Sunday, January 6, 2013

'Tis the Season

Actually, because I am a bit behind, this post should probably be titled 'Twas the Season. But considering I haven't had the time or desire to take them down yet, my decorations are still up. So in our home, 'tis (still) the season. :)

I usually start decorating for Christmas as soon as we get home from Thanksgiving. But for these rare years when Bo's birthday falls on the Monday after Thanksgiving, Bo demanded we decided to put the tree up (couldn't let it die!) and then let the branches settle for a full two days. We waited until the day after his birthday before decorating the tree and the rest of the house. We are very much a one-holiday-at-a-time kinda family.

For the most part, our Christmas decorations were identical to last year. With the exception of a few (necessary!) additions...

We both agreed that our most fun new addition this year was the advent calendar. Each morning, one of us pulled out a new ornament to put on the tree.  We both grew up with calendars/countdowns so we sort of felt like little kids again. We loved it. I found it at christmascentral.com - they don't seem to have it anymore but they have some similar ones. And since I'm so late on this, here it is fully decorated:



We hung our stockings with care...above the entertainment center.



Bo found this miniature nativity set while we were in Venice this past summer. The little set is so cute! We were happily surprised that Molly did not think they were chew toys.




I finally got an advent wreath this year (another purchase from christmascentral.com), but the candles didn't quite fit (they also did not come with the wreath and were kinda hard to find!). Too bad we never got a reading booklet to go with it. Fail. Maybe next year...



I found this door decoration on sale at Michaels and got it, just because. Now both sides of the front door are festive!



I love receiving Christmas cards each year, and putting them all on display. I am always so sad to take them down - I just love seeing all of our friends and family every time I pass by.




And last, but not least...the TREE!! I can't help it- I love enormous Christmas trees. I get it from my dad :)  When we first got home from Blowing Rock and got it up in the stand in our dining room, Bo gave me a look of death and said "Holy shit, you've Griswold'ed us!!"  I, on the other hand, thought it was an absolute perfect fit. It is by far the largest tree we've ever had, and I loved it. In fact it was so large that at first, we couldn't even see the tree skirt - we made do and just pulled it out a bit (good thing you don't see all around the tree), but that might be on the shopping list for next year ;)

hits the ceiling with no room to spare


First, I put up all the lights...



Then, Bo puts on the star (which had to be tied to the tree, since it couldn't sit on top!)...



Meanwhile, Molly hung out in the other room. She was pretty skeptical of everything.



And then I decorate! My favorite part. I have a pretty good collection by now, largely thanks to the annual ornaments my mom gives us, and my obsession with getting new ones each year. I always put the new ones on first (for prime real estate, of course), and then add the rest.

First up, is my missing ornament from last year! We actually got this fleur-de-lis last year while we were in New Orleans. I couldn't find it anywhere, until we were packing for another trip this year and I found it in a suitcase. Whew!



We received two ornaments as Christmas presents last year - an angel from my Aunt Angie & Uncle Blane and a new Gator ornament from my Grandma.




Every year we add to our crystal collection, and this year was another snowflake. Maybe I'll switch things up next year.



Our travel ornaments from the past year:

From my trip to Dublin this summer, obviously from the Guinness Factory!

A very, very mini ms Nieuw Amsterdam from our cruise this summer!

On our last day in Venice, we found a Murano glass gondola ornament, right before we took our own gondola ride!



Just for fun, this set of 4 ornaments was on sale at Macy's and I couldn't refuse :)



I think we may start collecting Wedgwood ornaments in the future. My mom got me one a few years back and it's one of our favorites, so we added to it this year with a cross.



We added a little Atlanta flare to represent our love for the Braves.




Always love dated ornaments.




Kelly hosted an ornament exchange, and I brought the candy cane ornament below. I liked it so much that I got one for myself, too! And in return, I received the set of two snowmen.


And last, but certainly not least, the annual ornament from my mom. I have quite a snowman collection going. Perhaps, to make up for my lack of actual snow men.





Probably the BEST addition we had this year, though not at all a true decoration, was the tree funnel! Our tree was SO big this year, that it was extremely difficult to water. We literally had to pull apart branches and hope we didn't kill any ornaments in the process. Not to mention that it drank 2 full pitchers of water every single day!! Bo has always been the tree waterer in our family, and I have never argued. This arrangement worked out wonderfully for me, until he was out of town for work the first week we had our tree and I was stuck watering it. Crawling on the floor, spilling water everywhere, nearly knocking my precious ornaments off the tree. No thanks!! After the first night, I went online to find a solution. We did not want an entire siphoning system, so I found this beauty at Sears. I'm sure you could easily make this yourself - it's just a funnel, with a clear pipe, and a small stick inside of it, and the whole thing ties to the tree and branches. The stick goes up and down with the water level, so when the stand is full, you mark on the clear funnel where that is, and then you easily know when it's time to water the tree. It took us a few times to get the measurements just right, but it was pretty easy. Love that we can now water the tree while standing up!

LOVE


And here is all 9.5 feet of our fully decorated tree! Gorgeous, if I do say so myself :)





22 comments:

  1. Your tree looks great! And I love your photos too. Christmas went so fast...I'm a little bummed.

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    1. Thanks! Always goes by way too fast :(

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    1. Uh oh - I know it's there, but might have gotten covered up!! I ran out of room and eventually had to layer them. I will probably need to move my display next year :(

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  3. and um where is our card too???!!!! You did get one right? Also, love your new blog heading :)

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    1. No...we never got yours! :(

      And thank you! I finally figured out how to do it. Took me long enough ;)

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    1. Thanks! Me, too. It was so sad taking everything down last night. Less than 11 months to go until we can decorate, but who's counting?! ;)

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  5. I love all your decorations! Hope you guys had a Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks, Maggie! Same to you and your boys!!

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  6. Loved your tree and your ornaments!!!
    Aunt Mimi

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  7. Your photography is AMAZING! And I love how big your tree is! My favorite trees growing up were always the HUGE and awkward ones, although yours isn't awkward at all :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm only a year in with my camera so I'm sure you'll learn quickly! :)

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  8. wow 9.5ft tall! that is a lot of decorating girl and you did a great job!! so bright with all the pretty lights and i love your stockings on the entertainment unit

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    1. Haha yes it is a LOT of decorating and totally worth it in my book. I miss it already!

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  9. Your tree is incredible!!! We got one of those tree watering things this year too! It was great. :)

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    1. Thank you!! The tree waterer was a life saver this year - I don't know how we ever survived without it!

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  10. LOL @ Twas the season! I love the way you displayed your Christmas cards.

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    1. Thanks!! I've got a few more to add. They keep coming in...'tis STILL the season! ;)

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  11. All of your decorations are gorgeous!

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