and wouldn’t fit the apartment (imagine 2 adults, 3 kids and 2 dogs in a 2 bedroom apartment!) So on  Christmas eve Ava my youngest, who was 4 at the time, started crying.  When I asked her why, she said that she was afraid that Santa was going to miss our house because we didn’t have a tree (or any Christmas decorations) so we I grabbed some paper and we DIY’ed some decorations for the home – think snow flakes, candy canes and paper chains.  I made a paper wreath and called Harvey hoping that we could get the tree out of storage, but since we couldn’t Harvey did the next best thing.  He went to Target during his work lunch and he and his co-workers walked around the seasonal section hoping to find a tree or something!  They managed to find a single white pre-lit 4 foot tree and a small set of ornaments.  That night we decorated the tree and Ava went to bed excited for Santa’s visit.  It was the best feeling the next morning when she saw the gifts under the tree!  Believing that Santa truly came.  To this day Harvey and I love telling that story and it remains one of the best Christmas memories.  It says so much about my husband, he didn’t think twice and did his best to make it happen for our girls.

Wow Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post!  If you made it this far you my friend are a Rockstar!!  I mean it!   I hope you have a truly blessed day!  See you soon!

Crazy For Christmas 2014

Did I ever tell you how much I like Christmas?  Really liked Christmas?  Well I do.  I absolutely do.  Growing up we didn’t have too many traditions, but one tradition we always had was decorating our Christmas tree.  My Mom would bring out all her Christmas decor and my sisters and I would help her decorate.  By the time we were tween’s we had it down to a science.  Christmas music was playing in the background (mostly in span-glish) the tree would come up and on with the decor.  Now that I’m a proud Mama of three I get to have this tradition with them.  Over the years Tan and I have created our own family traditions we hope to pass to our kids.

With that being said I decided to share some questions and answer with you my awesome friends.  Here it goes:

  1. When do you start your Holiday Shopping?  I typically start right around November 1st.  Although I decided that my future holiday shopping will start in July 😉 – too much to do too little time)
  2. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  Hmmm… let see Elf is a good one, no wait Scrooged, yeah I like that one but I also like  Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, I mean come on with those fun misfit toys!…
  3. What’s your favorite part of the Holiday Season? I would have to say seeing my family.  I love to see them and laugh and eat and listen to music.  Good times.
  4. When do you put up your Christmas Tree?  Who decorates it?  Usually the day after Thanksgiving and it stays up until January 6th (Three Kings Day) -it’s a big deal in our family.  We all participate in decorating the tree.  Tan has the honor of every Christmas Eve placing our star on top.
  5. Do you have any Holiday traditions? Yes, lol.  Hmm… there’s the baking cookies for Santa every Christmas eve and decorating our tree, but one of my absolute favorite thing to do is to Drive down to Shady Brooke Farm and see the Holiday Light Show.  Every year we do this and every year I love it!
  6. Would you rather live in a gingerbread house or Santa’s Workshop?  The Workshop of course!  I get to play with all sorts of cool toys and be with Santa!
  7. What type of tree do you currently have?  I have 2 fake trees.  I would love to have a real tree but unfortunately I’m allergic 😦
  8. Would you rather eat a gingerbread cookie or a candy cane?  Hmmmm… tough one.  I’ve never had a gingerbread cookie but I’d like to try one.
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas/Holiday song?  I pretty much like all the holiday songs, but if I had to pick one, I’d say “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (the Bing Crosby/Doris Day version)… my favs!
  10. Have you ever made a snowman? Yes I have and every chance I get I build one with my family.  We freeze our tushies out there but it’s great fun and afterwards we enjoy some Hot Chocolate! Yum!

Now it’s your turn!  I would love to know what your holiday traditions are!  Here is a blank list for you to copy and paste!  Please comment below with a link to your blog!

  1. When do you start your Holiday Shopping?
  2. What’s your favorite Christmas movie?  
  3. What’s your favorite part of the Holiday Season?
  4. When do you put up your Christmas Tree?  Who decorates it?
  5. Do you have any Holiday traditions? 
  6. Would you rather live in a gingerbread house of Santa’s Workshop?
  7. What type of tree do you currently have?
  8. Would you rather eat a gingerbread cookie or a candy cane?
  9. What’s your favorite Christmas/Holiday song?
  10. Have you ever made a snowman?

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful Holiday Season!  See you in the New Year!

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