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First tree is up and decorated! We cleared our schedules, put on Christmas pj’s, blasted our Christmas music and got to work! I look forward to our annual tree decorating party every year. :) A few years ago my kids got upset because my perfectionism got the best of me and I “tweaked” our tree the day after we all decorated it. (Guilty as charged.) So last year we decorated the tree together and the day (and weeks) after I didn’t touch a thing. Our reindeer Christmas tree stayed perfectly intact exactly how they decorated it.
This year was a different story!
We decided to try something new this year and create a mostly neutral tree. Half way through our tree decorating we were all just laughing. It looked AWFUL! We kept adding things after Kenny snapped these pictures and it was like the more stuff we put on it.. the worse it looked. Finally after over an hour of tree decorating my kids were all saying “mom.. can you just fix this tree tomorrow? Do something else with it? Can you make it better?” I told them the tree could be saved! We just had to keep working at it! Never give up! El said “good luck mom.. I need to go shower.” Ad said “Love you mom, but this tree is sad.. I’m going upstairs to finish my homework.” And Kole said “Can I turn on Goosebumps or do I have to go to bed? If it’s bedtime I’ll keep decorating the tree.”
Oh how times have changed. ;) We all called it a night and the next day (with my kids’ blessing!) I spent some time re-working our tree and came up with this..
I call it our “cozy neutral snowflake tree” and when the kids came home from school the next day and saw it they were so impressed. Not that the decor is that amazing, but if you would have seen the “before” when we finished you’d know that this is definitely an improvement! Ha. To be honest, I really like our tree this year but I don’t LOVE it. I miss the red! I know it will feel better when I get the shelves and the rest of this room decorated, but this completely neutral Christmas tree is totally out of my comfort zone and I’m still adjusting!
Change is good right? Maybe? :)
I absolutely love everything I put on the tree. These are all favorite ornaments! I just keep feeling like I need a pop of red in there somewhere. :) A few ornaments are new, but a lot of them are ornaments I’ve had and used on other past trees. If you’ve been with me for a while you probably recognize some of them! This year I added the fun wood bead garland, this beautiful jeweled snowflake tree topper (I also ordered 5 of the jeweled snowflake ornaments that match and will add those as soon as they get here) and I added the adorable snowy house ornaments!
The house ornaments are my favorite because they have a round hole cut out in the bottom so you can set them on one of your tree lights and it lights up the little house. Could they be any more charming!? I love them. :)
My chunky knit tree skirt is also new this year and works so perfectly with my “cozy knit snowflake” theme.
Of course Christmas trees look the most amazing at night! This creme, white and silver tree has such a calm feeling to it.. I’ve loved having it on in the evenings.
*For those of you asking questions about our family room rug I wrote more details about it HERE}
So pretty! Like I said.. it’s very neutral and I’m still adjusting to a tree with no red! But overall it’s a fun change and I know some greenery and decor on my shelves will help pull it together for me.
It’s definitely working well with the fireplace decor I’ve got going so far! (Details on how I attached this garland and mantel sources are in this post if you missed it!) I’m still debating adding a few pops of red with other pillows/accessories. We’ll see! I keep getting distracted with other spaces and need to just finish this one.
I’ve included as many sources as I could find for this tree at the end of my post! A few of them are similar items that would give you the same look if something I have is sold out.
Just for fun here is a look back at past years that I’ve decorated this same tree with my kids. Such a fun tradition. Do you decorate a tree with your kids every year?
Ad dropped and broke an ornament right when this picture was taken and it’s one of my favorites because of the look on her face!
You can see our completed (and un tweaked by mom!) reindeer tree in this post. That post includes a picture of the candy cane tree finished too. :)
My babies are growing up.
A few nights ago I came across this pic of my oldest daughter in our previous house hanging the stockings.
No matter how old they get they still love Christmas. :)