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Our Christmas Tree

We have a bit of a tree decorating tradition at our house.  For starters we never make it past mid November.  We try.  But the kids and I just get too excited and can’t wait.  So I guess we don’t try too hard.  :)  We all change into our pj’s (usually Christmas pj’s from the year before), we turn on our favorite Christmas with the Chipmunks CD (a fav from my childhood) and then we start decorating.  Then I stand back and watch because it’s fun seeing  my kids so excited.  Then I snap 40 pictures to get one good one.  Then when my 5 year old goes to bed, the girls and I tweak a few things.  Then when the girls go to bed I tweak a few more things.  ;)  Ready to see our tweaked tree in all its glory?
It’s so magical having the tree up again!  I love waking up in the morning and turning on the lights and immediately the house feels warm and cozy.  If it were up to me we would have Christmas trees up for five months out of the year.  At least.
I mentioned in a Friday Favorites post some fun new ornaments we got for our tree this year.  We started decorating the tree with all of our old ornaments too, but then decided it was too much so the kids moved some old ornaments (including their homemade ornaments) to a different small tree we have.  I’ll share pics of it at some point too.  We love the new additions for our main tree!
Most of the ornaments on this tree are from Krumpets.  They have so many fun things for the holidays!  I can’t decide what I love most.  I used their white berry strings, silver pine magnolia pickscandy canes, and their large red jewel ball ornaments.
The little chalkboard signs are from Tai Pan (a Utah based store) and the silver mercury glass ornaments, our Santa Hat tree topper and tree skirt are all from Pottery Barn.  Right now Pottery Barn has 30% off of a lot of their holiday decor!  Love it when their stuff goes on sale.  Because I love all of their stuff. :)
Aren’t these peppermint candy ornaments adorable!?  They’re huge!  Just like Pottery Barn, a lot of Krumpet’s Christmas decor is also on sale.  Bring on the sales!  From two of my favorite stores!
I surprised the kids with one gift each under the tree.
My little buddy loves the tree as much as I do.  Every time I walk in the room he’s looking at it and moving a few things around.  :)
Past Christmas pictures of my kids are popping up all over the house.  My favorite decor. (Frames are from West Elm.)
Penguin pillow and red throw on my couch are also from Pottery Barn.
I’m still learning how to take pictures of lights at night.  Here are a few of my practice shots.
My kids were all in bed when I was taking these pictures – asleep I thought until I heard the pitter patter of little feet coming down the hall.  He was having nightmares again.  The one about the big scary gorilla who chases him.  So I let him stay up a bit with me.  We got him a drink and then he walked to the tree and started showing me his favorite ornaments.
And I snapped these two quick pictures of him in his pj’s by the tree that I will cherish always.  Thanks big scary gorilla.  :)
Christmas tree lights at night.  Nothing like it.
Is everyone excited for Thanksgiving this week?  I can’t wait to see my family.  My mom is doing most of the cooking so I’m just assisting this year.  I’m a good kitchen assistant.  A much better assistant than head chef.  :)

I’ll be back soon with some of my favorite Christmas decor you’ll see popping up in my house this year along with my favorite things for 2015.  YEA!  If you are traveling soon be safe!  Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving week!  And happy tree decorating.


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xoxo, Erin
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28 thoughts on “Our Christmas Tree

    1. Right Lauren!? He is getting so big! He grew so tall this year. I have to try really hard to not be sad about it! So happy you like the tree. Are your girls coming home for Thanksgiving? Wishing you all wonderful holiday! xo

  1. Hey Erin-
    Love your tree! Even my hisband likes it! So needless to say, I’m ordering the ornaments! Did you get the silver and red balls from Krumpets and if you did, did you get the big or the small ones?
    Thanks Erin!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Yea! Thanks Kim! So happy you like it! I linked to the exact red balls in the post! (Big ones from Krumpets – just click the word “large red jewel ball ornaments” in the post.) The smaller sliver and red balls are just cheap ornaments from Target. Happy tree decorating! xo

  2. Oh Erin, Your tree is so adorable. I am in love with the candy, the red and while and that hat, but the pictures of Kole, priceless! This is also by far my favorite time of year. The lights, the tree and the spirit of Christmas is all so magical.

    I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving. xoxo

    1. Yea! So happy you like it all Cathy! That means a lot to me. :) I know.. I was so lucky Kole woke up just in time for a few pictures! Couldn’t have planned that better myself! Ha! This time of year really is so magical. The trick is not getting too stressed and overwhelmed to enjoy it all. I’m always working on that one! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your adorable family! xo

  3. Beautiful tree, Erin. Lots of fun and festive ornaments. What a gorgeous night shot of the tree and your precious Kole. You are making some wonderful memories, that is for sure. I also really like that red throw you have on your couch. So pretty. Thank you for sharing. I wish you and your whole family a very happy Thanksgiving.

  4. I love your tree, especially the oversized decor. Just found your blog and have enjoying seeing your beautiful understated home. (clean and neat)

  5. I love your tree!!!! I opted for the Santa hat as my tree topper last year and I don’t see changing it for a while. I also made my own chalkboard framed ornaments last year but I love your’s! Where are the chalkboard ones from? Also, great job on the night-time tree pics! That is something I need to practice.

    1. Thank you April! So happy you like it. :) The chalkboard ornaments are from Tai Pan in Utah. So fun you made some! Happy Thanksgiving cutie! xo

  6. Hi Erin! Your tree is absolutely gorgeous! Love seeing all of your home and holiday decor…always so inspiring! I have a Canon Rebel t3i and am trying to master the art of nighttime Christmas tree picture taking so I can snap a few with my girls. Would you mind sharing tips on how you did it? They turned out great! And the pics of Kole…I bet you just melt every time you look at them! Great job, momma! Thanks for always inspiring me!!

    1. Thank you so much Sarah! You are such a sweetheart. I’ll try to do a quick post soon on how I took those pictures! I’m still a work in progress but this year’s pics look better than last years so at least I’m slowly improving.. ;) Happy Thanksgiving cutie! xo

    1. What a kind and thoughtful comment Claire! So sweet of you. That made my day and I’m so touched you’ve been reading for years. Thank you sweet friend! xo

  7. I was about to order the tree skirt from Pottery Barn, but I’m not sure what size to get! Do you remember if you have the small or regular? 60 inches sounds so big, but maybe that is just right? Thanks in advance! Love your tree!

    1. Hi Evaly! We have the regular! 60 inches. It is nice and big but just right! You can get it personalized with your last name on it too! My kids love that. :) Thanks cutie! xo

      1. Oh, you are the best! Thanks for your help- I have wanted that skirt for a few years and it never goes on sale, so I had to jump on it this year! By the way, I am loving my wedge booties and I’ve even gotten brave enough to wear them with dresses at church. So glad you shared them! Hope you have a great Christmas with your family! :)

  8. Erin can you share where you got your drapes hanging behind your tree? And where do you suggest finding good curtain rods like the one shown with the curtains??

    1. Hi Jill! I think I answered this for you on IG right? Sorry I’m behind answering blog comments! E-mail me for my friend’s info. who I ordered them from if you are interested! I also ordered the custom rod from her and you can too! Let me know. :) xo

  9. Your tree is magical! Everything about it looks wonderful! God bless you and your beautiful family! Enjoy the Christmas season!!

  10. I love your tree. Is it artificial? I am looking at replacing ours. So many options out there. Where did you get yours?

    1. Thank you Christie! Yes! Our tree is artificial. We bought it last year and I seriously can’t remember where from! I need to find the info. on it. It was either from Balsam Hill or Frontgate. :)

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